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Friends of Music of Florence
The Amici della Musica di Firenze are one of the oldest and most prestigious concert realities in Italy. The Association, which celebrated its 100th year of activity in 2020, represents a cornerstone in the dissemination of musical culture in Italy thanks to the very high level of artists included each year in its programming.

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The Concert Season 2021 - 22 includes 59 concerts and takes place weekly in the historic Teatro della Pergola. It represents the last of the Seasons planned by the artistic director Domitilla Baldeschi, for many years at the helm of the Friends of Music in Florence, who will leave the post to Maestro Andrea Lucchesini from next year.

The Friends of Music of Florence, born in 1920, are one of the oldest and most prestigious concert realities in Italy, a national reference point for chamber music.

The Association has contributed in a decisive way to the development of musical culture in Italy by organizing concert events which have been considered internationally from the beginning. Strengthened by a historical tradition, the Amici della Musica di Firenze still continue a high profile activity today, organizing musical seasons comparable to those of the most prestigious European institutions, with the greatest performers on the international scene.

Among the protagonists of the beginnings, Wilhelm Backaus, Arturo Toscanini, Alfred Cortot, Gaspar Cassadò, Mario Castelnuovo Tedesco, Bela Bartok, Rudolf Serkin, Vladimir Horowitz. The contribution of the Association to the birth of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in 1933 is also important.

The Amici della Musica di Firenze hosted all the great music of the twentieth century: great foreign composers such as Prokof'ev, Bartok, Schönberg, Hindemith, Poulenc, and Italians such Pizzetti, Respighi, Casella, Castelnuovo Tedesco, Dalla Piccola, Berio, as well as historical figures of interpretation such as Toscanini, Giulini, Benedetti Michelangeli, Casals, Rostropovich, Rubinstein, Cortot, Kempff, Gieseking, Horowitz, Kreisler, Heifetz, Menuhin, Stern, Segovia, etc.

Among the regularly invited artists, pianists like András Schiff, Angela Hewitt, Louis Lortie, Denis Matsuev, Alexander Lonquich, Grigory Sokolov, Daniil Trifonov, Andrea Lucchesini; violinists such as Kolja Blacher, Viktoria Mullova, Sergej Krilov, Leonidas Kavakos; cellists like Mario Brunello, Sol Gabetta, Giovanni Sollima, Nicholas Altstaedt; singers like Ian Bostridge, Mark Padmore, Nicholas Gerhaher; vocal groups like The King's Singers, Les Arts Florissants, Tallis Scholars; specialists of the ancient-baroque repertoire like Jordi Savall with his group Hesperion XXI and theByzantine Academy directed by Ottavio Dantone; string quartets like the Hagen, the Emerson, the Jerusalem, the Casals, the Haas, the Belcea.

Numerous events take place in the historic and central Teatro della Pergola, on a weekly basis (Saturday afternoon and Sunday evening), in the period October-April. The programs present a varied range of proposals, from the classics of chamber music to contemporary musical expressions (often with first absolute performances), from pages for orchestral ensembles collected to solo pieces, ranging up to jazz and traditional music.

In addition to the rich Concert Season, since 2017 the Association offers space to young Italian talents with the review Fortissimissimo Florence Festival.

The Amici della Musica di Firenze are also active in the sector Educational, both by organizing masterclasses for over thirty years for young musicians, and by proposing projects in high schools aimed at training new audiences.

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