MASSIMO MERCELLI / flute

Massimo Mercelli became, at the age of 19, the first flute of the Teatro La Fenice of Venice, and won the Francesco Cilea Prize, the International Competition Giornate Musicali and the Stresa International Competition. As a soloist, he appears regularly in the most prestigious concert halls in the world – Carnegie Hall in New York, Colon Theatre in Buenos Aires, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Saint Martin in the Fields and Wigmore Hall in London, Parco della Musica in Rome, Philarmonica in Warsaw, Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow – and collaborates with musicians such as Yuri Bashmet, Krzysztof Penderecki, Philip Glass, Michael Nyman, Massimo Quarta, Ennio Morricone, Luis Bacalov, and Peter-Lukas Graf, and orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, Moscow Philharmonic, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Prague Philarmonia, Wiener Symphoniker, Solisti della Scala and the Franz List Chamber Orchestra. Mercelli has premiered a number of works which are dedicated to him, including, Facades by Philip Glass, Ennio Morricone’s Cantata Vuoto di Anima Piena, Concerto for Flute and Orchestra by Michael Nyman, and Contrafactus by Giovanni Sollima. In September 2012 the CD Massimo Mercelli plays Philip Glass was released, and recent engagements include the recording of J.S. Bach’s sonatas with Ramin Bahrami under the DECCA label, the world premiere of Sofia Gubaidulina’s new concerto, dedicated to him, his participation in the concert for the celebration of Krzysztof Penderecki’s 80th birthday at the Warsaw Philharmonic and the exclusive performance of his Sinfonietta for Flute and Strings.