MAURIZIO BARBETTI attended advanced training courses with Aldo Bennici and studied in Darmstadt with Stefan Gheorghiu and Irvine Arditti, who awarded him the International Darmstadt Prize in 1992.That year he also won the “Iannis Xenakis International Prize for Interpretation” in Paris. Since 1992 he has performed as a soloist in the most important concert halls and radios of the world, including the Berlin Radio (playing Stockhausen’s Mixtur in the presence of the composer), as well as for Austrian, German, French, Swiss, English, Irish, Israeli, Italian, Mexican and Rumanian radio and television broadcasting. He has been a soloist with prestigious ensembles including Ensemble Köln (where he was principal viola from 1992 to 1996), Ensemble Recherché, Concorde Ensemble Dublin, Icarus Ensemble, Monesis Ensemble, Roma Sinfonietta and with important orchestras like Orchestre de l’Opéra de Nice, RTE Dublin Concert Orchestra; Orchestra Internazionale d’Italia, and the Euroasian Philharmonic Orchestra of Seoul.
He performed the Irish premiere of Berio’s Chemins II for viola and orchestra with the Radiotelevision Concert Orchestra of Dublin conducted by Friedrich Goldmann. His vast repertoire ranges from baroque to contemporary composers, with a specialty in “new” music. Many composers have dedicated works to him, including Luis de Pablo and Ennio Morricone, recording the world premiere of Morricone’s Viola concerto, and de Pablo’s Anatomias. He also collaborates with the “Living Theater” of New York.
Barbetti has given master classes in important institutions worldwide, and has recorded on the Col Legno, Mode, Stradivarius and Subrosa labels.