“A wonderful instrument, a wonderful voicing.”
Pietro Massa was born on March 6, 1973 in Milan (Italy). He graduated in Genoa with Luciano Lanfranchi and then in Paris with Aldo Ciccolini. He studied composition in his hometown under Danilo Lorenzini, Adelchi Amisano and Bruno Bettinelli. After a university degree in classical philology, Massa earned his doctorate at the Freie Universität Berlin in Musicology with dissertation.
Pietro Massa particularly appreciates Italian music of the 19th and 20th centuries. His intense research into archives resulted in his rediscovery of a score in Philadelphia that had long been considered lost: that of Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s Piano Concerto in F Major No. 2, Op. 92. In 2009, he premiered this work in Europe with Berlin’s Philharmonic Orchestra. The Vienna-based Capriccio label released a CD of this memorable concert.
Other CDs by Massa include: Ferruccio Busoni’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra with Male Choir in C Major, Op. 39 performed with Neubrandenburg’s Philharmonic Orchestra and Berlin’s Ernst Senff Choir (late 2008, awarded the 2009 Prize of Critics by Hessischer Rundfunk); and Giuseppe Martucci’s Piano Concerto No. 2 (2011, Crystal Classics). In 2013 while still with Neubrandenburg’s Philharmonic Orchestra, Massa also recorded Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s two piano concertos, Martucci’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and Ottorino Respighi’s Piano Concerto in A Minor.
Pietro Massa, who has performed with great ensembles the world over, gives regular recitals in Germany. He also played with various chamber music ensembles such as Staatskapelle Berlin, Rachmaninoff String Quartet (Russia) and Lamy String Quartet (Japan).
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