Study and international career
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 "Carl Orff antiques dramas and Hölderlin reception in postwar Germany" (Peter Lang, Frankfurt am Main, 2006).
Since 1999, the artist lives in Berlin. The German capital is the center of life for him and at the same time the center of his international career as a soloist.
Meanwhile, he gave concerts worldwide: in many European countries and in the United States, Uruguay, Brazil, Kazakhstan, Japan, the Türkey and Ukraine. As a chamber musician, he has collaborated with members of the Staatskapelle Berlin, the Rachmaninoff String Quartet (Russia), with the Lamy String Quartet (Japan) and with the Quartetto di Venezia (Italy).
His special interest is for the Italian piano repertoire of the 19th and 20th century.
So he discovered after intensive archival research the long-lost score of 2nd Piano Concerto in F major Op. 92 by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco in Philadelphia again. The first European performance of the work was carried out with him at the piano in September 2009 with the Berlin Symphony Orchestra in the Grand Hall of the Berliner Philharmonie. Capriccio Vienna published the resulting CD as a world premiere.
Following the release of his live recording from the Piano Concerto No. 3 Rachmaninov (Genuin Classics, 2007) brought Pietro Massa late 2008 in collaboration with the Neubrandenburg Philharmonic and the Ernst Senff Choir Berlin, the Concerto for Piano, Orchestra and Male Choir by Ferruccio Busoni on CD out (Price of criticism "Hessischer Rundfunk 2009«). Based on this success, the long collaboration with the conductor Stefan Malzev began.
Much attention received briefly later their performance of Giuseppe Martucci's Piano Concerto No. 2 (Crystal Classics, 2011). With the same orchestra appeared 2014 a 2 CDs box with the both piano concertos by Castelnuovo-Tedesco.
For Solo Piano Crystal Classics 2012 presented in world premiere recording the CD with the complete piano works by Riccardo Zandonai.
The release of three CDs with the 1st Piano Concerto by Martucci, the Piano Concerto in A minor by Ottorino Respighi and the Divertimento "Scarlattiana" by Alfredo Casella is scheduled in 2020 and 2021 thanks to the cooperation between DeutschlandRadio, the label Myricae Classics and international distribution of Naxos USA.
The concert career has taken other worldwide appearances with renowned orchestras under the baton of such conductors as Christoph-Mathias Mueller (Switzerland), Othmar Mága (Czech Republic), Felix Carrasco (Mexico), Ender Sakpinar (Turkey), Vitaly Kutzenko (Ukraine) and Abzal Mukhitdinov (Kazakhstan).
He has performed 28 Piano Concertos.
Pietro Massa gives concerts as a soloist regularly in Germany with piano recitals in Berlin (Philharmonie and Konzerthaus), Hamburg (Laeiszhalle), Munich (Gasteig), Dusseldorf (Tonhalle and Robert Schumann Hall), Nürnberg (Meistersingerhalle) and Stuttgart (Liederhalle).
A LIFE BETWEEN GERMANY AND ITALY
The Artist about himself
"My life develops since fifteen years between Germany and Italy. The two countries polarize my existence as an artist today.
Berlin as town to live and the Italian village of Nervi as home have thus become inseparable elements of my being: on one side the chaos of a multicultural metropolis, on the other side the sense of world order through the Ligurian coast with its sea and its nature.
In Nervi, I enjoy my "Italianity", buy me shirts and neckties, meet friends in cafes and restaurants, have breakfast by the sea, drink aperitif in the evening and ride the motorcycle along the coast until late at night. In Nervi, I do not practice.
I bring back this world to Berlin. It remains deep in the background, because Berlin is a European city: labyrinthine for the spirit.
Here, I prepare my concerts and in the contrasting dynamics of the city I develop my devotion to music as the supreme principle."
28 PIANO CONCERTOS IN REPERTOIRE
List of the performed Piano Concertos
WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART
Piano Concerto in E flat major KV 271 "Jenamy"
Piano Concerto in G major KV 453
Piano Concerto in C minor KV 491
Concerto for Piano and Chamber Orchestra in A minor MWV O 2
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN
Piano Concerto in B flat major No. 2 Op. 19
Piano Concerto in C minor No. 3 Op. 37
Triple Concerto for Violine, Cello and Piano in C major Op. 56
Piano Concerto in E minor No. 1 Op. 11
Piano Concerto in F minor No. 2 Op. 21
Andante Spianato et Grande Polonaise Brillante Op. 22
Piano Concerto in A minor Op. 54
Piano Concerto in D minor No. 1 Op. 40
Piano Concerto in B flat minor No. 2 Op. 66
Piano Concerto in A minor (1902)
Toccata for Piano and Orchestra
PJOTR ILJITSCH TSCHAIKOWSKI
Piano Concerto in B flat minor No. 1 Op. 23
Piano Concerto in D minor No. 3 Op. 30
Piano Concerto in C major No. 3 Op. 26
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra with Male Choir in C major Op. 39
Divertimento "Scarlattiana" (Hommage to Domenico Scarlatti)
MANEUL DE FALLA
Noches en los Jardines de España
Concerto in F
Rhapsody in Blue
Piano Concerto in G major No. 1 Op. 46
Piano Concerto in F major No. 2 Op. 92
Carmina Burana (Version for two pianos, choir and percussions)
Piccolo Concerto per Muriel Couvreux
Piano Concerto (1937/39)