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Marcella Crudeli, Founder and President of the association in 1989

Founded in 1987 by Marcella Crudeli, world-renown pianist and concert artist, the Associazione Culturale “Fryderyk Chopin” in Rome is a non-political and non-profit Association whose mission is to organize cultural activities in general, both in Italy and abroad, particularly in the fields of music, theatre and film.

In the classical music spectrum, the Association is mostly involved with organizing concert Seasons, festivals, shows, music composition, and execution competitions as well as professional training and advanced courses.

The Association has the following goals (art. 3 of the Charter):

1. to introduce first-time performances of living authors or of works that have never been performed before, to promote abroad as well as on a National and regional level, young artists who have recently gotten their music degrees and new emerging professionals, with particular stress on contemporary and avant-garde music offered to a scholastic audience, in order to enhance performances in less musically developed areas;

2. specific activities to spread the acquaintance of otherwise not widely known contemporary as well as classical and modern musical production;

3. rediscover and review compositions which have fallen into oblivion which are worth being enhanced;

4. to stimulate new lyrical, concert and ballet productions, to find new artistic elements entrusting their formation to famous teachers;

5. to produce, spread and publish records, recitals, pamphlets, books, publications, audiovisual devices that may contribute to the realization of social goals, as well as the reviewing of texts and records;

6. to widely spread the knowledge of Fryderyk Chopin’s less known compositions by organizing Conferences and seminaries on issues tied to Chopin’s personality and his musical production.

Ruei Bin Chen, first winner of the “Roma” International Piano Competition in 1990

Many years have gone by since, in 1989, the newborn Association “Chopin” decided to give life to a new activity aimed at young people: it was a National piano competition which had great success since its very beginning. The following year the contest for pianists had already become an International event.

With time, the competition has reached higher and higher goals which have been crowned, in 1996, by the granting of the High Patronage of the President of Italian Republic by the Italian Head of State H.E. Oscar Luigi Scalfaro, and which was renewed every year by his successor, President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi. Today, H.E. President Giorgio Napolitano bestows a personalized bronze plate to the winner.

All of the top and most important Italian Institutions and local administrative authorities keep on sponsoring the event by granting their own representative prizes. Among them, the Presidents of the Italian Senate and Chamber of Deputies donate their own medals to the second and third place winners of the “Chopin” Prize.

This shows the significant artistic role and the support given to the 3000 young pianists coming from 70 countries of the five continents of the world, who have participated in the contest and who have placed some of their dreams and their hopes in this experience. This also represents the consideration given to the “Roma” Competition, in consideration of the doubtless reliability and fairness of evaluation, as well as the relevance of its prizes which so many young artists have deemed to represent an important stage in the course of their formation process. For this reason, they have been willing to face economic troubles and other types of efforts.

The judging Committees are formed by eminent representatives of the concert, teaching, and press fields coming from Italy and abroad.

Goals:

1. to pursue cultural and professional interests of young artists, with the aim of putting them in the best conditions to cope with the difficult entry into the job world, having already earned a deeper cultural knowledge as well as practical experience;

2. support to worthy and needy young artists through the culture of music;

3. to make the great audience acquainted with contemporary music, through the establishment of special prizes dedicated to the best performers of works written by Italian composers.

Founded in 1987 by Marcella Crudeli, world-renown pianist and concert artist, the Associazione Culturale “Fryderyk Chopin” in Rome is a non-political and non-profit Association whose mission is to organize cultural activities in general, both in Italy and abroad, particularly in the fields of music, theatre and film.

In the classical music spectrum, the Association is mostly involved with organizing concert Seasons, festivals, shows, music composition, and execution competitions as well as professional training and advanced courses.

The Association has the following goals (art. 3 of the Charter):

1. to introduce first-time performances of living authors or of works that have never been performed before, to promote abroad as well as on a National and regional level, young artists who have recently gotten their music degrees and new emerging professionals, with particular stress on contemporary and avant-garde music offered to a scholastic audience, in order to enhance performances in less musically developed areas;

2. specific activities to spread the acquaintance of otherwise not widely known contemporary as well as classical and modern musical production;

3. rediscover and review compositions which have fallen into oblivion which are worth being enhanced;

4. to stimulate new lyrical, concert and ballet productions, to find new artistic elements entrusting their formation to famous teachers;

5. to produce, spread and publish records, recitals, pamphlets, books, publications, audiovisual devices that may contribute to the realization of social goals, as well as the reviewing of texts and records;

6. to widely spread the knowledge of Fryderyk Chopin’s less known compositions by organizing Conferences and seminaries on issues tied to Chopin’s personality and his musical production.

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