Volpini studied ballet in Rome from the age of 10.
In 1986 he won the silver medal at the International Dance Competition in Bordeaux.
Between 1988 and 1991 he works with the Balletto di Venezia, Balletto di Roma, Teatro Comunale di Firenze, Arena di Verona, the Opera of Lijubliana.
Since 1991 he's a dancer of Teatro alla Scala
di Milano and in 1995 he began working as a choreographer.
His first choreography is Buster
, created for a group from La Scala dancers and dedicated to the comedian Buster Keaton.
In December 1997 has created a ballet with Maria Grazia Galante and the jazzman Giorgio Gaslini
, staged in Palermo.
For the company Euroballetto of Rome has created Peter Pan
(1998) and Balordi
Volpini is one of the four choreographers chosen for the International Choreography Showcase 2000
in Virginia, where he made a choreography for the Virginia Ballet.
For the Ballet School of La Scala creates Symphony in four colors
, staged at the Teatro alla Scala in 2000.
In 2001 he began a collaboration with Roberto Bolle
, for whom he created a solo for the "Premio Barocco" (2001) and a choreography for Night of duels and magic
(2002), both broadcast by Rai 1, the Italian National Television
A choreography for Roberto Bolle and Greta Hodgkinson (2008) was presented at a Shanghai fashion show for Ferragamo
, and in 2012 the ballet Antonio e Cleopatra
staged in Rome.
Volpini created the choreography for La Traviata
, for the Todi Arte Festival.
In 2003 choreographed Little Red Riding Hood
for the theatre Giuditta Pasta of Saronno.
He creates many choreographies for La Scala dancers, including lettera ritrovata
(2002), File not found
(2005), Ludwig Dances
(2006), Darkness is about to pass
(2011), Se tu non parli
From 2007 to 2010 Volpini creates 9 choreographies for the Ballet School of Teatro dell’Opera di Roma
, staged at the Opera House in Rome.
Volpini was invited by Peter Martins to participate in the Fall Session 2007 and in the Summer Session 2008 of the New York Choreographic Institute
, for wich he created Up
, with New York City Ballet
dancers and Sinfonia Classica
, with School of American Ballet students.
For the Tulsa Ballet
in Oklahoma has realized Amadè
in 2009, a ballet for 16 dancers on Mozart’s music.
In 2010 Volpini choreographed a videoclip for the pop singer Malika Ayane
, danced by Sabrina Brazzo, prima ballerina of Teatro alla Scala. The same choreography was presented live on the stage of the 60th Sanremo Festival, the biggest festival of Italian songs.
In April 2011 Volpini made the full length ballet My Name is Nobody
, commissioned and produced by Music Biennale Zagreb
, with original music of Frano Durovic. The show, conceived, directed and choreographed by Massimiliano Volpini, went on stage in Varazdin and broadcast live to the satellite channel HRT. It was also presented at the International Festival of Dubrovnik.
Between 2012 and 2013 has realized 3 videos for the fashion company Tombolini
, Volpini was responsible for directing, choreography and video-editing.
In 2013 makes its debut Prototype
, a solo created for Roberto Bolle
that combines ballet with multimedia technologies, staged in New York, London, Shanghai, Los Angeles, Moscow and many italian cities.
In 2014, as a natural extension of the previous multimedia project, creates for Roberto Bolle Through the light
on Pachelbel’s Canon.
In the same year he realized as director, video editor and choreographer two music video for the Italian singer Alberto Fortis
Volpini created the ballet for the New Year's Concert 2015
from Venice, broadcast by Italian Television, with La Scala dancers.
Has realized the choreography for La Scala’s Aida
, in Peter Stein edition.
For the National Academy of Dance in Rome he choreographed Akkademika
, a 30 minutes chereography for all the ballet students.
In Busseto Volpini choreographed a full length ballet for eleven dancers and 2 musicians: Drakula
In april 2016 debuts The lovers garden
, a full length ballet for La Scala Theater, with Mozart's music and Roberto Bolle in the main role.
In the same month debuts in Turin Pirandello suite
for the Regio Theater, a triple bill show with music of Alfredo Casella and based on the books of the nobel writer Luigi Pirandello.
In the same year creates the original choreographies for the Tv show Roberto Bolle, la mia danza libera
, broadcasted in prime time on RaiUno, the first national Tv channel.
Once again for RaiUno He made the choreography of a video for the italian myth Adriano Celentano
, with Roberto Bolle.
For the Rome Opera Theatre make the choreographies of the Giordano's Andrea Chenier
, directed by Marco Bellocchio
and Bizet's Carmen
, directed by Valentina Carrasco