Antonio Mormone (1930-2017)
Founder of La Società dei Concerti
In parallel with his academic studies, he cultivated a passion for poetry, philosophy and music. During his life, Antonio regularly met with some of the greatest artists in the world and many young musicians at the dawn of their careers: to all of them he showed his esteem, friendship and encouragement.
In 1983, alongside his managerial activity, he founded La Società dei Concerti (now a Foundation), which immediately stood out for its artistic choices and for its passionate public, becoming an important concert institution.
For several years he was president of I Solisti Veneti. He was also a farsighted talent scout. His discoveries include great artists such as Stanislav Bunin, Evgeny Kissin, Maxim Vengerov, Vadim Repim, Anatoly Ugorsky and Grygory Sokolov, who played for the first time in Italy for the Foundation La Società dei Concerti. Among the numerous artists launched by Antonio Mormone there are pianists Olga Kern, Fazil Say, Konstantin Lifshitz, Valentina Lisitsa, Beatrice Rana, Antonio Chen Guang and violinists Sergej Krilov, Lorenza Borrani, Stefan Milenkovich, Anna Tifu.
“Milan remembers his passion and his constant commitment to promote and propagate musical culture in the city. Founder and soul of La Società dei Concerti, for 35 years Antonio Mormone invited the audience in Milan to listen to the most important protagonists of the international concert scene in the Sala Verdi of the Conservatorio "Giuseppe Verdi", discovering talents all over the world. Milan will miss that passionate man.”
Filippo Del Corno,
Culture Council Member for the Municipality of Milan
The organiser of the Prize
The Foundation La Società dei Concerti was established in 1983: the first musical season of 16 concerts, which took place at the Sala Verdi of the Conservatorio di Milano, sold out.
Since then more than 1500 events have taken place at the Sala Verdi. Over the years the number of people attending the concerts has risen considerably, reaching up to 50.000 a year.
One of the unforgettable concerts organised for the Italian audience remains that of the legendary pianist Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli at the Festspielhaus in Bregenz, Austria, in 1986.
Maurizio Pollini, Grigory Sokolov, Maxim Vengerov, Salvatore Accardo, Nikita Magaloff, Radu Lupu, Paul Tortellier, Lang Lang, Mstislav Rostropovich and Evgeny Kissin are among the many great artists who have contributed to the memorable adventure called La Società dei Concerti founded by Antonio Mormone more than 30 years ago.
MILAN | 2019 - 2020
Enrica Ciccarelli Mormone
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Instruments for the final round by courtesy of
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