Massa, Pietro

Pietro Massa was born in Milan (Italy) on March 6th 1973. He studied Piano Performance with Aldo Ciccolini in Paris and Composition with Bruno Bettinelli in his native city. In 1999 he moved to Berlin. The capital of Germany became centre of his life and the base of a career as soloist all over the world.

He has collaborated with the Rachmaninoff String Quartet (Russia), the Lamy String Quartet (Japan) and the Staatskapelle Ensemble in Berlin (Germany).

After his first CD recorded in the Teldex Studios Berlin (Master Arts, 2005), he resolved to transcend the limits of the recording studio. Genuin Leipzig published two recordings with orchestras in live concerts: the Piano Concerto No. 3 by Sergej Rachmaninoff in 2007 and the Concerto for Piano, Choir and Orchestra op. 39 in 2008 (Price of the critic «Hessischer Rundfunk 2009»).

His discography with orchestra has been realized with the conductors Stefan Malzew (GMD Neubrandenburger Philharmonie), Peter Hirsch (Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin), Alessandr Crudele (Berliner Symphoniker) and Cristoph-Mathias Müller (GMD Göttinger Symphoniker).

He began to take a great interest in the Italian piano repertoire of the 19th and 20th century. After intensive archival research, he discovered a copy of the lost score of the Piano Concerto in F major No. 2 op. 92 by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco at the Fleisher Collection in Philadelphia (USA). The first European Performance of this work took place in the Berliner Philharmonie. Capriccio Wien published the Piano Concerto as World Premiere.

Crystal Classics scheduls the release of two further recordings in 2011: the Piano Concerto by Giuseppe Martucci in B minor No. 2 op. 66 (Live - Neubrandeburger Philharmonie, Cond. Stefan Malzew) and the Complete Piano Works by the Oper Composer Riccardo Zandonai (World Premiere).

Pietro has completed three master's degrees in, respectively, Piano Performance, Composition and Ancient Greek Literature. In 2005, he obtained his PhD in Musicology at the Free University Berlin with the dissertation «Carl Orff's Tragic Trilogy and the Reception of Hölderlin's Poetry in the Context of Post-War Germany» (Peter Lang, Frankfurt am Main, 2006).

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