Conductor and pianist, Maurizio Zanini was awarded the First Prize at the "Dino Ciani" International Piano Competition in 1986 and the International Critics' Oscar "Maschera d'Argento" for Classical Music. Later on he availed himself of Maurizio Pollini's valuable advice.


He has given recitals and concerts with orchestra at the Teatro alla Scala of Milan, Barbican Centre of London, Golden Hall of the Musikverein of Wien, Musikhalle of Hamburg, Gasteig of Munich, Kunsthaus of Lucerne, Maison de Radio France of Paris, Lincoln Center of New York.

Soloist with remarkable Orchestras such as London Royal Philharmonic, Philharmonisches Orchester der Stadt Nürnberg, Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Bremen, Sinfonieorchester Luzern, Orquesta Sinfònica de Córdoba, Orchestra dell'Accademia di Santa Cecilia di Roma, Orchestra RAI, he has played with Roberto Abbado, Aldo Ceccato, Myung-Whun Chung, Vladimir Delman, Daniele Gatti, Gianandrea Gavazzeni, Isaac Karabtchevsky, Gerard Korsten, Jerzy Semkow, Alexander Vedernikov, Marcello Viotti conducting.


In 2000 he has started conducting, guest of Orchestras and Theatres such as the Kärntner Sinfonieorchester of Klagenfurt, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Ankara Presidential Symphony, Malta Philharmonic, Teatro San Carlo of Naples, Teatro La Fenice of Venice, Arena of Verona, Teatro Comunale of Bologna, Teatro Giuseppe Verdi of Trieste, La Scala Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra Verdi of Milan, Orchestra Filarmonica Italiana, Istituzioni Concertistico Orchestrali of Bari, L'Aquila, Lecce, Milano, Padova, Palermo, Parma, Sanremo, cooperating with soloists such as Linda Campanella, Bruno Canino, Robert Cohen, Alain Meunier, Stefan Milenkovich, Natalia Roman, Ausrine Stundyte, Daniil Trifonov, Lorna Windsor.


He conducted La Clemenza di Tito at the Teatro dell'Opera Giocosa of Savona and Il barbiere di Siviglia by Paisiello at the Teatro Giuseppe Verdi of Sassari and at the Teatro Marrucino of Chieti. He was also on tour with the Teatro La Fenice of Venice conducting the renowned Barbiere di Siviglia by Rossini at the Emirates Palace Auditorium of Abu Dhabi.

In 2013/14 he was guest again of the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini, Sinfonica di Bari, Sinfonica di Lecce, and debuted with the Arena di Verona Orchestra and Chorus.