Markus Placci

Professor of Violin
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Markus Placci joined the Conservatory in 2007 and is a professor of violin.

Praised for having “a magnificent personality, a superb energy, a total command and an extremely convincing taste” (La Libre Belgique), Placci is enjoying a growing international reputation that has already earned him solo appearances throughout Europe, South America, Asia, and the United States at renowned venues such as the Great Philharmonic Hall (Shostakovich Hall) and Glinka Philharmonic Hall in St. Petersburg (Russia), the Kursaal in Baden-Baden, the Teatro Monumental in Madrid, the Auditori in Barcelona, the Teatro Comunale and Mozart Hall in Bologna, the Teatro Dal Verme in Milan, the Kennedy Center in Washington, Sanders Theatre in Boston, and the Richardson Auditorium in Princeton.

Winner of the prestigious XXVI Vittorio Veneto Competition on a unanimous vote of the jury presided over by Maestro Bruno Giuranna, Placci is the recipient of numerous other international awards and prizes, such as the Brahms-Preis and Baden-Baden Philharmonie Foundation Carl Flesch Preis in Germany and the Jules C. Reiner Violin Prize at Tanglewood. He was a top prize winner at the 2006 Washington International Competition.

Since his solo debut at the age of 13 with the Bologna Symphony, Mr. Placci has appeared in solo performances with major symphony orchestras such as the Barcelona Symphony, the Radio Television Orchestra of Spain (RTVE), the Philharmonie Baden-Baden, the Annapolis Symphony, the Bologna Symphony, Milan's Pomeriggi Musicali Orchestra, Teatro di San Carlo of Napoli Symphony, the Haydn Orchestra of Bolzano, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, and the Padova e del Veneto Orchestra, among others.

In September 2005, collaborating with conductor Uwe Mund and Spain's RTVE orchestra, Placci world-premiered to great acclaim a violin concerto written by Catalan composer Jordi Cervelló. The concert was broadcast live from Teatro Monumental in Madrid on the radio and national television. In 2007, Cervelló composed and dedicated to Placci his Tre Pensieri for violin and piano.

Placci is also an avid chamber musician, with performances that range from duo recitals in prominent concert seasons, such as Musica Insieme and Accademia Filarmonica Mozart in Bologna, Società del Quartetto di Vicenza, Asolo Musica, and Steinway Hall Boston, to trio appearances as a founding member of the Fortuna Piano Trio with Kyung-Mi Lee and Michelangelo Carbonara, which won the 2007 Emanuel Ax-Villecroze Academy Award in France and toured South America (Brazil, Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay).

Over the years, Placci has been broadcast live on prominent radio stations such as BBC Radio, RTVE (Spain), Bartok Radio (Hungary), WGBH Boston, and RaiRadio in Italy. In 2016, he was presented with both the Boston Conservatory Outstanding Faculty of the Year award and the Massachusetts America Strings Teachers Association (ASTA) Best Studio Teacher of 2016 award.

Placci makes his home between Bologna, Italy, and Boston. He plays on an 1871 J. B. Vuillaume violin, a copy of the “Alard” Stradivarius.