MASSIMO MAZZEO's biography
Gratuated from the Conservatory of Music of Venice, MASSIMO MAZZEO, studied with Bruno Giuranna and Wolfram Christ. He specialised in chamber music and string quartet with the members of Quartetto Italiano and Quartetto 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 Santa Cecilia, Accademia Strumentale Italiana, Orchestra Musica Vitae, Caput Ensemble de Reykjavik.
During the first period of his career he collaborated in the field of 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 early music, led him to create an outstanding Baroque Orchestra, Divino Sospiro, in 2004, which soon became a reference orchestra in Portugal and in Europe.
Massimo Mazzeo conducted his orchestra and other important orchestras at the Auditorio Nacional de Madrid, at Centro Cultural de Belém and at Fundação Gulbenkian in Lisbon.
Among the solists with whom he collaborates: Karina Gauvin, Gemma Bertagnolli, Deborah York, Christophe Coin, Pedro Burmester, Ana Quintans, Fernando Guimarães, Giuliano Carmignola, Andreas Scholl, katarina Bradic...
Since years he has been working on interesting common projects on Baroque music, with important Portuguese institutions, the Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Casa da Musica Porto, Companhia Nacional de Balaido, Centro Cultural de Belém, Universities in Portugal, among others.
He recorded for BMG, Erato, Harmonia Mundi France, Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, Nuova Era, Movie play, Nichion and Dynamic.
Nowadays he associates the Artistic Direction of Divino Sospiro and the Co-Direction of the Eighteenth-century Center for Musical Studies of Portugal (DS-CEMSP, located at Palácio Nacional de Queluz in collaboration with Parques de Sintra – Monte da Lua wich is on Unesco's World Heritage List.
Massimo Mazzeo has been distinguished with the Medal of the “Stella d’Italia” by the Italian Republic.
FRANCE - PORTUGAL
Divino Sospiro on tour around Avondano's oratorios and other Portuguese composers (Almeida, Carvalho, Seixas, De Sousa, ...), in cooperation with Parque da Sintra-Monte da Lua, Arsenal of Metz, Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles,Centre Estudos Musicais de Setecento de Portugal, Saison lyonnaise Hostel Dieu, Festival St Michel en Thierache, Philharmonie de Luxembourg, Philharmonie de Paris, with the support of the Institut Français and the Portuguese Commissions for Culture.
DIVINO SOSPIRO in few words
The Orchestra DIVINO SOSPIRO is a project based on the quality and faithfulness of the baroque repertoire, without ever giving up its own creative instinct. The orchestra created by Massimo Mazzeo gained a reputation for having the highest standards of interpretation.
Divino Sospiro is honoured to work with the most important Portuguese institutions, such as the Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Centro Cultural de Belém, Sao Carlo National Theater and Casa da Musica. In 2017 the orchestra had the honour to perform in two concerts for the President of the Portuguese Republic and Diplomatic Corps.
In the international context Divino Sospiro performs in venues such as: Auditorio Nacional de Madrid, Festival Ile de France (recorded by Radio France), Folle Journée de Nantes and Tokyo, Festival d’Ambronay (recorded by Radio France), Gdansk Mozart Festival, Musikfest Bremen, Bargemusic Festival in New York, Festival de Musica Antigua de Sevilla, International Valletta Baroque Festival, Handel Festspiele Halle, Philharmonie de Luxembourg, Konzerthaus Blaibach, …
Concerts and masterclasses have been held by 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 Christina Kiehr, Maria Hinojosa Montenegro, Maurice Steger, Rinaldo Alessandrini, Romina Basso, Vittorio Ghielmi, Giuliano Carmignola, Gustav Leonhardt, Andréas Scholl, Katarina Bradic, …
During the 2022 season Divino Sospiro has been selected and supported for a serie of concerts and cultural projects during the Crossed Season the France-Portugal promoted by the French Institute/Ministry of Culture and the Portuguese Commissions of Culture allowing to present an exceptional repertoire around great Portuguese composers (Avondano, Seixas, Carvalho, Texeira. .) in partnership with Parque da Sintra-Monte da Lua, the Cité Musicale of Metz, the Festival St Michel en Thierache, the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles, Philharmonie de Paris, with talented rising and confirmed artists such as Ana Quintans, Ana Vieira Leite, Filippo Mineccia, Sergio Foresti, Beatriz de Sousa, Raquel Camarinha, Eduarda Melo and many others.
The recordings of the orchestra have received the highest achievements, among them a « 5 » Diapason award, by the renowned specialised music review. Divino Sospiro is actively involved in the promotion of pedagogical and musical education of the Baroque period. In order to promote practice with theoretical study, in 2013 Divino Sospiro established a partnership with the Parks od Sintra - Monte da Lua, allowing the creation of the Eighteenth-century Center for Musical Studies of Portugal (DS- CEMSP).
The center develops studies and investigations, critical editions, international colloquia and high-quality music sessions, wich are promoted by some of the most prestigious festivals worldwide.
Divino Sospiro counts on important personalities of the Portuguese cultural life, having the honour to have the ex President of the Republic Dr. Jorge Sampaio as Honorary President.
Portuguese Baroque Cosmopolitism, work by C. Seixas, P.A. Avondano, A. da Costa, J. Souza Carvalho with soprano.
Oratorio Il Giardino di rose by Alessandro Scarlatti at five voices.
Messiah by Haendel/Mozart, German version. Soloists Ruth Ziesak, Kristina Hammarström, Tilman Lichdi, Thomas E. Bauer.
La Contesa delle stagioni, serenate by Domenico Scarlatti at four voices.
Bach cantatas for Alto, Andreas Scholl, countertenor.
Venice, Naples, Lisbon, Osmotic cities, with soprano.
Oratorio Maddalena ai piedi di Cristo, by Caldara, Gemma Bertagnolli, Silvia Frigato, Rose Bove, Filippo Mineccia, André Lacerda, Hugo Oliveira.
Perseo, Serenata by Joao de Sousa Carvalho.
Stabat Mater by José Joachim Dos Santos and Siete parablas de Cristo en la cruz by Javier Garcia Fajer (Recording Glossa 2019).
Il Natale di Giove, Serenata by Joao Cordeiro da Silva, at 5 voices.
Paisiello Album, Filippo Mineccia, countertenor.
1700 Century of Portuguese, works of Avondano, Almeida, Seixas.. with soprano
Dido and Aeneas by Purcell.
Orfeo by Monteverdi.
Concerti grossi, by Charles Avison.
Juditha Triumphans, by Vivaldi.
Padre Antonio Vieira, works by Luigi Rossi, Duarte Lobo, Stradella.
Devocion e Extravagancia, works by David Perez, Antonio Leal Moreira, Pedro Antonio Avondano, Antonio Texeira.
Morte d'Abel (1770s?) and Gioas, Re di Giuda by Pedro Antonio Avondano.
Antigono (1755) by Antonio Mazzoni, with Michael Spyres, Pamela Lucciarini, Géraldine McGreevy, Maria Hinojosa Montenegro, Martin Oro, Ana Quintans. Stage director Carlos Pimenta, Lights and digital work Antonio Jorge Gonçalves, Nuno Meira, Rui Madeira.
Diana e Endimione, serenata by Jommelli.
Floresta Encantada, Centro Cultral Belém, by Francesco Saverio Geminiani on text of Torquato Tasso, Gerusalemme Liberata.
The Assembly of Foreign Nations with soprano.