Milton Masciadri

Double Bass & Program Director

Milton Masciadri has delighted audiences on three continents with a combination of virtuosic and lyric interpretations on the double bass. The third generation of double bass players, Born in Montevideo - Uruguay he began his studies with his father. By the age of 17, he was already a Co-principal Bassist with the Porto Alegre Symphony in Brazil, and at the age of 19, he joined the faculty of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (Brazil).

 He completed his Masters and Doctorate Degrees with work under Gary Karr, Julius Levine, and Lawrence Wolfe. As a frequent recitalist and soloist with major symphony orchestras, Milton Masciadri has appeared in Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Chile, the United States, Italy, Spain, Germany, France, England, Mexico, Greece, Eastern Europe, and Central America. During the summers he teaches at several international music festivals and double bass conventions in the United States, South America, and Europe. He has performed chamber music and in duos with such artists as George Bolet, Robert Mc Duffie, Aldo Parisot, Sidney Harth, Gary Karr, Francesco Petracchi, etc. Masciadri's enthusiasm for enlarging the repertoire of the double bass has led him to publish and premiere works of many contemporary American and South American composers and to make notable contributions of his own with numerous transcriptions and arrangements.

 Some of Masciadri 2012 performances included performances in Italy, Spain, France, Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Colombia, China, Denmark, and the United States In 2009 Dr. Masciadri received the title of Distinguished University Professor of the University of Georgia, the first faculty member in the fine arts to be so honored in 62 years, and he also holds the title of "Accademico" of the Accademia Filarmonica in Bologna, Italy – Europe’s oldest musical educational institution. He has been awarded the Brazilian Medal of Honor for Academic Achievements for his musical and educational services to the people of Brazil, is listed in the “International Who's Who in Music”, and in 1998 was designated a UNESCO Artist for Peace and in 2011 he received the Knighthood honor of the designation of Cavaglieri di San Marco a Venezia. Masciadri performs on a 320-year-old Testore double bass, appears in the International Who’s Who in Music, and has solo recordings on DMR, ACA, Fondazione & Sinfonica Labels.