Prestigious Conservatorio G. Rossini school of music honours the memory of a great Pesaro-born artist
Maestro Gioachino Rossini endowed the town of Pesaro with a special heritage meant to serve the purpose of building a high school of music for encouraging and finding new musical talents.
The municipality promptly responded in 1868, the year the great musician passed away, with its moral commitment. The first courses finally started around 1882, hence Pesaro’s Conservatorio Rossini school of music is undoubtedly among Italy’s most long-standing.
Since then the premises have been in Palazzo Olivieri, an imposing eighteenth century building with elegant neoclassic style frescoed halls, situated in the centre, very close to Hotel Savoy. You can just walk to it!
The first head of the Conservatorio, Carlo Pedrotti, brought with him valued teachers from Turin’s Teatro Regio theatre, where he formerly worked, who contributed to the prestige of music studies in Pesaro from the very beginning. Also the building of the homonymous Pesaro Auditorium is ascribable to Pedrotti.
Other prestigious heads over the years include Mascagni, the celebrated composer and author of the opera Rustic Chivalry, and Amilcare Zanella, a good composer and pianist, who fostered fine musicians such as Remy Principe, Attilio Crepax, Giovanni Chiti and many others. The work carried out by the musicians, the heads and the Chairmen of the Board have enhanced the musical legacy of Pesaro’s Conservatorio Rossini school of music on the international scene.
Research and development
Yet, Conservatorio Rossini school of music does not neglect the essence of art – that is the future-oriented attitude.
Proof of this is the remarkable Electronic music lab, a groundbreaking feature in the sector.
In-depth studies can be carried out in the Conservatorio Library, which treasurers around 40,000 volumes and is also open to external students and music lovers.
The Conservatorio also includes an unusual museum displaying African musical instruments from Somalia and Eritrea dating back to the years of Italian colonial domination; now a heritage valued by researchers from all over the world.