Olympic Games of Music

International Competition
Narni (TR), July 31, 2021

Narnia Arts Academy introduces the Olympic Games of Music International Competition open to musicians of all nationalities and backgrounds. This competition is designed to promote the performing arts, focusing on young talents and on the enrichment of their musical experience.

The seventh annual competition will take place in Narni, Italy, on Saturday, July 31, 2021 and it is open to the following instruments:

  • Piano
  • Strings (Violin, Viola, Violoncello, Double Bass)
  • Guitar
  • Voice
  • Brass/Woodwind
  • Percussion
  • Chamber groups

Application deadline: July 27, 2021. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

Contestants should download and fill out the application form and send it, together with a receipt of payment and copy of ID to:

  • Narnia Arts Academy
  • Strada di Colombata, 6
  • 05035 Narni, Italy

Scanned application forms, receipt of payment and ID can be also emailed to: olimpiadidellamusica@gmail.com

Competition requirements and procedures:
Each contestant must present to the jury with the following:

  • Personal ID
  • Copy of the music scores they will be performing (except for the Composition Category).

All contestants can participate in a higher age group.

Transcriptions or simplifications of the standard repertoire will not be accepted.

Contestants will be heard in the alphabetical order starting from the letter picked by the jury.

Execution by memory in chamber music is not obligatory, but will be taken into consideration.


Narnia Arts Academy reserves the right to cancel any category in case there are not enough contestants. In case of cancellation, the participants will be warned in advance and the application fee will be returned.

Narnia Arts Academy does not assume any risk or damages arising from the activities of the competition participants.

Lodging and meals are the responsibility of the participants.

Competition Requirements:

  • Time limit will be strictly enforced. Those contestants, who exceed the time limit in their category, will be interrupted.
  • Auditions will be open to the public, however audience members will not be allowed in the hall during the voting procedure.
  • Entering and exiting the concert hall during the performances is strictly prohibited.
  • Any kind of video or audio recording during the competition performances is also strictly prohibited.

Narnia Arts Academy will provide an accompanist only to those contestants who made a requested on the competition application form. Contestants who wish to use Narnia Arts Academy’s accompanist should add €60.00 to their application fee, and should send or email the piano scores of the pieces to be performed. The scores should be received by July 27, 2021.

The competition application fee and/or the accompanist fee is non refundable, except in the event of cancellation of a category due to unforeseen circumstances.

Narnia Arts Academy will email the performance schedule by July 28, 2021.


Piano will have the following age categories:

  • category (age)time limit
  • A. up to age 13 (born in 2008 and after) 12 minutes
  • B. ages 14 – 18 (born between 2003 and 2007) 15 minutes
  • C. ages 19 and above (born in 2002 and before) 20 minutes

Each contestant is free to perform two or more contrasting works, but each age category should include one work that is from either the Baroque or Classical period, and one virtuosic work.

*Contestants in the piano category can compete for the additional “Cristiana Pegoraro Award”(€100.00). In order to compete for the Cristiana Pegoraro Award, contestants must perform one piece from the collection Children’s Songbook Vol. I and II (for category A) and Ithaka (for category B and C) by Cristiana Pegoraro. Music scores can be obtained on www.cristianapegoraro.com. Contestants competing for the Cristiana Pegoraro Award should specify it in the application form and will be allowed extra time to perform the work.

All contestants in this category will have the opportunity to try out the audition piano. Schedule will be made in advance.

The audition schedule will be published on our website.

String Instruments (Violin, Viola, Violoncello, Double Bass)

Strings will have the following age categories:

  • category (age)time limit
  • D. up to age 13 (born in 2008 and after) 12 minutes
  • E. ages 14 – 18 (born between 2003 and 2007) 15 minutes
  • F. ages 19 and above (born in 2002 and before) 20 minutes

Each contestant is free to perform two or more contrasting works of concert level repertoire, but each age category should include one work that is from the Baroque or Classical period, and one virtuosic work or one work with contrasting characters.


  • category (age)time limit
  • G. age 14 and above (born in 2007 and before) 12 minutes

Each contestant is free to perform two or more contrasting works of concert level repertoire, which should include one work from the Baroque period, and one virtuosic work.


  • category (age)time limit
  • H. 17 to 21 (born between 2000 and 2004) 12 minutes
  • I. ages 22 and up (born in 1999 and before) 15 minutes

Requirements for Category H: The contestants must prepare 2 works consisting of an “aria antica” or “art song” in Italian and an art or folk song in any language (including spirituals). Requirements for Category I: The contestants must prepare 3 works consisting of an “aria antica” in Italian, from the early period (17th-18th centuries), an art song in French, German, Spanish or Russian and an operatic aria in any language, from any of the periods from Handel through the classical, bel canto, romantic, and 20th century eras.


  • category (age)time limit
  • J. age 14 and above (born in 2007 and before) 12 minutes

Each contestant is free to perform two or more contrasting works of concert level repertoire. For flute: one work from the Baroque period, and one virtuosic work must be included.


  • category (age)time limit
  • M. age 14 and above (born in 2007 and before) 12 minutes

Contestants are free to perform concert level repertoire of their own choice.

Chamber Groups

  • category (age)time limit
  • N. up to age 13 (born in 2008 and after) 8 minutes
  • O. age 14 and above (born in 2007 and before) 12 minutes

Contestants are free to perform concert level repertoire of their own choice.


Prizes and Awards
Each Category will have Gold, Silver and Bronze Prize.

Each prize will receive the Diploma from Narnia Arts Academy International Competition.
Only the first prizewinners in the following categories will receive scholarships awards.

Scholarships are kindly offered by Giorgio De Lorenzi (Società Italia-Argentina – Victor Ukmar Scholarship) and by Renato Cipullo (Cipullo Designs).

Some categories may have special Narnia Arts Academy Awards.

All contestants will receive a Certificate of Participation.

The jury also reserves the right not to award all of the prizes.

  • category age scholarship award
  • A. piano up to age 13 *
  • B. piano ages 14-18 * €200.00
  • C. piano ages 19 and above * €250.00
  • D. strings up to age 13
  • E. strings ages 14-18 €200.00
  • F. strings ages 19 and above €200.00
  • G. guitar age 14 and above €150.00
  • H. voice ages 17-21 ** €200.00
  • I. voice ages 22 and above ** €250.00
  • J. brass age 14 and above €150.00
  • M. percussion age 14 and above €150.00
  • N. chamber groups up to age 13
  • O. chamber groups age 14 and above €150.00
  • * The Cristiana Pegoraro Award (€100.00) will be given to the best pianist performing one or more pieces from Cristiana Pegoraro collections: Children’s Songbook Vol I and II (for category A) and Ithaka (for category B and C).
  • ** Special awards could be given

Accommodations and Meals

Narnia Arts Academy arranged special conventions with local restaurants and hotels.

Meals Conventions

Students can take advantage of a special agreement on meal pricing arranged by Narnia Arts Academy with the restaurants

  • La Taverna dell’Aquila Nera
  • Ristorante Il Fondaco
  • Ristorante Mamarama
  • Pub Arcomincio

Lunch/dinner coupons available at a special price of €8, €11 and €16 each can be purchased exclusively at the Narnia Arts Academy office (cash only).

  • Pre Fix Menu (€8 exclusively at La Taverna dell’Aquila Nera and Pub Arcomincio) includes:
    • First course
    • Second course with vegetable
    • Bread
    • Water
  • One Course Meal (€11 exclusively at Fondaco, Mamarama and Pub Arcomincio) includes:
    • Choice of first course or second course with vegetables
    • Coffee
    • Water
  • Two Course Meal (€16 exclusively at Fondaco and Mamarama) includes:
    • Choice of two first courses
    • Choice of two second courses with vegetables
    • Choice of fruit, dessert or coffee
    • Water

Those who do not want to take advantage of this special meal package, can handle the food on their own.

Lodging Conventions

NARNIA ARTS ACADEMY has a special and exclusive agreement with the following lodging facilities.

  • Le Stanze del Giglio – Appartamenti
  • Hotel La Loggia dei Priori
  • Ostello Sant’Anna
  • Residence “Palazzo Barilatti”
  • Torre Palombara – Dimora storica
  • Hotel Terra Umbra

Le stanze del Giglio Apartments, Hotel La Loggia dei Priori, the Palazzo Barilatti Rooms and Apoartments and the Sant’Anna Hostel are very close to the campus venues. Torre Palombara – Luxury Country Relais is located 7 Km (4.3 miles) from the main square in Narni, Hotel Terra Umbra is located 9 Km (5.5 miles) from the main square in Narni.

Upon request, accommodation can be arranged in apartments for rent and B&B outside the historical center of Narni (some B&B have a swimming pool), ideal for families with cars. Please specify this request on the application form.

Those who do not want to take advantage of our special offers, can handle meals and hotel accommodation independently.

In order to book your lodging facility it is necessary to check the related boxes on the
application form. No need to call the hotel. Narnia Arts Academy will pass the bookings to the lodging facilities.

The rooms (and any requests for sharing) will be assigned taking into account the dates of your reservation.

Students are recommended to book as soon as possible to ensure getting accommodations near the location of the courses.

Accommodations must be paid before departure at the Narnia Arts Academy Offices, located in the theater. Credit Cards are not accepted.


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Piazza Galeotto Marzio – Narni

Right in the medieval center of Narni (just steps away from the area where the courses will be held) is Palazzo Barilatti, a completely renovated period building. All the apartments have private bathrooms, kitchenette, LCD TV, air conditioning and free 24 hour Internet. The large, bright rooms are airy and comfortable, thanks to furnishings which are both functional and cozy. Cleaning service is twice weekly, with a change of bed linens. Breakfast not included.

  • room/apartment price per apartment/per person
  • room with two twin beds ‘basic’, no kitchen €70.00 per night (€35.00 per person)
  • double room ‘deluxe’, no kitchen €78.00 per night (€39.00 per person)
  • Apartment ‘deluxe’ for four people (one double room and two twin beds in the loft), kitchen €144 per night (€36.00 per person)
  • Apartment ‘deluxe’ for three people (one room with two twin beds or queen and a single room), kitchen €138 a notte (€46.00 per person)


Via del Campanile, 4 – Narni

Situati nel centro storico di Narni, gli appartamenti “ Le Stanze del Giglio “ nascono da un’elegante ristrutturazione di un palazzo storico del secolo XVI. L’ingresso, dalla caratteristica via del Campanile, dà accesso agli affascinanti ambienti ricavati nei cortiletti interni d’impianto tardo medioevale.

L’immobile è accessibile anche ai disabili, poiché dotato di tutti gli ausili per il superamento delle barriere architettoniche. Un’opportunità di rilievo riguarda la possibilità di poter utilizzare le zone comuni a tutto il complesso dell’albergo: terrazzo, sala lettura con camino, salone dedicato ai pranzi e alle serate conviviali e alla degustazione dei prodotti tipici umbri, nella migliore tradizione dell’agriturismo umbro.

Gli appartamenti (composti di soggiorno – angolo cottura – camera – bagno) sono dotati di minifrigo, riscaldamento, aria condizionata autonoma, televisore e internet wireless gratuito. Colazione NON inclusa. Servizio di pulizia totale settimanale. Ritiro giornaliero della spazzatura da differenziare. Biancheria da bagno con cambio ogni 3 giorni. Pulizia del bagno e veloce riassetto ogni 3 giorni. Biancheria da letto con cambio settimanale.

    • CAMERA 3
      Dotazione: 1 letto matrimoniale, possibilità di aggiungere 1 letto singolo in soggiorno
      Uso singola: €70
      Uso doppia: €45 a persona
    • CAMERA 4
      Dotazione: 1 matrimoniale soppalco + 1 matrimoniale soggiorno
      Uso singola: €80 a persona
      Uso doppia: €45 a persona
      Uso tripla: €40 a persona
      Uso quadrupla: €35 a persona
    • CAMERA 6
      Dotazione: 2 letti singoli
      Uso singola: €70 a persona
      Uso doppia: €40 a persona
    • CAMERA 8
      Dotazione: 1 letto alla francese
      Uso singola: €70 a persona
      Uso doppia: €45 a persona
      Uso tripla: €40 a persona
      Uso quadrupla: €35 a persona
    • CAMERA 9
      Dotazione: 1 matrimoniale + letto singolo soggiorno
      Uso singola: €80 a persona
      Uso doppia: €45 a persona
      Uso tripla: €40 a persona
      Uso quadrupla: €35 a persona


Vicolo del Comune, 4 – Narni

3 Star Hotel, situated in the main square of Narni’s old town centre, made out of a 15th century building renovated by means of an excellent blending of old and modern decoration. The Hotel has 17 rooms and 2 suites, all equipped with facilities such as color TV, FM radio, bar fridge and with every comfort offered by the 3 star category. Free Internet point. Buffet breakfast included.

  • room typeprice per person
  • Single €61
  • Double €44
  • Triple €38
  • Quadruple €31

TORRE PALOMBARA Dimora storica XV-XVI sec.

Strada della Cantinetta, 3 05035 Narni (Tr)
Tel +39 0744744617 – Fax +39 0744090173
info@torrepalombara.com – www.torrepalombara.com

Torre Palombara is an exclusive and elegant Resort, overlooking the rolling green Umbrian countryside and the medieval town of Narni. Built around an original “DoveTower” dating back to the 15th Century, the historic residence has been converted into a beautiful and romantic family owned boutique hotel, after a loving and caring restoration, which has brought back to light its original elements and characteristic features.
Here you can enjoy the comfort and warmth of seven uniquely appointed suites, enriched by antique, precious furniture and refined details, surrounded by beautiful landscapes of vineyards and sunflowers fields.
Sitting by our beautiful landscaped swimming pool with its breathtaking view, you will be able to recover peace and serenity in an elegant and relaxing atmosphere of complete privacy and discretion.
Umbria is also a land of exquisite flavors, genuine food and unique dishes, which can be relished in our generous and rich breakfast as well as in exclusive evenings with typical Umbrian cousine that can be organised on request. At Torre Palombara you can find the true meaning of hospitality!

  • Room
  • 2 Romantic Rooms (single or double occupancy)
  • 4 Superior Rooms (double occupancy, possibility of adding one single bed)
  • 1 Suite (accommodates two to four people on two floors, two bathrooms)

For a quotation on special packages exclusively for Narnia Arts Academy, please contact the hotel directly mentioning “Narnia Festival”.
Distance from Narni main square: 7 km (4.3 miles).


S.P. Maratta Bassa, 61 – Narni

Situated on the outskirts of the mediaeval Umbrian town of Narni and set amongst 15 acres of parkland and surrounded by wooded hills, close to the imposing Rocca Albornoz Castle, this historical complex enjoys spectacular views over the surrounding countryside.
The entrance opens on a facade decorated with Moorish-style ornaments, where the lobby with the reception desk and the bar welcome the guests. A massive wooden staircase leads to the first floor housing the hotel rooms. Each one of the rooms differs from the others in its colors, antique furnishings and fine upholsteries. Air-conditioning, plasma screens TV, mini-bar and safe are available in all rooms. Breakfast is included and is served in the “Preziosa” room that opens to the enchanting Cloister with its ancient dwell and the flower-filled alley leading to the terraces and gardens. The garden with its alleys as well as the whole park are at the complete disposal of those who like walking in the nature in absolute peace and quiet.

    • room typeprice per person
    • Single €82
    • Single with full size bed €88
    • Double standard €53
    • Double economy €49
    • Triple €43
    • Triple Suite €50
    • Quadruple €37
    • Quadruple Suite €42

    Tourist tax €2.50 per night
    Distance from Narni main square: 9 km.


International Jury members will be comprised of musicians and professors of various musical conservatories, universities and orchestras.

The following judges have given their availability:


    Cristiana Pegoraro Italy

    • Pianist, Composer, Artistic Director Narnia Festival
      President Narnia Arts Academy

    Cristiana Pegoraro

    Hailed by The New York Times as “an artist of the highest caliber,” Italian-born pianist Cristiana Pegoraro has performed on the world’s most prestigious stages, including Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the United Nations (New York), the Sydney Opera House, Festspielhaus (Salzburg), Musikverein (Vienna), Royal College of Music (London), Auditorium Parco della Musica (Rome), Amici del Loggione del Teatro alla Scala (Milan), Theatro Municipal (São Paulo), Theatro Municipal (Rio de Janeiro), the Opera House (Manaus), and at music festivals including the Budapest Spring Festival, Umbria Jazz, Umbria Jazz Winter, Sorrento Jazz Festival (Italy), Saint Petersburg Festival (Russia), Edinburgh Festival, Klavierfestival Ruhr (Germany), Shabyt Festival Astana (Kazakhstan), the Aichi World Expo (Japan), and the Zaragoza World Expo (Spain), among others.

    Ms. Pegoraro has appeared as a soloist with acclaimed orchestras and ensembles such as Salzburger Kammervirtuosen, Hannover Kammerorkester, Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, Garland (Texas) Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Arlington (Texas), Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra (Texas), COS Youth Symphonic Ensemble (USA), MAV Symphony Orchestra (Hungary), Darzhava Philarmonia Shumen (Bulgaria), National Orchestra of Georgia (Tbilisi), Orquesta Filarmonica de Bogota (Colombia), Orquesta Sinfonica de Cuyo, Orquesta Sinfonica de la Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, Orquesta Sinfonica Pro Lirica (Peru), Kazakhstan Chamber Orchestra, State Chamber Orchestra of the Music Academy of Astana (Kazakhstan), and Philharmonic Orchestra of Oradea (Romania).

    In Italy, she has performed with Orchestra Verdi di Milano, I Musici di Parma, Istituzione Sinfonica di Roma, Orchestra da Camera dell’Umbria, Orchestra Filarmonica Città di Roma, Orchestra Filarmonica di Civitavecchia, Orchestra Filarmonica di Roma, Orchestra Filarmonica Umbra, Orchestra Filarmonica Veneta, Orchestra del Narnia Festival, Ensemble Estro Tanguero, Orchestra Sinfonica Accademia Musicale Pescarese, La Camerata Ducale di Parma, Orchestra Sinfonica Carlo Coccia di Novara, Chamber Ensemble of Rome, and Orchestra L’Armonica Temperanza.

    She has collaborated as a soloist with the Banda Centrale della Marina Militare and with the Banda dell’Arma dei Carabinieri, with whom she performed before an audience of 3,000 at the Auditorium Parco della Musica of Rome. Her 2003 New York City concert with the Banda Centrale della Marina Militare, as part of the celebration of Columbus Day, took place in the presence of the city’s mayor Michael Bloomberg aboard the battleship-museum USS Intrepid.

    Cristiana Pegoraro is the first Italian female pianist to perform all 32 Piano Sonatas by Ludwig van Beethoven, and among few pianists in the world to have performed all five Beethoven Piano Concertos in a single day. During her tours of the Persian Gulf countries, she became the first female pianist of any country to perform concerts of classical music in Bahrain, Yemen, and Oman.

    Over the years, she has appeared before many of the world’s highest dignitaries, including the President of Italy, Sergio Mattarella, the President of Italy, Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, the President of the General Assembly of the United Nations, the Governor of New York State, the Mayor of New York City, Her Royal Highness the Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg, the Italian Minister of Economic Development, and the President of the Austrian Senate.

    In 2008, she was the only European representative at the Spring Festival at the United Nations in New York, and performed in the hall of the General Assembly in front of ambassadors and dignitaries from 192 countries.

    In collaboration with Italian Embassies and Italian Cultural Institutes, she is regularly invited by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to represent Italy and to promote Italian music worldwide.

    Her piano artistry can be heard on 28 CDs released by Decision Products, Nuova Era, Dynamic, Diva Productions, Eden Editori, Da Vinci Publishing and Promu.

    Pegoraro’s “Astor Piazzolla Tangos”, released in 2016, won the gold medal at California’s prestigious Global Music Awards. The pianist’s two most recent recordings comprise a CD entitled “Gioacchino Rossini Overtures – Piano Transcriptions,” featuring her newly-written transcriptions of the composer’s most famous overtures, and a second CD, “Fantasia Italiana, ” with more new transcriptions, for piano and string orchestra, of Antonio Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons.”

    As a composer, she has released six highly acclaimed albums of her own original compositions (“A Musical Journey”, “Ithaka”, “La mia Umbria”, “Volo di note” and “Piano di volo” and “Colors of Love”) and has had various compositions used in films and documentaries. Ms. Pegoraro composed the soundtrack to the video “For Whom the Sirens Toll” produced by the United Nations Office of the Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict and presented at the United Nations on September 11, 2004, in memory of the victims of the terrorist attack. She wrote the soundtrack for the documentary “La casa dell’orologio” (“The House of the Clock”) by Italian director Gianni Torres.

    On March 22, 2021, her video clip “RAIN,” with original music, debuted on the occasion of the United Nations’ “World Water Day.” The video was made under the auspices of the UN and was entered in the UN’s official Gallery.

    Cristiana is the author of a book of poems called “Ithaka” and a series of children’s books based on Italian operas. Her poems are published in the book “Poeti Umbri Contemporanei” by Il Formichiere and in the 2020 edition of “Il Corniolano,” released on World Poetry Day, declared by UNESCO.

    At present, she has received over 40 international awards. They include:
    – The World Peace Award from the Circolo Culturale Italiano of the United Nations “for her effort in advancing peace in the world.”
    – The Mela d’Oro Premio Bellisario by Fondazione Marisa Bellisario with a live ceremony on RAI1 broadcast worldwide, and a private visit with the President of the Republic of Italy, Sergio Mattarella.
    – The Melvin Jones Fellow Award “for dedicated humanitarian services” from the Lions Clubs International Foundation.
    – The Premio Simpatia, awarded by the Mayor of Rome to performing artists, authors, ambassadors and sports figures who exemplify a commitment to Italy, and conceived in recognition “of individuals who enrich and exalt the essential values of life through their work.” Past recipients have included film directors Federico Fellini and Franco Zeffirelli, actress Sophia Loren, and Mother Theresa.
    – The 2010 ILICA Woman of the Year Award by the Italian Language Intercultural Alliance in New York.

    Cristiana supports various international organizations such as UNICEF (for which she is a spokesperson), Amnesty International, World Food Programme, Emergency, Lions Clubs International, and Rotary International in their humanitarian efforts.

    She has been a featured artist on radio and television, on WQXR New York, RAI, Mediaset, Radio Vaticana, Discoteca di Stato (Italy), BBC (Scotland), ARD (Germany), RTP (Portugal), Nine Network (Australia), and CBC (Japan). She has been a guest on the Italian TV shows “Porta a Porta” with Bruno Vespa (RAI 1), “Sottovoce” with Gigi Marzullo (RAI 1), and “Vivere Meglio” with Fabrizio Trecca (Rete 4). Concerts of hers have been broadcast on RAI 5.

    Ms. Pegoraro created, produced, and directed, for Oltretutto Radio (Italy), the show entitled “The Magic of the Piano,” with biographies of the great composers and her performances at the piano.

    Cristiana regularly presents master classes at The Juilliard School in New York City and in much of the USA, Canada, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Australia as well as outreach and music appreciation programs, with the goal of spreading the love for and the interest in classical music.

    In addition to her concertizing and teaching activities, she is also involved in arts and organizational management and production, working with important institutions and for music events at both national and international levels.

    From 2011, she is the Founder and President of Narnia Arts Academy (www.narniaartsacademy.com) and Artistic Director of Narnia Festival (www.narniafestival.com), a non-profit organization whose goal is to promote the arts and the cultural, architectural and historical heritage of Italy through a vast array of initiatives. Both the Academy and the Festival are eight-time recipients of the “Medal of the President of the Italian Republic” for their outstanding programming.

    She is a spokesperson for her native region of Umbria’s tourism campaign throughout the world and Ambassador of San Valentino to the world.

    Ms. Pegoraro graduated with the highest honors from the Conservatory of Terni, Italy, at the age of sixteen. She continued piano studies with Jörg Demus in Vienna and with Hans Leygraf at both the Mozarteum in Salzburg and the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin. Later, Cristiana was a student of Nina Svetlanova at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City.

    For more information, visit www.cristianapegoraro.com

    More information on cristianapegoraro.com



    Lorenzo Porzio Italy

    • Conductor, Composer, Pianist, Music Director Narnia Festival
    • Direttore stabile Orchestra Filarmonica Città di Roma

    Lorenzo Porzio

    At the age of seven he began studying the piano and at eleven he began studying the organ under the organist and composer Lorenzo Ronci. He concluded his studies at Santa Cecilia with Maestro Federico del Sorto. Since 1996 he has been the principal organist at the Basilica del Sacro Cuore Immacolato di Maria ai Parioli (Rome).

    From 1997 – 2011 he continued to perfect his piano studies under Biagio Andriulli, Andrea Sammartino, Giovanni Scaramuzza and Gino Nappo at the Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome. He has performed as soloist and has accompanied polyphonic choirs in some of the most prestigious cathedrals and venues in Italy. He has worked with many important singers from the Santa Cecilia Academy and Teatro dell’Opera, the Coro Accademico Romano and the Coro Polifonico S. Martino, among others. In 2003 he held concerts in the Vatican (Sala Raffaello), in the Chiesa del Governatorato and in the Vatican Gardens for the re-opening of the Casina di Pio IV.

    He studied composition with Marco Persichetti, graduating with the highest grades from the Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia in Rome under Francesco Telli.

    He began his career as Orchestra Conductor studying with Francesco Carotenuto and Marco Boemi, and participating in Piero Bellugi’s Masterclasses. Since 2004 he has written and performed music on the piano and organ for shows, documentaries and short TV movies on RAI 1, RAI 3, RAI International, Sky Sport, Roma Uno, and others. In November 2005, Radio Uno Rai broadcasted his “Rapsodia Orientale (Pensando a Pechino)” composed and played by him. In May 2006 he debuted as composer at the Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome (Sala Petrassi) during an event hosted by Pippo Baudo “Com’è Straordinaria la Vita”, and held a chamber music concert in the Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano for the 400th anniversary of the opening of the Vatican Museums. During the Christmas festivities in 2006, he played the organ during the Mass in St. Peter’s Cathedral. In September 2009 and in December 2011, he was again organist at St. Peter’s for the celebration of Masses by Cardinal Comastri.

    From 2009 to 2010 he was First Assistant Conductor of the elite orchestra of the Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia in Rome. In 2010 he debuted as Conductor of the Orchestra Tiberina, conducting the orchestra again in 2011 for a concert at the Cathedral of the Santissimi Apostoli (Rome). Since 2010 he has been collaborating with the Accademia Santa Cecilia as pianist and conductor. Since 2011 he has been Principal Conductor of the Philharmonic Orchestra “L’Armonica Temperanza”, with which he tours on a regular basis. With “L’Armonica Temperanza” he was invited to perform in the most prestigious halls and churches of Rome (Sala della Protomoteca del Campidoglio, Sala del Coro della Cappella Sistina, Biblioteca del Senato, Biblioteca Nazionale, Basilica di Santa Francesca Romana, San Quirico e Giulitta ai Fori Imperiali, San Bartolomeo all’Isola Tiberina, S.Lucia al Gonfalone, Chiesa degli Spagnoli ai Banchi Vecchi, San Clemente, Sant’Eugenio alle Belle Arti, San Paolo entro le mura). In 2012 he founded the Orchestra and Choir of Convitto Nazionale Vittorio Emanuele II in Rome.

    In 2013, within the Narnia Festival, he conducts at the prestigious Orvieto Cathedral and San Domenico Auditorium in Narni, Italy. Both concerts were recorded by RAI 1 and presented by famous actress Barbara De Rossi.

    In January 2014 he debuts with Orchestra Filarmonica di Roma at the Auditorium Seraphicum in Rome and Teatro Magnani in Fidenza (Parma) with two sold out concerts.

    On the basis of his merits, the President of the Republic of Italy, C.A.Ciampi, awarded him the title of “Cavaliere della Repubblica”.

    More information on lorenzoporzio.it



    Joseph Gold United States

    • University of Southern California

    Joseph Gold

    When San Francisco Chronicle Columnist Herb Caen described Joseph Gold as a “giant on earth,” he was referring to that ‘something extra’ which he carries into every violin performance. Little wonder, then, that critics so often choose terms such as ‘fearless virtuosity,’ ‘dynamic personality,’ and ‘colossal’ and then go on to discuss the ‘marvelously rich tone’ which ‘brings the audience to heights of enjoyment.’

    Joseph Gold grew up in Southern California, the son of Russian emigre parents. He began his violin studies at the age of eight. A graduate of the University of Southern California, he had the privilege of being coached by the great Jascha Heifetz.

    All-Around Musician & Proponent of the Romantic Revival
    Mr. Gold, who makes his home in San Francisco, is an enthusiastic proponent of the “romantic revival” of Nineteenth Century violin music. He is an ardent author and lecturer on his two favorite virtuoso composer-performers, Paganini and Sarasate. Mr. Gold’s numerous publications include his book, Paganini’s Art of Violin Playing, as well as many transcriptions and original compositions. Mr. Gold’s in-depth research into the life and work of Pablo de Sarasate has lead to the discovery of unpublished manuscripts.

    Although steeped in the tradition of the Romantic style, Joseph Gold’s programs are not restricted to the Nineteenth Century. He is an all-around musician who has premiered and championed many Twentieth Century compositions while maintaining a Baroque repertoire as large as many Baroque specialists.
    Joseph Gold’s warm personality and perfectly timed humor make him a popular guest artist on University campuses. He is eminently qualified as an “Artist in Residence” and holds a Master’s Degree as well as three teaching credentials.

    More information on http://www.josephgold.com



    Khullip Jeung United States

    • The Juilliard School, Mannes College of Music

    Khullip Jeung

    Violinist, Khullip Jeung has performed and taught throughout the US, Europe, and Asia as soloist, chamber musician, and sought after violin pedagogist. Mr. Jeung started playing the violin at the age of 5 in South Korea and soon after immigrated to Hawaii. He had his solo debut with the Honolulu Symphony at the age of 9, playing the Khachaturian Concerto and soon after the Lalo Symphonie Espagnole to great acclaim. At the age of 15, Mr. Jeung moved to New York, after being accepted to the Juilliard Pre-College to study with Dorothy DeLay on scholarship. He received the Bachelor and Master of Music degrees at Juilliard studying with Sally Thomas with the C.V. Starr Scholarship, Teplitsky Memorial Scholarship, and the Irene Diamond Graduate Fellowship to name a few. Mr. Jeung has been awarded the Grand Prize in the Korea Times Music Competition (LA), American String Teachers Association Competition (HI), and the youngest recipient of the Morning Music Scholarship to name a few. Television and radio broadcasts include, The Saturday Morning Show, Saturday AM, Superkids, MBC Arts Theater and much more. He was also featured in the String and Bow music magazine of the October 2006 publication. His two, live-recorded, unedited inspirational CDs have had enormous popularity both here in the US and abroad and is currently working on the third album. Most recently, he also recorded the only instrumental numbers for the new upcoming Broadway, “Gatsby”. Mr. Jeung has also been invited to judge many competitions such as the New York International Music Competition and National Young Musicians Showcase Competition. He is also the founder and chairperson of the International Virtuoso Competition. Mr. Jeung is on the faculty of The Juilliard School Pre-College, Mannes Pre-College, and JCC Thurnauer School of Music. Since 2005, he has also been the music director of the highly acclaimed Good Neighbor Ensemble based in New Jersey. During the summers, he has taught at the Maui Summer Music Festival and the Waterville Valley Chamber Music Festival. Mr. Jeung is also the founder and director of the 4Strings Music Festival in New York.



    Carlo Maria Parazzoli Italy

    • Concertmaster / Spalla - Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia

    Carlo Maria Parazzoli

    Carlo Maria Parazzoli è Primo violino solista dell’Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia.

    Dal 1990 al 1996 è stato Primo violino del Quartetto “Guido Chigi”, gruppo ufficiale dell’Accademia Chigiana di Siena. Ha suonato come solista con alcune orchestre italiane quali: Angelicum e Pomeriggi Musicali di Milano, Sinfonica di Sanremo, Orchestra da Camera di Mantova, Orchestra del Festival Internazionale di Brescia e Bergamo.

    Ha collaborato come violino di spalla con le orchestre dei Pomeriggi Musicali e l’Orchestra della Rai di Milano, Haydn di Bolzano, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Teatro Comunale di Firenze, Teatro alla Scala e Filarmonica della Scala.

    Nel 2006 ha eseguito il Doppio Concerto di Brahms con l’Orchestra dell’Accademia di Santa Cecilia diretta da Kent Nagano; nel 2012 ha preso parte all’esecuzione del Quintetto “La trota” di Schubert, ai Concerti per pianoforte di Bach con Alexandre Tharaud alla tastiera e al Quintetto op. 44 di Schumann con Martha Argerich al pianoforte.



    Paolo Piomboni Italy

    • Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia

    Paolo Piomboni

    Dopo essersi diplomato brillantemente presso il Conservatorio “L. Cherubini” di Firenze sotto la guida del M° Cristiano Rossi, ha vinto il concorso internazionale bandito dall’ Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, della cui orchestra sinfonica

    fa parte in qualità di primo violino di fila dal 1990.

    Artista dai molteplici interessi, si dedica alla filologia barocca: ha fondato con Paolo Pollastri (primo oboe solista dell’orchestra dell’Accademia) L’ Accademia Barocca di Santa Cecilia, orchestra da camera che suona su strumenti originali, con la quale, in qualità di primo violino solista, ruolo che ricopre sin dalla fondazione

    dell’ensemble, ha eseguito le Quattro Stagioni di A. Vivaldi in occasione del Trentennale della fondazione della Banca d’Italia, concerto del quale è stato prodotto CD e DVD. Con L’Accademia Barocca si è anche esibito in diretta televisiva Rai nel Concerto di Natale 2007 dal Senato della Repubblica Italiana, ed ha effettuato attività in Italia e all’estero (significativa la tournée con concerti a Montréal e a Ottawa per il Senato Canadese).

    Si interessa anche di teatro, essendo stato protagonista di vari spettacoli nei quali passa dall’ esecuzione al violino alla recitazione: “Una città chiamata orchestra”, “Dissonanze”, “Camera per quattro”, su testi di Daniele Ciccolini, sono stati rappresentati all’Auditorium Parco della Musica di Roma, al MART di Rovereto e al Teatro Comunale di Piacenza.

    Si dedica con passione all’insegnamento, con particolare attenzione ai più giovani (molti suoi allievi sono stati premiati in concorsi nazionali e internazionali), e cura la preparazione tecnica degli archi della Juniorchestra dell’Accademia di Santa Cecilia sin dalla sua fondazione. Con la Juniorchestra ha curato inoltre in veste di solista e concertatore le Quattro Stagioni, eseguite per i bambini in quattro Ospedali Pediatrici italiani (Meyer di Firenze, Bambino Gesù di Roma, Sant’Orsola di Bologna, Pausilipon di Napoli) in collaborazione con Telecom, sul cui sito è tuttora possibile visionare gli spettacoli.

    Suona un violino M. Capicchioni del 1954 e un violino originale A. Jais del 1793.



    Aldo Campagnari Italy

    • Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana, Lugano
      Conservatorio S. Giacomantonio, Cosenza

    Aldo Campagnari

    Aldo Campagnari is second violin and founder member of the Prometeo Quartet.  He is active in various chamber ensembles and is a member of the Alter Ego ensemble (Rome). He teaches quartet at the Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana in Lugano and has been professor of violin at Conservatorio in Bari and Pavia.

    More information on http://quartettoprometeo.com/



    Luca Sanzò Italy

    • Conservatorio Santa Cecilia

    Luca Sanzò

    A pupil of Bruno Giuranna, Luca Sanzò has performed as soloist and in collaboration with renowned musicians in many of the major concert halls of the world. He is a permanent member of the group FREON, specialized in music of the nineteenth-century, and a founding member of the Quartetto Michelangelo with whom he has toured Europe and North and South America. He has been first viola/soloist with various opera, symphonic and chamber orchestras, such as the Rome and Cagliari Opera Theatres and the Concerto Italiano, with whom he has undertaken an in-depth study of the philological performance of Baroque music on original instruments, together with some of the finest instrumentalists in the field. For Ricordi he has published a revision of Campagnoli’s 41 Caprices for Viola Sola and is Professor of Viola at the Conservatorium “Santa Cecilia” in Rome. An appreciated performer of contemporary music, he is also particularly attentive to its’ production and diffusion. Many Italian composers have chosen him as their point of reference and dedicated their compositions to him. Amongst his recordings can be found Goffredo Petrassi’s “VIOLASOLA”. In 2004 he made his debut at Stuttgart’s Staatsoper Forum Neues Musiktheater as soloist in the opera “Last Desire” by Lucia Ronchetti. He participated in various electroacoustic music festival such as Synthèse of Bourges (France) in 2006, EMUFEST (Rome 2008) and MUSICACOUSTICA FESTIVAL (Pechino 2009). He recorded for Nuova Era, BMG Ricordi, Opus 111, Tactus, Edi Pan, Stradivarious, Naïve, Chandos and Naxos. He plays a 1956 Igino Sderci’s viola and a 1977 Pietro Gaggini’s viola previously owned by Luciano Vicari.

    More information on lucasanzo.com



    Calogero Giallanza Italy

    • Accademia Romana di Musica

    Calogero Giallanza

    Calogero Giallanza was born in Naso (Messina – Italy).

    He is a graduate of the Conservatory of Santa Cecilia in Rome, Italy. Mr. Giallanza is very active as a performing flautist and composer in Italy and abroad, his repertoire ranges from baroque to contemporary music both as solist and in chamber ensembles (Todi Festival 95, Teatro Vittorio Emanuele in Noto 99/2000, Teatro & TD Zagabria [Croazia] 99/2001, Palermo di Scena Festival 97/ 2000, Italian Embassy in Abu-Dhabi [United Arab Emirates] 2001, “Lisinski”Auditorium, Zagabria[Croazia] 2003, Italian Cultural Institute, Los Angeles [U.S.A.] 2003, Arizona State University, Scottsdale Phoenix [U.S.A.] 2003, Ortigia Festival 2003, Italian State Recording Archives 2006, Opere Festival 2006/07, Melbourne Italian Festival 2007[Australia], IV Rioharp Festival 2009/2010 Rio de Janeiro [ Brazil ], 46° Festival Nuova Consonanza ’09, Auditorium M.A.S.P. Sao Paulo 2010 [Brazil], “Genus Musicae” Myth Circuit 2011, Italian Cultural Institute Malta 2012, Taormina Arte 2013 ( Ancient Theater), N.D.U. University Louaize Beirut 2015 (Lebanon), El Mouggar Concert Hall Algeri and Festival Costantine 2015 ( Algeria).

    His cd recording credits include: Mediterranea (1999) produced and distributed by Ed.Mus. Cantoberon with guitarist and composer Luca Mereu with whom he founded the Duo Nesos, Thalassa (2001) in which he is both solo flautist and composer. Highly appreciated by Ennio Morricone, the cd was produced by “ Ostinati Music Workshop” and sponsored by private and public institutions. “Due fauni, arco e pizzicato ( 2005) with the Ensemble Colosseum in which he plays as first solo flautist. In 2007, he recorded the CD “Al muhda ilayy” (pieces for solo flute and flute and harp by various composers dedicated to Calogero Giallanza), produced by “Ostinati Music Workshop” with the contribution of IMAIE. In 2011, he recorded his CD “Shulùq”-Sounds and Rhythms from the Mediterranean (pieces for flute, harp and drums ), produced by ENPALS under the patronage of National and International Universities, Embassies and Organizations. He recorded original compositions of A. Murzi for an Aurelio Grimaldi video for “ Lisbon Expo 1998”. He has recorded for Domani Musica label as well.

    He has made recordings for RAI 2 Television, Vatican Radio, Libanese Television and Algerian Television. His performances are regularly aired on Radio – RAI Filodiffusione, and Rai International. In his capacity as a performer and a composer, he has appeared as guest on the prestigious radio programme “Notturno Italiano”  produced by Radio Rai Italia. He is the Artistic Director of the ‘Ostinati’ Music Workshop which carries out research and experiments on the relationship between music and word. In 2009 the show “Nzula”, by Francesco Randazzo, with original compositions, performed live, by M.° Giallanza won the First Prize as best show of the 2nd National Festival “Schegge d’Autore” from the National Union of Dramatic Authors and the Audience Award for the show of Magna Graecia Institution- Battipaglia Prize.

    In 2004, he played the main character in the documentary film “Favola del Vento e del Mare” directed by Pierpaolo Gandini, for which he also composed and perfomed the soundtrack. This documentary, which was produced by SD cinematografica for Italian and International Television, has been aired on RAI 3 Italian TV in the programme “ Geo & amp; Geo” and on Swiss Television – RTSI.

    In 2009, he won First Prize of the 3rd edition of the IMAIE competition, contemporary classical music section, with the CD “Al muhda ilayy”. In 2010 he was aawarded the VI edition of the “Antonello da Messina”National Prize .

    In 2012 he was presented a Medal by the President of the Italian Republic Giorgio Napolitano for his work as Artistic Director of the Nebroideo Organ Festival “Annibale Lo Bianco”

    On December 27th 2013 he was appointed Knight of the Italian Republic for Merit, again by the President of the Italian Republic Giorgio Napolitano, after a nomination from the Prime Minister.

    More information on http://www.calogerogiallanza.net/



    Marco Bonfigli Italy


    Marco Bonfigli

    Marco Bonfigli was born in Latina (Italy) and graduated in 1996 at the Institute “A. Manzoni” of Latina and then in 1998 at the Conservatory “O. Respighi” (Latina) where he received his master’s degree under the guidance of clarinettist Francesco Belli. In

    2002 he was called to play in the “Valley Symphony Orchestra” (Colombia), where he performed with international musicians. In the same year he won the concertmaster competition of the “Symphonic Band Cali”.

    In March 2003 he travelled to New York where he played with different chamber groups and took classes with Kalmen Opperman.

    From August 2003 until June 2008 he was professor of clarinet at the “EAFIT University” in Medellin (Colombia). He currently teaches clarinet and chamber music at the Conservatory “Antonio Maria Valencia” of Cali, Colombia. Maestro Bonfigli’s concert activity consists of performances as a soloist as well as a member of chamber groups, including the Trio Harmonia Mundi (clarinet, cello and piano), of which he is the artistic director and promoter and which has an intense musical activity around the different cultural scenes in Colombia.




    Alexia DelGiudice Bigari United States

    • The Juilliard School

    Alexia DelGiudice Bigari

    Born in Rome, Italy, Alexia DelGiudice Bigari began playing viola at the age of 9. She recently received her bachelor of Music from the Juilliard School as a viola student of Misha Amory and Heidi Castleman. In the fall of 2016, Alexia will be attending Northwestern University for her Masters Degree in viola performance under the tutelage of renowned violist, Helen Callus.

    Alexia attended the Orford Music Festival in Canada in 2015 / 2016 under the tutelage of Yutta Putthammer. She also attended the Meadowmount School of Music, which she received a full merit scholarship.

    In 2012, Alexia had the honor of being featured on a live broadcast of National Public Radio’s “From the Top,” where she played Bloch’s Suite Hebraic with pianist Christopher O’Riley, and she was given the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award. She has also received the 2011 Virtu Foundation Award, where she was granted an 1890 Vuillaume Viola from Paris, which she is proud to be playing.

    Alexia’s awards include Mary Foulger Scholar, the New York Viola Society award, 1st place in the Young Promise Awards International Competition; a semi-finalist in the American String Teachers Association competition, a finalist in the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston competition, and a finalist in the New England String Ensemble competition. Alexia has also been a finalist in the Rhode Island Philharmonic competition.

    Her past teachers include, Patricia McCarty; David Rubinstein; Mai Motobuchi, violist of the Borromeo String Quartet; and Katherine Almquist. Alexia resides in New York City.



    Gianluca Persichetti Italy

    • Conservatorio U. Giordano - Foggia; Accademia Romana di Musica

    Gianluca Persichetti

    Gianluca Persichetti ha intrapreso giovanissimo lo studio della chitarra diplomandosi brillantemente presso il Conservatorio di S. Cecilia di Roma sotto la guida del M° C. Carfagna. Nello stesso anno consegue il diploma del corso di Strumenti a Percussioni sotto la guida del M° Leonida Torrebruno.

    Segue successivamente un corso di perfezionamento con il M° Mario Gangi.
    Svolge da subito una intensa attività concertistica esibendosi come solista ed in varie formazioni cameristiche per importanti rassegne musicali e manifestazioni teatrali. In Italia: “Festival di Benevento”; città S. Angelo nella “VI Estate Angolana; ”Associazione musicale Molisana” a Campobasso; a Roma nella “Rassegna Cameristica” presso la Chiesa Valdese e per l’ “Agimus” alla Sala Baldini; suona nel “Festival nazionale” di Ancona – Pescina”; al “Teatro Mancinelli” di Orvieto; al “Teatro Greco” di Siracusa; al “Teatro Goldoni” di Venezia; al “Teatro L. Pirandello” di Agrigento; all’ “Istituto degli Innocenti” di Firenze…
    Fra le partecipazioni all’estero il “Centr d’Art Vivant du Belvedere” a Tunisi; il “Centre cultural de Gavà” a Barcellona; in Cecoslovacchia..

    Insieme ai chitarristi Massimo Aureli e Massimo delle Cese forma il “Trio Chitarristico S. Cecilia”, con il quale si esibisce in tutto il mondo riscuotendo ovunque vivi consensi di pubblico e di critica in Italia ed all’estero.
    Il trio si esibisce a Roma nell’ambito della rassegna “Le serenate in chiostro”, all’ “Auditorium discoteca di stato”, all’ “Auditorium Pontificio musica sacra”, al “Teatro Ghione” ed alla “Sala Baldini”; a Tivoli nella “Sala Spallanzani”; suonano al “Festival barocco” di Viterbo; a Frascati al “Festival delle ville Tuscolane”; nella “Filarmonica Laudamo” di Messina; nell’ “Associazione musicale etnea” di Catania; al “IV festival internazionale della chitarra” di Siracusa; a Spoleto al “Teatro Caio Melisso”; a Firenze all’ “Istituto francese” e nell’ “Associazione amici della musica” di Milazzo e S. Severo.
    All’estero il trio si esibisce ad Instambul al “Gran teatro” , al “Konser Salonu ed al “Centro de exposiciones y congresos” di Zaragosas”; a Singapore nel “Lute Guitar Virtuosos of Italy DBS Auditorium” – (Shenton Way); nell’ “Italian Embassy” di Malaysia; a Liverpool nell’ “Eurovwirral International Guitar Festival of Great Britain”; nella “Societat Guitarristica de Catalunya” di Valencia; all’ “Istituto italiano” di Madrid, di Salonicco, Stoccolma, Atene e Algeri ed all’ “Ambasciata di Praga” )

    Con il trio pubblica il CD “Mutation”, ricevendo entusiastiche recensioni sulle più importanti riviste internazionali di settore (Soundboard – USA , Classical Guitar -UK , Les cahiers de la guitarre – Francia, Il Fronimo, Guitar, Chitarre, Musicalia – Italia).

    Fortemente attratto dalla musica etnica e profondo conoscitore di musica brasiliana, fin da giovanissimo si dedica a questo genere diventandone uno dei maggiori esecutori italiani e collaborando con alcuni dei più rappresentativi musicisti brasiliani in Italia.
    Costituisce insieme al percussionista Stefano Rossini, il trio “Itinerario Brasile”. Insieme realizzano i CD “Esperanto” (1998) ed “ Itinerario Brasile” (2005,) che sono una libera e personale interpretazione della musica sudamericana, e specificamente di quella brasiliana.
    Numerose le partecipazioni in Italia ed all’estero del trio: a Roma nell’ambito della Rassegna “JAZZ&IMAGE” a Villa Celimontana (1999; 2000, 2001, 2003, 2009); all’Alexander Platz – live Jazz club (2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009), nella Manifestazione “Enzimi 2000”, al Museo degli strumenti musicali nell’ambito della rassegna “Accademia in concerto” (2006, 2007), in “Roma Hot Summit” presso il Cineporto (2006), ed al “Christmas Village”, con il Patrocinio della Regione Lazio e del Comune di Roma e dell’Assessorato alla Cultura, Manifestazione per il Natale, (2003); a Orvieto suonano in “Lotta contro l’A.I.D.S.” al Teatro Mancinelli, al San Francesco Jazz Club nell’ambito della “Rassegna Jazz” (2004); a Rimini in “Concerti in Fiera (1999) ”; a Teramo il trio partecipa alla rassegna musicale “l’ Estate abruzzese” (2002); Città di Genzano al ” II° Festival Internazionale della Chitarra” (2005); alla “Rassegna Jazz al Bizzeffe” di Firenze (2004); ad Instambul al “Festival Ekim” al Reichenberg Guitar Masters Festival 2012.

    Il trio ha ospitato nei suoi concerti illustri nomi del repertorio musicale brasiliano ed italiano (Irio de Paula, Sergio Galvao, Guinga, Rosalia de Souza, Toninho Horta, Alfredo Paixao, Roberto
    Bottermaio ed i jazzisti italiani Henry Cook, Maurizio Giammarco, Fabio Zeppetella, Giovanna Marinuzzi, Eddy Palermo, Nicola Stilo, Stefania Casini, Francesco Puglisi, Paolo Innarella .. )

    Con il chitarrista Massimo Aureli costituisce il duo “Corde Brasiliane” che conduce il pubblico, attraverso l’uso di tutti gli strumenti a corda tipici della cultura popolare brasiliana, alla scoperta dei molteplici e meravigliosi ambiti, anche i più sconosciuti, di questa vastissima espressione musicale ed artistica.
    Hanno suonato in duo tra l’altro all’Ambasciata Brasiliana di Roma il 17 Dicembre 2015, nell’ambito della presentazione delle olimpiadi di Rio.

    Intensa anche la sua partecipazione televisiva e radiofonica; lavora costantemente come turnista, ha registrato per Morricone, Piovani, Bacalov, Mazzocchetti, Guerra, Di Pofi e come esecutore ed arrangiatore ha prestato la propria collaborazione musicale a varie attività teatrali:
    Suona in “Indugio compiuto” al Teatro Duni di Matera, in “Il Mandarino meraviglioso” a Benevento, in “Rosa Futura” al teatro Pirandello di Agrigento, in “Del mondo in mezzo ai turbini” al teatro Goldoni di Venezia, in “Italy in Houston” a Houston, nel “Il classico di una vita un libro letto e mai dimenticato” alla Chiesa di San Lorenzo in Lucina a Roma (2006), dove ha eseguito un commento musicale al Cantico dei Cantici letto dal Mons. Gianfranco Ravasi ed alle Poesie d’amore di Nazim Hikmet lette da Ozpetek.

    Nel 2007 inizia la sua collaborazione con Lina Sastri ed è chitarrista solista nello spettacolo “Corpo Celeste” di e con Lina Sastri, al teatro Quirino di Roma ed al teatro La Pergola di Firenze.

    Nel 2010, costituisce insieme a Stefano Rossini e Carlo Biancalana, la “Choro Orchestra”, che è un orchestra di circa 20 elementi che si dedica interamente allo Choro Brasiliano. Ha realizzato con questa orchestra, di cui è direttore ed arrangiatore il CD “Choro Orchestra”, la grande musica popolare brasiliana.
    Con l’Orchestra ha partecipato a numerosi Festival e manifestazioni musicali tra cui Alexanderplatz Jazz Club – 23 Gennaio 2015 – Roma, XVIII edizione della rassegna di “Musica nelle corti di Capitanata” – 16 Luglio 2014 – Foggia, Festival Internazionale di Chitarra – 8 Settembre 2013 – Manfredonia, Festival “MaraRio” – 22 Agosto 2013 – Maratea, Festival “Villa Celimontana jazz” 19 Luglio 2013 – Roma, XVII edizione della rassegna di “Musica nelle corti di Capitanata” 12 Luglio 2013 – Monte S.Angelo, Festival di Peschici – 11 Luglio 2013 – Peschici, Festa Patronale – 19 Settembre 2012 – San Marco in Lamis, Festival “Stornara in Movimento” – 19 Agosto 2012 – Stornara, XVI edizione della rassegna di “Musica nelle corti di Capitanata” – 6 Luglio 2012 – Foggia, Concerti della stagione estiva – 5 Luglio 2012 – Torre Maggiore, Amici della Musica – 30 Giugno 2012 – S.Giovanni Rotondo, “Amendola – circolo ufficiali” – 07 Giugno 2012 Foggia, 5° Stagione concertistica “Ostuni in musica” – 30 Aprile 2012 – Ostuni, 2° Festival Chitarristico Citta’ di Celano – 31 Marzo 2012 – Celano, Teatro comunale “Luigi Rossi” – 11 Gennaio 2012 – Torremaggiore, XV edizione della rassegna di “Musica nelle corti di Capitanata” – 11 Luglio 2011 – Foggia, Roma Villa Celimontana jazz Festival- Luglio 2013, Teatro Giordano di Foggia – settembre 2015

    Si dedica inoltre all’attività didattica a Roma presso l’ Accademia Romana di Musica, della quale è presidente.
    Da anni è docente, insieme al M° Stefano Rossini, del “Seminario di Musica Brasiliana”, corso di perfezionamento e aggiornamento professionale che è stato riconosciuto dal ministero della pubblica istruzione, nonchè di Seminari estivi ed invernali a cui partecipano alunni provenienti da tutta Italia.
    E’ vincitore del Concorso a Cattedra nei Conservatori ed è titolare della cattedra di Chitarra Classica al Conservatorio U.Giordano di Foggia.

    More information on http://www.accademiaromanadimusica.c...



    Themis Rocha Brazil

    • Accademia Romana di Musica

    Themis Rocha

    At 12 years old, she attends the city of Natal (Brazil) Music Conservatory and takes Classic Guitar as the main instrument.
    At 14, she takes up singing studies as she continues her Conservatory academic plan.
    Since the age of 15, she has participated in several MPB (Brazilian Popular Music) festivals as an interpreter and composer, having received various awards for both categories. Subsequently, she began her solo carrier.
    She gained the status of “Permanent Popular Singer” after passing the Brazilian Musicians’ Order examination.
    She has performed all over Brazil with Canto do Povo, a choir which has been awarded numerous national and international contests and represented Brazil in Europe on two different occasions – including the Vatican City with the attendance of the late Pope John Paul II.
    Since the age of 21, Themis has lived both in Italy and Brazil. During all this time she has pursued her activities and conducted further art studies.
    In Italy, where she currently carries out concert performances as a soloist along with jazz and classical musicians from all over the world, she has taken part in various jazz and Latin American music festivals, such as the Orvieto Jazz Winter Festival, Celimontana Jazz Festival, etc.
    She has recorded studio albums and live concerts with Jim Porto, Eddy Palermo, Gianluca Persichetti, Eduardo Taufic, Marco Persichetti, Irio de Paula, Stefano Rossini, Alfredo Paixão, Michele Rabbia, Maurizio dei Lazzaretti, Harold Bradley, Walter Martino, Giorgio Rosciglione, Claudio Corvini, Toninho Horta, Francis Hime and many other international musicians. The original themes Sedução, Sonhando Ipanema e Ilusões, composed by the talented singer and pianist Jim Porto have been interpreted by Themis and have been broadcast by internationally famous radio networks.
    Over the years Themis has been actively involved in the design and implementation of concert-lessons addressed to Umbria-based elementary and middle school children. As a result, she has obtained extremely positive feedbacks showing a high level of interaction and empathy with pupils, with whom she has used her voice, the guitar, and percussions as instruments. She has also worked as a teacher of Music in the Brazilian Public School system.
    In the last few years spent in Brazil, she recorded the album Labirinto, containing her own compositions (lyrics and music) in Portuguese, Italian and English. This recording was presented simultaneously both in Brazil and in Italy – including Max De Tomassi’s RadioRai music show Brasil.
    During the same period of time Themis conducted further Visual Art studies at the Brazilian Federal University and won the Rio do Grande do Norte state-sponsored contest to be part of the Camerata de Vozes do Rio Grande do Norte choir, directed by the internationally renowned maestro Monsignore Pedro Ferreira da Costa. She was an official member of this institution until February 2017.
    Among her outstanding achievements, her performance at the Brazilian embassies in Rome and Belize, where she represented Brazil to an audience of ambassadors from all around the world, is worth mentioning.
    Themis currently teaches singing at the Accademia Romana di Musica where she has carried out various MIUR-recognised MPB seminars and workshops, along with the professional musicians Gianluca Persichetti and Stefano Rossini.


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  • F. strings ages 19 and above € 80.00
  • G. guitar age 14 and above € 70.00
  • H. voice ages 17-21 € 80.00
  • I. voice ages 22 and above € 80.00
  • J. brass age 14 and above € 70.00
  • M. percussion age 7 and above € 80.00
  • N. chamber groups age 7 and above € 40.00 each participant

Contestants, who are enrolled in the Narnia Arts Academy International Summer Training Program, might choose to include the competition fee along with the admission and tuition fee.

  • Beneficiary: NARNIA ARTS ACADEMY
  • Account Number: 2000 405
  • Iban: IT32 B062 2014 4060 0000 2000 405
  • Swift (BIC): BPBAITR1
  • Branch Address: Via Turati 25, 05100 Terni, Italy
  • Bank Head Office: Piazza della Repubblica 21, 05018 Orvieto, Italy
  • Applicants are responsible for all bank transfer fees.

Please specify the contestant’s name and competition category in the bank transfer.


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