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About Orchestra UniMi

Founded in 2000 the Orchestra dell’Università degli Studi di Milano (Orchestra UniMi) has distinguished itself over the years both for the peculiarity of its project among the Italian universities and for the musical divulgation.

The artistic work, which until the 2020-21 concert season took place under the musical direction of Alessandro Crudele, has over the years reserved, in addition to the classical symphonic repertoire, a particular attention to contemporary music: the Orchestra has hosted in the programming, among others, artists of the caliber of John Axelrod, Paul Badura-Skoda, Kolja Blacher, Mario Brunello, Enrico Dindo, Ingrid Fliter, Viviane Hagner, Karl Leister, Gerhard Oppitz, Fazil Say, Alessandro Taverna, Milan Turkovic and Lilya Zilberstein, having also the opportunity to perform in prestigious halls such as the Tonhalle in Zurich, the Gewandhaus in Leipzig and the Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza.

In addition, the Orchestra has been invited for years to take part in the MITO SettembreMusica Festival.

Starting from the 2021-22 concert Season, the management of the Orchestra of the University of Milan has passed into the hands of the Foundation UNIMI which, in synergy with the new Deployment of Intellectual Property and Innovation Division of the University, intends to give to the activity of the Orchestra, even after the critical moment of the pandemic, a new impetus both by providing a stage to promote talented young musicians, and by fostering a generational confrontation between musicians.

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I had the greatest pleasure to collaborate with the Orchestra UniMi in September 2014, at the Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza, as part of a CultureALL Association event. Having heard them previously in a concert, I was impressed by their musicianship. After our rehearsals and concerts, I became more than simply a conductor of this orchestra, but also a great fan. (…) I am proud of our success together, and I do hope we will have the opportunity to make music again in the future.

John Axelrod

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On May 31 we close the symphonic season in the Sala Verdi of the Conservatory of Milan

On May 31, as per tradition, the Orchestra UniMi  will close its season in the Sala Verdi of the Conservatory of Music of Milan.
Due to personal reasons, Maestro John Axelrod will not be able to conduct the concert as announced in the press conference and will be replaced by Maestro Daniel Smith. The CMO and the Protegé Prize have been cancelled as a result.

Daniel Smith thus returns to conduct the Orchestra UniMi , in a programme that will offer the audience Robert Schumann‘s Overture, Scherzo and Finale, the Piano Concerto in A minor – also by Schumann, with 2019 Conservatory Prize soloist Diego Petrella – and Felix Mendelssohn‘s Italian Symphony No. 4, in the 1834 version.

The 8:30 p.m. concert will be preceded at 7:15 p.m. by a conversation between the artists and Andrea Estero.

Reservations required starting May 26:

We would like to remind you that in the foyer there will be, on the initiative of the State University and UNIMI Foundation, a fundraising desk for Save The Children’s ‘Druzi’ project, which involves volunteers in the university community who know Ukrainian and Russian languages and are engaged in educational and relational support for young people, children and adolescents, who have fled Ukraine due to war and arrived in Italy.

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