Hailed in November 2011 by the German magazine FonoForum as "entering into the Champions League of the international Bach interpreters" Matteo Messori was born in Bologna where he studied Organ and Counterpoint, graduating cum laude. He studied Harpsichord with Sergio Vartolo at the Conservatories of Mantua and Venice, graduating again cum laude.
In addition, he studied Musicology at the University of his native city.
He is active as both a harpsichord, organ and clavichord soloist and conductor in Italy, Europe and America, and also works with various chamber ensembles.
As means of exploring the musical and cultural relationship between the Italian penisula and the northern musical world in the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries, Messori founded the ensemble "Cappella Augustana", which he is conducting in the first complete recording of Heinrich Schütz' works for Brilliant Classics (Vols. 1-4, 19 CDs).
He also directed, for the Swedish label Mvsica Rediviva, the first sound tribute wholly dedicated to the sacred music by the Kapellmeister in Dresden and organist at the Thomaskirche in Leipzig, Vincenzo Albrici (1631-1690/96).
He has recorded the third part of the Clavierübung by Johann Sebastian Bach ("5 de Diapason", March 2008), the Schübler Chorales, 8 great Preludes and Fugues and the Canonical Variations on five historical central German organs.
He recorded Die Kunst der Fuge, Musikalisches Opfer and the fragmentary Triple Fugue BWV 1080/19 by J. S. Bach, as a soloist on three several harpsichords (also in Central German style, with 16' stop), as well as a leader of the ensemble "Cappella Augustana". He has also recorded for the first time the complete keyboard works by Luzzasco Luzzaschi. Forthcoming the complete keyboard music by Johann Caspar Kerll as harpsichord and organ soloist and as a clavichordist the Inventions & Sinfoniae by Bach.
He regularly conducts orchestras and ensembles in Europe (a.o. Capella Cracoviensis, State Chamber Orchestra of the Republic of Belarus, the first Italian stage performance of the Händel oratorio La Bellezza ravveduta with Cappella Augustana).Recently he has performed as harpsichord soloist, conductor at the Great Hall of the St. Petersburg Philhamornia where he gave also a Bach organ recital. As harpsichordist he has performed with the Wiener Philharmoniker and Daniel Harding at the Vienna Konzerthaus.
In the Bach-Jahrbuch 2010 he has published a study of the 16' harpsichord with pedal harpsichord built by Zacharias Hildebrandt for the Collegium Musicum in Leipzig.