Marco GAlvani - Composer


Marco Galvani is a composer based in London. His compositions have been performed throughout the UK, Europe, and North America. Marco’s choral work is published by Edition Peters. His work has been commissioned, performed, and recorded by a variety of orchestras, ensembles, and choirs. Galvani’s first chamber opera ‘Rothschild’s Violin’ led David Threasher to describe him as a ‘compositional voice of genuine promise’ in the Oxford Culture Review. 

Marco has received choral commissions from ensembles such as The Sixteen, The Choir of Salisbury Cathedral, Sansara Chamber Choir, and The Arcadian Singers. In 2015, Galvani’s commission ‘Tantum Ergo’ was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 from the Edington Festival of Music within the liturgy. This work has subsequently been recorded by Sansara Chamber Choir, with whom Marco is Associate Composer.

While at Oxford, Galvani was a choral scholar with The Queen’s College Choir, and his motet ‘Et Vidi Angelum’ features on the album ‘A New Heaven’, which presents settings of the Revelation of John. Marco’s ‘Marian Hymns’ have been performed by Sansara, Voces Inauditae, St Martin’s Voices, and have been recorded by The Cambridge Chorale. In 2017 Galvani was commissioned by the Royal Philharmonic Society and Classic FM for his work ‘On Christmas Morn’, which was performed by The Sixteen throughout their Christmas Tour in locations such as Cadogan Hall, Symphony Hall, Birmingham, and Sage, Gateshead.

Exploring a variety of instrumental combinations, Marco has received a number of commissions for ensembles and orchestras. Galvani’s instrumental work ‘From Sarashina’s Letters’ was performed in 2016 by CHROMA, which developed concepts explored in the dramatic production ‘As I Crossed A Bridge of Dreams’, for which Marco composed an electronic score. ‘Before Sunrise’ for solo piano was commissioned by Matthew Schellhorn, following Galvani’s success in the Schellhorn Prize 2015 for his choral work ‘Ecce Quam Bonum’.

Galvani has collaborated extensively with other solo performers such as the cellist Sarah Gait, for whom he composed ‘Mountain Paths’ and ‘Zeid’. Upcoming collaborations and performances include ensembles such as The Hermes Experiment, London Accordion Orchestra, Zeitgeist Chamber Orchestra, and Consortium Novum of Oxford. Galvani’s second chamber opera, ‘Autopilot Saves Model S’, was commissioned by Faded Ink Productions, and was described as ‘an electrifying new opera’ by the Oxford Daily Info. 

Marco received a first class degree from The Queen’s College, Oxford, where he studied with Professor Robert Saxton. Galvani is working towards a Masters in Composition at the Royal Academy of Music, where he is studying with David Sawer. Marco has participated in masterclasses with composers such as Magnus Lindberg and Andrew Norman, and received lessons from Oliver Knussen, Emily Howard, Edmund Finnis, and Larry Goves.