After graduating with the highest honors from the Conservatory of Genoa (Italy), MARCO RAPETTI furthered his musical studies in Florence and in the United States with a Fulbright scholarship. At the Juilliard School of New York he received his Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees (with a dissertation on cognitive psychology related to musical memory). He has studied, inter alia, with such well-known musicians as Aldo Ciccolini, Seymour Lipkin, Rosalyn Tureck, the Trio di Trieste and the Juilliard Quartet. He has also studied musicology at the University of Cremona.

Rapetti has been awarded many prizes in national and international competitions and performed in important concert halls (Alice Tully Hall, New York; Foro Italico, Rome; Teatro Regio, Turin; Palazzo Labia, Venice…) and prestigious musical festivals (Festival Chopin, Paris; Estate Chigiana, Siena; Amici della Musica, Florence; Ravello Festival, Bologna…). He has also appeared with chamber ensembles and orchestras, playing concertos by Mozart, Schumann, Liszt, Saint-Saens, Rachmaninov, Britten, and others.

Rapetti has made numerous recordings both for radio and television and for the Fonit-Cetra, Dynamic, Stradivarius, Frame, Phoenix Classics and Brilliant labels. His passionate activity as a researcher in the field of piano repertoire has led him to rediscover forgotten works, among which some unpublished pieces by Borodin, Liadov, Ravel, and Dukas, and to revalue several lesser known composers, such as Schulhoff, Stanchinsky and Reicha (of which he was the first to play in 1994 he premiered the complete cycle of 36 Fugues in Lincoln Center). In 2014 he premiered Hermann Levi’s Concerto in Germany.

Rapetti has always shown a keen interest in the combination of music and theater. Among his creations, we find: “Clazz-Jassical: the black and the white continents confront each other”, performed in duo with jazz pianist Mauro Grossi, “From Mozart to Rzewski: two centuries of music and words in the name of Freedom” with actress Pamela Villoresi, “Onirofonie: concert-lecture on music in dreams and dreams in music” with psycologist Valeria Uga, “From Broadway to Via Larga: a musical promenade between Firenze and New York” together with jazz singer Faye Nepon, and others.

At age 22, Rapetti started teaching at the Conservatory of Milan and at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole (Florence). He later became a teaching assistant at the Juilliard School and at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena. He has also given masterclasses at the University of Hawai’i, at the Haydn Konservatorium in Eisenstadt (Vienna), at the Sydney Conservatorium, and at the Conservatorio Superior de Las Palmas (Gran Canaria). Since 2011, he is full-time professor at the Conservatory of Florence.

He has published pedagogical and musicological articles in various music magazines, such as Piano Time, Il Giornale della Musica, Musica Domani. In 2018, Marco Rapetti and Luisa Curinga published the book Scriabin and the Sound-Light (Florence University Press).

As a radio speaker and performer he has collaborated with the Italian Broadcast Company (RAI – RadioTre) and Radio Toscana Classica.