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 RubinsteinPrize “Una vita nella musica giovani”at the Gran Teatro La Fenicein Venice together with the composer Salvatore Sciarrino, considered by the critics as a Nobel for music.
In Summer 2016 his debut album forDECCA classics is released featuring works by Stockhausen, Boulez(Dialoguedel’ombredouble),Ferneyhough (Lachuted’Icare),Scelsiand solos composed for himbyKurtág,FedeleandStroppa.
Asan18-year-oldhemetKarlheinz 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 3 CDs for the Stockhausen Complete Edition. Stockhausen himsel fled Marelli to devote himself to the basset horn.
A six-time winner of the Prize of the Stockhausen Stiftungfür Musik,other prestigious international prizes he has been awarded include the First Prize at the International Contemporary Chamber Music Competition in Krakow (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 inculture from the Confindustria Italiana, the International Composition Competition of the Bienale Koper 2012.
He has worked with some of the leading composer so four times, giving world premieres of their compositions mostly dedicated to him,such as Karlheinz Stockhausen,György Kurtàg,Marco Stroppa, Helmut Lachenmann, IvanFedele, FrancoDonatoni, KaijaSaariaho, RebeccaSaunders, FabioNieder, 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 RadioFrance, 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 Padovae del Veneto, the OMN (Orkiestra Muzyki Nowej), the Archidella Desono, the University of Georgia Chamber Orchestra (Usa), 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 Fest spiele, 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, Musik triennale 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, Gog (Giovine Orchestra Genovese), Philharmonie of Ljubljana and many others.
He plays with the Ensemble musik Fabrik in Cologne. He is a Buffet-Crampon Paris and Vandoren Paris official artist.
He is Professor of clarinet at the Conservatory of Teramo.