We aired our Christmas programmes from the fabulous Casa Rocca Piccola in Valleta, the home of Marquis and Marchioness de Piro. My first guest was Marco Mencoboni and he share childhood memories of his Christmas accompanied by footage taken by his father when he was a child of him receiving his first piano as a Christmas present.
Marco Mencoboni is a conductor, harpsichordist and organist. He was born in 1961 in Macerata and studied with Umberto Pineschi, Ton Koopman, Jesper Christensen and Gustav Leonhardt with whom he graduated at the Sweelinck Conservatorium in Amsterdam in 1990. He has dedicated many years to the rediscovery and performance of ancient musical repertoire of Baroque and Renaissance. As a result of his tireless dedication, forgotten music has been brought back to life including works by Ignazio Donati, Pietro Pace, Costanzo Porta, Bartolomeo Barbarino, Luigi Battiferri. Today, as a soloist and director of the Cantar Lontano ensamble, he is in demand internationally. Since 1999 he has been the artistic director of the Cantar Lontano. Marco's research has led him to perform pieces of the Renaissance mixing natural voices to the horns of seven ships in the port of Ancona. In 2010 he began working with the Pier Luigi Pizzi around the work of Monveverdi. His latest creation is the Canalgrande Adriatic Baroque Orchestra, an international project that unites musicians Italians, Croats, Slovenes, Albanians and Greeks.