About Us

The International Composing Competition “2 Agosto” was born in 1994 by the willingness of the Associazione tra i familiari delle vittime della strage alla Stazione di Bologna del 2 Agosto 1980.

Torquato Secci, the Chairman of the Associazione in those years, conceived the music as the more suitable instrument able to maintain alive both the victims’ memory of that infamous act, and the lesson that we all should have learnt from that event. It was necessary to respond to that crime with an autonomous and creative action, that is why the composing competition was born, in order to change the target of the terrorist message, to transform its substance and to overreach the mere commemoration.
Music should substitute the din of the bomb.

From that time, in respecting the moral commitment we have assumed, the International Composing Competition “2 Agosto” - carried out under the High Patronage of the President of the Italian Republic - has built its own artistic path, focusing on the elaboration of a more universal language, thanks to the weave of different music and musicality, under the sign of the creative innovation.

The starting point was to grant to competitors either internationally recognized soloists (among them: Salvatore Accardo, Michael Brecker, Al di Meola, Stanislav Bunin, Michel Portal, Richard Galliano), or a high level orchestral team (the orchestra of the Fondazione Toscanini, and from 2007, together with the orchestra of the Teatro Comunale di Bologna), and talented orchestra leaders.

The collaboration with the RAI, which broadcasts the final concert both by radio and TV.

The International Composing Competition “2 Agosto” has been supported by some of the main international musicians. Among them, a special thanks to the Chairpersons of the Jury: Riccardo Muti, Ennio Morricone, Riccardo Chailly, Semyon Bychkov, Eliot Fisk, Federico Mondelci, Robert Beaser, Tania Leòn, Michel Portal, Jacob Ter Veldhuis, Jesus Villa-Rojo, Aurelio Samorì, Marco Tutino, Klaus Ager.

Furthermore, we wish to tank all those artists who collaborated with us during these years, also in the name of the audience which, for many years, recognizes itself within the Competition during the night of
August 2nd when music is the main character and our message of peace, tolerance and solidarity heightens from Piazza Maggiore.

The Artistic Director
Fabrizio Festa


UNDER THE HIGH PATRONAGE OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE ITALIAN REPUBLIC HONOUR COMMITTEE
President of the Senate
President of the Chamber of Deputies
President of the Council of Ministers
President of the Giunta Regionale dell’Emilia-Romagna
Prefect of Bologna
Mayor of Bologna
Cardinal Archbishop of Bologna
Rector of the University of Bologna
Mayor of Castiglione dei Pepoli
Mayor of San Benedetto Val di Sambro
President of the Associazione tra i Familiari delle Vittime della strage alla Stazione di Bologna del 2 agosto 1980


Presidents of the juries from 1995 to now:
Riccardo Muti - 1995
Ennio Morricone - 1996, 2010
Michelangelo Zurletti - 1996
Riccardo Chailly - 1997
Semyon Bychkov - 1998
Eliot Fisk - 1999
Federico Mondelci - 2000
Robert Beaser - 2001
Tania Leòn - 2002, 2009
Michel Portal - 2003
Jacob Ter Veldhuis - 2004
Jesus Villa-Rojo - 2005
Aurelio Samorì - 2006
Marco Tutino - 2007
Klaus Ager - 2008
Detlev Glanert - 2011
Domenico Nordio - 2012
Jesus Rueda - 2013
Gianvincenzo Cresta - 2014
Fabirizio de Rossi Re - 2015
Nicola Sani - 2016

 


GUEST STARS FROM 1995 TO NOW
Salvatore Accardo, Maria Agricola, Stephen Alltop, Mauro Ancillotti, Guido Arbonelli, Angelo Arciglione, Arianna Ballotta, Lele Barbieri, Ivano Battiston, Alessandro Bertola, Pietro Borgonovo, Maurizio Bozzi, Monaldo Braconi, Alessandro Brachetti, Stanislav Bunin, Gary Burton, Uri Caine, Paolo Calabresi, Daniele Callegari, Nicola Campogrande, Duccio Ceccanti, Michele Cosentini, Mario Cassi, Stefano Cerrato, Antonella Cesari, Francoise Choveaux, Robert Cohen, Larry Coryell, Claude Delangle, Annamaria Dell’Oste, Fabrizio De Rossi Re, Al Di Meola, Barbara Doll, Veronika Dzhioeva, Antonino Fogliani, Paolo Fresu, Richard Galliano, Mauro Gallo, Michele Gamba, Osman Gioia, Danilo Grassi, Tomaso Lama, Angelo Liziero, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Augusto Mancinelli, Gabriele Mangione, Luca Marianini, Roberto Marini, Giampiero Martirani, Lorenzo Meo, Piero Monti, Maurizio Moretti, Domenico Nordio, Lorenzo Paesani, Stefano Paolini, Stefano Parrino, Marco Pavin, Francesco Pepicelli, Carlo Pedini, Danilo Perez, Gabriele Pieranunzi, John Psathas, Antonio Romano, Cristiano Rossi, Marcello Rota, Tiziana Scandaletti, Orazio Sciortino, Iwona Sobotka, Giovanni Sollima, Luigi F. Tagliavini, Arturo Tamajo, Liuwe Tamminga, Vahid Taj, Diana Torto, Fausta Vetere, Cristina Zavalloni


Pieces commissioned by the International Composing Competition “2 agosto” from 1995 to now:

Marco Betta - Orizzonte - Aria for violin and orchestra - Soloist: Cristiano Rossi
Sergio Rendine - Exultate - for voci popolari, and orchestra - Soloists: Fausta Vetere and Antonio Romano
Luis de Pablo - Vendaval - for symphonic orchestra Carlo Boccadoro - Why? - for violin, piano and orchestra - Soloists: Cristiano Rossi Danilo Perez
Danilo Perez - Panamerican suite - for vibraphone, piano and orchestra - Soloists: Gary Burton, Danilo Perez
Carlo Pedini - Le strade di Torquato - for percussions -
Ennio Morricone - Non devi dimenticare - for reciting voice, soprano and orchestra
Giovanni Sollima - Guitar Chemistry - for electric guitar and orchestra
Larry Coryell - Sentenza del Cuore - for two electric guitars and orchestra - Soloists: Larry Coryell, Al Di Meola
Leni Stern - I see your face - for voice, choir and orchestra - lyrics by Leni Stern - Soloist: Leni Stern
Michael Brecker - African Skies - (orchestration: Gil Goldstein) - for tenor saxophone, choir and orchestra - Soloist: Michael Brecker
John Psathas - Omnifenix - for tenor saxophone and orchestra - Soloist: Michael Brecker
Fabrizio De Rossi Re - Slow Dance - for accordion and orchestra - Soloist: Ivano Battiston
Tania Leòn - Horizons - for symphonic orchestra
Françoise Choveaux - Fantasie op. 122 - for clarinet and orchestra - Soloist: Guido Arbonelli
Michel Portal - Histoire de vent - (orchestrations: Marco Biscarini and Daniele Furlati) - for clarinet and orchestra - Soloist: Michel Portal
Uri Caine - In memoriam - for piano solo - Soloist: Uri Caine
Paolo Fresu - Venticinque anni dopo - (orchestrations: Fabrizio Festa) - for trumpet and orchestra: Soloists: Paolo Fresu, Cristina Zavalloni
Fabrizio Festa - Clandestino - for voice, trumpet and orchestra - Soloists: Cristina Zavalloni, Paolo Fresu
Nicola Campogrande - Absolut - new version for cello, electric bass and orchestra - Soloists: Robert Cohen, Angelo Liziero
Lorenzo Ferrero - 2 Agosto. Prima variazione - Varizioni su un tema di Banchieri per organo e orchestra. Solista: Roberto Marini
Gianvincenzo Cresta - A Miriam. Con la punta delle dita.. - Varizioni su un tema di Banchieri per organo e orchestra. Solista: Roberto Marini
Alberto Colla - Ricordo - Varizioni su un tema di Banchieri per organo e orchestra. Solista: Roberto Marini
Bryan Johanson - Fresco - Varizioni su un tema di Banchieri per organo e orchestra. Solista: Roberto Marini
Tatsuji Toyozumi - Voices - Little Things
Tomi Räisänen - Voices - Fortuna Favoris
Pedro Ravares - Voices - Baião
Simone Santini - Voices - La forza debole
Michele Corcella - Raggi di un sogno nascente - per quattro ocarine, clarinetto, mandolino, fisarmonica, e ensemble (sintetizzatori, chitarra elettrica, basso elettrico, batteria)
Roberto Molinelli -“Zorn Hoffnung Gesang” - per violino e orchestra Solista: Domenico Nordio
Giovanni Di Giandomenico/Valentina Casesa/Roberto Prezioso/Giuseppe Ricotta/Giulia Tagliavia “Dedica - omaggio a Giuseppe Verdi” - per soprano, mezzosoprano, voce, baritono


The Competition is organized by the "Associazione Concorso internazionale di composizione 2 agosto".
Stefano Cuppi - Chairman
Bruno Borsari - Vice Chairman
Fabrizio Festa - Artistic Director
Chiara Monetti - Consultant
Maurizio Guermandi - Marketing & Communication



Via Oberdan 24
40126 - Bologna (Italia)
info@concorso2agosto.it
www.concorso2agosto.it

The Competition is promoted by “Comitato di Solidarietà alle Vittime delle Stragi” composed by the Municipality of Bologna, the Province of Bologna, the Emilia-Romagna Region, and the Municipality of San Benedetto Val di Sambro.

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