Opening ceremony

Monday 7 May 2012, 19:30-23:00
Venue: Giuseppe Sinopoli Hall, Parco della Musica
Enrico Rispoli, Congress Director, FIG 2012

The Opening ceremony will be held in Giuseppe Sinopoli Hall at the Auditorium Parco della Musica (, address: Viale Pietro de Coubertin). The programme will consist of welcome ceremony with speeches, a concert and a welcome reception with buffet dinner. The Opening ceremony is free for all registered participants.

Auditorium Parco della Musica

The Musica per Roma Foundation was created in 2004 and it was the first significant transformation of a joint-stock company into a foundation under the reform of the new corporate law. The founding members are the City of Rome, the Chamber of Commerce, the Province of Rome and the Lazio Region.

Ever since its inauguration in 2002 the Auditorium has become a leading cultural scene for the city of Rome and the entire Italy, a resounding success in terms of the quality of its programmes and the consistently high audience turnout. Every year over one million people, visit the complex. The Foundation finances itself 65 per cent of its overall budget. It is a multi-functional arts complex, and the home of the famous Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. The auditorium offers concerts of symphonic and chamber music, jazz, pop, rock and world music as well as film premieres, stage plays, art exhibits and literary performances.

Parco della Musica is designed by famous architect Renzo Piano as a “cultural factory”. The construction started in 1995 and opened in 2002 There are three Music Halls belonging to the same architectural family. They are immersed in the large park with trees. The instrument museum that belongs to the auditorium is open for the visitors during the opening reception. The opening and the concert will be held at the main hall dedicated the great composer and conductor Giuseppe Sinopoli. The lay-out of the hall reflects the so-called “music box” design to guarantee the best acoustics and thus engage the whole audience perfectly. The hall walls are covered with cherry-wood panels and traditional Ancient Rome style brick as a homage to the traditional architecture of the Capital City.

There is an archaeological museum in the complex. Important mural remains from an ancient era were uncovered during the preliminary excavation stages of the area reserved for the new Auditorium. The excavation revealed a building with an extension larger than 2.000 square metres. The museum can be visited during the opening reception.

Roma Sinfonietta Orchestra

The opening concert will be performed by the Roma Sinfonietta Orchestra conducted by maestro Massimiliano Carlini. The programme will consist of music from Astor Piazzolla and Nino Rota.

The orchestra started its activity in 1993, and has been cooperating with the University of Rome “Tor Vergata”. Every year it is invited to the Seasons of the “Accademia Filarmonica Romana”, of the “Istituzione Universitaria dei Concerti” of Rome. It has worked with many artists such as Michael Nyman, Quincy Jones, Michael Bolton and Andrea Bocelli. Sine 12 years it has been working with Ennio Morricone, with whom it performed in the most important world theatres in Italy and abroad (e.g. the Barbican Centre and the Royal Albert Hall, Palais des congrès de Paris, Tokyo International Forum and the Osaka Festival Hall, the United Nations Headquarters and the Radio City Hall in New York). The orchestra has recorded Ennio Morricone’s absolute music, his soundtracks for movies and TV and a rich discography for EMI, Sony, and Universal.

Massimiliano Carlini is born in Rome and has studied violin, viola and composition at the Music Conservatoire of Santa Cecilia in Rome. He has studied conducting with Franco Ferrara, Emil Tchakarov, Gennady Rozhdestvensky and Jury Temirkanov. He ended his studies attending the Masterclass by Daniele Gatti. He has conducted concerts with the following orchestres: Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Wiener kammerorchester, Symphony Orchestra of Sofia and Rousse, Symphony Orchestra of San Remo, Symphony Orchestra of Bari and other Italian chamber orchestras. In the several years he has worked at the National Academy of Santa Cecilia as assistant to Gatti, Chung, Pidò, Gergiev, Slatkin and Marriner. He works as teacher at the Music Conservatoire Giuseppe Martucci in Salerno.