Davide Mariano (b. 1988) is certainly the most active Italian organist on the international scene of his generation performing a repertoire ranging from the middle ages to the contemporary era. He has appeared in some of the most prestigious venues in Europe, the USA and Asia, including Musikverein in Vienna, Auditorio Nacional de Música in Madrid, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Prinzregententheater in Munich, Kyoto Concert Hall, L’Auditori in Barcelona, Theater an der Wien, Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, The Symphony Hall in Osaka, Philharmonie Essen, chapel of the Versailles castle, Brucknerhaus in Linz, AT&T Center Theatre in Los Angeles, The Cleveland Museum of Art, as well as for festivals in Rome, Vienna, Paris, Amsterdam, Helsinki, Copenhagen, and Toulouse. As an organist, harpsichordist and pianist, he collaborates with diverse groups, among them Orchester Wiener Akademie, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Musica Angelica Los Angeles Baroque Orchestra, Israel Chamber Orchestra, and Sapporo Symphony Orchestra, with conductors such as M. Pommer, R. Paternostro, G. Sabbatini, M. Haselböck, J. Hirokami, T. Otaka, E. Oue, and S. Sato. In 2017 he has played the re-opening concert of the Suntory Hall in Tokyo. Mariano has given lectures and masterclasses on organ music in Japan and for the American Guild of Organists in the USA.
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.
Mariano was the first to obtain the Artist Diploma (Diplôme d’Artiste Interprète) in organ from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et Danse of Paris, studying with Michel Bouvard, Olivier Latry, and Louis Robilliard. At the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, he earned with unanimous distinction a Master’s degree in organ in the class of Martin Haselböck and a Master’s degree in harpsichord in the class of Gordon Murray, with the Honorary Prize of the University (“Würdigungspreis”) as one of the best students. He acquired a diploma in organ at the age of 19 and graduated in the organ-soloist class, both with distinction, under Francesco Di Lernia at the Conservatory of Music “Lorenzo Perosi” in Campobasso (Italy). He also took lessons from, or attended masterclasses given by, W. Zerer, M. Radulescu, 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).
He has made two CD recordings as a soloist: “TRIADE” - Italian, French and German organ music (Label JASRAC, 2017), “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 Ö1 radio station and Radio Stephansdom.
Mariano has been organist in residence for one year at the Sapporo Concert Hall “Kitara” (Japan) and he has been appointed “Young artist in residence” at the St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans (USA) from December 2017 until April 2018. Upcoming engagements will bring him to perform as a soloist at the Église de la Madeleine in Paris, at the Musikverein in Vienna, at the Tokyo cathedral, and to give masterclasses in some Italian Conservatories.