After obtaining the Diploma in Oboe from the Parma Conservatory at the age of 17, Paolo Grazzi undertook the study of the baroque oboe, first by himself and later with Paul Dombrecht at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels.
In 1981 he obtained the «Premier Prix» with distinction from the same Conservatory in both oboe and baroque oboe, and very soon became an authority on this instrument, both as a performer and a teacher, in Italy and abroad.
His appointment as baroque oboe teacher at the Civica Scuola di Musica in Milan was the first of its kind in Italy. Many players of the new generation graduated under his guidance and now play in orchestras all over Europe.
As a performer, he plays regularly with the most outstanding historical instruments groups in Europe, such as «Il Giardino Armonico» directed by Giovanni Antonini and «Concert des Nations» directed by Jordi Savall.
In 1989 he founded the «ENSEMBLE ZEFIRO» together with his brother Alberto and the oboist Alfredo Bernardini.
Besides being much in demand as a performer, Paolo Grazzi devotes himself to researching oboes from the 18th century and to the making of copies, teaches Oboe at the Conservatory of Verona and holds specialist courses on the baroque Oboe at the Conservatory of Verona.