The Italian harpsichordist, organist and musical director, Marco Vitale, studied piano, organ, harpsichord and composition at Palermo’s “V. Bellini” Conservatory, where he took the piano diploma in 2001 and the organ diploma in 2002 with full marks and Cum Laude. He took part in many international master-classes where he developed his skills and taste for baroque music. His concert life began at age of 15, with performances as a soloist and chamber musician. In 2002 he moved to The Netherlands where he studied at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague. He took a Bachelor’s degree in organ with Jos van der Kooy and a Master in Early Music (harpsichord) with Ton Koopman.
Marco Vitale’s musical activity brought him to play in the most prestigious venues and festivals in Europe and Middle East: The Netherlands (Concertgebouw Amsterdam, De Doelen Rotterdam, Philipszaal Eindhoven, Utrecht Oude Muziek Festival), Italy (Teatro Massimo and Teatro Politeama of Palermo, Rome, Milano, Teatro Nuovo in Udine), Austria (Styriarte Festival in Graz), France (Opera de Versailles, Salle Pleyel, Opera de Bordeaux, Arsenal Metz), Spain (Fundación Juan March in Madrid), Germany (Festival Mitte-Europa), Poland (Misteria Paschalia in Kraków, Pieśń Naszych Korzeni in Jarosław), Czech Republic (Festival Mitte-Europa), Hungary (Budapest), Syria (Damascus Opera House and High Institute of Music), as a soloist/continuo player or director of his Contrasto Armonico.
Marco Vitale is the co-founder and musical director of Contrasto Armonico, Baroque orchestra specialized in the performance of music in Italian style and Baroque operas, using original instruments and historical performance practices. He is currently involved in the recordings of the Complete Italian Cantatas by George Frideric Handel (Brilliant Classics), a thrilling project that will bring light on many undiscovered jewels of Handel which are neither edited nor recorded.He appeared in radio and TV broadcasts (often invited to speak about his Handel project) in Netherlands (AVRO), Germany, Austria (ORF), Spain, Poland (Polskie Radio), Italy (RAI), UK (BBC) and Syria (Syrian National Television).
In addition to performing with Contrasto Armonico, Marco Vitale also gives master-classes about Baroque music in France, Germany, Czech Republic and Syria. He is the Musical Director of the Damascus Baroque Soloists (Syria) and he is regularly invited to perform with Le Concert des Nations with Jordi Savall.