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Danilo
Rossi

"An absolute champion the violist Danilo Rossi who dominated the scene with an impressive instrumental and interpretative authority" (Angelo Foletto, La Repubblica) - "Rossi is confirmed as the greatest and most musical among today's violists and not only our own" ( Alberto Cantù, The Newspaper)

In 40 years of career he has performed in various contexts and stages around the world, countless classical and contemporary performances. He has performed the entire repertoire for solo viola with the most illustrious conductors; he was Prima viola of the Scala Orchestra for 36 years. Active chamber musician, he has recorded over 40 CDs.

Pupil of some of the most important viola masters (Fabrizio Merlini, Piero Farulli, Dino Asciolla, Yuri Bashmet) and chamber music (Paolo Borciani and the Trieste Trio), Danilo Rossi he graduated at 19 with full marks and honors, but by the age of 16 he had already made a name for himself by winning his first International Competition. As soon as he graduated, he passed the competition for First Viola Soloist of the Orchestra of the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, becoming the youngest instrumentalist in the history of the Milanese theater to have held this role. From that moment on, Danilo Rossi's career will be studded with a series of meetings, concerts, festivals, recitals that will take him around the world, performing in the most important theaters and in the most prestigious concert halls.
 
Among the countless awards, the First Prize at the "Vittorio Veneto" Competition, winner of the Diploma of Honor of the Accademia Chigiana for two consecutive years, ECYO member since the age of 16, Winner of the Second Prize and the Special Jury Prize at the Competition “Yuri Bashmet” of Moscow. In 2018 he was awarded the Mauro Ranieri Prize and in 2021 the Classic Voice magazine named him among the 10 most important personalities in the music scene ".
 
As a soloist he performed the entire repertoire for viola under the guidance of Riccardo Muti, Gianandrea Gavazzeni, Riccardo Chailly, Gianandrea Noseda, Ottavio Dantone, Mung Wung Chung, Seji Ozava, Zubin Mehta, Mario Brunello, Anton Nanut, Antonello Manacorda, Daniele Rustioni, with some of the most important orchestras (Filarmonica della Scala, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, the Italian String Orchestra, Rai di Torino, Tuscany Regional Orchestra, Regio di Torino, Süddeutsches Kammerorchester, Filarmonica di Mosca, Filarmonica di Budapest, Orchestra della Lugano Italian Switzerland, Ljubljana Philharmonic, etc.).
 
He was the first viola soloist of the Teatro alla Scala Orchestra and of the Filarmonica della Scala for 36 years, in this role he collaborated with the greatest conductors: from Claudio Abbado to Daniel Barenboim, from Carlos Kleiber to Wolfgang Sawallisch, from Daniel Harding to Gustavo Dudamel, from Leonard Bernstein to Daniele Gatti to Paavo Järvi.
 
Danilo Rossi is always very active as a chamber musician, in fact he has been a guest of the most important chamber music festivals (ST. Moritz, Cork, Asolo, Ravenna, Vicenza, Joliette, Nijny Novgorod, etc.) where he performed with some of the greatest instrumentalists: Paul Tortelier, Jury Baschmet, Pier Narciso Masi, Bruno Canino, Myung-whun Chung, Mario Brunello, Andrea Lucchesini, Tomas Brandis, Franco Gulli, the Arditti Quartet, the Fine Arts Quartet, the New Italian Quartet, Giuliano Carmignola , Boris Belkin. In 2018 Danilo Rossi celebrated the thirty-year artistic partnership with the pianist Stefano Bezziccheri, with whom he played in the most important halls in Europe and with whom he has numerous musical recordings that encompass the entire repertoire for viola and piano.
 
Numerous radio and TV recordings and over 40 CDs. In December 2016, Radio Rai dedicated five episodes of the well-known RadioTreSuite broadcast to Danilo Rossi. There are numerous pieces dedicated to Danilo Rossi by some of the most important contemporary composers such as Stefano Nanni, Carlo Boccadoro, Roberto Molinelli, Alessandro Appignani, Valentino Metti, Nicola Campogrande, Simonide Braconi.
 
He enthusiastically devotes himself to teaching, has been a lecturer in numerous Postgraduate Courses and has held Masters in the United States, China, Poland, Korea, as well as in various Italian Academies. Many students have come out of Danilo Rossi's school: many are those who hold important roles in prestigious European orchestras or in important ensembles. Since 2009 he has been a teacher at the Conservatory of Italian Switzerland in Lugano.
 
Since 2020 he has been the Artistic Director of Forlìmusica, the association that organizes concerts and musical and cultural activities in Forlì, within which the Maderna Orchestra is also active.
 
Crossover: Immersed in music like few others, Danilo Rossi has ranged countless times between classical and modern musical genres. Numerous collaborations with great jazz or pop artists have made Danilo Rossi an example of how it is possible to experience music in its entirety, without any barrier. He has collaborated with extraordinary jazz players including Massimo Moriconi, Stefano Bollani, Paolo Fresu, and is present in recent recordings by Vinicio Capossela, Remo Anzovino and Carlo Fava.
 
Theater and more: Always open to the most diverse experiences, numerous encounters with actors, writers, poets have led him to perform in the most diverse environments: from prisons to the forests of Trentino, from the swamps of Sri Lanka to theaters or suburbs. .
Among the many and varied experiences lived with his own instrument, Danilo Rossi has worked with Ascanio Celestini, Alessandro Baricco, Licia Maglietta, Angela Finocchiaro, Marco Paolini and Giobbe Covatta. With Stefano Benni lives a partnership of over 10 years, during which the two artists have performed together in four different shows in theaters throughout Italy.
 

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