Massimiliano Messieri (1964), composer, conductor and music director of the MASKFEST (San Marino International Festival of New Music). he won the first prize in the International Competition of Composition 2 Agosto (Bologna, 1997), 100 note (New York, 2006), CMN (Miami, 2013) and various national competitions. The most important compositions are the Don Giovanni, the redeemed rake (TafelOpera commissioned and supported by A.M.I. and Internationale Stiftung Mozarteum, Rovereto 1998), Leonids’ play (composition for 5 audio CDs based on the real sound of the Leonids provided by NASA, Genova 2000), Gretchens Traum (Opera supported by Stiftung Weimar Kassik, Ettersburg 2004), Elle ezkerà (4 poems of Israel for countertenor and ensemble, San Marino 2010), Zadig (21 capriccios for solo cello and ipercello, Espoo 2012), Alice (Opera on the intercultural integration and the youth issues, 2016). His scores were commissioned and performed at the Town Theatre in Bologna and Ferrara, at the International Festival Italian Mozart Association in Rovereto, at the Martinu Hall in Prague, at the Schlosskirche and Castle in Ettersburg (Weimar), IIC (Hamburg, Copenhagen, Prague and San Francisco), 1° and 2° International Piano Competition in Republic of San Marino, Forfest Festival in Kromeriz, oh-ton in Oldenburg, Westwerk in Leipzig, Cracovia Sacra in Cracow, ArtX Detroit at the Max M. Fisher Music Center in Detroit, Spectrum Foundation in New York, CCRMA Stanford University and in other festivals of new music. He hold masterclasses and lectures at the Conservatory of Music in Cracow, DAMS University in Bologna, Kennesaw State University, International Forfest Festival in Kromeriz, IULM University in Milan, a La Sierra University in Riverside. He lives in San Marino, where he is Professor at the Istituto Musicale Sammarinese.