Born to french-italian parents on November 8th 1951 in Chicago Marc Tardue was raised and educated in the United States.
From 1991 to 2002 he was Chief conductor of the symphony orchestra Biel (Switzerland) and from 1999 until the end of 2007 Chief conductor of the Orquestra Nacional do Porto (Portugal). From 2012 to 2017 he was Chief conductor of the Jenaer Philharmonie. Since October 2018 he is Chief conductor of the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra.
Marc Tardue graduated from the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore (Maryland, USA) and did his postgraduate studies in piano with Alexander Lipsky as well as conducting with Frederik Prausnitz. He also studied voice with Marilyn Cotlow and worked as a coach and accompanist in the Masterclasses of Francesco Valentino.
From 1982 till 1985 he was the Principal Conductor of the Icelandic National Opera in Reykjavik.
Marc Tardue was a prize winner of the International Competition for Musical Performers (CIEM) "Ernest Ansermet" for conductors in Geneva and was also awarded the prestigious "Swiss Prize".