Marco Ambrosini

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Marco Ambrosini
Marco Ambrosini mit der Nyckelharpa.jpg
Marco Ambrosini with the Nyckelharpa
Background information
Born 1964 (age 52–53)
Forlì, Italy
Genres Early music, baroque, contemporary
Occupation(s) Musician, composer, arranger
Instruments Violin, viola, nyckelharpa
Years active 1991–present
Labels ECM, SONY

Marco Ambrosini (born 1964 in Forlì, Italy) is an Italian musician, composer and arranger living in Germany.


From 1971 to 1981, Ambrosini studied violin and viola (with Adrio Casagrande) and composition with Mario Perrucci at the "Instituto Musicale G.B.Pergolesi" in Ancona and at the conservatory "G.Rossini" in Pesaro.


Ambrosini plays with different ensembles for early music, baroque music and contemporary music. Worldwide concert activity includes over 110 CDs, broadcast and television shots as a composer, soloist, or as member of the Katharco Early Music Consort and the ensemble Oni Wytars (Germany), Els Trobadors (Spain), ensemble Unicorn, ensemble Accentus, Clemencic Consort, Armonico Tributo Austria, Ensemble Kapsberger (Rolf Lislevand, Norway), L'Arpeggiata (Christina Pruhar, France), Giovanna Pessi Ensemble (Switzerland), Jean-Louis Matinier and with Michael Riessler.

He also played in 1994 for baroque concerts for the Muscovites Philharmonic Concert Halls as Nyckelharpa soloist with the ensemble LAD.

Concerts and tours have taken him to more than 25 states.


  • Since 1991 Ambrosini played together with Katharina Dustmann as artistic director/conductor of the "Studio Katharco - sound:creations".
  • In 1993 Ambrosini was selected by the German radio station "SWR" as a composer for the “New Jazz Meeting”.
  • To celebrate the jubilee of 1200 years of the city of Frankfurt am Main he composes the musical theater production "Emperors Coronation" (direction: W. Lenssen).
  • In 1995, on behalf of the Ministry for Education and Culture, he composed the music for the musical theater production "La Divina Commedia." (theatre forum, direction: W. Lenssen).
  • In 1996 he was selected it by the Swedish radio as an interpreter and composer for the Nordic Jazz Meeting.
  • In 1997 he was musical director for the Celebration of the Renaissance in Lemgo (Germany).
  • By order of the concert hall "Alte Oper – Frankfurt" and the Italian Institute of Culture he composed in collaboration with Katharina Dustmann "The Return of the Marco Polo". premiere 1998.
  • In 1999, premier of "Between Skies and Hell" (composed together with Katharina Dustmann), direction: Wolfram Lenssen
  • 2000 premier of "misch:lagen".
  • 2001 premier of "Zechenzirkus".
  • 2002 premier of "Illumina" (for the European exhibition of the art of gardens "EUROGA 2002") and "QuasiBolero" (for the appointment of an old German mine "Zollverein" as a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO.
  • 2003 "Illumina 2", "ExtraSchicht" and "Ensemblia" (composed together with Katharina Dustmann), direction: W. Lenssen.
  • 2004 "Magic Illumina" and "Centro" (film music, composed together with Katharina Dustmann), direction: W. Lenssen.
  • 2006 "Wasserquintett", composed together with Katharina Dustman, direction by Imma Schmidt.
  • 2007 „Die Pennschnecke Jonathan“, a radio drama by Thos Renneberg
  • 2011 „LA FOLLIA - the Triumph of Folly“, (Sony music)


A discography with more than 100 CD published between 1991 and 2007 can be found on the homepage of Marco Ambrosini.


"Einführung in die mittelalterliche Musik" (introduction to the medieval music, only in German, in collaboration with Michael Posch, 1992, ISBN 3-927240-13-3)

"The search for a methodology in devising exercises suitable for different types of nyckelharpa", 2011, CADENCE e-book

Marco Ambrosini playing his nyckelharpa at the monument of the great Swedish Nyckelharpa player Eric Sahlström (March 2008)

"Nyckelharpa - EXERCISES for daily practice", 2012, ISBN 978-3-943060-04-1

"Nyckelharpa Symbols and Notation", (in collaboration with Jule Bauer) 2013, ISBN 978-3-943060-01-0

"A.Vivaldi: La Primavera" (Edition for 3 Dudays and B.c.), 2013, ISBN 978-3-943060-10-2

"A.Vivaldi: L'Autunno" (Edizion for 4 Dudays, viola e B.c.), ISBN 978-3-943060-11-9


Since 1983 Ambrosini has played the Nyckelharpa as one of the first full-time musicians since the baroque time outside of Sweden.

Together with the former skilled violin makers and today's Nyckelharpa makers Jean Claude Condi and Annette Osann (France) he helped further develop the instrument.


Ambrosini is teaching early music at the "Stages for Early Music at castle Burg Fürsteneck" (Germany) an on other occasions.

He is the initiator and conductor of the "European Nyckelharpa Training", that takes place in co-operation of the "Scuola di Musica Popolare di Forlimpopoli", Italy, the academy "Burg Fürsteneck" near Fulda, Germany, and the "Eric Sahlström Institutet" in Tobo, Sweden, as a vocational trainer for musicians on the Nyckelharpa.

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