Accademia Chigiana International Festival & Summer Academy 2015. With the event “Accademia Chigiana International Festival & Summer Academy 2015“, Accademia Chigiana opens to the world and to the intercultural and musical dialogue.
On this occasion, the famous Accademia Chigiana meets the big concert scene in an amazing series of events. There will be two months of performances with six thematic areas (Expanded Today, Legends, Factory, Mix, Off the Wall) and with the most famous international stars and orchestras.
Borgo Grondaie wants to give you more detailed information about this Sienese “Excellence”.
Th Academy Chigiana school is internationally recognized as one of the most prestigious Italian musical institutions. Its founder, Count Guido Chigi Saracini, made it a real center of musical activity. His aim was to open the Academy to foreign students; in fact lots of them arrived in Siena in 1932 in order to attend the first musical course at Palazzo Chigi, held by famous musicians. Over the years, the number of students coming from all continents increased and today they represent about 50 nations.
Count Guido Chigi Saracini (Siena 1880-1965), after inheriting a considerable fortune in 1906, he began to invest his wealth in order to promote the musical activities of his city. Among the major events organized by the Earl, there has been the execution in 1913 of Giuseppe Verdi’s Requiem in San Francesco church in Siena.
Later, after the end of World War I, the Count devoted himself to the renovation of the Palace in order to make it suitable to the needs of music. In particular, the Salon Concert was opened on November 22, 1923 with the first performance of the season, Micat in Vertice. After founding in 1932, the courses that would have made the Academmia Chigiana world famous, the Count created the Senese Music Week Festival in 1939, with the collaboration of Alfredo Casella.
An important recognition, which is a symbol of the Academy is also the international prize “Accademia Musicale Chigiana“. Founded in 1982 and reached up to 2010, it has been created for young musicians. They were chosen by a jury composed by representatives of international music journalism, including Enrico Girardi (Il Corriere della Sera Milan), Andrew Clements (The Guardian, London), Peter Hagmann (Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Zurich), Julia Spinola (Frankfurter allgemeine Zeitung, Frankfurt), as well as the artistic director of the Accademia Chigiana.
The prize consisted, in addition to a sum of money, in a silver sculpture by Fritz König, a great contemporary artist who also designed the famous monument of the World Trade Center in New York.
The Palace hosts many valuable collections. The art collection includes many items including paintings, sculptures, silvers, ivory and porcelain collection. The Academy has also an important collection of musical instruments consisting of approximately 100 instruments among violins, violas, cellos and basses of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
There is also the library, which is definitely worth a visit. Inside you can find around 75,000 volumes. There are works of authors such as Palestrina, de Victoria, Frescobaldi, Arcadelt, Marenzio, Asola, Diruta, Gastoldi. And many others are manuscripts dating from the Renaissance to the 20th century.
The Library is divided into the following sections:
Music library of about 30,000 volumes consisting of scores, scores and parts for the performance of symphonic pieces, autographs, manuscripts, librettos;
Literary library of about 20,000 volumes, consisting of texts and manuscripts belonging to the families and Chigi and Saracini;
Donation “Gigliucci” of about 5,000 volumes composed musical scores belonged to the famous singer Clara Novello;
Donation “Franco Capuana” of about 7,000 volumes and consists of scores and books that belonged to various conductor Franco Capuana;
Donation “Adelmo Damerini” Circus 6,000 volumes, consisting of books, magazines, sheet music, manuscripts and documents, belonged to Damerini, member of the Artistic Committee of the Academy Chigiana in the 50s of the twentieth century;
Donation “Stelio Maroli” of about 4,000 volumes and consists of scores and scores belonged to lying, former pianist of the Academymia Chigiana;
Journals with approximately 100 titles between ancient and modern.
Moreover you can find microfilm, letters, historical archives belonging to Chigi and Saracini families among which the most important collection of 65,000 letters of the Count.
During the year the Chigiana Academy organizes a concert schedule and program. The Chigiana International Festival and Summer Academy is recognized as one of the most important festival in Italy. In particular this year the Festival will host some famous artists such as: Max Richter, Daniele Pollini, Matthias Görne, William Kentridge, Roberto Prosseda, David Krakauer, the Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart and many others.
For reservations and information please contact the call center at 366-8642092 from Monday to Friday from 9.00 am to 11.00 am, or contact the number 0577-220911. For the full program, visit the web site http://www.chigiana.it/
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