was born in 1969 in Milan (Italy) where his high school studies were concentrated in the classics and afterwards he studied law and philosophy at the State University. On top of all this, he dedicated himself to the guitar carrying out his training at the "Claudio Abbado" Civic School of Music. In 1995 he graduated from the Conservatory and went on to specialize in the interpretation of 19th century music paying close attention to matters of performance practice and is an esteemed interpreter of Classical and Romantic period sources utilizing period guitars. Carring out an intense career as a performer, lecturer, teacher and researcher, Marco Battaglia gives his concerts as a soloist in 27 nations through the five continents also in collaboration with Unversities, Festivals, Italian Embassies, Consulates and Institutes of Culture. Past performances, recitals and masterclasses, include tours in the USA, in New York, Radford University International Guitar Festival, Virginia, Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, Mexico City, Peru – Lima International Guitar Festival, Australia (in Sydney – Conservatorium of Music for The Italian Festival, Melbourne – Melba Hall, Spring Early Music Festival, Brisbane – Griffith University, Adelaide, Hobart, Canberra – Australian National University, Wollongong, Newcastle and, organised by the Italian Consulate in
Perth, at Fremantle Foley Hall), in New Zealand (Wellington, Auckland University, Christchurch), China (Beijing Italian Institute of Culture Theater, Hong Kong International Guitar Festival at Sha Tin Auditorium and Shenzhen Press Building), Russia (Moskow Conservatory, Rachmaninoff Hall, “The Universe of Sound” Festival), Bangkok (Stock Exchange Auditorium), Jakarta (Schouwburg Festival, Gedung Kesenian Theatre), Tunisia, and, in Europe, hundreds of concerts in Paris (UNESCO Headquarters), Lyon, Marseilles, Lisbon, London, Oslo, Copenhaghen, Krakow, Amsterdam, Berlin - Potsdam, Frankfurt, Bonn, Duesseldorf, Rust (Vienna) International Guitar Festival, Basel, Bern, Athens, Hermoupolis Guitar Festival, Ljubljana (Radio Slovenia), Lipica Festival, Zagreb, Belgrade (Philarmonic Hall), Rome (Palazzo Barberini), Milan (Teatro alla Scala Museum concert season, Castello Sforzesco..), Mantova, Genoa (“Carlo Felice” Theatre, Conservatory), Imperia Guitar Festival, Florence (Palazzo Pitti and 'Il Suono dell'anima' Festival, for various festival like Sagra Mysicale Umbra, Estate Spoletina, Taormina Arte, and in Naples, Bari, Cagliari and Messina (Laudamo Philarmonic).
His interviews and performances have been broadcasted by RAI (Italian State TV and Radio), Slovenian State TV and Radio, RTS (Serbian State Television), Kultura TV (Moskow), Asian TV (Thailand), TVB (Hong Kong), ABC, SBS (Australia), Radio New Zealand and many others. Specialized magazines (“The Classic Voice”, "Chitarra acustica", "Seicorde"...) have extensively written articles about him, as well as the most important newspapers, the “Sydney Morning Herald”, the “Canberra Times” (“...there was much to enjoy in his playing...a unique and most enjoyable recital.”), the “Jakarta Post”, the “Bangkok Post”, the ”General-Anzeiger-Bonn”, the “Corriere della Sera” and “La Stampa” (“Battaglia plays with grace and taste, playing with the subtitles…; the pages…that Marco Battaglia performed wonderfully, creating clinking resonance for the arias of “Italiana in Algeri”, “Otello” and “Armida” with a taste for an intimate sound, almost secret” - Paolo Gallarati).
He performed in Genoa Opera Theatre on a guitar which once belonged to Italian patriot Giuseppe Mazzini (Gennaro Fabricatore, Naples, 1821), property of the Risorgimento Museum of Genoa; the event was following the first concert in modern times with this historical instrument at the Stelline Foundation of Milan (on the program were solo pieces for guitar by the composers cited in the letters and “Philosophy of music” of Mazzini). It was his idea to restore the instrument for this occasion. ...