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The Camerata Strumentale Città di Prato and the Florence Philharmonic Orchestra – la Filharmonie are announcing the second edition of the international competition for symphonic composition Dante 700 – “La dolce sinfonia di paradiso”.

The invitation to dialogue with Dante is offered again in this second edition, by drawing the composers’ attention on the wonderful verses of the Canto XI of Paradise, where Dante celebrates St. Francis of Assisi, a figure who radiates the universal themes of Peace, Poverty, love of Nature and respect for the Environment.

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The competition

The Camerata Strumentale Città di Prato and the Florence Philharmonic Orchestra – la Filharmonie are announcing the second edition of the International Competition for Symphonic Composition Dante 700 – “La dolce sinfonia di paradiso”.

The submitted scores shall draw inspiration from the Canto XI of Paradise (Divine Comedy, Canticle III) with particular focus on the figure of Saint Francis of Assisi and specific reference to verses 28-120 addressing the themes of Peace and Poverty.

The competition is open to composers of any nationality, with no age limit, who are required to compose a symphonic piece (optionally with solo voice and/or live electronics) of maximum 15 minutes duration. A prestigious international jury will oversee the entire process and distributes three cash prizes.

The composers of the three finalist scores are invited to attend and collaborate in the rehearsals prior to the awards concert.

The three finalists’ compositions will be performed by Camerata Strumentale Città di Prato and la Filharmonie conducted by Nima Keshavarzi in the final concert open to the public at Teatro Politeama Pratese. At the end of the concert, the jury will determines the winner, whose composition will be published in the series Stilnovo by Edizioni Musicali Curci in Milan, promoted by CIDIM.

The jury

  • Anders Hillborg (President) – Composer
  • Silvia Colasanti – Composer
  • Mauro Montalbetti – Composer, Artistic Director Cantiere Internazionale d’Arte in Montepulciano
  • Andrea Rebaudengo – pianist, member of the ensemble Sentieri Selvaggi

  • Reza Vali composer
  • Alberto Batisti Artistic Director Camerata Strumentale Città di Prato
  • Paolo Cognetti Composer, Special Projects responsible for La Filharmonie


First prize: 5000€
Second prize: 3000€
Third prize: 2000€

Publication of the winning score within the series Stilnovo by Edizioni Musicali Curci in Milan and promoted by CIDIM: Italian National Music Committee.

Live performance and audio-video recording of finalist's compositions

Deadlines and Calendar

Applications must be sent no later than the 17th of July 2023, at midnight GMT+1.

The selection of the three finalist compositions will be declared by the 31st of August 2023

The results will be announced through the websites of Camerata Strumentale Città di Prato e della Filharmonie.

Network of collaborations


  • Camerata Strumentale “Città di Prato”
  • Orchestra Filarmonica di Firenze “La Filharmonie”

CONDUCTOR Nima Keshavarzi


  • Tempo Reale
  • Edizioni Musicali Curci - Milano
  • Rete Toscana Classica
  • RAI Radio 3
  • Società Dante Alighieri
  • Teatro Politeama Pratese
  • Fondazione Teatro Metastasio - Prato
  • Centro per l'Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci - Prato

Patronage and Supporters

  • Ministero della Cultura - Direzione Spettacolo dal vivo
  • CIDIM - Comitato Nazionale Italiano Musica
  • Regione Toscana
  • Comune di Firenze
  • Comune di Prato
  • Conservatorio L. Cherubini di Firenze
  • Fondazione CR Firenze
  • Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Prato