40th International Music Festival

Art Director Alessandro Taverna

The Santa Cecilia International Music Festival, now in its 40th edition, returns from 26 August to 9 September in Portogruaro.

This is the reference summer musical event for Eastern Veneto and a top-level event in the national and international art scene, a top activity among the initiatives that the Santa Cecilia Music Foundation manages in the concert, educational and theater fields.

Now in its 40th edition, the Festival includes several previews in the most evocative places of the historic city and beyond, animating the urban fabric, the historic buildings and the architectural and landscape beauties of which the territory of Portogruaro is rich.

The program bears the signature of Alessandro Taverna, artistic director of the event since 2021, an international pianist who took the first steps in his training in Portogruaro.

The theme of the 2022 Festival, Specchi (Mirrors), aims to develop a reflection on music as a revelator of what is unknown, as a place that reflects the signs of the past and the present and prefigures the future.

The didactic offer of the Masterclasses, with teachers from the most important musical institutions in the world, is an appointment that every year attracts a large number of musicians, teachers and students, music lovers and tourists to Portogruaro.

The protagonists of this year will be international artists for the first time in Portogruaro but also welcome returns: the Filarmonica della Scala conducted by Robert Trevino with Julian Rachlin on violin, Uto Ughi and I Virtuosi Italiani, the pianist Boris Petrushansky, the oboist Fabien Thouand , the violinist Francesca Dego, the clarinetist Anton Dressler, Michele Gamba at the helm of the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra with Alessandro Taverna at the piano, Enrico Bronzi with the Parma Trio and the Perugia Chamber Orchestra, the Wind Quintet of the National Academy of Santa Cecilia and the pianist Leonora Armellini.

Among the names of the critics present: the dean of musicology in Italy Quirino Principe, the composer and musicologist Michele dall’Ongaro, the writer and journalist of Rai Radio3 Oreste Bossini and the art historian Paolo Bolpagni.

To discover the rich calendar of the Festival click here

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