Artists biographies
Marino Formenti

With his extraordinary combination of intellect and emotion, Marino Formenti is among the most outstanding musical personalities of our time. Lauded as the ‘Glenn Gould for the 21st Century’ by the Los Angeles Times, he first made his name in the field of contemporary music.

Marino Formenti’s fondness for new and unexpected relationships allows the development of exceptionally creative projects which experiment with the concert form. In ‘Nowhere’, Marino Formenti plays, sleeps and eats in an accessible, private yet public space, with the desire ‘to disappear further and further into the music’. In ‘The Song Project’, premiered in New York’s Poisson Rouge in 2010, he confronts works by Berhnard Lang and Luciano Berio with songs by Nirvana and Coldplay.

Concert invitations have taken Formenti to festivals in Salzburg, Lucerne, Edinburgh, Schleswig-Holstein, Aspen and Ravinia, as well as to major concert halls across the world. From 2013 to 2016 Marino Fomenti presented his own cycle in the Wigmore Hall, London.

As soloist, Marino Formenti  has performed with the New York Philharmonic, the Munich Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, the Gustav Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, and with conductors such as Franz Welser-Möst, Kent Nagano, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Gustavo Dudamel and Daniel Harding. He has also worked with such artists as Gidon Kremer, Ulrich Matthes and Maurizio Pollini.

In his career as conductor, Marino Formenti began as assistant to Kent Nagano and Sylvain Cambreling. He has taken the conductor’s rostrum at the Teatro alla Scala, the Vienna Festival and Wien Modern, the Vienna Musikverein and the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Berlin Konzerthaus, in Paris, Rome, Milan, Oslo, Ljubljana, Los Angeles, Johannesburg and Tokyo.

Marino Formenti works with some of the greatest living composers, including Friedrich Cerha, Olga Neuwirth, Helmut Lachenmann, György Kurtág and Salvatore Sciarrino.

Marino Formenti was the winner of the 2009 Belmont Prize for contemporary music, awarded by the Forberg-Schneider Foundation in Munich.