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Massimo La Rosa

Affiliation: The Cleveland Orchestra - Principal Trombone

Artist's Biography
Massimo La Rosa joined The Cleveland Orchestra as principal trombone in September 2007. He previously served as principal trombone of La Fenice Opera House in Venice from 1996 to 2007. He has performed as principal trombone with La Scala Opera House in Milan, the Santa Cecilia Symphonic Orchestra in Rome, the Teatro Comunale di Firenze in Florence.

Mr. La Rosa has appeared as a soloist with La Fenice Orchestra and with the Sicilian Symphonic Orchestra of Palermo. Recently, he was a guest artist at the 2009 Eastern Trombone Workshop, where he performed as a soloist with the United States Army Band "Pershing's Own".

Born in Palermo, Sicily in 1974, Mr. La Rosa grew up in Belmonte Mezzagno, a small town outside Palermo. He began playing the trombone in the community band when he was 9 years old. Later, he studied trombone in Palermo with Filippo Bonanno, principal trombone of the Sicilian Symphonic Orchestra. He had additional lessons and master classes with Charles Vernon, Joseph Alessi, Rex Martin and Jacques Mauger.

Mr. La Rosa is on the trombone faculty at the Cleveland Institute of Music, and has also presented masterclasses at several American universities and conservatories including the Manhattan School of Music, the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and the Juilliard School

New CD - Cantando (2010)
Liner Notes
Recording a solo album has been a goal of mine for many years. Since joining The Cleveland Orchestra in 2007, I have been incredibly fortunate to be surrounded by great artists performing at the highest level every day. Working on this recording has helped continue my musical growth and has allowed me to deepen my connection with several pieces that have been very important in my professional development: the Concerto by Launy Grndahl, ulek's Sonata (Vox Gabrieli) for Trombone and Piano, the Hindemith Sonata for Trombone and Piano and Weber's evocative Romance.

I enjoyed collaborating with Teddy Abrams and Yuriy Leonovich to create new arrangements of several pieces that have particular meaning to me.

Rossini's Overture to The Barber of Seville has been a part of my life since childhood. I first played the piece when I was ten years old in the community band in Belmonte Mezzagno, Sicily, and was seated just a few chairs away from my father who plays the tuba. The band was comprised of many cousins and family friends. My grandfather Rosolino was also a former member of the band. This arrangement for tenor trombone by Yuriy Leonovich brings back many wonderful memories of my childhood. I am dedicating this performance to my father and grandfather – for their inspiration and enthusiasm for music and life.

The Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana represents some of Mascagni's most beautiful writing. This is a musical tribute to my native Sicily – a land of great artists, sun and passion.

I have always loved classical music, and when I first heard a symphony by Gustav Mahler, I knew that I wanted a career as an orchestral musician. The Adagietto from Mahler's Symphony no. 5 is one of the most tender and loving moments in the entire orchestral repertoire. Teddy Abrams has created an excellent arrangement that showcases the lyrical, singing quality of the trombone, and I am very pleased to include this important work on my first solo recording. This is an homage to the late, great Arnold Jacobs – the greatest teacher I ever had, but never met.

Ave Maria No Morro is a beautiful love song by Brazilian songwriter Herivelto Martins. This performance, improvised and arranged by Teddy Abrams, highlights the cantando quality of the trombone. I dedicate this to my mother for her beauty and love.

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Cantando (2010) - Featuring works by Rossini, Weber, Hindemith, Mascagni, Grendahl, Mahler, Sulek, and Martins
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