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Alberto Massi

Alberto was born in Siena, Italy on 10 May 1960. After his degree in Biology, he worked as a researcher for the University of Bologna. Thanks to two Tuscan Scottish Pipe lovers, Riccardo Bonanni and Francesco Focardi, Alberto began studying the Scottish Pipes in 1991. Riccardo Bonnani was his first teacher. Subsequently he has been taught by Bruno Le Rouzic, Andy Hunter and Brian Lamond,
Willie Morrison, Colin MacLellan and Dougie Pincock. Later Alberto became Roderick Macleod’s personal student. In 2003, Alberto attained his “Performer’s Certificate” by the Institute of Piping. In March 2003 he won the Archie Kenneth Memorial Quaich. In Italy, his musical career entails; teaching, participating in concerts and workshops. Currently he is teaching courses in Bazzano (BO), Isernia, Rignano sull’Arno (FI), San Giovanni (VR) and Locarno (Switzerland). Alberto’s concert participation is divided between solo and group performances as well with groups such as The Birkin Tree, Fianna, Fiamma Fumana (also recording their first CD “1.0”) and Whisky Trail. He is particularly brilliant in managing conference-concert exhibitions which prove to be extremely useful to promote “a conscious way to listen at this kind of music”. In addition, he is also the author of numerous articles published in various magazines such as Piping Times, Piping Today, Folk Bulletin, Utriculus. These articles mainly concentrate on the history of pipes and various techniques used. In spring 2006, he achieved his “Senior Certificate in Piping”, the “Tutor Certificate” and the “Graduate Certificate” on piping at the Institute of Piping in Glasgow. Also he has recently published his first album titled “A call from Afar”. Finally, he also tests pipes made by the highly acclaimed Italian pipe maker Franco Calanca. In addition, he is the principle author and inspirer of a series of 4 Tutorial CD Rom’s called “The Great Highland Bagpipe”, fully in Italian language, in which he showed for the first time his revolutionary way of writing pibroch music scores. This method has been adopted by Roddy MacLeod on his new website :

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