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ANTONIO MERCURIO

String Bass

CURRICULUM

He began the double bass studies in Milan at the "Claudio Abbado" Civic School of Music at the age of 12 with Carlo Capriata and then graduated with Claudio Pinferetti at the "Giuseppe Verdi" Conservatory.
He studied at the Walter Stauffer Academy in Cremona and at the Sermoneta courses with Franco Petracchi. Later the Accademia della Scala in Milan will represent a further musical formation thanks to the masters Giuseppe Ettorre and Francesco Siragusa, both first double basses of the same Milanese theater.
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 artistic recognition achieved in Italy and abroad.
In 2020 he won the Cinematic Award for the International J. M. Sperger Competition / Quarantine Challenge with two of the videos of the Quarantine Project.
In 2004 Riccardo Muti chooses him as the first double bass of the newly formed Luigi Cherubini Symphony Orchestra of Piacenza and Ravenna, where he will remain there for 4 years. He is regularly invited as first double bass in various European orchestras, such as the Orchestra of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome, the San Carlo in Naples and the Royal Northern Symphony in England.
Among the numerous collaborations with professional orchestras, we remember: the Philharmonic Orchestra of La Scala Theatre, the Haydn Symphony Orchestra of Trento and Bolzano, the Symphony Orchestra of Lugano and the Orchestra of the Teatro Regio in Parma, thanks to which it has the opportunity to playing with internationally renowned conductors and soloists.
His professional activity has a long period in Spain, where he won numerous competitions for orchestra, including the Orchestra of the Region of Murcia, the Orchestra of Gran Canaria, the Galicia Symphony Orchestra, Bandart Orchestra and the Oviedo Filarmonía with which he works as the first double bass until 2015.
Since 2008 he has participated in the Spira Mirabilis musical project, recognized by the EU as ambassador of culture in Europe and winner of several international prizes, such as the Deutschlandfunk Förderpreis in 2010 in Bremen.
Different chamber experiences, performing for important international festivals and foundations such as the Società del Quartetto di Milano, the Società dei Concerti di Parma, Brahms in Milan collaborating with chamber ensembles such as the Quartetto Noûs and the Busseto Philharmonic. Worth mentioning is certainly Schubert's Octet with the Spira Mirabilis in the great theaters of Italy and Europe, including the concert at Queen Elisabethdra in 2010.
There is no shortage of solo experiences, starting with the Gran Duo Concertante for double bass and violin accompanied by the Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini with the violinist Viktoria Borissova, Contrabajeando by Astor Piazzolla with Richard Galliano, the Concerto in B minor by Bottesini accompanied by the Chamber Orchestra of Alessandria (2015) and numerous other performances in the form of recitals in Spain and Italy.
He is the founder of the Quartetto Coll'Arco, a chamber group that focuses on Rossinian chamber music, for which he has made several transcriptions of the opera symphonies of the same author in the next printed edition.
Since 2020 he has been a lecturer at the Academy of High Musical Instrumental Perfection hdemia22 in Parma, a project of Parma Concerti.
In 2015 he is soloist and co-soloist of Simon Garcia's two double bass duets in Diego Zecharies' CD “Music for double bass solo, duett and quintet”.