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Massimo Paris

Massimo Paris was born in Rome, Italy. He is a versatile artist: soloist of viola and viola d'amore, composer, conductor, and pedagogue. Considered one of today’s leading violists and "one of the best violist of the last generation,” critics have hailed: "Mr. Paris is with no doubt the vest violist ever heard. The beauty of his sound is insuperable, his virtuosity is superb," (Diapason R.C.T.); "Mr. Pars was energetic, precise and polished...with lush burnished tone, impressive articulation and strong bowing..." (E Rothstein-New York Times); "A joy was this Italian artist. Aesthete and monument of the viola performances world" (El Diario de Caracas). Mr. Paris’ career has led him to perform as soloist of viola and viola d'amore and conductor in the world's major concert halls including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher and Alice Tully Halls, Teatro alla Scala Milano, Berlin Philarmonie, Accademia S. Cecilia Rome, Paris Opera, the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Royal Festival and Barbican Halls in London, the Sidney Opera House, Bunka Kaikan and Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, and Gewandhaus in Leipzig.

Soloist of viola and viola d'amore with "I Virtuosi di Roma" of Renato Fasano, Mr.Paris joined "I Musici" in 1977 as solo violist. As a chamber musician, Mr. Paris is a founding member of the Stradavari String Quartet as well as a member of the Fauré Piano Quintet and the European String Trio. He has performed chamber music with such artist as Nino Rota, Pina Carmirelli, Michele Campanella, Bruno Canino, Mario Brunello, Severino Gazzelloni, Bruno Giuranna, Peter Lukas Graf, Heinz e Ursula Holliger, Steven Isserlis, Aurelé Nicolet, Rafael Orozco, Boris Pergamenschikow, Menhamen Pressler, Franco Petracchi, Pepe Romero & Los Romeros, Klaus Thunemann, A–lisso Virsaladze, Christian Zacharias, and Trio di Milano. He has performed with members of Beaux Arts and Eroica Trios, as well with members of the Guarnieri, Emerson, Academica, Orlando, and Orpheus String Quartets. Mr. Paris is a regular guest performer at festivals including Malboro (invited by Rudolf Serkin), Montreux Edinburgh, Lucerne, Schleswig-Holstein, Mostly Mozart, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Orlando, and Spoleto.

As a composer of symphonic and chamber music, his Christmas Suite was composed and dedicated to the legendary Los Romeros and has been recorded for Deutsche Grammophon. The work was performed to great acclaim in the main concert halls in Germany in December of 2011 and received a coast-to-coast tour of the USA in December of 2012. He performed his own cadenzas on his PHILLIPS recordings of A. Rolla’s Viola Concertos and Locatelli’s “Art of the Violin.” He has recorded for many radio tlevision broadcasting companies in Europe, U.S.A., South America, Japan, Australia, and has recorded for record labels including Columbia, Denon. Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, Philips, Sony, Dynamic, Eloquence, Arcadia, Genuin, Claves, and 3 charity CDs for UNICEF.

Mr. Paris and alternate his activity with conducting, as he is regularly a guest conductor throughout Europe, South America, and Asia. In 1986 he founded Accademia Musicale Italiana. In 2003 he was appointed Principal Conductor and Musical Director of "Concerto Malaga Orchestra,” as well at the Festival of the International Forum of South Europe of Niguelas (Sierra Nevada). Mr. Paris is professor of viola and chamber music at the Musikhochschule Köln, the Conservatory of Music in Aachen, and at the prestigious Accademia di S. Cecilia in Rome. Mr. Paris he is invited to hold master classes in Italy, Germany, Switzerland, France, Spain, Venezuela, Mexico, Hong Kong, Japan, China, Korea, Taiwan, and Thailand. In addition, he is often invited as a guest jury member for international competitions.

Mr. Paris accomplished his musical training at "Conservatory S. Cecilia" of Rome where he graduated with the highest honor in composition, viola and conducting. Successively, he pursued his masters degree at Accademia Chigiana in Siena and Conservatoire de Musique in Geneve. He has attended the International Music Seminar at Prussia Cove Cornwall and has studied with professors such as Piero Bellugi and Franco Ferrara (conducting), Dino Asciolla, Bruno Giuranna, Corrado Romano and Renzo Sabatini (viola), Irma Ravinale (composition) Riccardo Brengola and Sandor Vegh (chamber music).