Massimo Botter (1965), diploma in piano, has studied composition with Azio Corghi and got his diploma with Alessandro Solbiati in 1996 at the music conservatory “G. Verdi” of Milan and with Riccardo Sinigaglia in music and electronic composition.
In 1993 he was invited by the New York University to take part in the International Festival June in Buffalo. In 1994 he won the first prize the Biennal of Lisbon dedicated to the young European artists and the first prize at the III National Chamber Composition Competition in Como. With Elegia he was finalist at the International Competition Spectri Sonori of New Orleans. In 1996 he won the first prize at the International Composition Competition in Winterthur, in 1997 the competition The Next Millenium Composition Award in Tokyo, the International Competition Ton de Leeuw in Tirana and the Competition City of Belveglio, Asti. With his composition for orchestra Argella in 2000 he won the 3rd International Composition Competition Symphony Orchestra of the Balearic Islands “City of Palma”. In 2003 he won the International Competition “Francesc Civil” for string orchestra and the “XXI Reina Sofia” Prize of Madrid with the composition for orchestra Les Algues.
He had the special mention at the “Dimitris Mitropoulos International Competition” Orchestra of Colours in Athens (1996) and at the International Competition for Orchestra Vienna Modern Masters (1997) and, with the piece “Les Jeux d’Arlequin” for percussion and orchestra, the special mention at 3rd Klami Composition Competition Finland (2014).
In 2000 the Fundació ACA of Palma de Mallorca published Detalls, a monographic CD including his recordings from 1993 to 2000. In 2003 the flute player Isabelle Schnöller included in the CD Interpretenportrait published by Zeitklang his composition Vert Foncé. In January 2006 the label Stradivarius has published the CD Agli inquieti spiriti with his compositions Les Algues for orchestra and Sheet of Sounds for saxophone quartet.
In 2006 the Biennale of Venice has commissioned him a piece for bass clarinet and orchestra premiered in La Fenice Theatre in Venice by the ORCAM of Madrid directed by José Ramón Encinar with Gareth Davis at the bass clarinet.
He also took part in many Festivals of Contemporary Music such as La Terra Fertile – L’Aquila (Italy) 1994; Triennale of Milano (Italy) 1994; Rive Gauche – Torino (Italy) 1995; Vocemusica 95 – Faenza (Italy) 1995; XI and XII Festival of XX Century Music – Traiettorie Sonore, Milano (Italy) 1994-1995; Novurgia – Milan 1996; Serate Musicali – Milano 1997; Progetto Musica ’97 – Rome;Percorsi del sentire – Rimini 1997 and 1998; Musica Ricercata, Winterthur 1998; Architecture in San Marino 1998; Musik Museum – Basel (Switzerland) 1999; Festival Neue Musik – Berlin (Germany) 1999; Musikalische Begegnungen – Lenzburg, Basel (Switzerland) 1999; Variazioni Serali – Milan 2000; Youth Music Festival – Kiev (2001); 22nd Annual New Music & Art – Bowling Green (2001); Auditorium Nacional de Musica de Madrid (Spain) 2002; L’Officina Musicale – Milan 1999 – 2003; Museumuskonzerte – Dornach (2004); Rondò2005 – Milan and Monza; Freon – Laboratorio 2005 (Rome); BBK festival Guggenheim Museum – Bilbao (Spain) 2005/2007/2008; Le Musiche inquietanti – Ferrara Festival (2005); Mostly Modern ‘06 – Dublin (2006);Laboratorio 2006 – Rome; 14th World Saxophone Congress – Lubjana (2006); Festival Internazionale di Pechino (2007); Festival Internacional de Música Contemporánea de Michoacán, Messico (2007); Ex Novo Musica Teatro la Fenice – Venezia (2007); La Chapelle, Scenes Contemporaines, Montréal (2008); Logos Tetrahedron – Gent (2008); Alte Schmiede Kunstverein, Vienna (2008); 57° Festival Internazionale di Santander – (2008), Festival MITO – Turin (2008); Festival “Sulle ali del ‘900” Brescia (2008); VI Festival “Luoghi Immaginari”, Turin (2008); Rencontre de Musique Nouvelle – St. Irénée (Canada); XVIII Festival Milano Musica, Milan (2009); Le NEM Saison 2009-2010, Montréal (2009); Festival de Musica Electroacustica, Siville (2008/2009); Auditorio Nacional de Música de Madrid, Spagna (2010); Silenzio Musica 2010, Montefiore Conca; Quincena Musical de San Sebastian, Spagna (2010); Museoteatro della Commenda di Pré, Genova (2010); Secret Theatre, Theatre de l’Opera, S. Etienne (2010); 47° Festival Pontino in Musica “VOX in Femina”, Sperlonga (2011); 55° Festival La Biennale di Venezia (2011); XXXI Festival BBK, Bilbao (2011); European Saxophone Ensemble – Tour 2011 (Austria, Francia, Lituania, Slovenia, Rep. Ceca, Ungheria, Italia, Belgio, Serbia, Polonia); RAI NUOVA MUSICA 2012 (Torino), II Festival BBVA – Bilbao 2012 (Spagna);UNIVERSO 2.13, Salamanca (2012); OKV Oldenburger Kunstverein Oldenburg (2012); Gira de Conciertos 2012, Siviglia, Badajoz (2012); Musica e Strumenti del Presente, Rieti (2013); Vienna Sax Festival (2013); Música para el tercer Milenio, Madrid, Avila (2013);XIX Festival “Sulle ali del ‘900”, Brescia (2013) Festival Risognanze, Udine (2014); European Saxophone Congress, Ciudad Real Spain (2014) La Verdi per EXPO 2015 Gala Concert, Spoleto Festival (2015); SaxOpen (Strasbourg 2015); Auditorio San Francisco de Ávila (2016); Colegio Oficial de Arquitectos de Madrid (2016); Academia de Belles Artes, (Madrid 2015); Festival de Música Contemporanea Auditorio Cicus (Sevilla 2016); Opéra Tèatre de Saint-Etienne – Ensemble Orchestral Contemporain (2016); Centro Cultural “La Corraia” Univesidad de Madrid (2016); Antidogma Musica – (Torino 2016); Festival Musica e Vocalità – (Trieste 2017);Silenzio Musica 2017 – (Rimini); European Saxophone Congress 2017 – Porto (Portogallo);Música para el tercer Milenio, Madrid (2017); …
His music has been broadcasted by international radio and television stations such as: NHK Tokyo (Japan), RAI – RADIO 3 (Italy), RTVE (Spain), RTSI (Switzerland), Radio Classica (Spain), Radio Beethoven de Chile. Radio Classica (Italia).
He has collaborated with the publisher Suvini Zerboni of Milan and realized the arrangements for piano of the operas Partenope by E. Morricone, La Señorita Cristina by Luis de Pablo and Una Via Crucis by E. Morricone, A. Poce, M. Dall’Ongaro and E. Macchi.
Publishers: Ricordi, Nuova Stradivarius, Periféria Music et Tritó (Barcellona), Da Vinci Edition (Osaka).