Born in Montevideo, Uruguay, Marco Sartor is a top prize winner in numerous international competitions including First Prizes in the Schadt String Competition, Texas Guitar Competition, and the JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition. He has performed extensively across the USA and appeared as a soloist with the Allentown Symphony, Virginia Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Ann Arbor Symphony, and other orchestras in the USA.
Marco has also performed and was featured in radio and television broadcasts throughout Spain, Germany, Mexico, Chile, Canada, Argentina and Uruguay to both critical and public acclaim.
Marco Sartor received degrees from Yale University, the College of Charleston and Carnegie Mellon University.
He studied with Robert Ravera, Mario Paysee and Eduardo Fernandez in Uruguay and Marc Regnier, James Ferla, and Benjamin Verdery in the USA. In 2009 he recorded his debut CD for the Fleur de Son label and performed with the Buffalo Philharmonic and the SODRE Orchestra in Uruguay.
As a teacher, he has been invited to give master-classes in Uruguay, Argentina, and a number of universities and conservatories in the USA. He has started the guitar programs at the Carnegie Mellon Music Preparatory School in Pittsburgh, PA and at the Charleston Academy of Music in Charleston, SC. He currently teaches at the New World School of the Arts in Miami.
Fleur de Son released Marco's debut CD in May 2010. The recording includes works by John Dowland, Domenico Scarlatti, Fernando Sor, Manuel Ponce, Abel Fleury, Tom Eastwood and Nikola Starcevic.1st prize: 1998 Centro Guitarristico del Uruguay
1st prize: 2002 "Schadt String Competition". Allentown, Pennsylvania
1st prize: 2003 Music Teachers National Association Salt Lake City, Utah
1st prize: 2004 "Appalachian GuitarFest". Boone, North Carolina
1st prize: 2006 Texas Guitar Competition. Dallas, Texas
1st prize: 2007 "Pittsburgh Concert Society". Archived from the original on 2011-07-27. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1st prize: 2008 JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition, "Official website". Buffalo, New York
2nd prize: 2000 Colon Competition (Argentina)
2nd prize: 2000 Ciudad de Montevideo Competition (Uruguay)
2nd prize: 2005 Texas Guitar Competition. Dallas, Texas
2nd prize: 2005 "St. Joseph International Guitar Competition". Archived from the original on 2009-05-15. St. Joseph, Missouri
2nd prize: 2005 National Guitar Workshop. New Milford, Connecticut
3rd prize: "Guitar Foundation of America". (California 2001 & Florida 2002)
3rd prize: 2007 "International Koblenz Guitar Competition". "Hubert Kappel"
3rd prize: 2007 "Miami International Guitar Competition". Miami, Florida
“Sartor’s playing was characterized by the smoothness and assurance of his technique that seemed almost casual, even in difficult moments. This contributed to the artist’s natural shaping of the musical line and the grace of the rapid figurations in the first movement... the most intimate view of Sartor’s nimble fingering, fluent long runs, and wonderfully pensive, articulate solo passages... in the rousing Finale, his rhythmic acuity was striking in staking out the movement’s opposition of guitar and orchestra. The audience loved it... a truly magical spell.”
"Piccolo introduces us to a lot of new talent, but none can top the prodigious talent of Sartor...plays with great heart...consummate skill, sparkling technique and cleanly executed embellishments... a sizzling example of sterling talent." Post and Courier, Charleston, SC.