Mauro Bigonzetti was born in Rome. He graduated at the Opera School in Rome and entered directly into the city’s company.
After ten years in Rome’s Opera, he joined Compagnia Aterballetto, in 1982-83, He performed in all the choreographies of the company’s repertoire and danced in many works by George Balanchine and Leonide Massine. His most significant collaborations were with Alvin Ailey, Glen Tetley, William Forsythe and Jennifer Muller.
In 1990, he created his first work Sei in movimento, set to the music by J.S. Bach, which made its debut at the Teatro Sociale in Grassina; he then left Aterballetto and became a free lance choreographer working with the Balletto di Toscana, English National Ballet (London), Ballet National (Marseille), Stuttgarter Ballett, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Staatsoper Dresden, Ballet Teatro Argentino, Balè da Cidade de Sao Paulo (Brazil), Ballet Gulbenkian (Lisbon), State Ballet Ankara, Ballet du Capitole (Toulouse).
He also created ballets for Italian companies including the Ballets of Teatro alla Scala Milan, Opera Rome, Arena Verona, Teatro San Carlo Naples.
From 1997 to 2007, he was Artistic Director of Compagnia Aterballetto building a new repertoire and a new company. In 2008, he left the direction at Aterballetto becoming its principal choreographer until 2012 when he decided to totally focus on his freelance activity.
His most significant works for Aterballetto are Pression, Cantata, Rossini Cards, Vespro, Les Noces, WAM, Romeo and Juliet, InCanto, Certe Notti and Le Sacre. In addition to this he was commissioned several creations and restage of his works by Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre (Festa Barocca), New York City Ballet (Vespro, in Vento, Oltremare and Luce Nascosta), Les Grands Ballets Canadiens (Le Quattro Stagioni), the Staatsoper Berlin (Caravaggio), Stuttgarter Ballett (Il Concertone) the Staatsoper Hannover (La Piaf, Der Prozess) Ballett Basel, Gauthier Dance (Pietra Viva, Alice) and many others.
Since March 2016 he is Director of Corpo di Ballo del Teatro alla Scala.