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Cellist Bartolomeo Dandolo Marchesi, born in Milano, is co-founder and musical director of VERITÀ BAROQUE and cellist of the ALINDE Quartett.

He is a member of the Orchestra of the 18th Century and the co-founder of UnderStories Ensemble.

​Bartolomeo plays a 1727 cello made by Carlo Antonio Testore in Milano, generously lent by the Jumpstart Jr. Foundation.

He has appeared as a soloist with various orchestras, most notably the Westdeutsche Rundfunk Funkhausorchester. As a chamber musician, he has appeared internationally across Europe and Asia with musicians such as Kristian Bezuidenhout, Giovanni Sollima, Ariadne Daskalakis, Daniel Johannsen, Beatrice Martin as well as on the German (WDR), English (BBC), Austrian (Ö1) and Italian national radio (Radio3).

He is first prize winner of numerous competitions, including the Cellissima Competition, the International Competition of San Bartolomeo, and the Vittorio Veneto International Competition, in addition to garnering the second prize at the Saarbrücken International Early Music Competition. In 2022 he won with the UnderStories Ensemble the Prize for the "most promising young artist”, awarded by EUBO, in the York Early Music Competition.

Festival appearances have included Utrecht Early Music Festival, York Early Music Festival, Kyoto International Music Festival, Fringe, the Cusiano Early Music Festival in Orta, Göttingen International Händel Festival, “Bachwochen” in Ansbach, “Tage Alter Musik” in Herne and the Chopin Festival in Warsaw.

He has attended masterclasses with renowned teachers, such as Enrico Bronzi, Xenia Jankovic, Frans Helmerson, Enrico Dindo, Roel Dieltiens, Chiara Banchini, Susanne Scholtz, Ryo Terakado, Mario Brunello, Kathi Gohl, Giuliano Carmignola, Alfredo Bernardini, Wieland Kuijken, Alessandro Moccia and Petra Müllejans. 

His primary influences have included Nicolas Altstaedt and Antonio Mosca, as well as Kristin von der Goltz, Catherine Jones, Rainer Zipperling, and Gaetano Nasillo on Baroque cello.

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