Mario Marzi, winner of nine national and four international competitions, has performed with the most important symphonic orchestras, amongst them the Orchestra Sinfonica RAI di Torino, Accademia naz. di Santa Cecilia, Arena di Verona, Teatro Comunale di Firenze, Teatro alla Fenice di Venezia, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana and the Caracas Symphony Orchestra.
Since twenty years he has been working with the Teatro alla Scala and with the Filarmonica della Scala under the baton of the nowadays leading conductors R. Muti, C. M. Giulini, G. Prètre, L. Maazel, L. Berio, S. Bychkov, G. Sinopoli, W. Sawallisch, M. W. Chung, G. Dudamel, C. Abbado, R. Chailly and D. Harding.
He often plays with Mr. Riccardo Muti and is regularly invited to join Mr. Zubin Mehta and the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino on concert tours.
He has played at famous national and international festivals such as the Biennale di Venezia, Settembre Musica, La Scala di Milano, Accademia Filarmonica di Roma or the Ravenna Festival. Other concerts took place in Salzburg, Athens, Madrid, Saint Petersburg and Mexico City as well as in prestigious halls and theatres such as in the Carnegie Hall in New York, the Suntory Hall in Tokyo, the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, the Musikverein in Wien, the Schauspielhaus in Berlin, the Lacma Museum in Los Angeles, the Grand National Theatre of China-Beijing, the European Parliament in Brussels, the Ciajkovskij Hall in Moscow and the Liceu in Barcelona etc.
He devoted himself to XXth century repertoire and some of the most meaningful contemporary works for saxophone are dedicated to him. He has recorded for EMI, Edipan, Stradivarius, Agorà, BMG and Sony Classical. His CD of the major saxophone concertos for soloist and orchestra, which he recorded with G. Verdi Symphony Orchestra conducted by H. Schellemberger, was recently released in Italy by Amadeus and is now internationally released on ARTS (München).
Marzi teaches saxophone at G. Verdi conservatory in Milan, gives post-graduate courses and master classes in Oporto, Amsterdam, Lisboa, Frankfurt, Beijing, Wien, London, Washington, Sydney, Denver and Caracas, within the Abreu’s project (El Sistema).
Member of the jury in the main competition for the saxophone, including Dinant in 2010, he is responsible for Italy of Gerry Mulligan’s Publisher. He is also author of several educational scores for Carisch. His book Il Saxofono, Zecchini Editore, was published in October 2009.
Sky Classica has dedicated to him an episode of the musical program Notevoli.