Massimo Izzizzari started playing the guitar at the age of eleven. As
he was turning fifteen, he got to play for a band called “Orchestra
Spettacolo”. As years go by, he gets involved in many different musical
At the age of seventeen he performed in many local events
playing tunes of famous guitar stars such as Joe Satriani, Greg Howe
and Yngwie Malmsteen just to name a few. In the following years he
focused his playing on jazz-fusion guitar playing. Particurarly, he
studied the styles of Scott Henderson, Pat Metheny, Mike Stern, John
Scofield. Later on he joined the fusion band “Black and Blue”, for
which he recorded a demo of original tunes. With this band he took part
at many national events. Among the most significant ones, Liri Blues,
Emergenza Rock Radio Roma.
In 1993 He reached the final stage of a national guitar
competition called “A.W.F.”. At the same time, he worked as a studio
guitarist and played in many recording sessions. In 1995 He played in
Rome for a music production called “Inventario 95” financed by the
University of Music. At the same time, he attended many guitar
workshops and studied at the Lizard school in Fiesole.
In 1995 Massimo Izzizzari became a member of SIAE as both
musician and composer. His compositions range from instrumental to
vocal. He has arranged many vocal parts for many recording sessions and
concerts. At the end of the ninenties, he founded a band named
Misturafina which combined both Pop and Rock music.
Izzizzari also signed recording contracts with Zomba Records and BMG.
That was followed by the creation of many CDs and video clips. In order
to promote his material, he appeared in many radio and TV shows (Rai 3,
Italia 1, Mtv, Telemontecarlo, Viva, Match Music, Radio 1, Radio 2,
RDS, RTL, Kiss Kiss, Rado 105). To promote his works, he kept an
intensive touring schedule which got him to perform all over Italy.
In 2003 he started to work with a jazz Big Band called “Free
Time band”. Izzizzari teaches reguraly in music schools such as Sonoria
and Famous, both located rispectively in Castelliri and Arce. He also
teaches at Fusion/Rock guitar seminars.
January 2007 saw Massimo unleash his debut solo album on Lion
Music entitled "Unstable Balance", which is a stunning slice of
virtuoso guitar covering a wide range of styles with each track
showcasing the unique guitar talent that is Massimo Izzizzari.
guitar instrumental from Massimo Izzizzari the fluid
Italian guitarist with a style that mixes rock with
modern fusion idioms.
heard on his 2007 Lion Music release “Unstable
Balance”, Massimo Izzizzari has delivered a potent
second release of 9 new instrumentals all of which
showcase his flawless lead technique over strong
rhythmic bedrocks. Fans of the likes of Greg Howe
will get a kick out of Massimo Izzizzari’s work with
the albums title summing up the musicianship