Dedicated to nurturing new talent, the Rome Chamber Music Festival seeks to further the education and performing experience of young talents.
Each year the festival invites students from across the globe and from the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings at Mercer University to participate in its young artist program. Access to prominent musicians (as Robert McDuffie, Lawrence Dutton [Emerson Quartet], Janine Jansen, Mike Mills [R.E.M.], Andrea Lucchesini, Enrico Dindo, David Krakauer, Paquito D’Rivera, Edgar Meyer…) and the opportunity to perform alongside them is invaluable to a young artist’s personal and professional aspirations.
This is possibile only with the support of the De Simone & Partners Young Artist Program and its friends and corporate sponsors.
Help us grow young talents!
Through your generosity, this year we will able to achieve our goal of inviting 22 young musicians from around the world to perform next to great classical music performers and other renowned artists at one of the most exciting and innovative cultural events of Rome.
Rome Chamber Music Festival
Founded in 2003, the Rome Chamber Music Festival is one of Rome’s most anticipated cultural events. Rehearsals are open to the public and concerts feature both classical masterworks and contemporary pieces performed by world-renowned musicians. The Festival has played to full houses of chamber music enthusiasts from around the world and has received brilliant reviews every year.
Robert McDuffie, the esteemed American violinist and founder of the Festival, describes how it began: “I came to Rome on sabbatical in the fall of 2002. I discovered a true passion for the world’s most beautiful city, and it was then that I started dreaming of inviting the world’s greatest musicians to perform in the spectacular and historical venues that can be found in the Eternal City. The Festival includes at least one work of an American composer each year, but its identity adheres to a true international ideal by inviting musicians from all over the world.”
Every year we want to grow and implement our Mission: The Young Artist Program.
We want to invite more students from across the globe and give them the opportunity to study and perform with prominent musicians.
The 2004 and 2005 Festivals were held at the American Academy in Rome’s historic Music Room at Villa Aurelia on the Janiculum Hill. In 2006, the Festival moved down the hill to the larger and magical sixteenth-century Gonfalone Oratory, located just off Via Giulia, one of the most fascinating Renaissance neighborhoods in the historical center of Rome.
After six years of sold out performances at the Gonfalone, the Festival made its debut at the prestigious Palazzo Barberini in 2012. The 17th century Palazzo, designed by the great Baroque artists Maderno, Borromini and Bernini. Concerts are held in the Palazzo Barberini’s splendid Gran Saloneunder Pietro da Cortona’s exquisite ceiling fresco, The Triumph of Divine Providence.