Alzek Misheff, Ritratto (1994)

The passion for sharing knowledge and musical culture are the drivers that unite Andrea Massimo Grassi performances, musical research and training.

Born in Milan, he graduated in clarinet at the Conservatorio ‘G. Verdi’, under the guidance of Primo Borali. Later on he specialised with Vittorio Luna and with Masha Yanouchevsky, Maureen Jones and Dario De Rosa for chamber music. In 1995 he received the prestigious ‘Diploma d’onore’ from the Accademia Musicale Chigiana of Siena, and in 1996 the higher diploma of the Accademia Internazionale di Musica of Biella as a student of Antony Pay.

He has performed chamber music in the main cities of Italy as well as in USA, Russia, United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, France, Portugal, Serbia and Swiss, playing for the University of Chicago, the University of Leeds, the Minnesota State University (Moorhead, USA), the Teatro alla Scala of Milan, the Université de Rouen, the RAI Radiotelevisione italiana, the Gnessins College of Moscow, the Accademia Musicale Chigiana, the Lusitanian festival ‘Sete sòis Sete luas’, the Musikhochschule of Mannheim, the Northeastern Illinois University, the Southeast Missouri State University, the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste.

He completed his musical studies graduating with honours in modern literature at the University of Parma and gaining (as a student of Maria Caraci Vela) the PhD in Musical philology at the Facoltà di Musicologia of Cremona.

He has published papers on W.A. Mozart, C.M. von Weber and J. Brahms, in particular the book Fräulein Klarinette’. La genesi e il testo delle opere per clarinetto di J. Brahms [‘Fräulein Klarinette’. The genesis and the text of J. Brahms’s clarinet works] published by ETS (Pisa 2006) as well as and the Urtext edition of the Quintet for clarinet and strings by Brahms for the Henle Verlag, Munich.

Since 2016 is member of Council of the National Serbian Clarinet Association. He is dedicated to training and education in the fields of music and performing arts — in particular, since 2002 as full professor at the Accademia Teatro alla Scala — and has held lecture-recitals and master classes in the USA, Russia, United Kingdom, Serbia, Swiss and in many Italian universities and music academies.

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