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IV International Competition Prince Francesco Maria Ruspoli – Award Announcement

IV International Competition Prince Francesco Maria Ruspoli


The 4th edition of the International Competition Prince Francesco Maria Ruspoli, organized by Centro Studi e Ricerche Santa Giacinta Marescotti, had two winners, one for the instrumental section and one for the musicological section.

MATHILDE VIALLE, instrumental session winner

Dedicated to Prince Francesco Maria Ruspoli, the Competition this year opened its doors to a new instrumental class: the bass viol. Followed as usual by the musicology section, which this year had as theme Patronage and Music in the European courts between the seventeenth and the eighteenth centuries, the instrumental section had nine candidates, coming from different countries as Austria, Romania, Germany, France and Italy.

The Competition was held on  6th and 7th of October in the Ruspoli Castle of Vignanello,  and the instrumental section has been won by the young French finalist MATHILDE VIALLE, born in 1988. Mathilde started playing the viola da gamba at the Conservatoire of Bordeaux in the class of Paul Rousseau. Founding member of the ensemble Les Festes d’Euterpe, the winner played and won in different international competitions. During the concert on Monday, 7th October she has been accompanied by other two finalists chosen by the jury: Teodoro Bau’ (born in 1992-Italy) and Soma Salat-Zakarias (born in 1986-Romania):  for  the first time, in this concert young challengers had the opportunity to play together accompanied by their own instruments. At the harpsichord M° Jacopo Raffaele and M° Sebastian Bausch. The winner received a prize of 2.000,00 € in addition to the recording of the concert, and a plaque created by  Walter Togni.

The musicological section has been won by the Spanish academic ANA LOMBARDIA GONZALEZ, born in 1984, with the essay “Corelli as a model?: Composing violin sonatas in mind-18th – century Madrid”. The winner received a  a prize of 500,00€ and a plaque by Walter Togni.

Coordinator of the instrumental section and Scientific Coordinator of the musicological section was  Prof. Giorgio Monari, from University La Sapienza of Rome and Pontifical Gregorian University. The president of the instrumental section was M° Paolo Pandolfo, of Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, in Switzerland. The jury was composed of eminent personalities from the world of music: M° Bettina Hoffmann, Conservatory of Vicenza and Music school of Fiesole; Enrico Gatti, Conservatory “Santa Cecilia” of Rome and Royal Conservatory of The Hague, Netherlands; M° Björn Ross, Nordic Early Music Federation and Réseau Européen de Musique Ancienne and M° Johannes Boer, Royal Conservatory of The Hague, Netherlands.

The jury of the musicology section was composed of Prof. Dinko Fabris, Conservatorio Piccinni of Bari and Università della Basilicata, Potenza (President of the International Musicology Society) and prof. Manuel Carlos De Brito, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Lisbon.