Massimo Spada

Biography

Massimo Spada, born in Rome in 1986, approached the study of piano at the age of six, and graduated with honors in 2005, under the guidance of Maestro Pieralberto Biondi, at the Conservatory of Santa Cecilia in Rome. In 2009 he graduated with honors in Music History, at the Sapienza University. In 2010 he graduated from the prestigious Piano Academy of Imola "Incontri con il maestro", under the guidance of M° Boris Petrushansky and M° Riccardo Risaliti. In 2011 he graduated from the Conservatory of S. Cecilia, in Rome, in the two years of specialization in Chamber Music, under the guidance of Maestro Roberto Galletto. In 2014 he graduated with honors from the Accademia di Santa Cecilia, under the guidance of M° Benedetto Lupo and M° Stefano Fiuzzi and in 2016 he completed the Chamber Music course at the same Academy, under the guidance of M° Carlo Fabiano, always graduating with full marks. He has participated in various international master classes in particular with pianist Lazar Berman, Elissò Virsaladze, Joaquin Soriano and Andrea Lucchesini. In 2008 he was one of the pianists chosen by the Imola Academy to perform the complete sonatas of Ludwig van Beethoven, in the piano marathon "32 Pianisti per 32 Sonate", in Bologna and Imola. He regularly performs both in solo recitals and in chamber ensembles, collaborating permanently with the violinist Masha Diatchenko. His intense concert activity has led him to perform in many festivals abroad and throughout Italy, such as in Rome, Al Parco della Musica, Turin, within the MiTo Festival, in Assisi on the occasion of the "International Festival for Peace", within the "Sagra Malatestiana" in Rimini. He also regularly works in the field of promotion and diffusion of contemporary music, performing in important musical venues, such as the Parco della Musica, Palazzo Valentini and many others, often proposing pieces dedicated to him. Since 2011 he is the pianist of the Ensemble Novecento, directed by M° Carlo Rizzari, with whom he has dedicated himself to the promotion of new music by emerging composers. In 2013 he was invited to play at the Nuova Consonanza Association, and gave the first Italian performance of Lowell Liebermann's Sonata for Viola and Piano, performing with the dedicatee of the score, Neal Gripp, First Viola of the Montreal Orchestra. He collaborates permanently with Roberto González-Monjas, First Violin of the Santa Cecilia Academy Orchestra. In 2013, under Roberto Tolomelli's baton, he performed Maurice Ravel's Concerto in G. In 2014 he was the protagonist of two editions of Carl Orff's Carmina Burana, in the version for two pianos, percussion and choir, at the Sala Sinopoli and the Teatro Palladium in Rome. Also in the same year, at the Austrian Embassy, he performed in eight evenings the complete piano production by Johannes Brahms. He was the overall winner in numerous competitions. He carries out an intense didactic activity, from 2011 to 2015 he was teacher of Main Piano at the Pre-academic Courses of the Conservatory of Santa Cecilia, and since 2016 he has been teacher at the Conservatory of Rovigo.