Pasquale Massaro was born in Italy and he lives in Brussels.
His passion for music and for the bass instruments led him to study and use both bowing techniques, commonly called "French bow" and "German bow", and to delve into the early music performance on historical instruments.
He played with great musicians and conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Lorin Maazel, Riccardo Muti, Eliahu Inbal, Kazushi Ono, Alain Altinoglu, Speranza Scappucci, Stéphane Denève, Alexander Lonquich, Sergej Krylov, Guy Braunstein, Renaud Capuçon, Enrico Bronzi, Sigiswald Kuijken, Diego Fasolis, Fabio Biondi, Leonardo Garcia Alarcon, Riccardo Minasi, Dmitry Sinkowsky, Nathalie Stutzmann and the counter-tenor Philippe Jaroussky.
He performed successfully on several eminent stages: at the Wigmore Hall in London, Cemal Reşit Rey Konser Salonu in Istanbul, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Pfingstenfestspiele in Salzburg (Mozarteum, Haus fur Mozart, Felsenreitschule), Resonanzen Festival in Vienna (Wiener Konzerthaus), Opéra Royal in Versailles, Opéra Garnier and Theatre des Champs Elysees in Paris, Grand Théatre Opéra National in Bordeaux, Arsenal in Metz, Dr Anton Philipszaal in Den Haag, Alte Pinakothek in Munich, Haendel Festspiele in Halle (Germany), Theatre La Monnaie and Bozar in Brussels, Concertgebow in Brugge, Chopin Festival in Warsaw, Accademia Chigiana in Siena, Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome, Accademia Mozart in Bologna, etc.
He has played on the following recordings: Erato Warner Classics CD Quella Fiamma - Arie Antiche (5 Diapason, 2017) and CD Haendel, Heroes from the Shadows (Diapason d'Or 2014), Ricercar Records CD Mozart, The Vienna Concert 23 March 1783 (2016), Claves Records CD from Bologna to Beromünster, Maurizio Cazzati: Mass & Psalms op. 36 (world premiere recording 2016), Paragon CD C.Ph.E. Bach (Amadeus 2009), MVS CDs and DVDs Verdi, Mozart, Paisiello editions conducted by R. Muti (2009), Radio France, ORF Radio Wien and ORF Radio Salzburg, Polskie Radio, Radio Vaticano, RAI Trade - EUROARTS.
He obtained the Bachelor and the Master degree for double bass at the Conservatorio G.B. Martini in Bologna (Italy).
Moreover he attended the specialization courses for double bass at the Hochschule für Musik in Nürnberg (Germany) and at Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel (Belgium).
He attended specialization courses and masterclasses held by Alois Posch, Dorin Marc, Enrico Fagone, Giuseppe Ettorre, Alberto Bocini, Enrico Bronzi, Korneel Le Compte, Francesco Paolo Speziale, Patxi Montero, the conductors Eliahu Inbal and Michel Tabachnik, the double bass player and composer Stefano Scodanibbio (for the contemporary repertoire and improvisation), and by the tango music player
Héctor Ulises Passarella.
He is pursuing with great passion the rediscovery of the performance practice on historical three-strings double bass and its authentic Solo and Chamber Music repertoire on manuscripts and treaties, with gut strings and historical bows.
His research aims to a better understanding of the original sound of that time and his attention is focused, in particular, to the music composed by Bottesini and Dragonetti, two leading representatives of the Italian School between 18th and 19th centuries, who were themselves the successors of a typical and even more ancient Italian tradition.