Born in 1989, Michele Marco Rossi gave more than 100 first performances and Italian premieres of New Music.
With a vast solo repertoire and together with ensembles and chamber music groups, he has performed new works by composers from all over the world and of different generations and contributed to extending the contemporary music repertoire, not just quantitatively but also in terms of exploring creative possibilities.
With the success of his solo debut at the 61st Festival of La Biennale di Venezia (“a pyrotechnical programme designed to exalt the cellist’s extraordinary qualities as an instrumentalist and a performer”, Il Giornale della Musica; “M. M. R. has demonstrated with a cleverly designed program that the cello and cellists have conquered new territories. A magnificent temperament”, Neue Zürcher Zeitung), Michele Marco Rossi has brought to the stage an instrumental performance with a powerful new theatrical dimension.
Composers as Ivan Fedele, Fabio Vacchi, Vittorio Montalti, Noriko Baba, Alessandro Solbiati, Filippo Perocco, Matteo Franceschini, Lucia Ronchetti, Valerio Sannicandro, Hannes Kerschbaumer, Evis Sammoutis, Fabio Cifariello Ciardi, Maurilio Cacciatore and Pasquale Corrado have composed new music for Solo Cello specifically for him.
Michele collaborated also together with S. Sciarrino, H. Lachenmann, B. Furrer, K. Penderecki, K. Huber, E. Poppe, A. Fuentes, U. Chin.
His solo recitals are scheduled in the main concert seasons (Milano Musica, Biennale di Venezia, Unione Musicale Torino, I Teatri Reggio Emilia, Armonie d’Arte Catanzaro, Amici della Musica di Perugia, Appassionata Macerata, Accademia Filarmonica Romana, Bologna Festival, Lucca Classica, Barattelli L’Aquila, Amici della Musica di svariate città) and he regularly collaborates with international musicians and ensembles including Ensemble Modern and Accroche Note.
In 2018 Michele Marco Rossi made his debut as soloist in Darmstadt, where he was invited to play at the Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik, and Kairos released an album of Lucia Ronchetti’s Action Music Pieces featuring him doing a cello solo performance.
In 2019 he gave the first performance of De Culpa Sonoris, a new instrumental theatre project about Shakespeare commissioned by Mittelfest. In this work, M. M. Rossi’s role as actor and composer is ever more clearly defined and was described by critics as “brilliant” (Euronews): “the performative gesture of a guilt that scratches, severs and strikes, protagonist of an effective theatrical minimalism made of the body of the performer. A theatre that perfectly resembles its author, where sound is always affect. “(Operaclick).
As a soloist with orchestra he performed the world premiere of P. Corrado’s Dove non si tocca in mare with I Solisti Aquilani (Venice Biennale. “Particularly accomplished, Corrado’s cello concerto was fortunate to have the soloist M. M. R., reinventor of the opera through a demanding and exposed playing” ABC Cultura), the world premiere of Adagio and Minuetto variati by G. Petrassi with the Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto conducted by M. Angius (Pontino Festival. “The young cellist confirms himself as an excellent virtuoso, particularly attentive to modern music”, Il Giornale della Musica), the Italian premiere of Dioscuri by I. Fedele (Orchestar Sinfonica Abruzzese), of which he also performs the Concerto no. 1 and the Concerto n. 2 for Cello and Orchestra in a single evening with the Orchestra of the Petruzzelli Theater in Bari, then the world premiere of Passionis Fragmenta by S. Sciarrino with the Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto conducted by M. Angius.
Dedicated to experimentation and to constantly researching new repertoires, techniques and instrumental possibilities, he is also involved in ancient music projects on original instruments, avant-garde theatre performances and collaborations as co-author.
He dedicates himself to create new programmes and multifaceted performances every year.