Cellist Bartolomeo Dandolo Marchesi, born in Milano, is an eclectic artist, devoted to early music and its reinterpretation and actualization.
In April 2024 he releases his first solo album featuring Bernhard Romberg's 3 Grand Sonatas, Op. 5 for Harp and Cello on the "Challenge Classics" label.
Bartolomeo plays a 1727 cello made by Carlo Antonio Testore in Milano, generously lent by the Jumpstart Jr. Foundation.
He has appeared as a soloist with various orchestras, most notably the Westdeutsche Rundfunk Funkhausorchester. As a chamber musician, he has appeared internationally across Europe and Asia as well as on the German (WDR, SWR, Deutschlandfunk), English (BBC), Austrian (Ö1) and Italian national radio (Radio3).
He is first prize winner of numerous competitions, including the Cellissima Competition, the International Competition of San Bartolomeo, and the Vittorio Veneto International Competition, in addition to garnering the second prize at the Saarbrücken International Early Music Competition. In 2022 he won with his group UnderStories Ensemble the Prize for the “most promising young artist”, awarded by EUBO, in the York Early Music Competition.
Festival appearances have included Utrecht Early Music Festival, York Early Music Festival, Kyoto International Music Festival, Fringe, the Beethoven Festival in Bonn, the Cusiano Early Music Festival in Orta, Göttingen International Händel Festival, “Bachwochen” in Ansbach, “Tage Alter Musik” in Herne, the Chopin Festival in Warsaw and many others.
His primary influences have included Nicolas Altstaedt and Antonio Mosca, as well as Kristin von der Goltz, Catherine Jones, Rainer Zipperling, and Gaetano Nasillo on Baroque cello.