Symphony Irvine

Milton Masciadri is Professor of Double Bass at the University of Georgia, USA.  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 of 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 (Brazil).

Some of Masciadri's 2015-16 appearances include performances as soloist with the Korean Chamber Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, as well as solo recitals in Italy, Spain, France, Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Colombia, China, Canada, Slovenia, Croatia and the United States.

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, and the Sydney Conservatory among many others.  Dr. Masciadri's solo performances have taken place at many internationally renowned concert venues including New York’s Lincoln Center,  Carnegie Hall, “La Fenice” Opera House in Venice, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Castro Alves Opera House in Salvador (Bahia, Brazil),the Municipal Theater of Sao Paulo and many others.  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.

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 Cavaglieri di San Marco in Venice. In 2015, Masciadri was awarded the International Leonardo DaVinci Award by the World Cultural Council presented at a ceremony in Glascow, Scotland. He had the further honor as being the first musician to receive the award since its inception.

Masciadri performs on a 320 year old double bass by the world renowed Italian luthier Carlo Giuseppe Testore.