The Conservatory of Palermo celebrates 400 years


It is one of the oldest conservatory in Italy and in the world as well. A story that begins as a charitable institution to rip off the road abandoned children. They were taught crafts and trade, and to sing for alms. Francesco Cilea was also one of the directors of the conservatory. Many good musicians come from the “Vincenzo Bellini”. Today it has 1400 students and 147 teachers and you can study both traditional and contemporary music. The conservatory still works as a charity institution as long as it brings music to the needy and the detained. It also works with the schools to introduce children with music. From this year part of the artistic activity will take place at the recovered “Real Teatro Santa Cecilia”.


The entrance of the Conservatory Vincenzo Bellini



 Gandolfo Librizzi

Daniele Ficola

Chronological schedule

Palermo, Teatro Massimo

March 5, 2017, 7:00 PM

Concert for the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Conservatory Trebles

An overview of music from the Baroque to the present day, which traces the history of the Conservatory of Trebles, including an unfinished piece by Eliodoro Sollima instrumented for the occasion by his son Giovanni.

Antonio Sottile, Director, Anthony Fiorino, Francesca Librizzi, piano, with the participation of soprano Jessica Nuccio, the Brass Band of the Carabinieri of Sicily, Alberto Maniaci, the musicians of the Orchestra of the Teatro Bellini in Catania and the Teatro Massimo of Palermo , and other guests together with the Brass Ensemble, directed by Nicholas Genualdi, the Balarm Sax Orchestra, conducted by Giuseppe Palma, the Chamber Orchestra Salvatore Cicero, directed by Luigi Rocca, the Plectrum Orchestra, directed by Emanuele Buzi, dell’Arte Forge, directed by Marzia Manno and the voice of Gigi Borruso.


Calogero Palermo

Calogero Palermo

 Palermo, Teatro Massimo

March 6, 2017, 8:00 PM

Opening the celebrations for the four hundredth anniversary of the founding of the Palermo Conservatory

Loris Capister, director
Chiara Amarù, mezzosoprano
Giulio Pelligra, tenor
Ugo Guagliardo, bass
Orchestra Sinfonica Bellini
Wind Orchestra Bellini (director Nicholas Genualdi)
Conservatory Choir (choir master Fabio Ciulla, associate professor Roberto Petralia)


Loris Capister



       Chiara Amarù


Ugo Guagliardo

            Giulio Pelligra

Music by:

Vincenzo Bellini, Norma, Sinfonia (Milan, Teatro alla Scala, 1831)
Gaetano Donizetti, “Cease! Ere riprodur you may see “, Cantata for the departure of the Marchese Ugo of Favare (Palermo, Real Teatro Carolino 1825) *
Eliodoro Sollima, Concerto for Strings in memory of Bob Kennedy (Helios, Palermo 1968)
Gaetano Donizetti, “Hail Earth, that haughty leave”. Cantata for Christmas of King Francis I of the Two Sicilies (Palermo, Real Teatro Carolino 1825) *

* First modern performance
unpublished manuscripts in the Library of the Conservatory of Palermo. Edited by Vito Mandina


Palermo, Chiesa del SS. Salvatore

March 15, 2017, 9:00 PM

Calogero Palermo, clarinet
Dorotea Cei, piano
String Quartet of the Conservatory by Elena Ponzoni
Salvatore Imbesi, Giulio Di Majo, violins
Francesco Paolo Morello, viola
Emanuele Ridulfo, cello

Music by Brahms and Mozart

Palermo, Chiesa del SS. Salvatore

March 26, 2017, 9:00 PM

Andrea Obiso, violin
Maria Teresa Monterosso, piano
Music by Beethoven, Respighi, Debussy, Arvo Pärt, Kreisler, Sarasate, Wieniawski


Andrea Obiso

Palermo, Chiesa del SS. Salvatore

March 29, 2017, 9:00 PM

XXI Academy Concert – Chamber Orchestra for modern and contemporary music
Giuseppe Cataldo, director

Music by Busoni, Varèse

Palermo, Real Teatro Santa Cecilia

April 21, 9:00 PM

Plectrum Orchestra
Emanuele Buzi, director
Music by Verdi, Bizet, Falla, Angulo, Piazzolla, Calace, De Curtis.

Palermo, Chiesa del SS. Salvatore

May 5, 2017, 9:00 PM

Chamber Orchestra Salvatore Cicero
Luigi Rocca, director
Music by Elgar, Tchaikovsky

Palermo, Oratory of Santa Cita

May 9, 2017, 9:00 PM

Cloris and Zephyr
Serenata by Alessandro Scarlatti

Ensemble of the Department of Ancient Music
Piero Cartosio, flute and director

Palermo, Real Teatro Santa Cecilia

May 12, 2017, 9:00 PM

Guitalian Quartet
Music by Maderna, Jappelli, Nicotra, Schiavone and Giovanni Sollima

Palermo, Real Teatro Santa Cecilia

May 16, 2017, 9:00 PM

Mediterranean Brass

Music by Susato, Gabrieli, Holst, Gershwin, Michael

Palermo, Chiesa del SS. Salvatore

May 17, 2017, 9:00 PM

Ensemble Dinouart
Arias and cantatas by Alessandro Scarlatti and his contemporaries
Gabriella Costa, soprano
Music by Scarlatti, Porpora, Vinci, Handel.


Gabriella Costa

Palermo, Sala Scarlatti

May 22, 2017, 9:00 PM

Recital by pianist Gennaro Pesce

Music by Scriabin

Palermo, Real Teatro Santa Cecilia

May 27, 2017 21:00

CellOrchestra & Antonio Cocomazzi
Francesco Fontana director
Music by Antonio Cocomazzi

Palermo, Chiesa del SS. Salvatore

May 28, 2017, 9:00 PM

William Walton’s Façade
Giulia Lo Giudice, narrator
Luigi Sollima, flute
Salvatore Villardita, clarinet
Ignazio Calderone, saxophone
Nicola Genualdi, trumpet
Gaspare Renna, percussion
Carmelo Nicotra and Loredana Patricolo, cellos
Salvatore Barberi, director
Introduction by Anna Maria Sollima

Palermo, Chiesa del SS. Salvatore
May 31, 2017, 9:00 PM

Desirée Rancatore, soprano
Giuseppe Cataldo, director
Orchestra Sinfonica Bellini
Music by Mozart

Desirée Rancatore

Palermo, Sala Scarlatti
June 6, 2017, 9:00 PM

Recital by pianist Salvatore Bonafede
Notes on Palermo, suite composed by the pianist in honor of Alberto Favara
Palermo, Teatro Santa Cecilia
June 8, 2017, 9:00 PM

Balarm Sax Orchestra
Giuseppe Palma, director
Music by contemporary composers dedicated to the Orchestra

Palermo, Teatro Massimo
June 10, 2017, 18:00

Orlando Baroque
Sonia Prina, alto
Enrico Onofri, director
National Baroque Orchestra of the Conservatories
Vivaldi and Handel’s music
A project organized by the Department for Higher Education and Research of the Ministry of Education

Palermo, Chiesa del SS. Salvatore

June 15, 2017, 9:00 PM

Massimo La Rosa, trombone
Tomoko Sawano, piano
Music by Martin, Milhaud, Wagenseil, Mahler, Gomes, Sulek

Massimo La Rosa

Palermo, Sala Scarlatti
July 10, 2017, 9:00 PM

Cello trio
Andrea Fossà, Carmelo Nicotra, Andriano Fazio
Music by Reicha, Klengel, Davidson

Palermo, Real Teatro Santa Cecilia
June 2017,9:30 PM

Cimbellino for Pupi and Music (from Shakespeare)
written and directed by Giacomo Cuticchio

Small instrumental ensemble and string orchestra
Marco Salvaggio, director

Palermo, Sala Scarlatti
September 2017, 9:00 PM

Elena Pintus, soprano
Maurizio Parisi, flute
Nereo Luigi Dani, viola da gamba
Ignazio Maria Schifani, harpsichord
Music by Alessandro Scarlatti

Palermo, Sala Scarlatti
October 2017, 9:00 PM

Recital by pianist Gianfranco Pappalardo Fiumara
Music by Scarlatti, Mozart, Salieri, Bellini, Liszt, Beethoven, Ferro

Palermo, Sala Scarlatti
October 2017, 9:00 PM

Woodwind Quintet
Salvatore Luna, flute
Stefano Lucentini, oboe
Gianfranco Lumetta, clarinet
Salvatore Palmeri, bassoon
Tommaso Santangelo, horn
Music by Platania, Ziino, Sollima, Ruggero, Pasculli, Sangiorgi.

Palermo, Sala Scarlatti
October 2017, 9:00 PM

Piano quartet
Diego Obiso, violin
Renato D’Anna, viola
Viviana Caiolo, cello
Maria Teresa Monterosso, piano
Music by Mahler and Brahms

Palermo, Chiesa del SS. Salvatore

October 2017, 9:00 PM

Tribute to Stephen Donaudy

Antonina Alessi, soprano
Alberto Giacchino, violin
Marzia Manno, piano
String Quartet
Gloria Giacchino, violin
Chiara Bellavia, violin
Claudio Carrabino, viola
Giacchino Costanza, cello

Palermo, Sala Scarlatti, Palazzo Chiaromonte
26, 27, 28 October 2017

International conference
Four hundred years of music at the Conservatory of Palermo and educational fprecast and production of High Education Institutes Italian Music today.
The opportunity to consider and update thanks to new archival documents the history of the Conservatory and  to focus the situation on the teaching and artistic production in our institutions as well. Speakers will be musicologists, musicians and experts of national and international importance. In collaboration with the University of Palermo.
At the conclusion of the conference

Palermo,  Chiesa del Gesù, Casa Professa
October 28, 6:00 PM
Pietro Platania, Requiem for soloists, chorus and orchestra
Orchestra Sinfonica Bellini
Carmelo Caruso, director
Solos to be defined

Palermo Teatro Massimo
October 31, 2017, 9:00 PM

New Music
Sciarrino project on the occasion of the 70th birthday of composer born in Palermo
The mouth, the feet, the sound for 104 saxophones
By the Conservatory saxophone courses

Palermo, Oratory of Santa Cita
November 2017, 9:00 PM

Ensemble vocal and instrumental Alessandro Scarlatti
Ignazio Schifani, Director
Alessandro Scarlatti, The Glory of Spring, serenade for 5 voices and orchestra
In collaboration with the Superior Conservatory of Paris, Ministry of Education, Embassy of France in Rome, Accademia di Belle Arti in Palermo
Palermo, Real Teatro Santa Cecilia
November 24, 2017, 9:00 PM

I Cantori di Montedoro and MinimEnsemble
Andrea Pisu, launeddas
Sicilian and Sardinian traditional music
Palermo, Sala Scarlatti
November 2017, 9:00 PM

Trio dedicated to Francesco Cilea
Tiziana Centini, violin
Andrea Fossà, cello
Orietta Caianello, piano

Palermo, Oratory of Santa Cita
November 2017, 9:00 PM

Cantatas and instrumental works by Alessandro Scarlatti and Emanuele d’Astorga (the Fund Pisani)
Luca Dordolo, tenor
Andrea Fossà, cello
Basilio Timpanaro, harpsichord
Palermo, Sala Scarlatti
December 2017, 9:00 PM

Recital by pianist Antonello Manco
Music by Debussy, Mussorgsky and Manco

Palermo, Real Teatro Santa Cecilia
19, 20, 21 December 2017, 9:00 PM
The Bridge of rose, rock opera by Giovanna Albani
Solo orchestra and rock band

International projects
Rostrum +

Promoted and coordinated by the International Music Council (Paris) under the Creative Europe program supervised by the schools of composition, electronic music and the Office for International Affairs.
From May 16 to 19 the Conservatory “V. Bellini “of Palermo will host the 64th
International Rostrum of Composers with the participation of forty representatives of European radio stations who will listen, and vote in listening session, a number of compositions by contemporary authors. Among them will be guests also representatives of important musical institutions such as the IMC in Paris, the NFM Wroclaw and Bozar (Palais des Beaux Arts) in Brussels, and music conservatories of Birmingham and Belgrade, as our institute , they are partnering in the project for the 2015-2018 triennium. During the listening sessions, which will also include the participation of our students and listening to compositions of the young students of composition, there will be the opportunity to offer their musical interludes and in the period of their stay, three evenings of concerts. One of these will be organized in itinerant mode between the artistic beauty of the surrounding area involving the ensemble of the Conservatory. 

And also… 

Palermo, Sala Scarlatti
16 to 17 May 2017, 2.00 PM and 9.00 PM
Competition dedicated to Antonio Trombone for young pianists with a final concert on the evening of May 17 preceded by an introduction on the figure of the teacher, by the Foundation Antonio Trombone.

The concerts of the students at the Blue Brass
Palermo, Blue Brass (Chiesa dello Spasimo)
7-14-21-28 March 2017, from 8.30 to 10.30 PM
4-18-25 April 2017, from 8.30 to 10.30 PM

Palermo, Teatro Massimo, UN Room
Dates to be confirmed

The concerts of the students who have already distinguished themselves in competitions or auditions of the Conservatory, or in international competitions, including Rosa Maria Macaluso, Riccardo Porrovecchio, Gabriele and Alessandro Laura, Gabriele Antinoro, Giuseppe Falciglia, Riccardo Obiso, Mauro Schembri, Federico Di Noto , Gaspare Renna, Giulia Lo Giudice, Francesco Barone, Sara Bursi, Carmen Sottile, Francesca Adamo and others that will be identified during the year. 

The concerts of the students in Sala Scarlatti,  Libreria Feltrinelli, San Lorenzo Market and other significant places.

Days in memory of some illustrious teachers of the Conservatory
Maria Giacchino Cusenza, Aurelio Arcidiacono, Carmelo Giacchino, Livia Giacchino Paunita, Gustavo and Italia Natale.

Architectures project
A plant outside climate, concert of arches in historic places in Palermo
by Elena Ponzoni

Return to the lands
Fragments of music and poetry of the ‘900 with narrator and electronic and instrumental ensemble.
Written by Maria Paola Altese

Project “Alteration women in music”
Participation in late October at the international conference organized by the Conservatory with a speech dedicated to the presence of women in high music education institutions in relation to the current data, the state of gender studies conducted to date in Italy and forecast.


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