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

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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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Ivan Fedele sarà il Presidente della Giuria del VI Concorso Internazionale di Composizione Appassionato Ensemble

Siamo lusingati ed onorati di poter annunciare la presenza del M° Ivan Fedele, per anni direttore artistico de La Biennale di Venezia, nonché membro e titolare della cattedra di Composizione presso l’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia a Roma, in qualità di Presidente di Giuria del nostro VI Concorso Internazionale di Composizione “Appassionato Ensemble” e come ospite d’onore di Como Contemporary Festival 2022!
We’re flattered and honoured to announce the presence of maestro Ivan Fedele, artistic director of the Biennale in Venice for many years, as president of the jury of our 6th International Composition Competition “Appassionato Ensemble” and as the guest of honour of the 2022 Como Contemporary Festival edition!
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Agustìn Castellòn Molina won the 5th International Composition Competition Appassionato Ensemble

Agustìn Castellòn Molina e la Giuria

Agustìn Castellòn Molina and his score "Sinuosa... Emergiò desde el violeta" won the first prize of the V International Composition Competition "Appassionato Ensemble". The final parts of the Competition took place in Como at the Silk Museum (Museo della Seta) on Dec, 11-12, 2021 during the finissage of the exhibition Bodies without Organs within Como Contemporary Festival - International Festival of Contemporary Music and Other Arts.

Many congratulations from the staff of Cultural Association Polifonie, from the Jury and from all the members of Appassionato Ensemble, who have played the five finalist scores for an interested and focused public.

We would like to thank all of our partners for their valuable collaboration as well as all those who have made this Festival possible. Special thanks also go to all of you, who took part in the final concert yesterday. See you soon!


Como Contemporary Festival reopens with the exhibition "Body without Organs" by Marco Frigerio and "Sound Fossils" by Alessandro Perini

Como Contemporary Festival reopens its doors after the summer break with the photography exhibition Corpo Senza Organi (Body Without Organs) by Marco Frigerio and the sound art works by Alessandro Perini ( Fossili Sonori, Sound Fossils )

he exhibition will be hosted by the Museo della Seta (Silk museum) in Como from December 1 till December 12 and will also welcome the finalists if the 5th edition of the International Composition Competition Appassionato Ensemble. The final concert and the award ceremony will take place on Sunday, December 12, at 5 p.m., with the presence of tbe jury chaired by Alessandro Solbiati.

During this final evening the art works on display will be accompanied by the sounds of a contemporary music concert , as it is an established tradition of this festival, whose aim is to be a place and time for socializing and sharing, when music blends with and contaminates other art forms.

During the exhibition it will be possible to view the works that represent the foundation of Frigerio's research in the last 15 years, therefore his works "informed" by the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze (1. Body without Organs - Probe Heads; Cartographies, Apparatus of Capture) , the works linked to that aspect of his research aimed at specifically redefining the limits of the photographic language (Unthinkable Ethnographies), his Crucifixions will also be exhibited, made with large-format Polaroids (20x25cm), in which the artist investigates that neutral, void and naked space in which life and death breathe together, and also will be exhibited the large-scale prints of the Working Class series, the artist's first work aimed at investigating the effects of capitalism in modern society...

The exhibition also includes works by the Como-born artist Alessandro Perini - who moved 12 years ago to Malmö, Sweden - whose works range from instrumental and electronic music to audiovisual and light-based works, net-art, land-art and vibration-based works, recently focusing on custom-built machines. For Como Contemporary Festival Perini will show two of his Sound Fossils, clay artifacts the shape of which is derived from sonic / geological phenomena.      

All of this is made possible thanks to the contributes of Regione Lombardia, of the PIC Piano Integrato della Cultura “Un Tesoro di Territorio” – a biennial program of the cultural district of Lake Como, funded by Regione Lombardia and coordinated and supported by Camera di Commercio di Como-Lecco -, of Comune di Como (Como Municipality) and of Cassa Rurale ed Artigiana di Cantù, our official sponsor for this year.

Opening time: every day from 2pm to 6pm (closed on Mondays)

Where: Como Silk Museum, Via Castelnuovo, 9

Vernissage December 1st, 5.00 pm - Opening of the exhibition (free entry) and conference with the artists

Finissage 12 December, 5.00 pm - Contemporary music concert with Appassionato Ensemble (by reservation) 

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Finalists announced at the V International Composition Competition “Appassionato Ensemble” 2021

Today, October 27, 2021, the members of the jury, Mehdi Khayami (Iran) and Umberto Pedraglio (Italy), chaired by Alessandro Solbiati (Italy) selected the finalist scores of the 5th International Composition Competition “Appassionato Ensemble” 2021.
We received 96 scores from 31 countries from all over the world.

Below is the list of the selected finalist scores:

  • “Altri spettri” for violin, cello, clarinet and piano, Stefano Bonilauri (Italy);
  • “Pale flower IVb” for viola solo, by Zhuosheng Jin  (China)
  • “Photochoromosomes: Lines II” for bass clarinet, violin, viola, cello and piano, by Emircan Pehlivan (Turkey);
  • “Rapsodia Mechanica” for alto flute, clarinet, cello and piano, byby Sungtae Paek (Republic of Korea)
  • “Sinuosa… emergiò desde el violeta” for flute, clarinet, violin, cello and piano, by Agustìn Felipe Ignacio Castellòn Molina (Cile).

The Jury also assegned a special mention to the following scores:

  • “B.cLoUd.E” for flute, clarinet, violin, cello and piano, byby Iakovos Maimaris (Cipro);
  • “Colorabilia” for clarinet, cello and piano, by Miguel Alejandro Mata Sanchez (Mexico).

The five finalist scores will be performed on December 12, 2021, at the Museo della Seta in Como, during the final evening of Como Contemporary Festival 2021. At the end of the concert the Jury will meet to select the winner. The prize-giving ceremony will be held at the end of the concert.

Our congratulations go to the five finalist authors, who will be our valued guests in Como during Como Contemporary Festival 2021. Accommodation for the finalists has been made possible also by the generous contributions of Comune di Como and Cassa Rurale ed Artigiana di Cantù BCC. 


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