Marcello Fantoni begins classical guitar at the age of eight. He studies with Paolo Paolini at Conservatory of Music "Giuseppe Verdi" of Milan, where he graduates brilliantly, receiving the maximum grade and the Praise in the test of Interpretation Test. For a short period he also studies Musical Composition with Lorenzini and Anzaghi, at the same Conservatory. He specializes subsequently with Eliot Fisk at the Mozarteum of Salzburg (where he is admitted in 1996), with Leo Brouwer in Cordoba, and with Oscar Ghiglia in Siena, at the Accademia Chigiana, where he receives a Scholarship where he is awarded with a Scholarship and a Diploma of Merit. Eliot Fisk, guitar teacher at Mozarteum and former disciple of A. Segovia, comments: "I consider Marcello Fantoni a worthy cultural ambassador of the splendid Italian people for which I have always felt a deep love and respect". He is winner of several Prizes in National and International Interpretation Competitions, such as "Sergio Dragoni" Foundation Competition, for all the students of Conservatory of Milan, and the European Competition announced by the musical publisher house Bčrben. He is mentioned by the ARAM Association in Rome as an emerging talent and invited to perform during ARAM's own concert season. He has performed a contemporary work by the composer Davide Gualtieri the for Recording House IRTEM- Documenti.
Always interested in many other kind of musics, parallelly to the study of the classical guitar, it also devotes him to the study and the close examination of other music like Blues, rock, Funky, Jazz-Rock, exhibiting himself for long time with different bands of the Milanese area. Particularly important to this intention it is the meeting with the guitarist Marco Colombo (SOB, Bernard Lanzetti Band, Gianna Nannini.).
Since 1995 he has been collaborating with Grande Orchestra Sinfonica "G. Verdi" taking part to the recording of composer Bruno Maderna's works. In 2002 he get the Musical Education Pedagogy's specialization degree at the department of Musical Paleography University in Cremona. In 2004 the musical publishing house Sinfonica publish his solo guitar composition "Perpetuum".
He performs as a soloist for the most important musical Associations of Milan, and in several chamber groups such as "Milano Guitar Trio" and "Quintetto San Gallo".
From 2002 he formes a duo with the flauitist Paola Dusio. With this partner he gives concert in Italy and in the rest of Europe always obtaining great public and critical acclamations. From 2005 he performs with Vieri Bugli (1° violino), Andrea Cortesi (2°violino), Camilla Insom (viola), Leandro Carino (Violoncello) in Quintetto Leo (dedicated to the cuban composer Leo Brouwer) always obtaining great public and critical acclamations in musical competitions, meetings and public concert.
Since 2004-2005 he attend the the courses of Second Level Specialization Degree in Classical Guitar at "L.Cherubini" Conservatoire in Florence with M°Paolo Paolini e M°Alfonso Borghese. He specializes with Eduardo Fernandez (2005), Timo Koronen (2005), Leo Brouwer (2006) and Pavel Steidel (2006). In March 2007 he graduates with "full marks cum lode" from Conservatorio in Florence with a concert graduation thesis about "Leo Brouwer, Tomas Marco, Egberto Gismonti: guitar in Spain and Latino America in the second half of XX century" From 2007 he starts an artistic collaboration with Marco Colombo, friend and ex teacher of him. Together, they perform in several contests and in very important public events (Parma Festival 2008) like Power Guitar Duo before, and JohnJohn Project after (www.festivaldellapoesia.it/project/pagesListDetail.asp?ID=42&IdElement=411) a musical guitar duo project based exclusively the Scottish guitarist's music John Mclaughlin. In 2008 he retunes to collaborate and perform with eclectic pianist composer Danilo Amici (http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewProfile&friendID=211032112) and with the jazz musicians Andrea Fantozzi (bass and guitar) and Fausto Oldani (Clarinet and Sax) with which he plays in a Jazz Trio (songs, standards, manouche).