Italian cellist and composer BenedettoMazzacurati was born in Naples (17/9/1898) and died in Sanremo (29/3/1984).
He studied with Francesco Serato at the Conservatoire of Bologna, from which he graduated in 1915.
In Turin he was first cello in the Orchestra del Teatro Regio and also in the orchestra of the national radio network, the EIAR-RAI (1932-1951).
At the same time he taught cello (1926-42) and chamber music (1946-53) at the Conservatoire of Turin, later teaching the same courses at the Conservatoire of Bologna.
He was extremely active in promoting classical music in Bologna, where, among other roles, he held the position of President of the Philharmonic Academy.
He played the cello in a number of renowned ensembles: “I Virtuosi di Roma” string orchestra (from 1947); “Doppio Quintetto” quintet of Turin; “Quartetto dell’EIAR” quartet of Turin; and, with Remy Principe and Nino Rossi, the “Trio Italiano”.
He gave many performances throughout a concert career that concluded in 1982.
Memorable among his compositions are his Burlesca and Canto Nostalgico for cello and piano and his transcriptions for the cello of studies written for the violin by Kreutzer and Fiorillo.