PRESIDENT OF THE JURY
VITTORIO PARISI Born in Milan, he studied piano with C. Giudici and P. Rattalino at the G. Verdi Conservatory, composition with A. Corghi and I. Danieli, orchestra conducting with M. Gusella and G. Gelmetti. He also studied in Holland with the famous Russian conductor K. Kondrashin. After his debut at the Petruzzelli Theater in Bari in 1979 he conducted the main Italian symphony and chamber orchestras and those of most of the opera houses in operas and concerts. He has conducted many first performances of the most important Italian and foreign authors, also collaborating with Berio and Cage and has conducted first performances in the modern era of works of the past such as the American edition of Da Ponte’s Ape Musicale, first performances in the theater such as Dream of an autumn sunset by Malipiero, first shots like that of Marie Galante by Weill, first in public like that of the radio opera Don Perlimplin by Maderna. He was Principal Conductor of the Angelicum Theater Orchestra from 1984 to 1988, Associate Conductor of the Philharmonic of the Milan Conservatory from 2000 to 2003 and Artistic and Permanent Director of the Solisti Aquilani from 2003 to 2005. In the field of new music he has been Conductor since 1995 Artistic and Stabile of dédalo ensemble. He has recorded, both in studio and live, for Naxos, Dynamic, Bongiovanni, Stradivarius, Nuova Era and his interpretation of Dvorak’s Symphony from the New World was chosen as the first symphonic podcasting of New Zealand Radio. Since 1997 he has taught orchestra conducting at the Milan Conservatory.
MASSIMO BELLI Since 2000 he has been the director of the New Chamber Orchestra “Ferruccio Busoni”, a historic complex founded in 1965 by Aldo Belli which is one of the oldest in Italy and in 2021 was awarded the Fourteenth Century Seal by the Municipality of Trieste for its artistic merits. The Busoni orchestra has given hundreds of concerts in Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Germany, Switzerland, Russia, Tunisia, Mexico and Italy, with exceptional soloists. In 2013, as representative of Italy, he inaugurated the International Silver Lyre Festival organized by the Philharmonic Society of St. Petersburg and in 2021 he toured Mexico organized by the CIDIM, holding two concerts in the Cohauila region which represented the cultural homage of the Italian government for the Bicentenary of Mexican Independence. On 26 February 2022, the Busoni orchestra inaugurated the celebrations of the Tartinian Year proclaimed by the Republic of Slovenia on the occasion of the 330th anniversary of the birth of Giuseppe Tartini with a concert that saw the extraordinary participation of the violinist Salvatore Accardo. With the Busoni orchestra he has toured various Italian regions organized by the CIDIM and regularly collaborates with prestigious organizations such as the Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition in Bolzano, the Walter Stauffer Academy of High Specialization in Cremona, the International Competition of the City of Vittorio Veneto, the regional theater body and others.
GIANCARLO DE LORENZO Born in 1959, he completed his studies at the Brescia Conservatory of Music, graduating with excellent marks in Organ and Organ Composition under the guidance of maestro Franco Castelli. Permanent conductor since 1992 of the Vox Auræ Orchestra of Brescia, in 2003 he was entrusted with the position of Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Orchestra of the Teatro Olimpico of Vicenza, a position he held until December 2011. With this orchestra, during the years, has performed numerous concerts in Italy and abroad. He has also conducted the prestigious orchestrasPhilarmonisches Kammerorchester Munchen and London Mozart Players. In 2009 he conducted the Abruzzese Symphony Orchestra at the Teatro Alla Scala in Milan, with great success with the public and critics, in a concert dedicated to the reconstruction of the Teatro Comunale in L’ Aquila. With the same project in April 2010 he was a guest of the Accademia Nazionale S. Cecilia at the Parco della Musica in Rome. For many years he has been regularly invited to Spain to conduct various orchestras. He is Artistic Director of the musical season “Spazio Sinfonico” in Brescia. Since January 2012 he has been appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the Italian Philharmonic Orchestra and of the Grosseto Symphony Orchestra. Since 1 January 2015 he has held the position of artistic director and musical director of the Sanremo Symphony Orchestra.
CHRISTIAN FITZNER was the director of the Städteorchester Wangen im Allgäu from 1987 to 1993. During this period he took over the leadership of the Landesjugend kammer orchester Nordrhein-Westfalen in 1990. With this orchestra he was already associated as an assistant since 1986. In 1992 he was engaged by both the Bilkent University of Ankara and the German-Portuguese Youth Symphony Orchestra. At the same time he successfully performed many concerts abroad. In 1993 Christian Fitzner accepted a professorship at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Stuttgart. In early 1994 he was applied for the position of artistic director of the Philharmonische Kammerorchester Wernigerode. He has worked as a guest conductor with orchestras such as the Broadcast Symphony Orchestra Johannesburg / South Africa and on occasions such as the Merano Music Festival. In 2004 he was awarded the Art Prize of the City of Wernigerode.
FRANCISCO JAVIER GUTIERREZ began his musical studies in his hometown and subsequently continued at the Conservatorio superior de musica de Sevilla and at the Real Conservatorio superior de musica de Madrid. He excelled particularly in courses in oboe, chamber music, piano, composition, instrumentation, counterpoint, fugue, folklore and conducting. He completed his training with numerous national and international specialization courses. He is currently full professor of orchestra conducting; senior professor of harmony, counterpoint, composition and instrumentation, senior oboe teacher and professor of music theory. As a solo oboe, he has performed accompanied by all types of ensembles and orchestras. He has participated in numerous recordings for radio and television. He has received numerous awards for his work in defense of Seville’s musical heritage and for his work leading the Municipal Symphony Band of Seville.
JAN MILOSZ ZARZYCKI is conductor of the Witold Lutosławski Chamber Philharmonic in Łomża and lecturer at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. He has won international competitions in Italy, Spain and Hungary. He studied conducting with Marek Pijarowski at the Wroclaw Academy of Music, graduating with honors in 1994. Abroad tours have taken him to Germany, France, Austria, Holland, the Czech Republic, Russia, Ukraine, Macedonia, the United States, Portugal, Mexico, Norway, Belgium, Lithuania, Belarus and Italy. So far he has recorded 17 albums, one of which won the Polish recording industry’s Fryderyk Award 2019 and another the International Classical Music Awards. His honors include a Special Prize from the Minister of Culture and National Heritage in recognition of invaluable contributions to Polish musical culture and a diploma for outstanding achievements in preserving Chopin’s legacy. Also in 2014, by decision of the Polish president, he became professor of musical arts.
SZYMON MAKOWSKI began his musical studies at the Poznan Academy of Music in 2006 in the classes of conducting and violin, where he graduated in 2009 in both fields. He continued his education in conducting and received his Master of Arts in 2011. During his studies Szymon Makowski participated in numerous masterclasses held by J. M. Rodilla Tortajada, G. Chmura, A. Polishchuck. From 2010 to 2014 he studied at the Accademia Chigiana with Maestro G. Gelmetti, where he was awarded the Diploma of Merit three times and the scholarships of the Accademia Chigiana, he also always directed the final concert of the masterclass. In 2011 he worked as an assistant conductor to W. E. Gugerbauer at the Wroclaw Opera House, preparing R. Wagner’s “Parsifal”. In addition to his concert activity, he has participated in various conducting competitions. In 2010 at the D. Mitropoulos competition in Athens, Greece, in 2011 at the W. Lutoslawski competition in Bialystok, Poland and in 2013 at the 52nd International Competition for Young Conductors in Besancon, France – where he reached the semifinal stage. In 2015 he took part in the prestigious Georg Solti competition in Frankfurt am Main. Since September 2016 Szymon Makowski has been working as first guest conductor of the Lower Silesian Philharmonic Orchestra in Jelenia Gora, and after a successful year in September 2017 he became its conductor.