Italian-born Vienna-based organist Davide Mariano (b. 1988) has appeared as a soloist in the most prestigious concert halls and churches in Europe, Japan and America, including the Musikverein and Konzerthaus in Vienna, Mariinksy Theatre in St. Petersburg, Konzerthaus Berlin, Philharmonie Essen, Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, Stephansdom in Vienna, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, The Symphony Hall in Osaka, Kyoto Concert Hall, Église de la Madeleine in Paris, The Cleveland Museum of Art, as well as in American universities in Kansas, Mississippi and Louisiana and for festivals in Rome, Vienna, Stuttgart, Paris, Toulouse, Amsterdam, Helsinki, Copenhagen, and Tel Aviv.
During the concert season 2016/17 Davide Mariano has been organist in residence at the Sapporo Concert Hall “Kitara” in Japan and afterwards at the St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans for a half year until 2018.
He performs a bright repertoire which ranges from the earliest music of the Middle Ages to works of the contemporary era, with a special focus on the music of J. S. Bach and the repertoire from the 19th and 20th century.
Davide Mariano 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 for Organ and Gregorian chant at the State Conservatories of Music in Padua, Ferrara, and Trapani, at present he is professor of Organ at the State Conservatory of Music in Sassari.
Mariano has gained prizes in six international music competitions, among others the 2nd prize-interpretation and the “Peter Hurford Bach Prize” at the “28th St Albans International Organ Competition”, the 1st prize at the “Fourth International Organ Competition in Fano Adriano”, the 3rd prize at the “Fourth International Organ Competition Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck” in Amsterdam, and special prizes at the “8th Mikael Tariverdiev International Organ Competition” in Kalinigrad. The Italian region of Molise has rewarded him for his artistic activity. During his studies 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 State Conservatory of Music “Lorenzo Perosi” in his hometown Campobasso under Francesco Di Lernia. At the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna he earned with unanimous distinction and the Honorary Prize of the University the organ and harpsichord Master’s in the classes of Martin Haselböck and Gordon Murray. After a post-Master organ study at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse of Paris under Michel Bouvard, Olivier Latry, and Louis Robilliard, he acquired a “Diplome d’Artiste Interprète”. He also studied conducting, at first with Giancarlo Andretta, and after at the Anton Bruckner Private University in Linz under Georg Leopold, where he completed his Bachelor’s.
He als 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, R. Fiore and G. Andretta (orchestral conducting).
Both as a solo organist, harpsichordist, and pianist as well as a continuo and orchestra player Davide Mariano collaborated with diverse renowned orchestras, among them the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchester Wiener Akademie, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Sapporo Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Israel Chamber Orchestra, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, and Musica Angelica Los Angeles Baroque Orchestra, working with conductors such as Daniele Gatti, Max Pommer, Carlos Miguel Prieto, Roberto Paternostro, Giuseppe Sabbatini, Martin Haselböck, Christian Arming, Tadaaki Otaka, Junichi Hirokami, and Eiji Oue. He made his debut as a conductor and maestro al cembalo with the Orchester Wiener Akademie at the festival “Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern” in Germany in 2019.
Davide Mariano’s discography includes two CDs as a soloist: “TRIADE” with Italian, French and German organ music (Label JASRAC, 2017) and “Concerto per la Solidarietà”. He also took part in the recording project “Franz Liszt: The sound of Weimar” of the Orchestra Wiener Akademie (NCA, 2011). Recordings for the Austrian radio stations ORF-Ö1 and Radio Stephansdom as well for the televisions ORF 2, ORF III, 3 SAT and ARTE are a further documentation of his musical activities.