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Music Conservatory Benedetto Marcello

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Posted On 20/02/2020

In a recent interview to the Italian magazine InTime, Giovanni Giol, president of the Music Conservatory Benedetto Marcello has talked about the conservatorio, its students and the unique city of Venice. Here is a little abstract of the interview.

Who are the students of the Venetian Conservatory today?
Italians of course, but also many foreigners. Studying in Venice, between eighteenth-century walls, where music has been echoing since 1867 is the dream of many aspiring musicians. The Erasmus programme and many other international relations link us to conservatoires around the world, from Dallas to Beijing. Between singers and musicians, for esample, we have about 150 Chinese students.

How does the Conservatory integrate with the other cultural institutions of the city?
There is a memorandum of understanding, called Study in Venice, which links us to Iuav University, Ca' Foscari University and the Venice Academy of Fine Arts. We also work in synergy with the Teatro La Fenice for the production of operas.

The Benedetto Marcello also has a rich library, an archive and a museum: what do they contain?
They are the heart of our institution. The library preserves the historical archive and the museum displays both ancient instruments and some curiosities, such as the baton and the lectern that Wagner donated after directing his Symphony in C major on 25 December 1882, and the original wax model of the famous bust of Verdi by Vincenzo Gemito.

Let's go back to the history of Palazzo Pisani, the conservatory main location: is learning in a building so full of history different to studying in a modern building?
There is no doubt this is so, without wishing to detract anything from other music schools. History and beauty - and here we have it in abundance - are a source of inspiration without equal. Being in Venice is already a privilege in itself, but studying music in the rooms of the Conservatorio Benedetto Marcello is, I think, something unique that marks anyone forever. After all, Nietzsche wrote: "when I seek another word for 'music', I never find any other word than Venice".

Interview by Cristina Beltrami, InTime 2019/6.