Marco William Duranti is what we can call “a versatile musician, a classical guitarist that likes to look outside his window”. The given gift of composition has always led him to search and seek ideas outside what we could or might consider the normal parameters of the classical guitarist. Moreover, the main idea has always been to create new compositions for the classical guitar rather than search and adapt music from other instruments or sources to the guitar. Marco says “I like to implement and adapt ideas from the outside, mould them and make them a property of the guitar rather than make the guitar property of a transcription".
Nevertheless, this does not mean that transcriptions are wrong, actually many added life and beauty to this instrument's rich repertory”. At the same time, this concept is turned upside down by Marco and ideas that come from the guitar are moulded and placed in other music styles, something he has always done for film music scores, rock music etc. This is not original in itself, but it comes from his learning of things, his roots, a family of artist-artisans that had as friends opera, rock and classical musicians, painters and sculptors, from the love for the 60's and 70's music of various styles including the most beautiful period for classical music recordings.
Marco has always been surrounded by an environment made by creative people that probably shaped him into what he is today. He does not seek originality in music but believes in the uniqueness of a composition that is made by the many factors that come from the character and ability of an individual. Of course, these experiences were not enough without the aid and support of the progressive and passionate study of music theory and the guitar. Marco studied at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto under the guidance of guitarist-composer John Perrone and later privately in Rome with guitarist-composer and arranger Mario Gangi. He learned to play the blues with a blues guitarist that lived on the streets of Toronto when in high school that gave him another point of view on the guitar. His music career has also been marked by many difficulties like Focal Dystonia, and long pit stops, but this has made him probably stronger and gave him the chance again to further look into music in different ways. Marco has made many original recordings, ranging from classical guitar to rock concept albums, film music and performed quite extensively in Italy for many years.
“This long journey is not over yet and I hope I will be able to produce more works and hopefully leave something worth mentioning!”