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Danilo Rossi is an Italian violist. During his 40-years long career, he performed on the most important and prestigious stages of the world. His performances gathered high and sincere appretiation
from both the public and the critics.
Student of some of the most important viola masters (Merlini, Farulli, Asciolla, Bashmet) and getting
his diploma with the highest grade (cum laude), Danilo Rossi shown his musical skills already when
he was 16, when he won his First International Competition. At 20, he was chosen to take the part of
First Soloist Viola at the prestigious Teatro alla Scala di Milano, becoming the youngest musician of
the whole history of the theatre to cover that role. Since that moment his career became an innity
of concerts, festivals, meetings and recitals that brought him all around the world.
During his career as soloist he performed the whole viola repertoire guided by Riccardo Muti,
Gianandrea Gavazzeni, Riccardo Chailly, Gianandrea Noseda, Ottavio Dantone, Mung Wung Chung,
Seji Ozava, Zubin Mehta, Mario Brunello, Lorin Maazel, Umberto Benedetti Michelangeli, Adam
Fischer, with some of the most prestigious orchestras of the world (Filarmonica della Scala, Teatro
Comunale di Bologna, l’Orchestra d’Archi Italiana, Rai di Torino, Orchestra Regionale Toscana, Regio
di Torino, Suddeutchekammerorchester, Filarmonica di Mosca, Kioi Symphony Orchestra di Tokyo, I
Solistidi Mosca, Filarmonica di Budapest, Orchestra dellla Svizzera Italiana di Lugano, etc.).
He has been the First Viola at the Teatro alla Scala and in the orchestra of the Filarmonica della Scala
for 36 years, and he collaborated with some of the best living orchestra conductors, like Claudio
Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, Carlos Kleiber, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Daniel Harding, Gustavo Dudamel,
Leonard Bernstein and Daniele Gatti.
Danilo Rossi has also been a practicing chamber musician. Indeed, he has been guest of some of the
most relevant Festivals of Chamber Music (ST. Moritz, Cork, Asolo, Ravenna, I Suoni delle Dolomiti,
Vicenza, Joliette, Nijny Novgorod, etc.), where he performed with some of the greatest musicians:
Paul Tortelier, Jury Baschmet, Pier Narciso Masi, Bruno Canino, Giuliano Carmignola, Mario Brunello,
Andrea Lucchesini, Tomas Brandis, Franco Gulli, il Quartetto Arditti, il Fine Arts Quartet, il Nuovo
In 2018 Danilo Rossi will celebrate a 30-years collaboration with the pianist Stefano Bezziccheri.
Together with him, Rossi played in the most important European concert halls, recording many CDs
that cover completely the relevant repertoire for viola and piano.
Some of the most important contemporary composers dedicated a piece to Danilo Rossi, like Stefano Nanni, Carlo Boccadoro, Roberto Molinelli, Alessandro Appigiani, Valentino Metti, Nicola Campogrande, Simonide Braconi.
Numerous the radio and tv recordings that have seen Danilo Rossi performing, as well as the 40 CDs
published. About this, in 2016 he has been dedicated of five episodes by the well-known radio
broadcast RadioTreSuite, owned by RadioRai.