Massimiliano Volpini begins the study of classical dance very young in the school of Maestro Giuseppe Urbani.
As a dancer he works for Venice Ballet, Arena di Verona, Comunale di Firenze, Massimo di Palermo, Ljubljana Opera and Teatro alla Scala, where he remains until 2014.
He begins to choreographs in 1995 creating Buster, a ballet dedicated to Buster Keaton, with a group of La Scala dancers.
Since then he produces at least one hundred choreographies, for theater, television, opera and musicals.
He creates full length ballets: Drakula, Peter Pan, Il mantello di pelle di Drago, My name is nobody, Family Zapping, The Nutcracker, Pirandello suite and The lovers garden.
He creates choreographies for Teatro alla Scala, Tulsa Ballet, Biennale of Zagreb, New York Choreographic Institute, Balletto di Roma, Regio di Torino and Opera di Roma.
From 2007 to 2010 he’s a resident choreographer for the Rome Opera Ballet School, directed by Paola Jorio.
In 2000 he begins a long and intense collaboration with Roberto Bolle for whom he creates many choreographies, performed on stage all over the world and in his television programs.
Together with Bolle he follows an experimental path through technology and interaction that leads to the creation of highly successful ballets: Prototype, Through the light, Rencontre (video interaction), Mad World (motion capture and body mapping), La Cura (robotics ), Dorian Gray (video interaction), Waves (laser light).
He’s the main choreographer of all the editions of Danza con me, the Bolle’s TV show for RaiUno (the national italian television), and OnDance, the dance festival conceived by the famous dancer.
For Mr. Bolle he realizes the choreographies of Prisencolinensinainciusol with Adriano Celentano; Bang Bang with Anna Tsygankova, performed live by Asaf Avidan; Con te partiṛ with Nicoletta Manni, Andrea Bocelli and Stefano Bollani; Cara, performed live by Giuliano Sangiorgi / Negramaro; Poetica with Cesare Cremonini; Luci a San Siro with Roberto Vecchioni.
For the 2017 Davos Forum he creates Seasons with the choreographer Edwaard Liang, with Vivaldi and Piazzolla music, performed by the Cameristi della Scala and danced by soloists and principal dancers from La Scala and Roberto Bolle.
For RaiUno he realizes the dances of the New Year concerts 2015 and 2016 at Teatro La Fenice in Venice, and in 2018 he makes the choreographies for the mega-event Notte della Taranta, in front of an audience of over 150,000 people.
He makes the choreographies for the musical opera La Divina Commedia, on tour since 2017 throughout Italy.
In 2017 begins the collaboration with the director Valentina Carrasco, making the choreographies of the operas Carmen (Opera di Roma), La Muta di Portici (Kiel Theater) and Vespri Siciliani (Opera di Roma).
In the context of opera he has also collaborated with Marco Bellocchio (Andrea Chenier at the
Rome Opera) and Peter Stein (Aida and Don Carlos at La Scala).
In 2019 he created a contemporary version of The Nutcracker, with the Balletto di Roma Company,
on tour throughout Italy and Switzerland.
Between 2019 and 2021 he directed some special events: a concert with the musicians of the
Maggio Fiorentino, the final shows of Ondance, at the Castello Sforzesco in Milan, a concert-show at Reggia di Caserta.
He directed two music video for the italian singer Alberto Fortis; the Artgala in Gallerie D'Italia Museum; the opening video for the Roberto Bolle's Tour 2021.
In 2022 he was in charge of directing, choreography and video projections of the show
DINCANTO, on Bellini's music, staged at the Teatro Massimo Bellini in Catania, with the
orchestral direction of Roberto Molinelli and the participation of Div4s - Italian Sopranos.
Since January 2023 he's the Ballet Director of the Zagreb National Opera.