Marco Mencoboni, harpsichordist and organist, was born in 1961 in Macerata. He studied with Umberto Pineschi, Ton Koopman, Jesper Christensen and Gustav Leonhardt. At the Conservatory of Lecce he obtained a high diploma in Renaissance Vocality with honours under the guidance of Diego Fratelli. For years he dedicated himself to the rediscovery of the ancient musical repertoire of the Marches. Since 1999 he has created and directed the Cantar Lontano Festival in order to rediscover the ancient vocal technique of Cantar Lontano. Some of his stories have been published by the FMR magazine. He founded and directs the label E lucevan le Stelle Records.
He regularly performs at major music festivals, including Ambronay, Utrecht, Antwerp, Pontoise, Lisbon, Sferisterio Opera Festival, Rossini Opera Festival, to name but a few.
The Metropolitan Museum in New York uses his recordings for the soundtrack of some exhibition halls. In 2010 he made the world premiere at the Harbour of Ancona a spectacular concert where from the top of a crane he directed the horns of seven boats moored in the various docks of the port, combining their notes, tuned with the notes of the Guidonian hand, with the voices of singers also arranged on different cranes.
Since 2013 he has been a teacher at the Accademia Rossiniana of Alberto Zedda at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro.
For Utrecht’s Early Music Festival he is making a series of video tutorials on the peculiarities of ancient music.
Since 2017 he has been in charge of the Monteverdi project for the Teatru Manoel of Malta.