MASSIMO LA ROSAAffiliation:
The Cleveland Orchestra - Principal Trombone
Cleveland Institute of Music - Trombone Department Head
Massimo La Rosa has been principal trombone of The Cleveland Orchestra since September 2007. Previously, he served as principal trombone of La Fenice Opera House from 1996 to 2007. He has performed as guest principal trombone with La Scala Opera in Milan, the Santa Cecilia Orchestra in Rome and is currently guest principal trombone of the Saito Kinen Festival Orchestra in Japan.
Mr. La Rosa’s performances include recitals in South America, Europe, Asia and the United States. As a concerto soloist, he made his subscription solo debut with The Cleveland Orchestra in February 2013 performing the Trombone Concerto by Nino Rota. The Cleveland Plain Dealer wrote that the performance was “ a truly compelling musical event...one might have mistaken his sound for a human voice.” He also performed David’s Concertino on the Orchestra’s season opening gala in October 2011 under the direction of Franz Welser-Möst. Mr. La Rosa has performed concerti with La Fenice Orchestra, the Sicilian Symphonic Orchestra of Palermo, the Campinas Symphony in Brazil and the United States Army Band, “Pershing’s Own.”
Mr. La Rosa's most recent solo album, Sempre Espressivo, was recorded in July 2013 on the new Bach Artisan Trombone model A47MLR, which he developed in collaboration with Conn-Selmer. The Plain Dealer said La Rosa's playing on the recording is "brilliant," and Cleveland Classicalwrote, "You don’t have to be a trombonist to cherish this recording — it will surprise all music lovers with what that instrument can do in the hands of an accomplished and dedicated soloist like Massimo La Rosa." American Record Guide singled out La Rosa's "big and resonant tone, his impeccable intonation, and his long and meaningful phrases."
Following the release of his first solo recording, Cantando, he was named “New Artist of the Month” by Musical America, which said, “La Rosa has distinguished himself as a musician of impeccable taste and remarkable facility.” American Record Guide wrote that his performances on the album were “the best available.”
Born in Palermo, Italy, Mr. La Rosa grew up in Belmonte Mezzagno and studied with Filippo Bonanno. He enjoys playing for social causes, and he is donating a portion of the proceeds from the sales of Sempre Espressivo to the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to finding a cure for dystonia. In a recent interview, Massimo La Rosa said, “I have many musician friends who have had to deal with this devastating condition, and I hope you will join me in supporting the important research of the DMRF.” Mr. La Rosa has performed several benefit recitals in collaboration with the Italian Consulate in Cleveland and Detroit that have raised thousands of dollars to benefit the ANFE Light of Life Foundation, an organization that provides financial assistance and treatment for children with retinal disorders.
Mr. La Rosa is head of the trombone department of the Cleveland Institute of Music.