Mauro Bigonzetti was born in Rome. After graduating from the Opera School in Rome, he was engaged at the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, where he remained for ten years, before joining the Compagnia Aterballetto in the 1982/83 season. He performed in all the choreographies of the company’s repertoire and danced in numerous 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 J. S. Bach’s music and premiered at the Teatro Sociale in Grassina. He then left the Aterballetto and became a freelance choreographer, working with the Balletto di Toscana, English National Ballet (London), Ballet National (Marseille), Stuttgarter Ballett, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Staatsoper Dresden, Ballet Teatro Argentino, Bale da Cidade de Sao Paulo (Brazil), Ballet Gulbenkian (Lisbon), State Ballet Ankara, Ballet du Capitole (Toulouse).
He has also created ballets for Italian companies, including the Teatro alla Scala Milan, Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, Arena Verona and Teatro San Carlo Naples. From 1997 to 2007, he was Artistic Director of the Compagnia Aterballetto, where he built a new repertoire and a new company. In 2008, he left the post of director and served as the principal choreographer of the Aterballetto until 2012, when he decided to focus solely of freelance activities.
His most significant works for the Aterballetto are Pression, Cantata, Rossini Cards, Vespro, Les Noces, WAM, Romeo andJuliet, InCanto, Certe Notti and Le Sacre. In addition, he was commissioned to create several choreographies and was invited to restage his works at the Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre (FestaBarocca), New York City Ballet (Vespro, In Vento, Oltremare and LuceNascosta), 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. In 2016, he held the post of director of the Corpo di ballo del Teatro alla Scala. He is currently working as an independent choreographer.
Mauro Bigonzetti staged his choreography Kafka: The Trial for the Czech National Ballet in 2019.