“ACCADEMIA MUSICALE CHIGIANA” INTERNATIONAL PRIZE
The “Accademia Musicale Chigiana” International Prize is the expression of two forms of patronage: the old and glorious patronage of Guido Chigi, which made this Academy famous, and the more recent patronage of a German friend of music and of Siena, Rolf Becker.
It is well known that Count Chigi left his mark on the many activities of the academy, first and foremost the work aimed at training young musicians. Becker, on the other hand, has supported for years an event that has featured artists new to the international scene and enabled Siena to be the site of unforgettable concerts.
In its most recent editions, the Prize has been carried out under the aegis of the auto manufacturer Mercedes Benz.
Established in 1982 and lasting until 2010, thanks to the commitment of Rolf Becker, the Prize –which enjoys the privilege of being placed under the aegis of the President of Italy – was destined by statute to young but already established concert artists on the piano or violin (with just a few exceptions) chosen by a jury made up of prominent international music critics, including Enrico Girardi (Corriere della Sera, Milan), Andrew Celements (The Guardian, London), Peter Hagmann (Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Zurich), Julia Spinola (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Frankfurt), and the artistic director of the Accademia Chigiana. The Prize consisted of a substantial sum of money plus a silver sculpture by Fritz König, a great contemporary artist who made the celebrated monument for the World Trade Center in New York.
Among the winners of the Prize are some of the greatest names on the international concert scene.
ALFREDO CASELLA INTERNATIONAL COMPOSITION COMPETITION
The competition, open to candidates under the age of 35, was created in 1983 and is restricted to compositions for chamber ensembles never performed before and lasting from 18 to 25 minutes.
Currently, the competition has been suspended until further notice.