Marco Ignoti studied clarinet under Cesare Salati at the Arrigo Boito Conservatory of Music in Parma, graduating in 1997 with distinction.
In 2010 he completed a postgraduate course in clarinet under Corrado Giuffredi, graduating with distinction with a thesis on Ferneyhough's Time and Motion Study I, called "Time and Motion Study, ergonomia utopica" (Time and Motion Study, utopic ergonomy) and performing solo clarinet and bass clarinet pieces, including Time and Motion Study I.
In the same year he won the third prize at the "Valentino Bucchi" International Clarinet Competition in Rome.
Ignoti has played in several ensembles and devotes an extensive part of his music career to contemporary music.
After graduating in 1997 he founded Trio Klee (violin, clarinet and piano), with which he performed some of the most significant works of the 20th century, receiving important recognitions from critics and audience in national and international competitions. Afterwards the trio grew and became Farben Ensemble, adding two new members. The new group performed contemporary music works as well as pieces from the 20th century repertoire and received important recognitions in national and international competitions and festivals in Damascus, Graz, Thessaloniki, Genoa and Antwerp. The Ensemble recorded "Confini" by Paolo Cavallone.
He has been the clarinetist of FontanaMIXensemble (based in Bologna) since 2006. With the Ensemble he has played at prominent contemporary music festivals and has worked with composers from the Italian and international contemporary music scene, as well with the Ensemble AccrocheNote of Strasbourg, releasing also three recordings.
With the Ensemble he performed in renowned venues and festivals, such as: Teatro Comunale di Bologna, La Biennale di Venezia (2009 and 2016), Connect Festival in Malmö, Teatro Politeama, Auditorium Zo in Catania, Hall des Chars and la Cité de la musique et de la danse in Strasbourg, the Teatro Massimo in Palermo, the Sala Filarmonica of Rovereto and the Auditorium Teatro Manzoni (Bologna).
In 2014 he performed at the 58th International Festival of Contemporary Music of the Biennale di Venezia for the premiere of the chamber opera Katër i Radës. The shipwreck by Admir Shkurtaj (libretto by Alessandro Leogrande and theatrical direction by Salvatore Tramacere), conducted by Pasquale Corrado, collaborating with Cantieri Teatrali Koreja (Lecce).
The work was recorded in 2015 for AnimaMundi and has been performed in numerous occasions such as the Book and Arts festival in Tirana, the Mess Festival in Sarajevo, the Ulysses theatre festival in Brijuni (Croatia), as well as in Timisoara, Bari and Lecce.
He has collaborated also with other prominent Italian ensembles. He performed with the Mdi Ensemble, the Ensemble Sentieri Selvaggi in "Il sogno di una cosa" (Piccolo Teatro Strehler, Milan), the Arsenale Ensemble at the international festival of composition Composit 2013, and for the screening of Don Quixote (Teatro Comunale Mario del Monaco, Treviso), with the Ensemble Risognanze at the Tiroler Festspiele in Erl and with the Nextime Ensemble at the Ravenna Festival 2013 (Tribute to Berio).
He performed at contemporary music workshops such as: L'urlo della terra of Moa-Project (in Sardinia) and Composit Festival in Rieti (2013, 2014 and 2017), collaborating with young emerging composers of the international contemporary music scene.
Ignoti started some chamber music projects focused on classical repertoire for clarinet.
In 2016, together with pianist Stefano Malferrari, he performed various works from the French repertoire during the festival Dialoghi tra Musica, Immagini e Parole.
In 2017, together with pianist Stefano Malferrari and violist Corrado Carnevali, he presented a unique version of Brahms sonatas for Clarinet or Viola and Piano op. 120, and a transcription of the Lieder op. 91 for the concert season of Le Torri dell'Acqua.
In 2015 he performed as soloist at the 5th European Clarinet Festival in Gent, Belgium, in the Miry Hall of the Royal Conservatory, playing Sine tempore insulae, a work for bass clarinet and live electronics by Nicola Evangelisti.
In addition to his extensive work in renowned ensembles, Ignoti has collaborated with several orchestras, including: Orchestra Sinfonica of Sanremo, ORER "A. Toscanini" of Parma, Orchestra del Teatro Regio of Parma, Orchestra dell'Opera di Parma and Orchestra dell'Opera Italiana, performing in various operas.
His musical interests are not limited only to contemporary and classical music but include also other genres. Because of this, Ignoti has played in some of the most renowned Italian musical productions by Disney. He has played in the musical La Bella e la Bestia (produced by Stage Entertainment) at the Teatro Nazionale in Milan and Teatro Brancaccio in Rome from 2009 to 2011 and in Mary Poppins the musical (a production by WEC, Disney and Cameron Mackintosh) at the Teatro Nazionale in Milan in 2018.
He has been researching and playing contemporary music for many years and collaborates with the International Bass Clarinet Research Center (C.I.R.C.B.) as Contemporary Music Researcher.
He specializes in bass clarinet and plays Eb and contrabass clarinet.