Massimiliano Frani (born 10 January 1967 in Venice, Italy) is an Italian pianist, composer and music pedagogue. He is the founder of the project MET – Music Education Therapy and director of the Armoniæ Centro Internazionale di Musica e Cultura. He lives in Venice.
Frani began his piano education at the Conservatorio di Musica Benedetto Marcello di Venezia in Venice, where he graduated with honors. After his studies in literature and theatre at the Ca' Foscari University of Venice, Frani attended Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. He earned a Master’s and PhD degree in music, piano performance and pedagogy. Among others he studied with Vincenzo Pertile, Paul Pollei and Jan Eiker.
Frani has performed as soloist, with chamber music ensembles and with orchestras in Italy, the US, Japan, Germany, Canada and Hungary. His performances are described by critics as “spiritually resonant”  and “high-class listening experience[s]”.  In addition, Frani conducted orchestras in several countries and worked with a high number of internationally renowned musicians. Among the most notable are Martin Jones, Hiroko Nakamura, Alexander Peskanov and Livia Rev. In collaboration with Paul Pollei, Jeffrey Shumway, and Mack Wilberg, Frani performed for many years as part of the American Piano Quartet.
Frani has competed in the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competitionn and the Esther Honen’s International Piano Competition and has been a winner of multiple national piano competitions, including the Concorso Nazionale Pianistico Premio Venezia and the Concorso Nazionale Pianistico di Albenga. Since 1994 he has been a frequent judge in international piano competitions, such as the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competitionn, the National Music Teachers Association Competition in Montreal and the Piano Teachers National Association Competition in Tokyo.
Frani served as associate artistic director of the Gina Bachauer International Piano Foundation in Salt Lake City and as artistic director of the Orchestra del Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza, Italy. He is the founder of the project MET – Music Education Therapy™ and the director of the Armoniæ Centro Internazionale di Musica e Cultura
Frani has given seminars and master classes and presented lectures at universities, music academies and conferences throughout the world. Examples include the Park City International Chamber Music Festival (USA), the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts, the International Piano Academy Lake Como (Italy), and the ASPEN Education Group (USA). He worked with internationally known pedagoges like Joseph Banowetz, Edna Golandsky, Lee Kum-Sing and Arie Vardi. Frani is the initiator and director of the international project MET-Music Education Therapy™. Combining music pedagogy, cognitive psychology and neuropsychiatry, MET follows an interdisciplinary approach to music for premature infants.
Brigham Young University, Provo - USA: Wind’s Waltz, Album Pianistico. ASCAP, 1736647 © USA - 2010;
Bright Line Films, Hollywood - USA: Indian Travesty, documentary. Film score. ASCAP, 1736647 © USA - 2009;
Bright Line Films, Hollywood - USA: Frank, Film. Film score. ASCAP, 1736647 © USA - 2009;
Fondazione Amici dell’Arena, Verona - Italia: Chant, opera in tre atti. ASCAP, 1736647 © USA - 2008.
- Jeff Manookian: 10 Classic Concerts: "Porgy and Bess" to Perlman: In: Salt Lake City Tribune. 26.12.1999. p. D3.
- Janie Caves McCauley: Pianist Frani maintains musical momentum. In: The Greenville News. 20.03.1994. p. 4B
N. Pas: Frani, un compositore veneziano a Hollywood. In: Leggo. 05.05.2012. p. 21.
Francesco Verni: First Hollywood then Broadway: In: Corriere della Sera. 16.02.2007. p. 13.
Paolo Accattatis: Frani's Bravura. In: Il Gazzettino. 20.07.2002. p. 22.