Marco Susino is a multi award-winning, multi-cultural artist and researcher in the psychology of music. He is Lecturer in Creative Arts for Assemblage Centre for Creative Arts, Flinders University, Australia and Visiting Artist and Scholar for The Juilliard School, New York. As an artist, his work is characterised and informed by emotional expressions through music and multi-media assemblages of music, movement, and visual expressions. His work engages multi-cultural and multi-ethnic views, memories and experiences of emotions, broadly including embodied narratives, social, and individual experiences.
As a researcher, he investigates what processes are responsible for the communication of emotion in music and embodied expressions, and the effects of culture on such experiences.
He initially started as a session guitarist and later worked as artistic director. He has performed across Europe, the Americas and Australasia, including at the National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA) in Sydney, the Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House, and the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London. He recorded music for both Universal and Polydor and a TV performance for the Beijing Olympics 2008. To date, he received 15 national and international competitive grants and have been awarded over $194,000 in fundings. He also collaborated on two Australian Research Council (ARC) Projects worth $1.2 million dollars to conduct research on music and emotion.
In 2007, he was awarded an Alumni Industry Success Award, from the Academy of Contemporary Music in England, for his mark in the arts sector. In 2017, he received the Gerry Farrell Award to conduct practice-based research in music and emotion in Havana, Cuba and in 2018, an Exceptional Achievements Grant from the University of New South Wales. In 2019, he was awarded the prestigious Endeavour Fellowship, from the Australian Government to work as a visiting artist and research fellow in New York city on his project: The Music that Moves Us. In 2020, he was awarded a Dean's Research Award by UNSW Sydney and a CHASS Research Award by Flinders University.
He holds a PhD, a Master degree, and a Licentiate in Music .