The Italian organist, Marco Ruggieri, studied with fathers G.
Crema, E. Viccardi and G. Fabiano. He obtained his Organ diploma with the highest marks (1989) and his Harpsichord diploma (1996). He then completed his studies with Andrea Marcon at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis
(1997-1999). A prize-winner at the Bruges organ competition (1996), he won first place at the S. Elpidio a Mare Organ Competition (1998) and at the National Harpsichord Competition of Bologna (1997).
After obtaining his Musicology Degree con lode (University of Pavia 1996), he dedicated himself to the study of organ music and the art of 18th Century Italian organ building (in particular, to the rediscovery of Ponchielli’s organistic works and the publication of the Catalogo del Fondo Musicale della basilica di S. Maria di Campagna in Piacenza
He has recorded for Tactus, Sony, Stradivarius, MV Cremona, La Bottega
Discantica, San Paolo. The recording of Ponchielli’s organ pieces earned him the “Musica
eccezionale” (exceptional music) acclaim from Musica» magazine (October 2000). Of recent production, the release of the CDs dedicated to organ works by Father Davide of Bergamo (2 CD’s), sonatas for harpsichord by the Cremonese composer G. B. Serini, (18th century) and an anthology of pieces by W.A. Mozart.
He is an instructor at the Novara Conservatory. In Cremona, he is organist of the Cathedral’s “Cappella Musicale” and plays a symphonic organ built by Lingiardi in 1877 at the “S. Pietro al Po” church; he is an organ consultant for the Curia and artistic director and instructor at the “D. Caifa” Diocesan School of Sacred Music.