Graduated at Conservatory of Music of Venice, Massimo Mazzeo, is a viola player and studied with Bruno Giuranna and Wolfram Christ. He specialised in chambre 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 the 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 the ancient music, lead him to found an outstanding Baroque Orchestra, Divino Sospiro, in 2004, which becomes in very few years 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, Pedro Burmester, Ana Quintans, Fernando Guimarães and Giuliano Carmignola.
Since years he works, for interesting commun projects around the Baroque music, with important Portuguese institutions , the Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, the Companhia Nacional de Bailed and the Centro Cultural de Belém, among others.
Massimo Mazzeo recorded for BMG, Erato, Harmonia Mundi France, Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, Nuova Era, Movie play, Nichion and Dynamic. Today he is Artistic director and Funder or Divino Sospiro, resident orchestra at CCB and Director of Centro de Estudos Setecentistas of Portugal, located at Palácio Nacional of Queluz in collaboration with Parques de Sintra – Monte da Lua.
Divino Sospiro in few words
DIVINO SOSPIRO is a baroque orchestra founded on the grounds of quality and fidelity of interpretation, facing the ancient repertoire without, however, giving up the creative instinct itself, willing to arouse a new aesthetic, a new passion for listening, a new reflection on the meaning of music and musicians.
(...) the highlight was the orchestra Divino Sospiro, their sound was extremely brilliant, it was fantastic !! (...) The orchestra was greeted by standing ovation, and the members were called back so many times on stage.. Please come back to Japan again !!!!
Tokyo Official review, May 2006
Divino, Sospiro, calls the shots at Ambronay. (...) The audience (...) Did not seem tired of applauding the baroque orchestra Divino Sispiro (...) an interpretation of great vivacity, rhythmic precision and agility (...), it impressed by the extensive dynamic palette and by the improvisations' briskness (...). In the end, the incandescent performance (?...) triggered the already mentioned audience's enthusiasm.
In Publico, by Cristina Fernandes, September 2011
The modern world première production of Antigono by Antonio Mazzoccchi at CCB was an exemplary artistic success to all levels (...). In the pit, the orchestra Divino Sospiro, had in our opinion one of the best performances of its life. It is an object of pride knowing that there is in Portugal an orchestra that treats the ancient music at the same level of the best"
Diario de Noticias, by Bernardo Mariano, January 2009
Since it establishment in 2004, DIVINO SOSPIRO has given uttermost importance to the study and research of the 18th century Portuguese music, a priceless heritage, away from deserved recognition thus far.
Within this scope, in 2013 a partnership between DIVINO SOSPIRO and Parques de Sintra - Monte da Lua was established, jointly creating Centre de Estudos Musicais Setecentistas de Portugal - CEMSP (18th Century Musical Studies Center in Portugal) an the Queluz National Palace. CEMSP is formed by important personalities from the national and foreign musical culture, having as its Honorary Chairman the former President of the Portuguese Republic Dr. Jorge Sampan.
In ten years of activity DIVINO SOSPIRO had gone through an unpredictable path for a Baroque chamber orchestra founded and based in Portugal.
Under the artistic direction of Massimo Mazzeo and in collaboration with several renowned artists, DIVINO SOSPIRO is proud to have seen its repertoire and the number of concerts increasing over the years, in a variety of formations ranging from chamber orchestra to opera, present not only in Portugal but also in tours around the world.
Concerts and masterclasses with prestigious artists : Alexandrina Pendatchanska, Alberto Grazzi, Alfredo Bernardini, Chiara Banchini, Christina Pluhar, Enrico Onofri, Christophe Coin, Deborah York, Gemma Bertagnolli, Katia and Marielle Labèque, Kenneth Weiss, Maria Bayo, Maria Cristina Kiehr, Maria Hinojosa Montenegro, Maurice Steger, Rinaldo Alessandrini, Romina Basso, Vittorio Ghielmi, Vivica Genaux.
Main Festivals and Concert Halls : Gulbenkian Musica Lisbon, Centro Cultural de Belém Lisbon, National Auditorium Madrid, Festival Ile de France, Folle Journée Nantes and Japan, Varna Festival, Ambronay Festival, Febrero Lirico de San Lorenzo del Escorial, Gdansk Mozartiana Festival, Handel Festspiele Halle, International Baroque Festival La Valletta, ..
2020, Messiah by Haendel/Mozart, German version, dir. Massimo Mazzeo, Handel Festspiele Halle, Konzethaus Blaibach, Festival St Michel en Thierache. Soloists Ruth Ziesak, Kristina Hammarström, Tilman Lichdi, Thomas E. Bauer.
2019, Venice, Naples, Lisbon, Osmotic cities, with soprano
2019, Oratorio Maddalena ai piedi di Cristo, by Caldara, dir. Massimo Mazzeo; Inatrnational Baroque Festival La Valletta, Malte, Gemma Bertagnolli, Silvia Frigato, Rose Bove, Filippi Mineccia, André Lacerda, Hugo Oliveira
2018, Perseo, Serenata by Joao de Sousa Carvalho
2018, Recording, Glossa, Stabat Mater by José Joachim Dos Santos and Siete parablas de Cristo en la cruz by Javier Garcia Fajer
2018, Il Natale di Giove, Serenata by Joao Cordeiro da Silva, at 5 voices
2018, 100 Century of Portuguese, works of Avondano, Almedia, Seixas, soprano nd mezzo-soprano
2017, Dido and Aeneas by Purcell
2016, Orfeo by Monteverdi
2015, Stabat Mater, by José Joaquim dos Santos (1747-1801), soprano, mezzo-soprano, bass.
2015, Concerti grossi, by Charles Alison
2014, Juditha Triumphans, by Vivaldi
2014, Padre Antonio Vieira, works by Luigi Rossi, Duarte Lobo, Stradella,
2014, Devocion e Extravagancia, works by David Perez, Antonio Leal Moreira, Pedro Antonio Avondano, Antonio Texeira, with soprano, contralto, tenor
2012 and 2013, Morte d'Abel (1770s?) and Gioas, Re di Giuda by Pedro Antonio Avondano
2011, Antigono (1755) by Antonio Mazzoni, dir Enrico Onofri, with Michael Spyres, Pamela Luccciarini, Géraldine McGreevy, Maria Hinojosa Montenegro; Martin Oro; Ana Quintans. stage director Carlos Pimenta, Lights and digital work Antonio Jorge Gonçalves, Nuno Meira, Rui Madeira.
2010, Oratorio Maddalena ai piedi di Cristo, by Caldara
2010, Floresta Encantada, Centro Cultral Belém, by Francesco Saverio Geminiani on text of Torquato Tasso, Gerusalemme Liberata.
and others programs
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