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Antonio Mercurio

Double Bassist

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He began studying double bass at the “Claudio Abbado” Civic School of Music in Milan at the age of 12 with Maestro Carlo Capriata, and then graduated with Maestro Claudio Pinferetti at the G. Verdi music conservatory in Milan. He studied at the W. Stauffer Academy of Cremona and the Sermoneta courses with Maestro F. Petracchi. Later the Accademia della Scala in Milan will represent a further musical formation thanks to the teachers G. Ettorre and F. Siragusa, both first double basses of the same Milanese theater.

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Since 2015 he has been the first double bass at the Arturo Toscanini Foundation in Parma, the same year in which the “Carlo Capriata” International Prize is awarded for the artistic awards achieved in Italy and abroad.
In 2004 Maestro Riccardo Muti chose him as the first double bass of the newly formed L. Cherubini Orchestra of Piacenza and Ravenna.
There are numerous collaborations with professional orchestras, among the best known are the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Scala, the Haydn Orchestra of Trento and Bolzano, the Orchestra Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome, the Orchestra of the Italian-speaking Switzerland of Lugano and the Orchestra of the Teatro Regio di Parma, thanks to which he has the opportunity to play with world-renowned conductors and soloists.
His professional activity has had a long spell in Spain, where he won numerous orchestra competitions, including the Murcia Region Orchestra, the Gran Canaria Orchestra, the Galicia Symphony Orchestra, Bandart Orchestra and the Oviedo Filarmonía . With the latter he works as the first double bass until 2015.
He is then regularly invited as the first double bass in various European orchestras, such as the Royal Northern Symphony in England.
Since 2008 he has participated in the musical project Spira Mirabilis, recognized by the EU as ambassador of culture in Europe and winner of several international awards, such as the Deutschlandfunk Förderpreis in 2010 in Bremen. Several solo and chamber experiences, performing for important international festivals, we remember the Schubert octet with the Spira Mirabilis in the great theaters of Italy and Europe, including the concert at the Queen Elisabeth Hall in London in 2010.
He is the founder of the Quartetto Coll’Arco, chamber music group that focuses on Rossini’s chamber music, for which he has made several transcriptions of the opera Symphonies by the same author.
In 2015 he played as soloist and co-solo of two duets for double bass by Simon Garcia on Diego Zecharies’s CD “Music for double bass solo, duett and quintett”.

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PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Studied double bass at the Claudio Abbado Civic School of Music in Milan (with Maestro Carlo Capriata)
Graduated at the G. Verdi Music Conservatory in Milan
Studied at the W. Stauffer Academy of Cremona
Has performed for various important international festivals:
The Schubert Octet with the Spira Mirabilis in the great Italy and Europe, including the concert at the Queen Elisabeth Hall in London in 2010
2004 Has been selected by Maestro Riccardo Muti as the First double bass of
the newly formed L. Cherubini Orchestra of Piacenza and Ravenna
2008 Has participated in the Musical Project Spira Mirabilis, recognized by the
EU as an ambassador of culture in Europe
2015 Has been the First Double Bass at the Arturo Toscanini Foundation in
Parma

Founder - The Quartetto Coll’Arco, A chamber music group that focuses on Rossini’s chamber music
2010 Won the Deutschlandfunk Förderpreis in Bremen with Spira Mirabilis
2015 Awarded the "Carlo Capriata" International Prize for artistic achievements
in Italy and abroad
2020 Won the Cinematic Award for the International J. M. Sperger
Competition/Quarantine Challenge with two of the videos from the Quarantine Project

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