Marco Boni was born into a family of musicians and studied horn and cello. He graduated in cello performance from the Milan Conservatory under Rocco Filippini. His mentors for orchestral conducting include the great conductor Sergiu Celibidache. Earlier in his career he was the principal cellist of the Orchestra of Teatro Comunale in Bologna and a founder and solo cellist of I Virtuosi Italiani. Marco Boni was appointed Principal Conductor of the Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra in Amsterdam for 18 years and further appointed as Honorary Conductor in 2012. He led the orchestra on more than 20 tours to France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Japan and India. His first recording of Schubert’s Death and the Maiden String Quartets arranged by Mahler was voted by the BBC Music Magazine as the best recording available of these works. Four CDs with the Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra performing works by Haydn, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Schubert and Tchaikovsky were also released and praised by the critics in all the top international musical magazines. Marco Boni has been head of conducting at the International Piano Academy in Imola since 2010. In 2013 he was appointed Principal Conductor of the Imola Chamber Orchestra and more recently founded the Switzerland Soloists. He has also conducted the Vienna Chamber Orchestra on tour in Italy and Spain, I Virtuosi Italiani on tour in Switzerland, Spain and Finland and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra on tour in Italy. He has performed at major international festivals and with many world famous soloists including as Salvatore Accardo, Yuri Bashmet, Maria Joao Pires, Janine Jansen, Bruno Canino, Giuliano Carmignola, Mischa Maisky, Bruno Giuranna and Paul Tortelier.