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Rocco Parisi -  International Soloist in Clarinet and Bass Clarinet; Professor at the Antonio Vivaldi Conservatory in Alessandria, Italy



Rocco Parisi, born in San Pietro a Maida - Italy, studied in Holland at the Rotterdam Conservatorium, where he gained brilliantely which is the Getuigschrift diploma in bass clarinet, and in Italy gained “cum laude” the  clarinet master degree  at the Conservatorio “F. Ghedini” of Cuneo.  

He has been the winner of various international competitions, including T.I.M. Rome, the Orpheus Prize in Antwerpen, and the Concorso Internazionale di Stresa.   Parisi took part in Giuseppe Garbarino’s masterclasses at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena for four years, each year gaining a special grant, and earning at the end of the four years a Diploma of Honor.   Maestro Garbarino subsequently asked Parisi to become his assistant at the Academy.

Recognized as a talent interpreter of contemporary music and as an innovator of new techniques for the bass clarinet, many original compositions have been dedicated to Parisi, these being performed by him at important Italian festivals, including Chigiana Novità Siena, Settembre Musica Turin, Biennale of Venice, Nuovi Spazi Musicali Rome and Spazio Musica Cagliari.   He also gave the world premiere of  “Sequenza IX c” for bass clarinet and the Italian premiere of “Chemins II c” for bass clarinet and orchestra by Luciano Berio.

As a soloist he has performed in several foreign countries (Germany, Turkey, Portugal,
China, France, Switzerland, Spain) and at prestigious venues: Basklarinetdagen Gent,
Strobel Studio Freiburg, Centrum Sztuki Wspolczenej Warsaw, Music Academyof
Kracow, UHR kleinersaal Leipzig, Lisbon Music Conservatory and the Beijing
Central Conservatory, “Festival Cervantino” Mexico. 

He was invited by the International Association to give concerts and master classes
 at the world clarinet convention in New Orleans and was invited to give concerts
 at the ICA convention in    Stockholm and Salt Lake City. 

The RAI, BRT, and WDR are just a few of the many radio and television stations to have recorded Rocco Parisi


He has performed as bass clarinetist with a number of Italian orchestras, such as Giovanile Italiana of Fiesole, the “Arturo Toscanini” of Parma, the Orchestra da Camera of Padua, Orchestra Sinfonica “G. Verdi” of Miland and RAI O.S.N. (Italian Radio Television National Symphony Orchestra).  Parisi has recorded CDs for labels Taukay, Stradivarius, DDT,  Nuova Era, and AOC Classic – Edizioni Leonardi.  

He his currently professor of clarinet and bass clarinet at the Conservatorio “Antonio Vivaldi” in Alessandria.


Agendas and Performance and Teaching Philosophy

Message from Rocco Parisi


Recordings are hyperlinked here


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Activities Past and Future





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