He began his musical studies at the Conservatory of S. Cecilia with the masters Selmi, Baldovino. They followed the courses with Andrè Navarra and finally for a long period with Siegfried Palm in Italy and Germany. Awarded in various competitions, he obtained the “Cimento D’oro” for classical music. As first cello he has played in the orchestra of the Arena di Verona, Rai in Milan, Rai in Rome. He has collaborated as first cello with the National Orchestra of S. Cecilia, the Symphony Orchestra of Barcelona, Tenerife, with the Bayerisches Rundfunk Orchester of Munich, with the Filarmonica della Scala.
He was the first solo cello of the Rai National Symphony Orchestra.
He has played and collaborated under the direction of the most important conductors of our time such as Bernstein, Bichkov, Conlon, Chailly, Giulini, Inbal, Maazel, Metha, Pretre, Sawallisch, Sinopoli, Tate, also in the great solos of the symphonic lyric repertoire . He has recorded the concerts of Boccherini, Bloch, Danzi, Fedele, Ghedini, Gulda, Haydn, Mannino, Strauss (Don Quixote), the concertantes of Haydn and Bach for Rai. For the Turkish Radiotelevision with Gurer Aykal he recorded the concerts of Bloch, Haydn, Gulda, Schumann, Respighi; numerous chamber concerts have been recorded for Rai, Suisse Romande.
He holds Masterclasses in Italy, Brazil, Argentina, Spain, Japan.
His personal discography includes: for Ediz. Bongiovanni music by Goffredo Petrassi, for Videoraradio Rai the concert in D major by Haydn, Quartet and Quintet by Mozart, Serenade by Rossini, for Fonè the Furtwangler trio, for Naxos a CD – cello and piano – with authors from the historic Italian twentieth century ( Petrassi, Cilea, Fuga).
“…..I know and love the fantastic cellist Massimo Macrì, who has extraordinary qualities: a profound musicality, a sound of exceptional beauty and an excellent technique. He possesses all the gifts to occupy a place worthy of the highest recognition among cello soloists ….” (Msitilav Rostropovich, 2001)
Cello teacher at the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory in Turin from 2006 to 2018, he plays on a cello by Giovanni Gagliano (Naples 1800) and a Gaetano Antoniazzi (Milan 1887).