International Competition of symphonic composition, concerts, lectures and talks

09 SEPT - 01 OCT 2021



In Dante’s year and on occasion of the 700th anniversary of the poet’s death, the Camerata Strumentale Città di Prato and the Florence Philharmonic Orchestra – la Filharmonie are announcing an international competition of symphonic composition. The project aims to encourage and promote creative energies in the field of orchestral composition, focusing on the figure and poetry of Dante Alighieri.

Besides the competition, multisciplinary initiatives are planned, all dedicated to the figure and work of the Sommo Poeta and his influence in the arts and culture over the centuries. The festival includes a series of concerts, conferences and talks with the jury, as well as the final concert in which the finalist pieces of the contest will be performed. It is possible to look at the preview of the concerts’ calendar.

The complete calendar of the festival will be available in the first days of September.

The calendar of the concerts

There are no upcoming events at this time.

The competition

The score will have to be inspired by the Divina Commedia, drawing inspiration from a figure, an image, a character, or a selection of verses. A prestigious international jury will oversee the entire process. Three scores will be selected for the final stage and will be evaluated by the jury at a public performance, after which the winner will be declared.

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 which will be awarded with a prize of 5000 euro and the piece 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
  • Giovanni Sollima Composer, Cellist and Conductor

  • Jonathan Webb Music Director Camerata Strumentale Città di Prato
  • Alberto Batisti Artistic Director Camerata Strumentale Città di Prato
  • Paolo Cognetti Composer, Special Projects responsible for La Filharmonie


First prize: 5000 euros

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 31st of July 2021, at midnight GMT+1.

The selection of the three finalist compositions will be declared by the 31st of August 2021

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

Patronage and Supporters

  • Ministero dei Beni e delle Attività Culturali e del Turismo
  • CIDIM - Comitato Nazionale Italiano Musica
  • Regione Toscana
  • Comune di Prato
  • Comune di Campi Bisenzio
  • Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze
  • Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Prato


  • Teatro Politeama Pratese
  • Teatrodante Carlo Monni
  • Edizioni Musicali Curci - Milano
  • RAI Radio 3
  • Rete Toscana Classica
  • Centro per l'Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci - Prato
  • Studio di Registrazione Sonoria