Marzio Scholten (1982) is a guitarist and composer who’s mainly active in the instrumental music scene in the Netherlands.
After having graduated from the renowned Conservatory of Amsterdam in 2006 he has released six albums which all received critical acclaim. His musical style ranges from modern jazz to indie rock all the way to Americana (folk/country/blues).
Currently Marzio is active with several of his own projects, including his solo guitar works, and an intimate trio with bass player Ernst Glerum (ICP) and ECM recording pianist Wolfert Brederode. Furthermore he is in close collaboration with singer/songwriter Marien Dorleijn (Moss) with which he leads indie band Opera Alaska. In 2020 they released their debut album ‘The Stream’ on legendary record label Excelsior Recordings.
Marzio’s music and playing can also be heard in several movies and documentaries showed in cinemas and on national television.
Career highlights include headlining Holland’s most prestigious venues and festivals (Paradiso, Bimhuis, ESNS, North Sea Jazz and many more), national television appearances, a Deloitte Jazz Award nomination and international headlining tours.
Besides his active career as a musician Marzio currently also holds the position of artistic director at Jazz International Rotterdam. As an educator Marzio works for several conservatories and music universities, for which he has also developed a variety of educational programs. Through his own company – Tonetrigger – he offers coaching, advice and support in the fields of music management and cultural entrepreneurship.