The Associazione Culturale Fryderyk Chopin (AFC), a non-profit organisation, was founded in Rome in 1987 by Maestro Marcella Crudeli, the internationally reknowned concert pianist and acclaimed professor of music. The AFC organises concerts, international courses of advance music studies and the prestigious piano competition “Rome” held annualy since 1990. The aims of the association, in the words of Marcella Crudeli are: “To pay attention to the cultural and professional interest of young musicians in order to put them in the best position to face, with a more refined cultural deepening and a better experience, the difficult preparation of their job”.
Since 2004, the Cuomo Foundation has been the main sponsor for this annual event. Since its early beginning, the competition has grown in stature. Both the Commissione Nazionale Italiana per l’UNESCO and the International Federation of Chopin Societies has officially recognised the value of this competition. It is also a member of the Alink-Argerich Foundation.
The international piano competition “Roma” is held at the Cloister of the Confraternita di San Giovanni Battista dei Genovesi. The prize winners concert is live-streamed worldwide.
The competition is supported by the Italian Ministry of Culture and the City of Rome since 2008.
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The Accademia Nazionale di Danza (AND) is a prestigious institution founded by Russian dancer Jia Ruskaja and integrated into the Italian university system today. It was officially established in 1948, transforming a structure that had been in place since 1940, which was affiliated at the time with the Accademia Nazionale d'Arte Drammatica.
Established in 2001 within the Academy, the international competition "Premio Roma Danza" rewards young dancers who come to Rome to compete against the best technicians of their generation. Each year, alternately, the competition highlights the two domains that characterize the art of dance: performance and choreographic creation. "Video-dance" is also a category that is gaining increasing importance within the competition. It encourages international dancers who may not have the means to travel to Rome to participate nonetheless by submitting a recorded work. In fact, this approach has allowed the competition to continue uninterrupted during the two years of crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The increasing involvement of the City of Rome, through its Municipalities (equivalent to district municipalities), has resulted in the creation of a new "video-dance" category introduced in 2021. The objective of the "Prix Roma Capitale" is to highlight the creativity of young Romans while showcasing their connection to the territory through its geography, historical aspects, and socio-cultural elements.
The financial support from the Foundation covers all individual prizes.
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