Danilo Rossi graduated with all distinctions with Fabrizio Merlini and then completed his studies with Piero Farulli, Dino Asciolla, Yuri Bashmet and Paolo Borciani for chamber music.
He won the Stresa and Vittorio Veneto Competitions, was awarded the Accademia Chigiana Prize, the second Prize and the Jury Special Prize at the Third International Viola Competition in Moscow. At the age of just 20, in 1986 Danilo Rossi was appointed by Riccardo Muti to the position of first violist of the Teatro alla Scala Orchestra, so becoming the youngest first viola in the story of the Milan Theater.
Since then he appeared in the most important chamber music Festivals, with partners such as Paul Tortelier, Yuri Bashmet, Bruno Canino, Myung Whun Chung, Mario Brunello, Andrea Lucchesini, Pavel Vernikov, Giuliano Carmignola and Riccardo Muti (unusually as a pianist).
As a soloist he performed Der Schwanendrehr by Hindemith with the Venice Orchestra della Fenice and the Orchestra of the Palermo Teatro Massimo, Don Chisciotte by Strauss with the Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra, I Concerti per Viola d’Amore by Vivaldi, several times Mozart Sinfonia Concertante with the Cameristi della Scala, the Orchestra della Toscana, the Deutsche Kammerorchester, often collaborating with Franco Gulli and Giuliano Carmignola; he toured Germany with the Virtuosi di Santa Cecilia and performed also the Bartok Concerto with the Scala Filarmonica conducted by Riccardo Muti, Bach Concertos and Schnittke Monologue with the Moscow Soloists conducted by Yuri Bashmet.
In January 1999 he made his debuts with the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra in the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatoire Great Hall, performing Mozart and Strauss works.
He registered for Nuova Era, Fonit Cetra, Agorà, Tymallus and Sony. In 1999 EMI released a CD with the recording of Mozart Sinfonia Concertante with the Filarmonica della Scala, conducted by Riccardo Muti.
Danilo Rossi is also a devoted teacher and holds master classes in the most prestigious Academies.
He plays the wonderful viola Maggini (1600), which once belonged to the great Dino Asciolla and has been put at his disposal by Valeria Mariconda Asciolla.