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Sérgio Rodrigo is the winner of Premio Novaro 2018

Brazilian composer Sérgio Rodrigo is the winner of Premio Novaro 2018. Sunday December 9 in Rome, after the performance of the three finalist compositions at Quirinale by Ensemble 900 of Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, the jury composed by Ennio Morricone (president), Claudio Ambrosini, Francesco Antonioni, Michele dall'Ongaro and Günter Neuhold awarded the "Michele Novaro" prize to the composition "Human Machines" by Sérgio Rodrigo. The "Goffredo Mameli" special prize has been given to Giorgio Francesco Dalla Villa for his composition "Gugliel-motel". As suggested by Maestro Ennio Morricone, the artistic direction of Concorso Novaro gave a special award (a scolarship of 1.000 euros) to the other finalist, Carlo Maria Griguoli. 

Compositions admitted to the final round

The jury of the Novaro 2018 Competition, composed by Ennio Morricone (president), Claudio Ambrosini, Francesco Antonioni, Michele dall'Ongaro and Günter Neuhold, after examining the 11 anonymous scores admitted to the semifinal round, gave a vote for each score from 1 to 5. The three scores that received the highest sum of the votes, therefore admitted to the final test, are (in alphabetical order of the composer's surname):

Giorgio Francesco Dalla Villa (Italy): Gugliel-motel

Carlo Maria Griguoli (Italy): Agèmina

Sergio Rodrigo (Brazil): Human Machines

The votes of each juror will be made public, without indication of the name, at the end of the competition, after December 9th.

The three finalist compositions will be performed on December 9th 2018 at the Cappella Paolina del Quirinale, live on Radio3, by Ensemble 900 of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, conducted by Sara Caneva. Immediately after the executions, the jury will meet at the Regina Palace Hotel, where the winner will be declared.

Rome, 10 November 2018.

Compositions admitted to the semifinal round

The jury of the preliminary round of the "Michele Novaro" Competition, third edition, composed by Francesco Antonioni, Sara Caneva and Chiara Renino, after examining the 16 anonymous scores regularly entered in the competition, decided to admit to the semifinal test the following scores:

Two Frames for Madame Menier (Modigliani)
Human Machines
Noctilucae – Silvarum – Potenti
Ritratto di musico

Each juror voted independently via email with "Yes" or "No". The scores eliminated are those that have received "NO" at least from two of the three jurors, and are as follows:

Bombe tricolori
Melodie d’Italia
Interno metafisico
Il Vittoriano
Dogana di mare con gondola

The votes will be made public (without indication of the name of the three jurors) at the end of the Competition, after December 9th.

Rome, 29 October 2018.

On November 27, 2017, at Teatro Goldoni in Florence the jury of Concorso Novaro, composed of Krzysztof Penderecki (president), Cristian Carrara, Pierangelo Conte, Richard Danielpour, Giovanni Sollima listened to the three finalist compositions, performed live by I Cameristi del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, and awarded the Premio Novaro to "La fine del tempo" by Lukas Sommer. The some composition was also awarded the audience prize and the critics prize.

Daniele Di Virgilio wins Premio Novaro 2016

On December 2, 2016, after the live performance of the three finalist pieces at Sala Grande of Conservatorio di Torino, the jury of Premio Novaro 2016, composed by Luca Lombardi (presidente), Stefano Belisari, Cristian Carrara, Giulio Castagnoli e Roberto Prosseda, awarded the Premio Novaro to "Crepuscolo Mediterraneo" by Daniele Di Virgilio. The same composition was also awarded the audience prize. 

On Dec. 2nd in Turin, the Final Evening of Concorso Novaro

Tomorrow, Dec. 2, 2016, in the Great Hall of Conservatorio "Verdi" in Turin, the three finalist compositions will be performed live by Ensemble of Conservatorio "Verdi", conducted by Giuseppe Ratti. At the end of the evening, recorded and later broadcast by Italian National Radio, Radio3, the Jury will announce the winner of Premio Novaro.  


The Jury of the “Michele Novaro” Competition, formed by Luca Lombardi (chairman), Stefano Belisari, Cristian Carrara, Giulio Castagnoli, Roberto Prosseda examined the submitted compositions and completed the voting procedure. The three compositions admitted at the final stage are (in alphabetical order): 

“Crepuscolo mediterraneo” Daniele Di Virgilio (Italy) 

“Etna”, Chia-Ying Lin (Taiwan) 

“Photofusion”, Alessio Manega (Italy) 

These three compositions will be performed live by the Ensemble del Conservatorio “Verdi” di Torino conducted by Giuseppe Ratti, in the final stage, which will take place on Dec. 2, 2016 in the Great Hall of the Conservatorio “Verdi” in Turin. 




The first Edition of Concorso Novaro is officially launched. Application deadline is Sept. 30, 2016.

Rome, June 1, 2016 - Today the Concorso Novaro officially begins. The website www.concorsonovaro.com is now online. The Jury of the first edition, 2016, will include composers Luca Lombardi, Cristian Carrara, Giulio Castagnoli, the famous singer and composer Elio (frontman of Elio e Le Storie Tese) and pianist Roberto Prosseda.

The Competition is open to composers of all nationalities, who on 30 September 2016 are still under the age of 30. Candidates should submit to the jury a composition for Ensemble, lasting between 7 and 10 minutes, which is inspired by the values and themes of the Italian constitution. In particular, composers should focus on the theme of the “Italian landscape”, which lies at the basis of article 9 of the Constitution. The work should involve at least 7 instruments, up to a maximum of 15 (only one instrument for each type), chosen from the following: violin, viola, cello, double bass, flute and/or piccolo (one player), clarinet and/or bass clarinet (one player), bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, saxophone, harp, percussion (maximum two players), piano.

The competition will consist of two phases: the elimination phase and the final phase. In the elimination phase, which will conclude by 30 October 2016, the jury will select up to a maximum of 3 compositions which will pass into the final phase.
The works chosen for the final will be published on the site of the Competition on 31 October 2016 and the three finalist composers will be informed by email.
The final phase of the competition will consist of an evening event open to the public in Turin to be held on 2 December 2016 in the Sala Grande of the “Giuseppe Verdi” Conservatory, during which the Ensemble di Musica Contemporanea del Conservatorio di Torino, directed by Giuseppe Ratti, will perform the selected works in a concert. After the performances the jury, who will be present in the concert hall, will meet and decide on the winner. The winning composition will be announced at the end of the evening.

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An anthem that speaks of today's Italy: the “Michele Novaro Competition” is born

A new composition competition dedicated to the composer of the Italian National Anthem is launched for young musicians, centered on the identity and spirit of our country

Rome, 10 November 2015

- What does a nation need to reinforce its identity? Maybe some music that reminds citizens of the beauty and characteristics of the country in which they live. Hence the Composition Competition dedicated to Michele Novaro, a composer who few Italians remember even though his music can be heard on all occasions. Novaro (1818-1885) is, in fact, the composer whose notes accompany the lines of Mameli in “Il Canto degli Italiani”, our National Anthem, composed when he was only 25, during the very heart of the Risorgimento. The Competition was presented today to the Chamber of Deputies in the presence of the president of the Chamber's Cultural Commission, Hon. Flavia Piccoli Nardelli, together with Hon. Lorenzo Becattini, who conceived the project, maestro Roberto Prosseda, director of the Associazione Mendelssohn that promoted the competition, Giorgio Battistelli, composer and conductor, the composer Cristian Carrara, and Bruno Burigana, Business Services director of Italgas, the society that sponsors the initiative. Italgas (Snam group) is a leader in the sector of the public supply of natural gas in Italy and is historically recognized as the company that brought gas into the homes of the Italians, contributing to the economic and social development of the country. The presentation of the initiative was accompanied by a performance by the young violinist Clarissa Bevilacqua, Student Ambassador for the New Music School in Chicago, who performed the National Anthem at the opening of the event. After more than 160 years the world of institutions and music at the highest levels has shown their desire to revive the spirit that inspired this music, by asking young composers to write an anthem: notes that are certainly not destined to replace “Fratelli d’Italia”, but that are inspired by the founding and distinctive values of our country. Melodies able to reflect the identity, culture and spirit of contemporary Italy and which, as only music can do, will be capable of inspiring new reflections and zeal. The Competition is open to composers of all nationalities, under the age of 30. It will be music that speaks of Italy and of the Italians today and will also look to the future, as Novaro and Mameli had done in 1847, helping to create a unified and united country. The project, lasting three years, foresees three editions, each focused on a specific theme. The awards ceremony of each of the different editions will take place in three cities that have been the capital of Italy: Turin, Florence and Rome.