Italian violist Stefano Marcocchi was a member of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra where he performed regularly under the baton of Claudio Abbado, whom also invited him to join the Orchestra Mozart and the celebrated Lucerne Festival Orchestra.
Stefano is a founding member of AleaEnsemble, a period-instruments string quartet that specializes in the classical and early romantic repertoire. Their recordings of Boccherini and Haydn were awarded with prizes like Diapason d’Or and the Choc du Monde de la Musique, and Diapason magazine has described them as “le quatuor boccherinien de notre temps”.
From 2014 till 2017 he was co-principal violist of Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Canada’s internationally acclaimed period instruments ensemble, and he has been principal violist of Europa Galante since 2001, playing extensively in Europe, America, Asia, and Australia, and taking part in 20 award winning recordings including Telemann’s Viola Concerto as soloist.
Stefano is also principal violist of Les Talens Lyriques and Zefiro, and appears regularly as leader of the viola section with many of the foremost baroque orchestras in Italy and Europe, including Accademia Bizantina, I Barocchisti, and Il Pomo d’Oro.
He has been Guest Lecturer Professor of baroque viola at the University of Toronto, and is currently teacher of baroque viola at the Conservatorio “E. F. Dall’Abaco” of Verona.