The Accademia Musicale Chigiana (English: Chigiana Musical Academy) is a music institute in Siena, Italy. It was founded by Count Guido Chigi Saracini in 1932 as an international centre for advanced musical studies. It organises Master Classes in the major musical instruments as well as singing, conducting and composition. During the summer months a series of concerts are held under the title of Estate Musicale Chigiana.
In 1983 the Accademia Musicale Chigiana, Fulvia Casella Nicolodi and Guido Turchi created an International Composition Competition named after Alfredo Casella, for the one hundredth anniversary of his birth. The International Accademia Musicale Chigiana Prize has been assigned, and among the winners’ names are some of the most famous ones in international concert circles. These names join the history of the Accademia Chigiana, already studded with illustrious presences.
The Academy occupies the 14th-century Palazzo Chigi-Saracini and contains an important library of musical and literary works of over 70,000 volumes as well as The Chigi Saracini Art Collection and The Musical Instrument Museum.
Accademia Musicale Chigiana International Prize laureates
Accademia Musicale Chigiana International Prize laureates include:
- Gidon Kremer, violin (1982)
- Peter Serkin, piano (1983)
- Shlomo Mintz, violin (1984)
- Krystian Zimerman, piano (1985)
- Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin (1986)
- Andras Schiff, piano (1987)
- Viktoria Mullova, violin (1988)
- Andrei Gavrilov, piano (1989)
- Frank Peter Zimmermann, violin (1990)
- Evgeny Kissin, piano (1991)
- Gil Shaham, violin (1992)
- Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor (1993)
- Andrea Lucchesini, piano (1994)
- Maxim Vengerov, violin (1995)
- Hagen Quartet, string quartet (1996)
- Tabea Zimmermann, viola (1997)
- Lilya Zilberstein, piano (1998)
- Matt Haimovitz, cello (1999)
- Julian Rachlin, violin (2000)
- Leif Ove Andsnes, piano (2001)
- Hilary Hahn, violin (2002)
- Arcadi Volodos, piano (2003)
- Artemis Quartet, string quartet (2004)
- Sarah Chang, violin (2005)
- Paul Lewis, piano (2006)
- Lisa Batiashvili, violin (2009)
- Rafał Blechacz, piano (2010)
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