Marcello Maio is a pianist and composer. Accomplished in piano and piano-accordion, his trademark musicianship as a composer highlights his versatility across a range of musical genres. He has established himself as one of Sydney’s most highly acclaimed Latin, Jazz and World music exponents. Marcello graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium in 2008, completing a Bachelor of Music (Jazz performance) under Mike Nock, Judy Bailey and Matt McMahon. Raised in a musical family, Marcello regularly performs with his father Ross Maio (accordion virtuoso) in From Caruso to Bocelli and Viva La Fisarmonica Show. Since joining the Triple Aria award-winning band Monsieur Camembert in 2004, Marcello has performed in Bangkok, Canada, West Timor, New York, Sri Lanka, Shanghai and the Gypsy Jazz festival in New Caledonia as well as a myriad of notable Australian music festivals including Woodford Folk Festival, Bellingen Global Carnival, Byron Bay Blues and Roots festival, Melbourne Comedy Festival, Noosa Jazz festival, Australian World Music Expo, Adelaide Cabaret festival and Brisbane Festival.
In 2010, Marcello collaborated with Roland Peelman on a series of arrangements and had written a composition for the vocal ensemble, Song Company.
2013 saw Marcello joining Atlanta (USA) soul and R’n’B singer Cody ChesnuTT. The band toured widely across Australia and New Zealand. In the same year he toured Australia with Baby et Lulu who feature Lara Goodridge (Fourplay) and Abby Dobson (Leonardo’s Bride).
2014 On the back of their successful album recording ‘Oblivion’, Marcello teamed up with concert pianist Ambre Hammond to perform on ‘ABC Live’ at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre in Penrith. 2014 marked the first appearance at WOMADelaide festival in Adelaide with Baby et Lulu. Marcello is equally at home with Brazilian and Jazz styles as he is with European and African-American styles,
What people are saying about Marcello Maio:
“Marcello can do anything” Roland Peelman (director of the Song Company)
“Marcello stole the show with his remarkable musicianship” Jennifer Gall,
“Maio is a 22-year-old prodigy of piano-accordion, with a dauntingly polished technique; almost as daunting as his compositional expertise. it’s easy to see why this jazz-piano- trained muso is in such cross-genre demand.” Lloyd Bradford Skye (Australian Stage)
“Bravo, bravo, bravo! … This CD (Oblivion) is extraordinary”
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