Fondazione Mariele Ventre

International Competition for Choir Conductors "Mariele Ventre"

2nd edition - October 9th-12th 2003

Australian-born Britsh conductor PETER LEECH won the second edition of the competition

On the 12th of October, the second edition of the International Competition for Choir Conductors “Mariele Ventre” closed at the Aula Absidale di Santa Lucia.

The competition, organized by the Foundation named after the unforgettable conductor of the Piccolo Coro dell’Antoniano, confirmed the importance of choral singing all over the world. 48 applications from 19 nations were received. The jury, chaired by Maximino Zumalave (Spain) and composed of Stanislaw Krawczynski (Poland), Francesco Luisi (Italy), José Manuel López (Spain), Marcel Seminara (France), Pier Paolo Scattolin (Italy) and André Vandebosch (Belgium) selected 12 candidates from 9 different countries for the final stages.

On the 9th, the 10th and the 11th of October the jury examined the 12 candidates who conducted the choir “Ad Libitum” from Sevilla for the Renaissance-Baroque repertoire, the “Cracow Chamber Choir” for the Romantic repertoire and the “Coro Euridice” from Bologna for the Modern-Contemporary repertoire.

At the end of the three days, the jury, expressing great satisfaction for the high professional level of the 12 candidates, selected 4 of them for the final stage: Virginia Bono, Argentina; Marta Jakubiec, Poland; Lilyan Kaiv, Estonia and Peter Leech, UK.

At the end of their performance, the jury designated two winners: Peter Leech e Virginia Bono.

The first prize consisting of 5,200 € and the Silver Cup of the Presidency of the Italian Republic was awarded unanimously to Peter Leech.

The second prize was not awarded.

The third prize consisting of 1,600 € was awarded to Virginia Bono.

The third edition of the Competition will take place in 2005.

Artistical Director and production manager: Daniele Proni

Mariele Ventre Foundation President: Maria Antonietta Ventre

Press: Michele D'Agostino

Public Relations: Paola Brunori Calzolari

Organizational Secretariat: Gabriella Broccoli, Maria Forte e Donatella Polletti

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