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Massimo Mazzeo, Director

Graduated from the Conservatory of Music of Venice, Massimo Mazzeo, studied with Bruno Giuranna and Wolfram Christ. He specialised in chamber music and string quartet with the members of Quartetto Italiano and Quarteto Amadeus. Then he performed with many representative orchestras of the international panorama conducted by prestigious conductors: Leonard Bernstein, Zubin Mehta, Carlo Maria Giulini, Yuri Temirkanov, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Georges Prêtre, Lorin Maazel and Valery Gergiev.

Massimo Mazzeo was soloist of various chamber orchestras: I Virtuosi di Roma, I Virtuosi di Santa Cecilia, Accademia Strumentale Italiana, Musica Vitae Orchestra (Sweden), Caput Ensemble of Reykjavik. During the first period of his career, he collaborated in the field of contemporary music with artists like Luciano Berio, Salvatore Sciarrino, Mauricio Kagel, Aldo Clementi, Franco Donatoni, Alessandro Solbiati and the composer Giacomo Manzoni. His passion and devotion to early music, led him to create an outstanding Baroque Orchestra, Divino Sospiro, in 2004, which soon became a reference orchestra in Portugal and in Europe. Massimo Mazzeo conducted his orchestra and other important orchestras at the Auditório Nacional de Madrid, at Centro Cultural de Belém and at Fundação Gulbenkian in Lisbon.

Among the soloists with whom he collaborates: Karina Gauvin, Gemma Bertagnolli, Deborah York, Christophe Coin, Ana Quintans, Fernando Guimarães and Giuliano Carmignola. Since years he has been working on interesting common projects on Baroque music, with important Portuguese institutions, the Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, the Casa da Música, Porto, the Companhia Nacional de Balaido and the Centro Cultural de Belém, among others. ​

Massimo Mazzeo recorded for BMG, Erato, Harmonia Mundi France, Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, Nichion, Dynamic and Glossa Music.

Nowadays he associates the Artistic direction of Divino Sospiro to the Artistic direction of the Centro de Estudos Setecentistas of Portugal, located at Palácio Nacional of Queluz in collaboration with Parques de Sintra – Monte da Lua which is on Unesco’s World Heritage List.

Massimo Mazzeo has been distinguished with the Medal of Honour by the Italian Republic.

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