Fabio Massimo Capogrosso


Fabio Massimo Capogrosso began studying the piano at an early age and immediately he prevaled in several national and international competitions. He won the First Prize at the "International Competition for young performers" of Cassino and the First Prize at the "National Competition city of Vasto.”

The combination of a certain musical and cultural vibrancy combined with a growing spirit of experimentation led him to study composition. In 2008 under the guidance of Maestro Sergio Prodigo, he obtained the first academic degree cum laude; meanwhile, he was also interested in other musical languages and studied "music applied to images," during "Copia l'autore" held by the famous Maestro Carlo Crivelli (winner at Cannes for best soundtrack with Marco Bellocchio's Vincere). He worked on a series of scores for documentaries. In 2009, he excelled in the category of composers at the Ibla Grand Prize Competition. In October 2011, he obtained a second graduated degree in composition cum laude after the performance of the Orchestra Sinfonica Abruzzese Symphonic Poem "For perpetuam rei memoriam.”

He was invited at international festival including:  Domeniche in Musica dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, I concerti della Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, I concerti degli Amici della Musica di Verona Suoni delle DolomitiSan Francisco International Piano Festival, Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival, Villa Pennisi in Musica, Pietre che Cantano; and important theaters icluding Grande di BresciaParco della Musica (Rome), Cilea  (Reggio), Palladium (Rome), Britton Recital Hall University of Michigan, Barness Music Recital Hall University of South Florida.

He has worked with artists such as Carlo Boccadoro, Pamela Villoresi, Marius Bizau, Gianfranco Rosi. 

His compositions have been performed in Italy, Germany, Poland, Belgium, Florida and Michigan by renowned ensembles, including  Sentieri Selvaggi, Sestetto Stradivari dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Quartetto Falstaff, Red4Quartet dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, President’s Trio dell’University of South Florida, Strings & HammersTrio Solotarev; and musicians including Sesto Quatrini, Anastasia Feruleva, Alessandro Soccorsi, Mara Oosterbaan, Dario Flammini, Edevaldo Mulla, Mina Mijovic, Eunmi Ko, Nina Kim, Conor Nelson, Emily Diez, Kevin Schempf e Susan Nelson McNamee.

His compositions are published by Edizioni Curci (Milan) and Imagine Music (New York).


for me it was important to listen to Fabio's music rirst, because that eay it was as though

I chose to want to produce the emotions I was living at the moment.

My old teacher used to tell me that when you entered a concert hall by the time the concert was over, your body temperature had to change. If your body temperature stays the same during the concert,, and if you're not somebody different by the end of the concert, there's been a failure on the part of those playing but also maybe on your part if you couldn't find a resonance whit what was being played.

Well, whit Fabio's music, bothas a player and a listener, there's no doubt my body temperature changes!

david romano - second violin section leader presso accademia nazionale di santa cecilia

Bartsch and Rizzer were joined by Snow for a more enthralling international offering, this time out of Italy: Fabio Massimo Capogrosso’s Un breve racconto notturno (2013). The ghostly atmosphere of the beginning of the work is rendered by wisp-like strings and a piano subtly muted in its lowest octave. The work grows more urgent in its second half, interpolated by a lyric theme. Capogrosso’s voice is clear-eyed and commanding, and the Chicago Ensemble rose to the occasion. Bartsch and Snow blended beautifully in their unison passages; navigating shimmering passages and jackhammer-like chords, Ritter locked in better to his string-playing compatriots than he had in the previous works.

chicago classical review

He gives you the whole thing, but, at the same time, it’s extremely fluid. This is something unique!

I belive he has something thet’s not very easy to define, and define it doesn’t matter anyway, and inside his music there’s something that overcomes the fact there are techniques that avent-garde complex. He’s a composer who manages to write music that’s very articulated, very considered, and very immediate, all at the same time

carlo boccadoro - composer, conductor