Davide Mariano (b. 1988) belongs to the most demanded organists of his generation and performs a bright repertoire which ranges from the earliest music of the Middle Ages to works of the contemporary era. He has appeared as a soloist in the most prestigious concert halls and churches in Europe, the USA and Japan, including Musikverein and Konzerthaus in Vienna, Konzerthaus Berlin, Mariinksy Theatre in St. Petersburg, Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, The Symphony Hall in Osaka, Kyoto Concert Hall, Philharmonie Essen, Église de la Madeleine in Paris, Chapelle du Château de Versailles, The Cleveland Museum of Art, as well as for American universities in Kansas, Mississippi and Louisiana, and for festivals in Rome, Vienna, Stuttgart, Paris, Toulouse, Amsterdam, Helsinki, Copenhagen, and Tel Aviv. Further highlights of his artistic activity have been the participation as a soloist at the re-opening concert of the Suntory Hall in Tokyo in 2017 and at the concert “Christmas in Vienna” at Vienna's Konzerthaus in 2018, which has been broadcasted by the televisions ORF 2, ORF III, 3SAT, ARTE, and worldwide.
During the concert season 2016/17 Mariano has been organist in residence at the Sapporo Concert Hall “Kitara” (Japan) and afterwards at the St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans (USA) until April 2018. Together with his busy concert schedule he gave lectures and masterclasses on organ music in Italian Conservatories, in Japan and for the American Guild of Organists in the USA. After having been professor of Organ and Gregorian chant (Minor) at the State Universities of Music “Cesare Pollini” in Padua, “Girolamo Frescobaldi” in Ferrara and “Antonio Scontrino” in Trapani, at present he is professor of Organ at the University of Music “Luigi Canepa” in Sassari.
Among other awards, Mariano has won the 2nd prize - interpretation and the Peter Hurford Bach Prize at the 28th St Albans International Organ Competition (England), the 1st prize at the Fourth International Organ Competition in Fano Adriano (Italy), the 3rd prize at the Fourth International Organ Competition Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck in Amsterdam, special prizes at the Eighth Mikael Tariverdiev International Organ Competition (Russia), the 2nd prize at the Third International Organ Competition “Premio Elvira Di Renna” (Italy), and the 2nd prize in piano at the Eighth National Music Competition “Città di Ortona” (Italy). The Italian region of Molise has awarded him for his artistic activity. Furthermore, he has received scholarships from the Tokyo Foundation, the Fondation l’Or du Rhin, the Fondation Meyer, the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, and the Austrian Ministry of Sciences, Research and Economy.
At the young age of 19 Mariano concluded his studies in organ & organ composition and afterwards the organ Master's, both with distinction at the Conservatory of Music “L. Perosi” in his hometown Campobasso (Italy) under Francesco Di Lernia. At the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna he earned with unanimous distinction the organ and harpsichord Master’s in the classes of Martin Haselböck and Gordon Murray; as one of the best students he received the Honorary Prize of the University. Finally, he was the first organist who acquired the “Diplome d’Artiste Interprète” after a post-Master's study at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et Danse of Paris under Michel Bouvard, Olivier Latry, and Louis Robilliard.
He also took lessons from, or attended masterclasses given by, W. Zerer, L. F. Tagliavini, L. Ghielmi, P. D. Peretti, J. Essl, M. Imbruno, H. Haselböck (organ and organ improvisation), G. Murray (fortepiano), W. Glüxam, S. Gottfried, N. Parle, E. Fadini, S. Rambaldi, G. Isphording (harpsichord, basso continuo, and contemporary harpsichord), L. M. Clemente and R. Fiore (orchestral conducting).
Mariano has made two CD recordings as a soloist: “TRIADE” - Italian, French and German organ music (Label JASRAC, 2017 on the organ of the Sapporo Concert Hall), “Concerto per la Solidarietà” (Euromeeting italiana, 2009), and one CD recording with the Orchester Wiener Akademie: “Franz Liszt: The sound of Weimar, Vol. 3“ (NCA, 2011). He has also recorded for the Austrian radio stations ORF-Ö1 and Radio Stephansdom.
Both as a solo organist, harpsichordist, and pianist as well as a chamber music partner Mariano collaborated with diverse renowned orchestras, among them the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchester Wiener Akademie, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Sapporo Symphony Orchestra, Israel Chamber Orchestra, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, and Musica Angelica Los Angeles Baroque Orchestra, working with conductors such as M. Pommer, C. M. Prieto, R. Paternostro, G. Sabbatini, M. Haselböck, C. Arming, T. Otaka, J. Hirokami, E. Oue, S. Sato and F. Haimor. From this cooperation grow his fascination for the orchestra, which motivated him to get trained also as a conductor. He began his conducting studies under Giancarlo Andretta and continued them at the Anton Bruckner University in Linz under Georg Leopold (Bachelor graduation in Fall 2020). Mariano made his debut as a conductor with the Orchester Wiener Akademie at the festival “Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern” in 2019.