The Director

Milton Masciadri is Professor of Double Bass at the University of Georgia, where he has been a member of the music faculty since 1984. Representing the third generation of double bassists in his family, he was born in Montevideo, Uruguay and began double bass studies with his father. By the age of 17, he was co-principal bassist with the Porto Alegre Symphony Orchestra in Brazil, and at the age of 19 was on the music faculty of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte.

Masciadri is a frequent recitalist and soloist with major symphony orchestras in Europe, Asia, North America, Central America and South America. He has presented master classes at such musical institutions as The Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, Paris Conservatoire, Guildhall School of Music in London, Moscow Conservatory, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires National Conservatory, and Milan Conservatorio among many others. Dr. Masciadri's solo performances have taken place at many internationally renowned concert venues including New York’s Lincoln Center, “La Fenice” Opera House in Venice, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Castro Alves Opera House in Salvador (Bahia, Brazil) and the Municipal Theater of Sao Paulo. During the summers he teaches at several international music festivals and double bass conventions in the United States, South America and Europe. His solo recordings have been released on the DMR, Sinfonica, ACA & Fondazione labels. 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, including works commissioned for him by such institutions as UNESCO and Funarte, as well as making contributions of his own with numerous transcriptions and arrangements.

Some of Masciadri 2014-15 performances included performances in Italy, Spain, France, Scotland, Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Colombia, China, Canada, Slovenia, Croatia 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, and in 1998 was designated an UNESCO Artist for Peace. In 2011, he received the Knighthood honor of the designation of Il Cavaglieri di San Marco in Venice. In 2015, Masciadri was Awarded the Leonardo da Vinci World Award for the Arts by the World Cultural Council, the first musician to receive the award since its inception.

Masciadri performes on a 320 years old Testore double bass and appears in the International Who’s Who in Music.

REVIEWS

'.....Surpasses the limitations of the double bass...his refinement of execution, profound lyricism, perfect command of structure, and splendid vitality lead us to esteem him an exemplary musician...he reaffirmed his international fame."
El Dia, Montevideo, Uruguay

"Masciadri is a double bass soloist in the true sense of the word."
--Journale di Genova, Genova, Italy

"He is an unusually natural talent who plays with a flair and temperament that excites his listeners. His sound and vibrato on the double bass is rich and delightfully lyrical in all registers, a quality that distinguishes him among bassists."
--Gary Karr, World Renowned Solo Bassist

"He plays with exceptional sonority, exceptional musicality."
--La Nacion Buenos Aires, Argentina

"When the Double Bass sings!!!.... Amazing lyrical performance of double bassist Milton Masciadri."
--Giornale the Voghera, Italy

"Masciadri provoked admiration for his virtuosity as well as his ability to have fun.
He was the Star from beginning to end, stealing the heart of the audience."
--The South Carolina News and Chronicle, Charleston

"Masciadri's double bass sound was clear, sure and often claimed territories extending not only to the cello, but that of the violin. Masciadri had boldness and audacity to interpret most difficult works even for a violinist, as Paganini's."
--Eleftherotipia, Athens, Greece

"Grand Triumph of the Double Bass in Meersburg. ... Milton Masciadri knew how to bring bravos and encores to the audience."
--The Sudkurier, Germany

"Masciadri was able to extract from his Testore Double Bass sounds and effects that only great artists know how.... Impeccable execution permeated of great musicality and filled with the highest sensibility, all this evidence also of great technique and elegant phrasing."
--IL Citadino, Monza, Milano

Milton Masciadri, Prof.
School of Music
University of Georgia
250 River Rd
Athens GA 30602

706-542-2779 Ph.
706-542-2773 Fax
mmasciad@uga.edu