"An exceptional personality: a profound sensitivity which picks up even the slightest hints of the score; an imperceptible delicacy during imaginary moments, and then a force, an emotional enthusiasm which is immediately recognizable" (la Sicilia – S. Sciacca)
Silvia Massarelli combines her enthusiasm and dedication to music with significant rigor in concert and a natural talent for sharing the joy of making music, thereby creating an atmosphere of solar energy which characterizes all of her performances. A particular affinity with the world of French music, along with attention to the most creative expressions of contemporary music as though they were uncommon repertoires make Silvia Massarelli a distinctive performer on the Italian musical landscape.
"Grand Prix de direction d'orchestre" at the International Besançon Competition (Jury President, Manuel Rosenthal). Critic's prize at the Prokofiev Competition of St. Petersburg, and the only winner at the Robert Blot Competition of Paris, Silvia Massarelli studied at the St. Cecilia Music Conservatory of Rome and at theConservatoire National Superieur de Musique in Paris, where she graduated with highest honors, unanimously given.
Assistant to M. W. Chung for Verdi's Simon Boccanegra at the Bastille Opera House of Paris, and to Laurent Petit-Girard for Massenet's Werther at the Opéra Comique of Paris, Silvia Massarelli has collaborated with internationally renowned musicians such as Michel Dalberto, Martin Spandenberg, the clarinet soloist of the Munich Philharmonic, Claude Delangle and Jean-Yves Fourmeau, the sax soloists of the Berlin Philharmonic.
She has conducted the premiers of numerous composers, among them Jacqueline Fontyne, Edison Denisov, Lowell Liebermann, Eric Tanguy, Thierry Escaich, and Lorenzo Palomo, and she has participated at the Nordic Music Days Festival in Reykjavik. She has received invitations from various orchestras of great prestige, among them being: the New York Philharmonic, the Wiener Kammer Orchestra, the Orchestra du Capitol of Toulouse, the Lamoureux Concert Association Orchestra, the Mulhouse Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Pays de la Loire, the Nancy Symphony Orchestra, the Tours Symphony Orchestra, the Handel Festival Orchestra of Halle, the Podlesia Opera and Philharmonic of Bialystok, the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra, and the Ecuador State National Orchestra.
Among the numerous Italian orchestras she has conducted, her recent debuts with the Sicilian Symphony Orchestra, the Turin Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Rai National Symphony Orchestra stand out; her recent successes with the Hulencourt Soloist Chamber Orchestra (Brussels) and the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra have elevated her artistic qualities to an international level.
First overall at the National Competition based on tests and qualifications, she is presently an Orchestra teacher at the Saint Cecilia Music Conservatory of Rome.
Silvia Massarelli lives in Pordenone with her husband, Eng. Andrea Brundisini, and their children, Virginia and Ginevra.