Massimo Clavenna began studying the double bass with Enzio Pederzani and composition with Davide Anzaghi at the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory in his native Milan. He completed his studies with Franco Petracchi at the Accademia Walter Stauffer in Cremona and with Giuseppe Ettorre at the Accademia Lorenzo Perosi in Biella.
In 1987 he represented Italy as the only Italian member of the international Jeunesses Musicales youth orchestra. He accumulated experience in chamber playing with Thomas Brandis and Alexandre Broussilovsky among others.
The many years he spent as an orchestral musician took him to all the major Italian orchestras: the opera orchestra of La Scala in Milan, the Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini of Parma and the RAI Symphony Orchestra of Turin. He was solo bassist in the Giuseppe Verdi Orchestra and the Orchestra dei Pomeriggi Musicali, performing under famous conductors like Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti and Riccardo Chailly.
Together with the Modigliani String Quintet, he won prestigious prizes at events like the Rassegna Nazionale di musica da camera in Genoa and the Concorso Internazionale Rovere d'Oro.
Massimo's interest extends beyond the «classical» composers to tango, jazz and pop. He collaborated in making the CDs «Anime Salve» with Fabrizio de Andrè, «Pasión Mediterranea» with Tullio de Piscopo, «La sequenza degli armonici» with Bruno Tommaso and «Black Holes and Revelations» with the band Muse.
He plays a valuable four-string bass by Giovanni Arienti (Milan 1850) and a five-string instrument by Johannes Rubner (Markneukirchen 1983).
Massimo Clavenna and the Lucerne Festival Strings
«Working with this renowned ensemble - I have been a permanent member since 2007 - represents a constantly repeated artistic challenge and a unique musical experience.»