Mattia Zappa, born 1973 in Locarno (Switzerland), starts studying cello at the Music Conservatory in Lugano as a student of Taisuke Yamashita and continues his studies with legendary Harvey Shapiro at Juilliard School in New York (USA). For his studies abroad he enjoys the support of the Migros Kulturprozent and the Pierino Ambrosoli Foundation. Later he obtained his diploma as a soloist at the Basel Academy of Music under the tutelage of Thomas Demenga followed by a Master for Sonata Repertoire at the Accademia Pianistica of Imola (Bologna) under the direction of pianist Pier Narciso Masi. In 1997 he was awarded a European music fellowship for "artistic talent and outstanding accomplishment" with his interpretation of Tchaikovsky's Rococo Variations.
Mattia Zappa is a member of Tonhalle Orchestra of Zurich since September 2000. In 2007 he gets engaged on a regular basis as a temporary help by the Berlin Philharmonic. Mattia is also an appointed professor at the Music Conservatory in Lugano from 2012 until 2017.
Besides his extensive work as a solo performer he also performs numerous duo-recitals together with the Italian pianist Massimiliano Mainolfi. Together they give their Carnegie Hall debut in March 2001, followed by their debut at the chamber music hall of the Berlin Philharmonic. For the last two decades the duo Zappa.Mainolfi perform in important European centers, in South Africa and the USA.
Various CD-recordings as a soloist as well as with the duo Zappa.Mainolfi are an integral part of his extraordinary international career since 2008. His wide musical spectrum and his activity get completed by his numerous performances as a member of “LucerneStringTrio”, the Cello-ensemble “Swiss Cellists” and the “Chamber Jazz Duo” of the Zurich jazz pianist Ivo Kova.
Mattia is father of three children and lives in Zurich.
A long-lasting partnership results and exists between Mattia and the Pierino Ambrosoli Foundation after supporting various and different projects with and of Mattia.