Massimo Paris was born in Rome. He is a many-sided artist: soloist of viola and viola d'amore, composer, conductor, pedagogue. He accomplished his musical training at the Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome, where he graduated with the highest honours in composition, conducting and viola. He successively mastered his studies at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, the Conservatoire of Music in Geneva, the "International Music Seminar Prussia Cove" in Great Britain, the "Fondation Hindemith" in Blonay, Switzerland, with Giuranna and Romano (viola), Ravinale (composition), Ferrara (conducting), Brengola and Végh (chamber music). His concert career has led him as soloist of viola and viola d'amore and conductor to major concert halls all over the world, such as: Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Berlin Philarmonie, Paris Opéra, Santa Cecilia Academy in Rome, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Royal Festival and Barbican Hall in London, Musikverein in Vienna, Sidney Opera House, Tokyo Bunka Kaikan and Suntory Hall, Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires and the Leipzig Gewandhaus. His repertoire ranges from baroque to contemporary music and he has performed some world premières of contemporary pieces. Soloist of viola and viola d'amore with Fasano's "Virtuosi di Roma", since 1978 he has been viola soloist with "I Musici". He is also a founding member of "Stradivari string quartet". In the chamber music field, he has performed with world famous artists such as: Carmirelli, Campanella, Canino, Carmignola, Gazzelloni, Giuranna, Lukas Graf, Harrell, Holliger, Orozco, Pergamenschikow, Pressler, Petracchi, Romero, Thunemann, Valentini Terrani, Zacharias. He is a regular guest at many festivals, such as: Marlboro, Montreux, Edinburgh, Lucerne, Schleswig-Holstein, Mostly Mozart, Santa Fe, Orlando, Spoleto. He is also a composer of symphonic and chamber music, including revisions and cadenzas: he has composed the cadenzas of Rolla's Concertos and a corpus of 18 cadenzas for Locatelli's Arts of the Violin, recorded by Philips). He is also an active conductor: he founded the "AMIT Accademia Musicale Italiana" and in 2003 he was appointed Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of the Concerto Malaga Orchestra, as well as of the International Forum of South Europe of Nigüelas Festival (Sierra Nevada). He is a regular guest conductor in many countries in Europe, South America, Asia. Professor of viola and chamber music at the Musikhochschule Köln in Aachen and at the Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome, he is regularly invited to hold master classes in Italy, Germany, Switzerland, France, Spain, Venezuela, Mexico, USA, Hong Kong, Japan, China, Korea, Thailand. He has recorded for many Radio Television channels in Europe, USA, South America, Japan, Australia and for prestigious recording labels such as Columbia, Arcadia, Denon, Sony, Claves, Unicef and Philips, for which he has recorded the world première of Alessandro Rolla's viola Concertos and Vivaldi's viola d'amore Concertos.