Chiara Massini was born in Rome in 1971, where she studied piano with Prof. Enzo Stanzani at the Ottorino Respighi Conservatory and musicology at La Sapienza University. Upon graduating, she attended various master classes in Salzburg and commenced an intensive study of early music. This path led Ms. Massini to Vienna, where she studied harpsichord and figured bass at the University of Music and the Performing Arts under Profs. Gordon Murray and Augusta Campagne, respectively, graduating with distinction.
In addition to numerous recordings for Austrian, Italian, Canadian and Spanish radio, she is active as soloist and chamber musician and has appeared at various festivals and concert series in Europe, Canada, Brazil and Lebanon, including the "Al Bustan" Festival in Beirut, "I concerti del Gonfalone" and "I concerti del Quirinale" in Rome, "Soli Deo Gloria" in Reggio Emilia, the "Musikfestspiele" in Dresden and the Musikverein in Vienna.
As one critic remarked on her solo debut CD, "Toccata, Passacaglia, Partita," released in 2003 and broadcast in Italy and Canada: "Her playing captivates through its combination of technical authority and expressive power."
Elsewhere, the press has written of her: "Already with the first phrase, she profiled herself as an exceptional artistic personality who brings these selected works by Italian composers to life with ingenious liberties [...] her rubato, executed with stylistic certainty and sheer delight, injected itself organically into the course of the movement [...] Massini's suspenseful playing successfully captured the affects' polymorphism and illuminated the music's harmonic boldness [...] the melodic charm and the perfect proportions of the music of Domenico Zipoli unfolded under Massini's sensual grasp in all their radiance."
In august 2005 she played Bach's Goldberg Variation throughout Europe, subsequently recording them in summer 2006 for Symphonia.
The reaction of both public and press was highly appreciative: "C.M. shows she can really dig in and captivate her listeners. (Alte Musik Aktuell)"
In december 2008 she has been invited by the "Charitable Society of Friends" to make her U.S. concert debut touring Florida.
"Life without music is simply a mistake, a strain, an exil"