Markus Placci joined the Conservatory in 2011, and is a member of the violin and chamber music faculty.
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 brought him solo appearences throughout Europe, South America, Asia, and the United States in 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 Theater in Boston, and the Richardson Auditorium in Princeton.
Winner of the prestigious XXVI Vittorio Veneto Competition on a unanimous vote of the Jury presided by Maestro Bruno Giuranna, Mr. Placci is also the recipient of numerous other international awards and prizes such as the Brahms Preis and Baden-Baden Philarmonie 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 age of 13 with the Bologna Symphony, Mr. Placci has appeared in solo performances with major symphony orchestras like the Barcelona Symphony, the Radio Television Orchestra of Spain (RTVE), the Baden-Baden Philarmonie, the Annapolis Symphony, the Bologna Symphony, Milan's Pomeriggi Musicali Orchestra, Teatro San Carlo of Napoli Symphony, the Haydn Orchestra of Bolzano, the St. Petersburg State Philharmonic, the Padova e del Veneto Orchestra, among others.
In September 2005, collaborating with conductor Uwe Mund and the RTVE Orchestra (Orchestra of the Radio-Television of Spain), Placci world premiered with great acclaim the violin voncerto written by Catalan composer Jordi Cervelló. The concert was broadcast live from Teatro Monumental in Madrid both on the radio and national television (Tve2).
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).
Throughout 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 MA ASTA (America Strings Teachers Association) Best Studio Teacher of 2016 award.
Markus Placci makes his home between Bologna, Italy and Boston. He plays on a 1871 J.B. Vuillaume violin, a copy of the “Alard” Stradivari.