Nicola Mazzanti served as Solo Piccolo of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra, a position he has held from 1988 until 2020. Many composers have written pieces for him, for piccolo and piano or orchestral concerts. His name is associated with many premières. As a soloist, he has performed with orchestras such as the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino orchestra, “I Pomeriggi Musicali” of Milan, the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, the Florence Symphony Orchestra and Akronos of Prato.

Mr. Mazzanti performs frequently as both a flute and piccolo soloist and in chamber ensembles in Italy and abroad. In his role of advocate for the piccolo as a solo voice, he has performed in many flutes events and conventions all over the world. Sir James Galway invited him to perform at his masterclass in Weggis (Switzerland) every year since 2008.

Since 2001, he has held annual piccolo courses at the “MusicArea” association in Florence and at the Italian Flute Academy in Rome. Since 2009 he teach piccolo at the Hochshule in Luzern, since 2011 at the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano (Switzerland) and 2013 at the Conservatorio “Verdi” in Milano and since 2020 at the Conservatorio “Torrefranca” in Vibo Valetia (Italy). He is frequently invited to give masterclassses for flute associations and music schools in Italy and abroad. He has released several solo CD’s. His web site is a regular destination for dedicated piccolo players. His book “The Mazzanti Method” for piccolo, published in 2014 by Theodore Presser, has been welcomed as a milestone in the teaching of this instrument.

He is the Artistic Director of the International Piccolo Festival ( and of the International Piccolo Flute Academy (

Mr. Mazzanti is a 1982 graduate of the “Luigi Cherubini” Conservatory of Florence, where he studied with Sergio Giambi. He later took lessons or participated in masterclasses given by James Galway, Aurèle Nicolet, Raymond Guiot, Emmanuel Pahud and Mario Ancillotti. In 1986, he earned an additional degree in Music History With Honors from D.A.M.S. (University of Arts and Music).

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