The Festival 2023

The event, now in its twelfth edition, organised in collaboration with the Municipality of Imola and with the support of the Ministry of Culture, the Emilia Romagna Region and the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Imola, proposes its dual soul of ‘Academy’ and ‘Festival’, capable of combining the highest level of musical training with the production of live concerts. The masterclasses will be animated by the masters of the Foundation’s Academies directed by: Franco Scala and André Gallo piano, Boris Belkin violin, Enrico Bronzi cello, Antonello Farulli viola and quartet, Andrea Manco flute, Giovanni Puddu guitar, Marco Zuccarini chamber music, Marco Di Bari composition, as well as the orchestra conducting course led by Marco Boni that will be realised in collaboration with the Orchestra Senzaspine. Guest Pfoessors include Dirk Mommertz and Rainer Schimdt who will hold chamber music seminars, and Gene Coleman and Federico Gardella who will hold composition seminars.

A rich programme of concerts will enliven the Festival, featuring the Professors of Imola together with up-and-coming young musicians, in a collaboration that projects the new generations into the qualified scenario of national and international concerts. The artists will include Adriana Ferreira on flute, Arturo Tallini on guitar, Jin Ju on piano, Enrico Bronzi and Luca Magariello in cello ensemble with their students, as well as the composers who are students of Marco Di Bari, who will perform unpublished orchestrations in concert with the Orchestra Senzaspine. In addition, the stage will host projects resulting from the collaboration with musical training institutions such as the Academy of Lyric Art of Osimo for the project on Sergej Rachmaninov’s songs for voice and piano, and the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory of Ravenna for the staging of a re-elaboration of Stockhausen’s Tierkreis, realised with the students of the Master’s Degree Course in Vocal Music and Musical Theatre of the 20th century and contemporary music.

The Imola-China project born in 2012, curated by artistic director Jin Ju, will also resume live, bringing to Imola young pianists selected from the best schools and conservatories in China.
The external pianists taking part in the masterclasses will be able to participate, on the teachers’ instructions, in the selections for the City of Imola Bruno Solaroli Prize and the Florence Marzotto Talent Prize. The Monterpremi of a total of EUR 10,000 will be divided into scholarships to be awarded at the final Ceremony on 29 July.

Also on the programme are four appointments with the Concerts at Midnight in the North-Eastern Tower of the Rocca Sforzesca in collaboration with Imola Musei, and the Sounds and Flavours of the Morning, with two concerts on Sundays at 7.30 a.m. in the cloister of the Convent of San Michele all’Osservanza where breakfast will be served to the public.

On Saturday 1 July, the inauguration of the Imola Summer Music Academy and Festival will be entrusted to a preview event Imola Piano e Forte, entirely dedicated to the piano that will take place in the streets of the historic centre.


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