Pierpaolo Maurizzi studied with pianists Lidia Proietti, Piero Guarino and Dario De Rosa, and also gained invaluable experience from classes led by the Trio di Trieste, Pierre Fournier, Detlef Kraus, Franco Gulli and Maureen Jones. He won the Brahms Competition in Hamburg in 1983 with the Brahms Trio, and chamber music has remained central to his life ever since: as well as continuing his work with the Trio, he founded the Überbrettl Ensemble in 1998. He has also worked with the Accademia Neue Musik Bolzano, which he first conducted at the opening event of the Venice Biennale’s Contemporary Dance Festival in 2006.
He is a regular guest at the Munich, Salzburg, Vienna, Ravenna, Bologna, Siena, Cremona, Recklinghausen, Prague, Guanajuato, Manaus, Porto, Palermo, and Brescia and Bergamo festivals. As a conductor, he specialises in 20th-century repertoire, including music by composers such as Berg, Boulez, Casella, Debussy, Hindemith, Mahler, Messiaen, Ravel, Schoenberg, Stravinsky, Walton and Webern. Since 2003 he has performed regularly with cellist Yves Savary.