Michele Marelli (born 18 July 1978) is an Italian clarinet and basset horn soloist.
Michele Marelli, who holds a major in clarinet with highest honors "Summa cum laude" from the Conservatory of Alessandria under the guidance of Prof. Giacomo Soave, and a degree in Modern Literature from the University of Turin with a thesis on Stockhausen, furthered his studies in England with Alan Hacker, in Germany with Suzanne Stephens and in France with Alain Damiens, and studied composition and electronic music in Torino and Milano.
Internationally acclaimed as a virtuoso of the basset horn and as one of the best contemporary music soloists of his generation, he is also active as a painter and as a composer. In October 2014 he has been awarded the prestigious Rubinstein Prize "Una vita nella musica giovani" at the Gran Teatro La Fenice in Venice together with the composer Salvatore Sciarrino, considered by the critics as a Nobel for music.
In Summer 2016 his debut album for DECCA classics is released featuring works by Stockhausen, Boulez (Dialogue de l'ombre double), Ferneyhough (La chute d'Icare), Scelsi and solos written for him by Kurtág, Fedele and Stroppa.
As an 18-year-old he met Karlheinz Stockhausen, establishing a profound artistic relationship that lasted for more than a decade during which, chosen by the Maestro himself as soloist of his ensemble, Marelli played world premières under his instruction and guidance and recorded three CDs for the Stockhausen Complete Edition. Stockhausen himself led Marelli to devote himself to the basset horn.
A six-time winner of the Prize of the Stockhausen Stiftung für Musik, other prestigious international prizes he has been awarded include the First Prize at the International Contemporary Chamber Music Competition in Kraków (2004), the Valentino Bucchi clarinet Competition in Rome (2007), the Honorary Logos Award in Belgium (2000), the Jeunesse Musicale auditions (2001), the DESONO association scholarship (from 2001 to 2005) and in 2006 the "Master dei Talenti Musicali" award from the Fondazione CRT, the Prometheus Award for the excellence in culture from the Confindustria Italiana, the International Composition Competition of the Bienale Koper 2012.
He has worked with some of the leading composers of our times, giving world premieres of their compositions mostly dedicated to him, such as Karlheinz Stockhausen, György Kurtàg, Marco Stroppa, Helmut Lachenmann, Ivan Fedele, Franco Donatoni, Kaija Saariaho, Rebecca Saunders, Fabio Nieder, Sylvano Bussotti, Alberto Colla, Luca Francesconi and many others.
His Cds featuring the clarinet and basset horn works by Stockhausen published by Stradivarius and Wergo, immediately become reference recordings and are awarded many prizes by international press and critics such as the ICMA 2014 Nomination (International classical music awards) as best contemporary music CD of 2013, 5 Diapason in France, 5 stelle di Musica, 5 di Amadeus and others.
He performed as soloist with orchestras such as the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, the Hilversum Philharmonic Orchestra (Olanda), the TMC Orchestra (Tanglewood, Usa), the Orchestra Sinfonica Giuseppe Verdi in Milan, the Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto, the OMN (Orkiestra Muzyki Nowej), the Archi della Desono, the University of Georgia Chamber Orchestra (US), conducted between others by Peter Eötvös, Susanna Mälkki, Enno Poppe, Szymon Bywalec, Stefan Asbury, Brad Lubman, Tito Ceccherini, Andrea Pestalozza.
He gave recitals and performed as soloist in renowned Festivals and concert halls such as: Radio France Festival Presences, Teatro La Fenice di Venezia, Biennale di Venezia, Tanglewood Contemporary Music Festival (USA), Donaueschingen Festival, Berliner Festspiele, Berliner Philharmonie, Wiener Festwochen, März Musik, Warsaw Autumn Festival, Milano Musica, MITO Settembre Musica, Festival d'Automne and Theatre de la Ville in Paris, Wiener Festwochen, Musiktriennale Köln, Philharmonie de Luxembourg, Rachmaninov Hall in Moscow, Accademia Filarmonica Romana, Festival Sinopoli di Taormina, Le Fresnoy de Lille, Krakòw Philharmonic Hall, Museo Enescu in Bucarest, Teatro Manzoni in Bologna, Angelica Festival, Teatro Carignano and Piccolo Regio in Torino, Unione Musicale di Torino, Giovine Orchestra Genovese, Philharmonie of Ljubljana and many others.
At the Donaueschinger Musiktage, with the Hilversum Orchestra conducted by Peter Eötvös, he performed the World Première of the "Let me sing into your ear" concerto for basset horn and orchestra by Marco Stroppa, which the composer actually dedicated to him and this performance was later recorded for the label Neos.
He collaborates with the Ensemble musikFabrik in Cologne, is a Henri Selmer Paris and Vandoren Paris official artist, and Professor of clarinet at the Conservatory of Teramo.
|Stockhausen-Verlag||2002||Stockhausen Complete Edition CD 64||Europa Gruss, Stop und Start|
|Stockhausen-Verlag||2003||Stockhausen Complete Edition CD 59||Rechter Augenbrauentanz|
|Krikri||2006||Krikri Festival 2005 (Belgium)||M. Marelli-P. Boggio Oskar's Dream per corno di bassetto e musica elettronica|
|Stradivarius||2010||Harlekin||K. Stockhausen Harlekin|
|Stockhausen-Verlag||2010||Stockhausen Complete Edition CD 94||Uversa, 16. Stunde aus Klang|
|Neos||2011||Donaueschinger Musiktage 2010||Marco Stroppa Let me sing into your ear|
|Stradivarius STR 33958||2013||Stockhausen: for basset horn||K. Stockhausen Traum-Formel, Evas Spiegel, Susani, Die 7 Lieder der Tage, Freia, In Freundschaft|
|Wergo WER 67852||2013||Amour / Der kleine Harlekin / Wochenkreis||K. Stockhausen Amour, Der kleine Harlekin, Wochenkreis (with Antonio Pérez Abellán, synthesizer)|
|DECCA Classics (Universal Music)||2016||Michele marelli – Contemporary Clarinet||Karlheinz Stockhausen Klarinette from Orchester-Finalisten; Tanze Luzefa!|
Pierre Boulez Dialogue de l'ombre double
- A 6-time winner of the Prize of the Stockhausen Stiftung für Musik (2000-2001-2002-2004-2007-2009)
- First Prize at the Krzysztof Penderecki International Contemporary Chamber Music Competition in Kraków (2004)
- Valentino Bucchi International Clarinet Competition, Rome 2007
- Honorary Logos Award, Gent (Belgium) 2000
- Master dei Talenti Musicali of the Fondazione CRT 2006
- the DESONO association scholarship (from 2001 to 2006)
- 5 Diapason Award from the French magazine (February 2012) for his CD HARLEKIN
- First Prize at the International Composition Competition of the Bienale Koper (Slovenia) 2012 (Head of Jury Vinko Globokar)
- Prometheus Award 2012 of the Gruppo Giovani Imprenditori of the Italian Confindustria for the excellence in culture