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Every year, young musicians from all over the world are chosen to participate in the Lerici Music Festival and form the international Lerici Festival Orchestra. All participants benefit from the guidance of internationally renowned Festival soloists, who guide their artistic development in the idyllic setting of Lerici. This year is of course special. We have chosen wonderful young professionals who are mostly based in Italy and work in some of the most prestigious Italian institutions. We want to offer them a chance to restart their music-making after painful long delay.
Lerici and the Gulf of Poets
‘Blessed are you ...who rest in peace in the Gulf of Poets' – In 1919 so wrote the celebrated playwright Sem Benelli.
The bay on which Lerici lies had already inspired him to write ‘La Cena delle Beffe,’ but he wasn’t the first. From Lord Byron to DH Lawrence, George Sand to Shelley and his wife Mary who lived in the Villa Magni in San Terenzo, from Hans Christian Andersen to Virginia Woolf, many artists and intellectuals have chosen this place to reside for part of their lives.
This town is the very essence of poetry: the light, the silence, the landscape, the rhythm of life, the relationship between sea and mountains, the climate…LA DOLCE VITA. All aspects of life are here; idealism, disillusionment, the exalted heights of passion, the deep depths of despair.
Music belongs to Lerici. It echoes the poets, the writers, the playwrights – it is a sounding board for their soul and beauty. Lerici Music Festival was born out of this world of ideas and draws inspiration from its exalted antecedents, it is a unique classical music festival founded in 2017 by Lerici born conductor Gianluca Marciano. It is a celebration of his beloved hometown and a gift to its inhabitants.
“Opera for Peace are delighted to launch this important collaboration with Lerici Music Festival, led by esteemed colleagues Maurizio Roi and Maestro Gianluca Marcianò. Through our shared values and passion for the art-form we will support together the most talented young artists in one of the most beautiful parts of the world”.
Julia Lagahuzère, General Director
Experience music without a delicious meal or a good bed to fall into. Unthinkable! Here are our favourite restaurants and hotels.
In the heart of Lerici, Rotonda Vassallo is located directly on the sea. Small fishing boats floating in the evening sun and the atmosphere invites to let your senses flow.
Surrounded by the sea, with an stunning view, situated at the very entrance of the impressive Lerici’s historical castle, the Vespucci’s Cafe is our Festival Lounge. Audience, guests and artists will be able to gather here for an aperitivo or afterconcert drinks with typical local food. The Lounge will be hosting as well book presentations and many other events. Stay tuned for further information