Born December 22, 1972 in Stockholm, Sweden, Massimo Biolcati grew up in Sweden and Italy. He began his musical career at age 16, performing jazz on acoustic bass in Torino, Italy. For five years he studied both classical and jazz bass while performing at area festivals and clubs. At age 21, Massimo returned to Sweden to study at the Royal Music Academy of Stockholm. He soon became a presence on the local jazz scene, appearing with an array of musicians at the city’s most important jazz clubs and festivals. He also played with several Scandinavian folk music groups.
At age 23, Massimo received a scholarship to Berklee College of Music and moved to Boston. There he performed and recorded with some of the best jazz musicians in town including such masters as George Garzone, Jerry Bergonzi, Mick Goodrick and Bob Moses.
After five years in Boston, Massimo was selected for the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz at the University of Southern California where he recieved his Master’s Degree in Music and got the chance to study and perform with Jazz giants such as Dave Holland, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Kenny Barron, John Scofield, Christian McBride, Lewis Nash, Mark Turner and many others.
After finishing the Thelonious Monk Institute, he moved to New York City where he quickly joined the NY music scene and started to play with his peers in addition to estabished masters such as Terence Blanchard, Paquito D’Rivera and Ravi Coltrane among others.
Currently Massimo shares his time between touring the world and being in New York where he regularly performs and records.