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We are happy to announce that the National Academy of Santa Cecilia, in collaboration with the Centro Studi Luciano Berio, has promoted an international composition competition dedicated to Luciano Berio.
The competition, open to composers under 40, is the result of a partnership with SIAE, the Filarmonica della Scala, the Fondazione Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai, and the Boris Christoff Foundation. It will bestow a commission for the composition of an original piece of symphonic music to have its world première during the 2020-2021 season of Santa Cecilia, directed by Antonio Pappano. The piece composed by the winner will be published by Universal Edition and subsequently inserted in the concert seasons of the partner orchestras. The Jury, chaired by Antonio Pappano, Musical Director of the Academy, will also be comprised of Ivan Fedele, Unsuk Chin, Tristan Murail and Augusta Read Thomas.
Registration will end on 1 July 2019. The elimination round will conclude on September 30th, 2019 leading to the selection of the finalists of the competition. The final phase will take place in Rome on the 13th and 14th of October 2019.
For more information, click here.

The appointments with Luciano Berio's music continue during the central months of 2019. Here follow the most outstanding concerts (for a complete list, please visit our Concert calendar).

Folk Songs are scheduled at the The Kennedy Center, Washington, featuring mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili and the National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Gianandrea Noseda (June 6–9); the Stroma ensemble, with mezzo-soprano Bianca Andrew and under the baton of Hamish McKeich, will perform this work in Wellington, New Zealand (August 1st). Corale is performed in Seattle by violinist Luke Fitzpatrick and the Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Adam Stern (June 8). Naturale is scheduled in Munich and Tutzing with Christian Pilz, Klaus-Peter Werani and Markus Steckeler – musicians of the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunk – conducted by Joseph Bastian (July 6 and 7); in August, Naturale will be performed in the frame of Salzburger Festspiele, featuring Tabea Zimmermann and Christoph Sietzen (August 13). Coro is scheduled at the Ruhrtriennale (Gladbeck) in two concerts with Duisburger Philharmoniker and Chorwerk Ruhr conducted by Florian Helgath (August 31 and September 1st). Sinfonia is performed in Helsinki, with Susanna Mälkki conducting vocal ensemble Exaudi and the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra (September 6).

From February 1st to 3, at the Cité de la Musique / Philharmonie de Paris, is scheduled a Week-end Berio+, which in addition to the performance of some 'classics' of Berio’s catalog (including Sinfonia, Sequenza VIII and Opus Number Zoo), it will present two novelties of exceptional importance. Friday, February 1st (Salle des concerts, 8.30 pm) will be presented L'Orfeo, a reworking of Monteverdi’s masterpiece conceived by Berio in 1984 and premiered in Florence with a group of composers including Luca Francesconi, Ludovico Einaudi, Maurizio Dini Ciacci and Betty Olivero. In 1986 the work was reperformed in Florence in a new version, to then fall into oblivion lasting about thirty years. Angela Ida De Benedictis – who oversaw the reconstruction of the score of the work in the 1986 version, staged on this occasion – will report the events of this collective project in a preparatory talk before the performance (Amphitéâtre, 7.00 pm). Among the performers are some of the musicians who took part in the world premiere and the reprise of 1986 (Maurizio Dini Ciacci, who will conduct the opera, and Francesco Pisanu).

In September 2018 the album Dialogues by pianist Andrea Lucchesini was released by the German label Audite. On the album, Lucchesini puts in dialogue the Six Encores – six piano miniatures composed by Luciano Berio from 1965 to 1990 – with six Sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti. Lucchesini explains: «The combination of Scarlatti's Sonatas and Luciano Berio's Encores was the last of the many gifts I received from him. We worked together in the choice of Scarlatti's Sonatas that could be adapted to his pieces. It was a very emotional work». To the combination Berio-Scarlatti, Lucchesini has juxtaposed that between Idyll and Abyss by Jörg Widmann and the Six Moments Musicaux D. 780 by Franz Schubert.
For more information on the album, click here.