Fabiano Merlante was born in Adria (Italy). He graduated “cum laude” in Lute at the “B. Marcello” Conservatory  in with the guide of Tiziano Bagnati; he took a diploma of Guitar at the State Conservatory “A. Buzzolla” of Adria having as a highly qualified guide Michelangelo Severi. At the Conservatory “G. Frescobaldi” of Ferrara he then graduated “cum laude” in Guitar with Stefano Cardi and in Chamber Music with Tiziano Mealli. Besides  high level scholarships, he obtained many Italian and International awards, both as  soloist and as member of chamber ensembles.
He attended Courses of Specializations of Guitar held by Ruggero Chiesa, Julian Bream, Manuel Barrueco, David Russell; he also attended Specialization Courses of Ancient Music held by Luciano Contini, Rolf Lislevand, Nigel North. He has recorded for the Italian State Television (RAI), ORF (Austria), NDR (Germany) e Dwójka (Poloand), and cooperated in recordings  of CDs for labels of Classical Music such as  Ariston, Brilliant, Dynamic, M.A.P, Niccolò, Rainbow e Tactus.
He performs  concerts playing with early romantic guitars, and with other ancient instruments such as archlute, theorbo and baroque guitar. He  performs as soloist and  he  also collaborates with many baroque music groups (Accademia Bizantina, Armoniosa, Gene Barocco, I Fiori Musicali, I Musicali Affetti, Italico Splendore, I Virtuosi Italiani, Sans Souci, …) and with prestigious conductors and musicians as Michele Barchi, Alfredo BernardiniOttavio DantonePaolo Grazzi, Roy Goodman, Sigiswald Kuijken, Stefano Montanari, in Italy and abroad (Austria, Croatia, France, Germany, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Swiss, …). In his constant research of ancient musical repertoire in Italian libraries, he  has been discovering unreleased nineteenth-century musical repertoire, editing and publishing for important specialized Italian publishers (Bèrben, Pizzicato, Armelin).
He is also active in working with various contemporary composers in the drafting, revision and fingering for guitar music.