Federico Mercado was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1971. He studied guitar with Jorge Biscardi and Carlé Costa. Furthermore he studied composition with Eduardo Wilde, Rodolfo Daluisio and with Ricardo Capellano at “Manuel de Falla”, Conservatorio Superior de Música.
He started his cultural and musical activities in 1995 with different artistic groups, and was founder of the Ciclo Itinerante de Arte Popolar (CIAP) and the Espacio Itinerante de Cultura y Arte Popolar (EICAP), whose goal was principally the promotion of culture and art in the poorer quarters and villages of Buenos Aires.
He furthermore excels as a accordionplayer in one of the most characteristic musical formations of Buenos Aires, la murga, the streetbands, called la murga, that at the time of the carneval cross the city.
As a teacher at elementary schools of Buenos Aires he founded the Ensamble Cildañez and Tambores Sur, percussion ensembles for children and teenagers.
His opus contains numerous works for solo guitar, as well as chamber music works for different instrumentations. His compositions combine different musical aspects and concepts in a very sensitive and personal way, using a language of contemporary and South American music.
He lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina.