Marcos Madrigal was born in 1984 in Havana, Cuba. In 2007, he graduated from the University of Arts of Cuba (Instituto Superior de Arte) where he studied with Cuban pianist Teresita Junco.
Marcos has performed in the major concert halls in Cuba, Italy, France, Spain, Germany, England, Switzerland and Austria, as well as in many cities in Latin America including Mexico City, San José, Caracas and Bogotá.
At the age of fifteen, Marcos made his début as a soloist with orchestra and, since then, he has performed with every Cuban symphony orchestra and with most of the symphony orchestras in Latin America.
In 1998, he won the Amadeo Roldán Competition, with a ‘Special Mention’ for the best interpretation of Cuban and Latin American music. In 1999, he won an award in the Concurso Iberoamericano of Havana. In 2002, Marcos won First Prize and the prize for ‘Best Interpretation of Cuban Music’ in the UNEAC Contest; and in 2003 he won First Prize in the Ignacio Cervantes International Piano Contest. In 2006, he won an award in the Panama International Piano Competition; and received First Prize and a ‘Special Mention’ for the Interpretation of Costa Rican music in the Senior Category of the Maria Clara Cullell International Piano Competition in Costa Rica. In 2008, he received the European First Prize for Piano Performance in the International Piano Competition of Avezzano in Abruzzo, Italy. In 2011, Marcos received the ‘Audience Award’ in the series of concerts ‘Les Jeudis du Piano’ in Geneva, Switzerland.
Marcos has toured France, Italy, Spain, Germany and Colombia with the ancient music group Ars Longa and has recorded several CDs with the French record label K617. In 2004, together with Ars Longa, he was a soloist in several concerts organized by Claudio Abbado. He was also a guest soloist in the Jeux des Orgues International Festival in Paris in 2005.
Marcos has recorded several CDs on the Colibrí record label. These include Homo Ludens with Leo Brouwer, Concierto a cuatro manos with his teacher Teresita Junco, Non Divisi, a monograph on the composer Roberto Valera with Camerata Romeu and El Caballero y su destino with José María Vitier and other artists.
In addition, Marcos has collaborated on several occasions with Nicola Piovani and other internationally renowned composers and theatre directors.
Marcos currently lives in Italy, where he attends masterclasses at the International Piano Academy at Lake Como directed by Martha Argerich. While at the Academy, he has had the opportunity to study with Dimitri Bashkirov, John Perry, Andreas Staier, Malcolm Bilson and William Grant Naboré, under whose special guidance he is also currently studying at the University of Music – Conservatory of Lugano, where he is a ‘Theo Lieven Scholar’.
In 2012, Marcos won the International Award ‘Maison des Artistes Gold Medal’, granted by the Association of Culture, Arts and Science of Rome in the Lecture Hall of La Sapienza University.
In April 2013, he won the Second Prize with distinction in the prestigious International Piano Competition Prize Jaén (the First Prize was not awarded).
He has recently performed, with great success, in the renowned ‘Festival International de Musique de Dinard’ (Brittany) and in the prestigious ‘Teatro Colón of Buenos Aires’ (Argentina), accompanied by the Philharmonic Orchestra of the city.