Rocco Parisi, born in San Pietro a Maida, Italy, studied in Holland at the Rotterdam Conservatorium, where he gained the Getuigschrift diploma in bass clarinet with Henri Bok and in Italy gained "cum laude" the in his clarinet masters degree at the Conservatorio "F. Ghedini" of Cuneo.
He has been the winner of various international competitions, including T.I.M. Rome, the Orpheus Prize in Antwerpen, and the Concorso Internazionale di Stresa. Parisi took part in Giuseppe Garbarino's masterclasses at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena for four years, each year receiving a special grant, and earning a Diploma of Honor at the end of the four years. Maestro Garbarino subsequently asked Parisi to become his assistant at the Academy. Recognized as a talented performer of contemporary music and as an innovator of new techniques for the bass clarinet, many original compositions have been dedicated to Parisi which he performed at important Italian festivals, including Chigiana Novità Siena, Settembre Musica Turin, Biennale of Venice, Nuovi Spazi Musicali Rome and Spazio Musica Cagliari. He also gave the world premiere of "Sequenza IX c" for bass clarinet and the Italian premiere of "Chemins II c" for bass clarinet and orchestra by Luciano Berio. As a soloist he has performed in several foreign countries (Germany, Turkey, Portugal, China, France, Switzerland, Spain) and at prestigious venues: Basklarinetdagen Gent, Strobel Studio Freiburg, Centrum Sztuki Wspolczenej Warsaw, Music Academy of Kracow, UHR kleinersaal Leipzig, Lisbon Music Conservatory and the Beijing
Central Conservatory, "Festival Cervantino" Mexico. He was invited by the International Association to give concerts and master classes at the world clarinet convention in New Orleans and was invited to give concerts at the ICA convention in Stockholm and Salt Lake City. The RAI, BRT, and WDR are just a few of the many radio and television stations to have recorded Rocco Parisi. He has performed as bass clarinetist with a number of Italian orchestras, such as Giovanile Italiana of Fiesole, the "Arturo Toscanini" of Parma, the Orchestra da Camera of Padua, Orchestra Sinfonica "G. Verdi" of Miland and RAI O.S.N. (Italian Radio Television National Symphony Orchestra). Parisi has recorded CDs for labels Taukay, Stradivarius, DDT, Nuova Era, and AOC Classic – Edizioni Leonardi. He is currently professor of clarinet and bass clarinet at the conservatorio "Antonio Vivaldi" in Alessandria.