Principal Trombone

The Cleveland Orchestra


Massimo La Rosa performs David’s Concertino with The Cleveland Orchestra and Music Director Franz Welser-Möst in May 2014.

Massimo La Rosa and pianist Marco Cadario performed Pryor’s Blue Bells of Scotland in 2006. Watch the live performance here.
Excerpt from Massimo La Rosa’s recording of the Adagietto from Mahler’s Symphony No. 5, which was recorded on his 2010 debut solo recording,  Cantando.Cantando.html
Live performance of Massimo La Rosa performing David’s Concertino in Brazil in 2012. He recorded the piece on his critically acclaimed 2013 album, 
Sempre Espressivo.Sempre_Espressivo.html



“...a musician of impeccable taste and remarkable facility.”       -Musical America

Watch excerpts from Massimo La Rosa’s April 2014 recital to benefit the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation (DMRF). A portion of the proceeds from each copy sold of  Sempre Espressivo also goes to benefit the DMRF. So far, thanks to your support, Massimo has raised more than $4,000 to support this important foundation!


Massimo La Rosa has been principal trombone of The Cleveland Orchestra since September 2007. Previously, he served as principal trombone of La Fenice Opera House from 1996 to 2007. He has performed as guest principal trombone with La Scala Opera in Milan, the Santa Cecilia Orchestra in Rome and the Saito Kinen Festival Orchestra in Japan.

Mr. La Rosa’s performances include recitals in South America, Europe, Asia and the United States. As a concerto soloist, he made his subscription solo debut with The Cleveland Orchestra in February 2013 performing the Trombone Concerto by Nino Rota. The Cleveland Plain Dealer wrote that the performance was “ a truly compelling musical might have mistaken his sound for a human voice.” He also performed David’s Concertino on the Orchestra’s season opening gala in October 2011 under the direction of Franz Welser-Möst. Mr. La Rosa has performed concerti with La Fenice Orchestra, the Sicilian Symphonic Orchestra of Palermo, the Campinas Symphony in Brazil and the United States Army Band, “Pershing’s Own.”

Mr. La Rosa's most recent solo album, Sempre Espressivo, was released in October 2013. The Plain Dealer said La Rosa's playing on the recording is "brilliant," and Cleveland Classical wrote, "You don’t have to be a trombonist to cherish this recording — it will surprise all music lovers with what that instrument can do in the hands of an accomplished and dedicated soloist like Massimo La Rosa." American Record Guide singled out La Rosa's "big and resonant tone, his impeccable intonation, and his long and meaningful phrases."

Following the release of his first solo recording, Cantando, he was named “New Artist of the Month” by Musical America, which said, “La Rosa has distinguished himself as a musician of impeccable taste and remarkable facility.” American Record Guide wrote that his performances on the album were “the best available.”

Born in Palermo, Italy, Mr. La Rosa grew up in Belmonte Mezzagno and studied with Filippo Bonanno. He enjoys playing for social causes, and recently performed a benefit recital for the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation that raised thousands of dollars to benefit medical research. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each copy of Sempre Espressivo also benefits the foundation. Mr. La Rosa has also collaborated with the Italian Consulate in Cleveland and Detroit to perform several benefit recitals for the ANFE Light of Light Foundation, an organization that provides financial assistance and treatment for children with retinal disorders.

Mr. La Rosa performs on the new Bach Artisan Trombone model A47MLR, which he developed in collaboration with Conn-Selmer. He is head of the trombone department of the Cleveland Institute of Music.