He began studying the violin with his father, then continuing with Bruno Polli. He graduated with full marks and honors under the guidance of Renato Zanettovich at the “Benedetto Marcello” Conservatory in Venice. He attended master classes in Fiesole with the Trio di Trieste and Piero Farulli, and at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena with Henryk Szeryng. He was a pupil of Salvatore Accardo for two years at the "W. Stauffer" Academy of Higher Education in Cremona.
Awarded in numerous national and international competitions, he made his sixteen-year-old debut at the Politeama Rossetti Theater in Trieste for the Società dei Concerti; later he played solo and conducted, in the most important halls throughout Europe, the former Soviet Union, Turkey and South America. He has interpreted the main concertos of the violin repertoire accompanied by important orchestras and has been lead violin of the Italian Youth Orchestra, of the Busoni Orchestra, of the Haydn Philarmonia and first violin and director of the Virtuosi of the Venice Ensemble.
The Triestine composer Giulio Viozzi dedicated the piece “Tema variato” for solo violin published by Pizzicato to Massimo Belli. He has recorded for Italian, Soviet, German, Yugoslavian, Brazilian and Austrian radio and TV, and recorded for Sipario Dischi, for Nuova Era, for Tirreno Editoriale in Lugano. He currently records for Concerto Classics, Brilliant Classics and Warner Classics. He studied conducting with Aldo Belli and Julian Kovatchev and is the conductor of the new "Ferruccio Busoni" chamber orchestra.
He is professor of violin at the Trieste Conservatory. He has taught at the United World College of the Adriatic, at the International Courses in Cividale and has been invited for Masterclasses at the Royal Conservatory of Murcia (Spain), at the Hoochschule in Mannheim, at the Academy of Tallin and at the Academy of Belarus in Minsk. . Recently he has conducted the Cameristi of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and the Euro Sinfonietta Wien.