Massimo Belli began studying the violin with his father, then continued with Bruno Polli. Under the tutelage of Renato Zanettovich he graduated cum laude at the B. Marcello Conservatory of Venice. He followed specialisation courses in Fiesole with the Trio di Trieste and Piero Farulli, and at the Accademia Chigiana di Siena with Henryk Szeryng. He was a student of Salvatore Accardo at the Accademia di Alto Perfezionamento W. Stauffer in Cremona. He studied conducting with Aldo Belli and Julian Kovatchev. The winner of numerous national and international competitions, he made his debut at sixteen at the Teatro Politeama Rossetti of Trieste for the Concert Society; later, as a soloist, he performed in the most important venues in Italy, but also throughout Europe, the ex-Soviet Union, Turkey and South America, performing the principal concertos in the violin repertoire, accompanied by notable orchestras. He was lead violinist in the Italian Youth Orchestra, the Busoni Orchestra, the Haydn Philharmonia, and both lead violinist and conductor of the Virtuosi dell’Ensemble di Venezia. He has worked with Salvatore Accardo, Ivry Gitlis, Vladimir Mendelssohn, Adriano Vendramelli, Aldo Bennici, Piero Bellugi, Tiziano Severini, Dan Zhu, Michael Flaksman, and Domenico Nordio. He has broadcast on radio and television in Italy, the Soviet Union, Germany, Yugoslavia, Brazil, and Austria, has recorded for Sipario Dischi, and performed world premieres of works by Donizetti and Tartini for, respectively, Nuova Era (together with the pianist Victoria Terekiev) and Tirreno Editoriale di Lugano. He teaches violin at the Trieste Conservatory. He has taught at the United World College of the Adriatic and has recently been invited to give masterclasses at the Conservatorio Reale di Murcia (Spain), the Hoochschule of Mannheim and the Academy of Tallin.