There could be no better way for Turin, and particularly for the city's “Giuseppe Verdi” Conservatorio, to honour the memory of Benedetto Mazzacurati than to establish an international cello competition in his name. At the beginning of the 90s the Mazzacurati Family gave a very generous donation to the Conservatoire” G.Verdi” and after a brief appearance in the Viotti Competition in 1996, there were no other initiatives.
It was in Turin that Benedetto Mazzacurati was most active as a musician. He was for many years first cello in the orchestra of the Teatro Regio opera house and later in the RAI (national radio network) orchestra, as well as teaching at the Conservatorio.
So it is with great pleasure that I give my full support to this competition, created by Maestro Vito Maggiolino with Maestro Marco Zuccarini as artistic director, which is intended to be a tribute to Mazzacurati, the man and the musician.
This competition, unique in its format compared to other international music competitions in Italy, is dedicated to young musicians, aiming to provide them with the opportunity to display their talent and quality as performers, and hopefully to help them take a definitive step forward in their careers, as they continue to express the musical ability they have demonstrated during the contest.
In the distinguished jury, the Principal of the Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi and the Artistic Director of the RAI National Orchestra will be joined by five cellists of international renown: Enrico Dindo, Giovanni Sollima, Frans Helmerson, Jens Peter Maintz, Asier Polo.
This competition will also highlight the high degree of collaboration that exists between the major institutions promoting classical music in Turin: there will be two final. The first one with the Teatro Regio Orchestra conducted by Sergey Galaktionov, in Conservatoire Concert haal and the second with the RAI National Orchestra conducted by Maestro Marcello Rota.
So the aim of the competition is twofold: to raise the profile of the city of Turin and of the Conservatorio, as organizers of the event, on the international music scene, and to honour the memory of an outstanding musician, whose work as both artist and teacher of music must never be forgotten.
President of the Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi