Simone Maccaglia wins the "Appassionato Ensemble" International Composition Competition

Simone Maccaglia (Italy) wins the 6th edition of the International Composition Competition "Appassionato Ensemble" 2022.

The jury made up of Ivan Fedele (President, Italy), Mehdi Khayami (Iran) and Umberto Pedraglio (Italy) unanimously awarded the score "I giardini di Adone" for solo flute.

Our congratulations go to the composer Maccaglia and to all the finalists: Danilo Karim Kaddouri (Italy), Alejandro Mata (Mexico), Maurizio Tedde (Italy) and Miguel Rivera (Mexico) who were able to listen to their scores performed by the ensemble during the final concert, held at the Villa Olmo Hall, within the contemporary art exhibition "Rosa Alchemico" - MINIARTEXTIL 2022.

A big thank you to all the partners and to the large public who participated with great interest and attention to the event.

Riparte Como Contemporary Festival 2022

The Como Contemporary Festival 2022 reopens its doors!

This third edition, opened with a marvelous concert in February at the Teatro Sociale in Como, had a long pause before entering its liveliest moment when its events will make contemporary music co-habit and dialogue with the other arts. 
A series of concerts are ready to make us dive into the contemporary sounds, atmospheres, artistic manufacts, which, working all together as a unique art, will make us feel deeply and know a lot of new music!

Here’s the program of our festival:

When? From Nov. 1 to Dec. 9, 2022
Where? At Villa Olmo in Como, at the Palace Hotel and at the Cathedral in Como, too.

  • Concerto inaugurale delle Polifonie International Music Masterclass
  • Intorno al ‘900”, concerto per violoncello e pianoforte
  • Beetween two worlds“, musiche per ensemble
  • Giovanni Sollima e i violoncelli scultura
  • Concerto Finale e premiazione del 6° Concorso Internazionale di Composizione Appassionato Ensemble
  • Missa Solemnis”, per soli, coro e orchestra

For all the details follow us or click here: Como Contemporary Festival 2022 – Associazione Culturale Polifonie Como Contemporary Festival 2022 – Associazione Culturale Polifonie

We’re already announcing that it twill be possible to subscribe to the entire festival with a small amount and this includes the fee to become a Supporting Member of the Associazione!


Finalists announced at the VI International Composition Competition “Appassionato Ensemble” 2022

Today, October 5, 2022, the members of the jury, Mehdi Khayami (Iran) and Umberto Pedraglio (Italy), chaired by Ivan Fedele (Italy) selected the finalist scores of the 7th International Composition Competition “Appassionato Ensemble” 2022.
119 scores were received from 24 countries around the world (Italy, Spain, Canada, England, France, Israel, USA, Mexico, Brazil, Poland, Korea, Iran, Taiwan, Japan, China, Australia, Switzerland, Austria, Colombia , Turkey, Egypt, Germany, Portugal, Hungary).

Below is the list of the selected finalist scores:

  • “I giardini di Adone” for flute, by Simone Maccaglia (Italy);
  • “Ceci n’est pas un trio à cordes” for viola, violin and cello, by Alejandro Mata (Mexico/France)
  • “Sette parole” for flute, clarinet and violin, by Danilo Karim Kaddouri (Italy);
  • “Imágenes en mente de la mujer-pájaro” for flute, clarinet and pianoby Miguel Rivera (Mexico).
  • “Sulla vita di Owen Aherne” for flute, clarinet, violin, cello and piano, by Maurizio Tedde (Italy).

The five finalist scores will be performed on 13 November 2022 at Villa Olmo in Como. At the end of the concert, the Jury will meet to determine the winning score. The awards ceremony will take place immediately after the concert.

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Cello Masterclass: news

The Associazione Culturale Polifonie is glad to announce the names of the candidates selected for the first edition of the Polifonie International Music Masterclass, a high-profile didactic initiative dedicated to young talented musicians and university students from all over the world.

Among the many applications received from a large number of countries worldwide, the following candidates have been selected:

Kristin Patschinsky (GER)
Wendel Elias (SVI)
Jeanne-Catherine Wecker (GER)
Francesca Bosisio (ITA)
Leonardo Preitano (ITA)
Julianna Antczak (POL-UK)
Michele Mazzola (ITA)
Aloisa Wetter (AUS)
Matteo Ferraro (ITA)
Andrea Stringhetti (ITA)
Carlota Giordanelli (COL-GER)

The candidates will have the privilege of improving, between October 29 and November 5 of the current year, their cello studies with Matias de Oliveira Pinto, a musician of Brazilian origins who’s been residing for many years now in Germany. The Masterclass includes also a number of public concerts, so that this experience can become a culture meeting, music experience, culture and creativity spreading occasion and a chance for an open discussion in Como’s territory.

And, talking about this, we’d like to remind you that the Polifonie International Music Masterclasses will open officially on November 1, with a concert for Cellos Ensemble that will take place in the rooms of Villa d’Este in Cernobbio (CO), to which everyone is invited.

Always in Cernobbio, at the museum-house Villa Bernasconi, on November 3, there will be an open doors lessons day and a public exhibition by the students, in a program dedicated to the solo cello, with a special attention given to the contemporary repertoire.

The initiative’s final concert, within the Como Contemporary Festival - Festival Internazionale di Musica Contemporanea e Altre Arti (International Festival of Contemporary Music and Other Arts) program, will see the teachers of the Masterclass performing, and will be held on November 5 in the Villa Olmo Salon, in Como.

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