San Valentino Global Music Awards
San Valentino Global Music Awards
Carnegie Hall, New York – November 15th, 2023
Win the premiere performance of your composition at CARNEGIE HALL, the world’s most prestigious venue!
Professional Video Recording
Application deadline: October 30th, 2023
…AND THE WINNERS ARE:
The international jury composed by Cristiana Pegoraro, Marco Werba, Lorenzo Porzio, Khullip Jeung, Isabelle Durin, after examining over 50 compositions received, decreed the following winners, assigning all the prizes and awards unanimously
LUCA TIBERINI “Us – Romance for violin and piano”
The piece will be performed at Carnegie Hall and will be professionally video recorded
LUCA POLETTI “Tendimi la mano”
Third Prize Ex-Aequo
MASSIMO CARPEGNA “Dialogo d’Amore”
ANDREA MONTALBANO “Memories of Love”
LUDOVICO MAMMOLA “Nell’Oceano del Tempo”
neo-romantic, evocative music theme, film score, no contemporary music!
The piece must evoke a LOVE STORY
violin and piano
max six minutes
Score and separate parts of the violin and piano, plus an audio MP3 with a music demo recorded with digital sounds
The piece can be published or unpublished.
The winning composition will be performed at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York on November 15th, 2023 by internationally acclaimed concert artists Cristiana Pegoraro (piano) and Leonardo Moretti (violin)
Application fee: 80 euros for each composition. It is possible to apply with more than one piece
Deadline: October 30th, 2023
The following material must be sent to the Artistic Director of Narnia Festival, Cristiana Pegoraro, via email firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail: Via Cavour 3, 05100 Terni. The material must be received by October 30th, 2023.
- – Copy of ID
- – Parent’s Authorization, only if the participant is a minor
- – Short bio
- – Material PDF + MP3 (score and separate parts of the violin and piano, plus an audio MP3 with a music demo recorded with digital sounds)
- – Application fee € 80 for each piece submitted. Please send a copy of the bank transaction receipt. Subject: Application for competition + first and last name of the participant
- Beneficiary: NARNIA ARTS ACADEMY
- Account Number: 2000 405
- Iban: IT32 B062 2014 4060 0000 2000 405
- Swift (BIC): BPBAITR1
- Bank: CASSA DI RISPARMIO DI ORVIETO
- 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.
The winner will be notified by email by November 5th, 2023
The complete results will be published on this webpage by November 5th, 2023.
Cristiana Pegoraro Italy
- Pianist, Composer, Artistic Director Narnia Festival
President Narnia Arts Academy
Acclaimed as one of the most gifted musicians of her generation, Italian-born pianist Cristiana Pegoraro has consistently entertained and enlightened audiences with her inspired performances and original programming. Her skills display great technical and interpretative abilities. She began her career in music as a piano prodigy receiving countless national and international awards, including the 1989 Prague Best of the Year for Classical Music Award “for her great personality, strong musical temperament, mastery of phrasing and expressive artistry.” The New York Times called her “an artist of the highest caliber” following her stunning 1996 debut at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall.
Ms. Pegoraro has performed in some of the major venues in Europe, United States, South America, Asia and Australia, including Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the United Nations, the Guggenheim Museum (New York); the Sydney Opera House; Festspielhaus (Salzburg); Musikverein (Vienna); Royal College of Music (London); Auditorium Parco della Musica, Casa del Jazz (Rome); Amici del Loggione del Teatro alla Scala, Serate Musicali (Milan); Centro Cultural de Belem (Lisbon); Theatro Municipal (São Paulo); Theatro Municipal (Rio de Janeiro), the Opera House (Manaus), Budapest Spring Festival, Umbria Jazz Winter, Sorrento Jazz Festival, S. Petersburg Festival, Edinburgh Festival, Klavierfestival Ruhr (Germany), Shabyt Festival Astana (Kazakhstan), 2005 Aichi World Expo (Japan) and 2008 Saragoza World Expo (Spain), among others.
In December 2006 and November 2007 she toured the Gulf Countries, becoming the first Italian female pianist to perform classical concerts in Bahrain, Yemen and Oman. Presently, Cristiana Pegoraro is also the first Italian female pianist to perform all 32 Sonatas for piano by Ludwig van Beethoven.
Hailed by the critics as “among the best interpreters of Cuban and South American music”, Ms. Pegoraro has premiered to European audiences the works of Latin-American composers such as Astor Piazzolla, Joaquin Nin and Ernesto Lecuona. She also made her own piano transcriptions of some of their greatest works, including the most famous tangos of Astor Piazzolla, and composed a Fantasy on Cuban dances by Ernesto Lecuona.
Her piano artistry can be heard on 27 compact discs released by Decision Products, Dynamic, Nuova Era, Diva, Eden Editori and Da Vinci Classics. Gramophone Magazine heralded her second recording of Ernesto Lecuona’s piano music on Dynamic Records with glowing praise – “Cristiana Pegoraro plays not only with brilliance, but with a most engaging finesse.” Peter Burwasser of Fanfare Magazine has described her as “a multi-faceted artist who eagerly searches for passion and musical inspiration in her life and her performances.”
Her CD “Astor Piazzolla Tangos”, released in 2016, received the Gold Medal at the prestigious Global Music Awards in two categories: Album and Instrumental. Her latest release, “Gioacchino Rossini Overtures – Piano Transcriptions” featuring some of his most popular overtures transcribed for piano by Pegoraro herself, premiered worldwide in November 2017.
She has been a featured artist on radio and television, on WQXR New York (USA), 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).
Over the years Cristiana has appeared in front of the highest world dignitaries. In November 2003, she performed for the President of Italy, Mr. Carlo Azeglio Ciampi. Later that same month, on the occasion of the Italian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, she appeared in her 8th sold out concert at Lincoln Center in the presence of the President of the General Assembly of the United Nations. In 2006, at the United Nations Headquarters, she performed for Her Royal Highness the Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg. 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 2009, she played in Moscow in the presence of the Italian Minister of Economic Development. In 2010, in Rome, she performed for the President of the Austrian Senate.
In collaboration with Italian Embassies and Cultural Institutes, she is regularly invited by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to represent Italy and promote Italian music in the world.
She supports various international organizations such as UNICEF, Amnesty International, World Food Programme and Emergency in their humanitarian efforts. In 2005 at her 10th sold out concert at Lincoln Center, she received the World Peace Award from the Circolo Culturale Italiano of the United Nations “for her effort in advancing peace in the world”. In 2007, in Naples, Italy, along with other important artists including Maestro Claudio Abbado, she received the Sebetia Ter President of Italy Award “for her activity as a performer and composer”. That same year, at her concert at the Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome, she was honored with the title of Ambassador of the Right to Music, a program under the tutelage of the Commission of Culture of Rome and the Commission for Youth Policies whose goal is to promote musical culture in all its aspects. In 2010, she was anointed as 2010 ILICA Woman of the Year by the Italian Language Intercultural Alliance in New York. In 2011, she was honored with the Rotary Umbria Prize “for her professionalism, social commitment and her constant promotion of Umbria throughout the world”. She also received the Messenger of the Territory Award from the Chamber of Commerce of Terni, and the Melvin Jones Fellow Award “for dedicated humanitarian services” from the Lions Clubs International Foundation. In 2013, she received from the hands of the Mayor of Rome the prestigious Premio Simpatia, awarded 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 include directors Federico Fellini and Franco Zeffirelli, actress Sophia Loren and Mother Theresa. In 2016, Ms. Pegoraro received an inaugural “Premio Umbria in Rosa” award given to women “operating in the fields of knowledge and who are models for exemplary professional skills and positivity” by her home Italian region of Umbria, and the “Donne ad alta quota” Award with the suport of Regione Umbria and Fondazione Marisa Bellisario, dedicated to “women-testimonial that with their commitment promote the image of Umbria and Italy”.
Most recently, Cristiana has taken up the challenge of composition, releasing five highly acclaimed albums “A Musical Journey”, “Ithaka”, “La mia Umbria”, “Volo di note” and “Piano di volo”. Her compositions have been used for films and documentaries. She 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 11th, 2004, in memory of the victims of the terrorist attack. She also composed the soundtrack of the short movie “La casa dell’orologio” by Italian director Gianni Torres. She is the author of a book of poems called “Ithaka” and a series of children’s books based on Italian operas.
Cristiana regularly presents master classes at The Juilliard School in New York and across the U.S., Canada, Europe, The Middle East, Asia and Australia.
She is a testimonial of Umbria’s tourism campaign throughout the world. Since 2011, she is the Artistic Director of Narnia Arts Academy (www.narniaartsacademy.com) and Narnia Festival (www.narniafestival.com). The Academy and Festival received the President of Italy gold medal.
Ms. Pegoraro graduated with highest honors from the Conservatory of Terni, Italy, at the age of sixteen. She continued her studies with Jörg Demus in Vienna and Hans Leygraf at the Mozarteum in Salzburg and the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin. She later studied with Nina Svetlanova at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City.
More information on cristianapegoraro.com
- Pianist, Composer, Artistic Director Narnia Festival
Lorenzo Porzio Italy
- Conductor, Composer, Pianist, Music Director Narnia Festival
- Direttore stabile Orchestra Filarmonica Città di Roma
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
Marco Werba Italy
- Film score composer, pianist, conductor
(Marc Adam Werblowsky)
Born in Madrid (Spain) in 1963, Marco Werba has lived in Rome, Italy, since 1966. He is a versatile composer and has an extensive background in the music field, earning a Degree in Composition and Choral conducting. He also studied at the Mannes College of Music in New York attending workshops in composition, orchestration and Film music. In addition, he studied conducting at the Academie de Guerande in France.
He was a member of the jury of the International Film Festivals in Messina and Catania, created the film music workshop “Music for Images” and the international film music competition, “Mario Nascimbene Award”.
His first musical score in 1989, for Cristina Comencini’s film Zoo, won the prestigious Italian “Colonna Sonora” Award, when Ennio Morricone and Francis Lai, received “Colonna Sonora – Lifetime Achievement Awards”.
Marco Werba has gone on to score a range of Historical dramas including Anita – Una Vita per Garibaldi, in collaboration with Academy-Award winning composer Francis Lai, Amore e Libertà, Masaniello (Love of Freedom) and “Goffredo e l’Italia chiamò”, both films directed by Angelo Antonucci.
He wrote the soundtrack of Giallo, the pulp thriller by cult Italian director Dario Argento, starring Adrien Brody and Emmanuelle Seigner. This score won the “Fantasy & Horror Award”, the “Fantafestival Award 2010” and the “Fantasy Horror Cine Festival Award 2011”.
He is noted for his work as a film composer but has also written a number of classical concert pieces including Adagio for the victims of Auschwitz, Dark Symphony, Symphonic Tango and a Piano concert, in three movements.
In 2011 Marco Werba received the “Globo d’Oro” Award (“Golden Globes” of the Foreign Press Association in Italy) for the music of the thriller Native, directed by John Real.
In 2023 he won the “Colosseo d’Oro Award” and the “Eurocomunicazione Award” for the film score of Ridha Behi’s feature drama, “L’Ile du Pardon”.
MUSICHE ORIGINALI DEI SEGUENTI FILM:
2021 Daemon Mind – Regia di Jason Fité
2020 Il Delitto Mattarella – Regia di Aurelio Grimaldi
2020 Il Gatto e la Luna – Regia di Roberto Lippolis
2020 A Kidnap – Regia di Lee Greenhough
2019 Pop Black Posta – Regia di Marco Pollini
2019 L’estate senza ritorno – Regia di Besnik Bisha
2018 Seguimi – Regia di Claudio Sestieri
2018 Gelone, la spada e la gloria – Regia di Gianni Virgadaula
2018 Dead on Time – Regia di Rick Mustaine
2018 Controtempo– Regia di Aurelio Grimaldi
2017 The Mystery of Britannic (TV Movie) – Regia di Evgeny Tomashov
2017 Made in China Napoletano – Regia di Simone Schettino
2018 Ballando il silenzio – Regia di Salvatore Arimatea
2017 Calibro 10 – Decalogo Criminale – Regia di Massimo Ivan Falsetta
2016 Farida – Regia di Mohamed Zouaoui
2016 Fratelli di Sangue – Regia di Pietro Tamaro
2016 Apocalypse’s Angel – Regia di Franco Nero
2015 La Figlia del Tempo – Regia di Giovanni Visentin
2015 Roma, la cucina svelata – Regia di Vittorio Antonacci
2015 Smoke – Regia di Ashley Avis
2015 Lacrime di San Lorenzo – Regia di Giampiero Caira
2015 I Fiori Del Male – Regia di Claver Salizzato
2014 Pro Wrestlers vs Zombies – Regia di Cody Knotts
2014 Jack Attack – Regia di Bryan Norton e Antonio Padovan
2014 Solitudini Pericolose – Regia di Emanuele Pecoraro
2014 Seven Hells – Regia di Bryan Norton
2014 Per Vendetta – Regia di Alessandro Grassi
2014 Una Storia Barbara – Regia di Daniele Massa
2013 Misdirection – Regia di Antonio Padovan
2013 O sangue è quente da Bahia – Regia di Aurelio Grimaldi
2013 Nero infinito – Regia di Giorgio Bruno
2013 La Domenica del Signore – Regia di Gianni Virgadaula
2012 The Inflicted – Regia di Matthan Harris
2012 Il Pitigliani, la voce dei bambini – Regia di Alice Werblowsky
2011 Native – Regia di John Real (Globo d’Oro per la colonna sonora)
2011 Tape Boy – Regia di Maurizio Faila
2011 Il profumo del cuore d’oro – Regia di Vincenzo Bocciarelli
2010 La verità, signora mia – Regia di Renato Mariani
2010 Braincell – Regia di Alexander Birrell
2010 Mr. Hush – Regia di David Lee Madison
2009 Secretum Secretorum – The Celestinian Code – Regia di Germano Di Mattia
2009 Giallo – Regia di Dario Argento
2009 Beast – Regia di Timo Rose
2009 Secretum Secretorum – Regia di Germano Di Mattia
2008 Il bel marito – Regia di Clarita Di Giovanni
2008 Colour from the Dark – Regia di Ivan Zuccon
2008 Fearmakers – Regia di Timo Rose
2008 Darkness Surrounds Roberta – Regia di Giovanni Pianigiani
2008 Focolare Domestico – Regia di Maurizio Faila
2007 Il Proiezionista – Regia di Roberto Loiacono
2007 Anita – Una vita per Garibaldi – Regia di Aurelio Grimaldi
2007 Ahmed – Regia di Rick Lancaster
2006 Amore e libertà – Masaniello – Regia di Angelo Antonucci
2005 Calos cai Agatos – Regia di Ugo Frosi
2004 Il Diario di un prete – Regia di Marco Cercaci
2001 Il conte di Melissa – Regia di Maurizio Anania
1996 Specchi – Regia di Virginia Barrett
1995 A Dio piacendo – Regia di Filippo Altadonna
1995 La caccia, il cacciatore, la preda – Regia di Andrea Marzari
1994 L’Abbordaggio – Regia di Maurizio Imbriale
1993 Salvataggio – Regia di Alberto Cavallone
1991 Il museo degli orrori – Regia di Lucilla Franchetti
1989 Cela s’appelle l’amour – Regia di Marccel Hanoun
1988 Zoo – Regia di Cristina Comencini
“Colonna Sonora Award” per “Zoo” di Cristina Comencini
“Fantafestival Award” per “Giallo” di Dario Argento
“Fantasy Horror Award” per “Giallo” di Dario Argento
“Fantasy Horror Cine Festival Award” per “Giallo” di Dario Argento
“Globo d’Oro” per “Native” di John Real
“Cinema Click Award” per “Native” di John Real
“Umbrialand Festival Award” per “Seguimi” di Claudio Sestieri
“Premio Euromediterraneo” (Premio alla carriera)
“Eccellenza del Cuore Award” (Premio alla carriera)
“Colosseo d’Oro Award” (Premio alla carriera)
“Asylum Award” (Premio alla carriera)
“Premio Vincenzo Crocitti International” (Premio alla carriera)
Khullip Jeung United States
- The Juilliard School, Mannes College of Music
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.
Isabelle Durin France
- Concert Violinist
After studying at the Regional Conservatory of Versailles in the class of Alexandre Brussilovsky, Isabelle Durin graduated from the National Conservatory of Lyon in the class of Jean Estournet and Kazimierz Olechowski. She pursued a chamber music course at the National Conservatory of Paris in the classes of Alain Meunier and Michel Strauss. Her musical career has grown in parallel with another university course and more specifically a D.E.A. (Master 2) in philosophy at the Sorbonne University which has been a source of enrichment for her.
Likewise, her attachment and taste for the symphonic repertoire led her to join the Orchestre Nationale d’Île-de-France and to perform at the Philharmonie de Paris. In addition to her numerous activities as a performer, she extends her passion as artistic director of the festival “Les Harmonies Estivales” and now the festival of the Château de la Motte – Tilly.
With the pianist Michaël Ertzscheid, Isabelle Durin released two CDs, Romantisme hébraïque in 2008 (Jade/Universal) and Mémoire et Cinéma (Paraty/Pias) in 2018, both hailed by the press, which allowed her to go to meet a varied audience during numerous concerts in France and abroad, notably at the Museum of Art and History of Judaism, at the Shoah Memorial, at the Ranelagh Theater in Paris, at the Portuguese Synagogue from Amsterdam, to London, Cambridge (Fitzwilliam Museum), Oxford (Queen’s College), to Miami, to Romania (Cluj-Napoca, Timișoara and lasi), during a tour in China, to the Holocaust Memorial Center in Budapest… She collaborated with Alain Duault during the Radio Classique cruise for several recitals. Her latest album Un Violon dans l’Histoire was released last November on NoMadMusic/Collection Solo by Orchestre national d’Île de France. She recently performed in Tel Aviv with actor Francis Huster and in China for a cross-country tour with Maxime Zecchini.