"An exceptional personality: a profound sensitivity which picks up even the slightest hints of the score; an imperceptible delicacy during imaginary moments, and then a force, an emotional enthusiasm which is immediately recognizable." (la Sicilia – S. Sciacca)
Silvia Massarelli combines her enthusiasm and dedication to music with significant rigor on stage and a natural talent for sharing the joy of making music. Thereby creating an atmosphere which characterizes all of her performances. Her special affinity to the world of French as well as contemporary music makes Silvia Massarelli an unmistakable interpreter in the Italian music landscape.
Silvia Massarelli studied at the St. Cecilia Music Conservatory of Rome, and at the National Superior Conservatory of Music in Paris, where she graduated with highest honors, unanimously given.
The first woman conductor to win the “Grand Prix de direction d’orchestre” at the International Besançon Competition (Jury President, Manuel Rosenthal). Critic’s prize at the Prokofiev Competition of St. Petersburg, and winner of the Robert Blot Competition in Paris.
As a pianist she has won, among others, the first prize (the only awarded) at the J.S. Bach international piano competition in Paris, where she debuts as soloist with orchestra at the Salle Gaveau.
As Assistant to M. W. Chung at the Bastille Opera House of Paris, and to Laurent Petit-Girard at the Opéra Comique of Paris, Silvia Massarelli has collaborated with internationally renowned musicians such as Claude Delangle (sax soloist), Martin Spandenberg (clarinet soloist, Munich Philharmonic) and Jean-Yves Fourmeau (sax soloist, Berlin Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France).
She has conducted world premieres of numerous composers, among them Jacqueline Fontyne, Edison Denisov, Lowell Liebermann, Eric Tanguy, Thierry Escaich, Lorenzo Palomo and Nicola Campogrande. She has also participated at the Nordic Music Days Festival in Reykjavik.
Silvia Massarelli has received invitations from various orchestras of great prestige around the world like: New York Philharmonic, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre du Capitol de Toulouse, Lamoureux Concert Association Orchestra, Mulhouse Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestra of Pays de la Loire, Nancy Symphony Orchestra, Tours Symphony Orchestra, Handel Festival Orchestra of Halle, Podlesia Opera and Philharmonic of Bialystok, Cyprus Symphony Orchestra, Ecuador State National Orchestra.
Among the numerous Italian orchestras she has conducted, the Turin Philharmonic Orchestra and Rai National Symphony Orchestra, which described Silvia Massarelli as outstanding. After her debut at the MITO Festival she has conducted at the prestigious Grande Salle Philharmonie in Paris with great success.
Silvia Massarelli lives in Pordenone with her husband, and their daughters Virginia and Ginevra.