Born in Zavia (Libya), Maurizio Colacicchi has established a long career as accompanying pianist and voice coach of renowned opera singers both in Italy and abroad.
He studied piano in Zagreb (Croatia) and in Rome, obtaining a diploma in piano at Conservatorio di Musica Santa Cecilia. Since then, he has never stopped studying and refining his skills with assiduity and passion, which allowed him to attend courses in Musicology at the Faculty of Modern Literatures (“Sapienza” University of Rome) and later earned him a Diploma of Associate Fellow in Vocal Chamber Music at the National College of Music and Arts in London and allowed. Travelling the world with his family first and as a professional pianist later has helped Colacicchi improve his knowledge of foreign languages, in particular Spanish, French, English, Japanese, and Croatian.
He has featured in prominent Italian concert Societies and opera festivals (Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago and Luglio Musicale Trapanese, among others) and his performing life has taken him across the world (in fact, he has worked in Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Sweden, Hungary, Romania, Poland, Croatia, Slovenia, Russia, Morocco, Algeria, South Africa, Turkey, Jordan, Syria, Singapore, China, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, Malaysia, Canada, Peru, Argentina, Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, and Australia) and to prestigious international theatres and concert venues, namely: Teatro Regio (Parma), Teatro Bibiena (Mantova), and Teatro Valle (Rome), Hamburg Musikhalle, the Royal Cultural Centre (Amman), the Bunka Kaikan, Bunka Center, Suntory Hall, and Oji Hall in Tokyo, the Sejiong Theatre (Seoul), the Jameos del Agua Auditorium (Lanzarote), Osaka Simphony Hall, Hong Kong City Hall, Teatro Leal in Tenerife, the Théâtre Municipal de Tunis, the Palais de la Culture (Algiers),the Al-Assad Theatre in Damascus, the Slovenska Filharmonija (Ljubljana), the KL&Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall in Kuala Lumpur, among many others.
During his long career, Colacicchi has been in close contact with world-renowned artists, establishing lifelong friendships as well as professional collaborations. Some of the names that have crossed his path so far are worth mentioning: Piero Cappuccilli, Ghena Dimitrova, Mariella Devia, Katia Ricciarelli, Veriano Luchetti, Giuseppe Giacomini, Daniela Dessi, Michela Sburlati, Maria Chiara, Bruna Baglioni, Roberto Scandiuzzi, Lando Bartolini, Flaviano Labò, Fiorenza Cossotto, Ivo Vinco, Bonaldo Giaiotti, Mariano Buccino, Pietro Ballo, Sylvie Valayre, Vladimir Chernov, Giuseppe Sabbatini, Lucia Lui, Kim Young Mi, Miwako Matsumoto, Yasuko Hayashi, Cecilia Yap, Ivàn Ayòn Rivas.
Colacicchi expertise has also gained him renown on a wider level; thus, he has held the position of Artistic Director at several international academies, festivals and competitions, among which the Accademia Prenestina del Cimento (Palestrina, Italy), the Opera Festival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Canary Islands, Spain), “Primo Concorso Internazionale per Voci Liriche G. L. Volpi” (Latina, Italy, 1987).
He also occupied the same position at opera vocational training courses in Viterbo (1997-1999), Verona (2000), and Pineda de Mar (Spain, 2003), starring renowned opera singers (R. Bruson, P. Cappuccilli, G. Dimitrova, M. Chiara, L. Alva, O. Stapp, G. Tucci, G. Taddei, R. Panerai, among others). The programmes included the preparation and the performance of several celebrated operas (La traviata, Elisir d’amore, Lucia di Lammermoor, Boheme, Suor Angelica, Don Giovanni).
In addition, as Artistic Director of Kume School in Chiba (Japan), Colacicchi also produced Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel in collaboration with the Japan Arts Fund at the Bunka Kaikan Theatre.
While his career as a performer mainly touches on Italian and Spanish vocal chamber music, Colacicchi has always cultivated his interest in opera repertoire, which he is also very keen on teaching.
A committed educator who enjoys helping singers use their voice effectively and a staunch believer in the importance of using the Italian language correctly in opera singing, Maestro Colacicchi has established himself both as a vocal coach and a piano professor in the academy, operating at several Conservatories of Music throughout Italy (Latina, Perugia, Frosinone, L’Aquila, Cosenza)
Since 1985 he has held regular courses in Italian and Spanish “chamber vocal music” at the Accademia Lirica in Osimo (Italy), as well as courses in other international institutions. To mention a few of his major engagements both in Italy and abroad so far: the Tokyo Hondai, the National University of Fine Arts & Music, and the Showa Academy in Tokyo; Mibe School in Sapporo; the University of Ankara; the “Corso Internazionale di Arte Vocale e Lirica” in Santa Margherita Ligure (Italy); Sejiong University, Seoul; Elisabeth University, Hiroshima; the Korean National Institute of Arts (Music School) and the Seoul National University College of Music, Seoul; the Columbus Centre in Toronto; the Conservatorio Nacional de Musica in Lima and Trujillo; Bellas Artes, La Plata; the Kume School in Chiba, Japan; Opera training course in Pineda de Mar (Barcellona); Conservatorio Superior de Musica Liceu, Barcelona; Musikhoschule, Hamburg; Institut Supérieur de Musique, Tunis; Queensland Conservatorium, Brisbane; the National University of Music, Taipei; Institut Supérieur de Musique, Algiers; Lyric Academy, Kyoto; “Rimskij-Korsakov” Conservatory of Music, Saint Petersburg; Akademija za glasbo in Ljubljana; SEGI University in Kuala Lumpur; Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires; the Opera House “Bellas Artes” in Mexico City; the Bellas Artes University in Panama; Teatro Mozart in San Josè de Costa Rica.
So far, Colacicchi has held Master Classes on Italian “bel canto”, on Italian and Spanish vocal chamber music and on Spanish Zarzuela (including, baroque Zarzuela) both in Italy and abroad; his course on Spanish Zarzuela at the Accademia del Teatro del Maggio musicale fiorentino in Florence is worth mentioning.
Colacicchi’s performances have been broadcasted by the three RAI channels, RAI International, and by other Italian and foreign radio and television networks.
The international scope of Colacicchi’s career is also testified by his collaboration with several record labels based especially in the Far East. Thus, he contributed to important music collections, such as The Art of the Italian Vocal Chamber Music, an anthology of Italian vocal chamber music from the 16th to the 20th centuries for South Corean label Synnara Music (1998-99), Vincenzo Bellini, Composizioni da Camera (1995) and Riccardo Zandonai, Liriche da Camera (2002), both for the Japanese label Victor. Recordings of live concerts and vocal recitals are available on DVD, namely: a live vocal recital with baritone Piero Cappuccilli (Tokyo, 1989), a live vocal recital with soprano Mariella Devia (Tokyo, 1991), a live vocal recital with tenor Giuseppe Giacomini (Seoul, 1992), and a live vocal recital with soprano Cecilia Yap (Kuala Lumpur, 2012).
Finally, over the past three decades, Colacicchi has collaborated to the publication of collections of chamber pieces from the repertoire of Italian Romanticism and the early 20th century for Japanese publishing houses.