Stefano Marchese

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Stefano Marchese is an award-winning Italian singer-songwriter and educator. He has collaborated with Grammy winners Bobby McFerrin and Luis Enrique, among others. Thanks to his solo album Radici, in 2021 he was nominated by Serafini as one the 100 most relevant Abruzzesi abroad.

The band leader of Scanzonati, along with bass player and Berklee faculty Andrea Pejrolo, Marchese has collaborated with stars of Italian musica leggera such as Mogol and Carmen Consoli. A radio and TV host and producer, his show L'Italia chiamò was aired on more than 40 TV channels in Italy and Europe, and has included Oscar-winning composer and director Nicola Piovani and Italian jazz and pop stars such as Chiara Civello, Zucchero, Levante, Durdast, and GeGé Telesforo.

A Berklee faculty member and teaching artist for the Eliot School, Marchese has presented at national and international music education conferences and published work in music education journals on the topic of culturally and linguistically responsive teaching and technology in music education. As artistic director, he curates several series and festivals in New England, such as Jazz in the Park, Sounds of Italy, and Piazza All'Aperto among others.

Career Highlights
  • Singer-songwriter and co-leader with Andrea Pejrolo of Scanzonati
  • Performances and collaborations with Bobby McFerrin, Mogol, Luis Enrique, Carmen Consoli, and Joey Blake, among others
  • Host and producer of the TV/radio show L'Italia chiamò
  • Recordings as a solo artist include Radici
  • Recordings as a member or a featured artist include Sung Deep: Voices from the Village by the Singing Tribe, and Unbound Again and Synergy by Unbound Voices
  • TV show appearances include WCVB, WHDH, Mediaset, RAI, and RAI International
  • Artistic director of series and festivals including Jazz in the Park, Sounds of Italy, and Piazza All'Aperto
  • Studies with Bob Stoloff, Norma Winston, Donna Mc Elroy, David Thorne Scott, and Joey Blake, among many others
  • Recipient of the Music Education Award, Berklee 
  • Recipient of the Voice Department Award, Berklee 
  • Recipient of the Umbria Jazz Scholarship
  • M.M., Boston Conservatory at Berklee, music education
  • B.M., Berklee College of Music, contemporary writing and production
  • B.A., Università Roma Tre, performing arts
  • Diploma, Berklee College of Music, contemporary writing and production
  • Diploma, Accademia Corrado Pani, acting
In Their Own Words

"Singing is the sound of our soul, and as Hans C. Andersen wrote, 'Where words fail, music speaks.' Singing is the most ancient form of magic that we were gifted. My goal as an instructor is to help my students grow the skills they need to express themselves in the most powerful, direct, and truthful way. The artist is in constant development, and being part of my students' artistic growth has been and will always be a privilege and a responsibility. For this reason, I think that establishing a strong and honest relationship is as important as supporting my students' professional and artistic growth with solid technical, expressive, and performative instructions."

Through the voice, the singer can tell many stories. Being able to deeply know our own identity is the secret to finding all the emotions stored in our soul. Moreover, in a community so culturally diverse and rich like Berklee's, students are exposed to the cultures of the world and can hear how music plays a fundamental role in expressing themselves as well as cross-pollinate each other to create something new."

"I was fortunate to be immersed in this diverse, inclusive world that music has the power to create. Through my experience as a performer, singer-songwriter, producer, and educator, I discovered that performing arts are like languages with infinite vocabularies that allow the many facets of this beautiful diamond that is our identity, to sparkle."