Marco Cerocchi is an Associate Professor of Italian. He earned a diploma in piano-performance at the Italian National Conservatory of Music in 1995. After having been accepted in a number of master's classes with internationally acclaimed pianists, he started to perform concerts as a solo pianist in Europe and in America.
In 2001, he completed the Laurea in Modern Languages and Literatures (music history group) from La Sapienza–University of Rome, and in the same year, he came to the United States to pursue his graduate studies.
In 2002 Dr. Cerocchi earned a master's degree in Italian Studies from Florida State University, and in 2005 a Ph.D. in Italian Literature from Rutgers University. He then taught as a lecturer at Princeton University and at The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. In 2007, he joined the faculty of the Foreign Languages Department at La Salle, where he serves as the Chair of the Division of Italian Studies and the Coordinator of the Italian program.
Dr. Cerocchi’s solid background as musicologist and pianist fuels his research interest in the strong relationship and interplay between literature and music. He has delivered many academic papers at national and international conferences, and a number of them were published in refereed academic journals, such as Forum Italicum and Italica. His book, a single authored volume entitled Funzioni semantiche e metatestuali della musica in Dante, Petrarca e Boccaccio, was published in 2011 by the esteemed Italian publisher Leo S. Olschki Editore (http://www.olschki.it/Prosp/SP/2010/59912.pdf). His volume examines how the three authors portray the role of music within the contemporary society, and analyzes the various functions played by music within their literary works.