Milton Masciadri is a third generation of double bass player. Born in Montevideo, Uruguay, he began his studies with his father and by age 17 was Co-principal Bassist with the Porto Alegre Symphony in Brazil. At 19, he was already on the faculty at Brazil’s Federal University. He completed his Master’s and Doctorate Degrees with work under Gary Karr, Julius Levine and Lawrence Wolfe.
In addition to being Professor of Double Bass at the University of Georgia Hugh Hodgson School of Music, Masciadri is also coordinator of the Hodgson School's International & Study Abroad Program, and each year he directs the University of Georgia International Double Bass Symposium.
In 2009 Dr. Masciadri received the title of Distinguished University Professor of the University of Georgia, the first faculty member in the fine arts to be so honored in 62 years, and he also holds the title of "Accademico" of the Accademia Filarmonica in Bologna, Italy – Europe’s oldest musical educational institution. He has been awarded the Brazilian Medal of Honor for Academic Achievements for his musical and educational services to the people of Brazil, is listed in the “International Who's Who in Music”, in 1998 was designated a UNESCO Artist for Peace and in 2011 he received the Knighthood honor of the designation of Cavaglieri di San Marco in Venice.
Masciadri has presented master classes at such musical institutions as The Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, Paris Conservatoire, Guildhall School of Music in London, Moscow Conservatory, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires National Conservatory, and Milan Conservatorio, among many others. During the summers he teaches at several international music festivals and double bass conventions in the United States, South America and Europe. His solo recordings have been released on the DMR, Sinfonica, ACA & Fondazione labels.
As a performer, Dr. Masciadri has performed chamber music and duets with such artists as George Bolet, Robert Mc Duffie, Aldo Parisot, Sidney Harth, Gary Karr, and Francesco Petracchi, in addition to appearing in collaborations around the world with United Nations musical ambassadors. His solo performances have taken place at such internationally renowned concert venues as New York’s Lincoln Center, Venice’s “La Fenice” Opera House, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Castro Alves Opera House in Salvador (Bahia, Brazil), and the Municipal Theater of Sao Paulo. He is a frequent recitalist and soloist with major symphony orchestras in Europe, Asia, North America, Central America and South America.
Masciadri's enthusiasm for enlarging the repertoire of the double bass has led him to publish and premiere works of many contemporary American and South American composers, including works commissioned for him by such institutions as UNESCO and Funarte (Brazilian Foundation for the Arts) as well as making contributions of his own with numerous transcriptions and arrangements.
Some of Masciadri 2015 performances included performances in Italy, Spain, France, Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, China, Russia, Canada, Slovenia, Croatia and the United States.
Masciadri performes on a 320 years old Testore double bass, appears in the International Who’s Who in Music and has solo recordings on DMR, ACA, Fondazione & Sinfonica Labels