Ragazze e ragazzi. Salvemini 1990

Composition Contest with Artistic Residency


Submission period

Mon Mar 27 at 04AM UTC

End of submission period

Sat Jun 10 at 11PM UTC

Results date

Tue Jun 20 at 04PM UTC


Italian and foreign composers residing in Italy, born from January 1st 1988 and who have turned 18 on 23 July 2023
“Ragazze e ragazzi. Salvemini 1990”
Third edition - 2023

Called by
Rocca dei Bentivoglio Foundation
as part of the music festival "Courts, Churches and Courtyards" XXXVII edition
with the support of the Municipalities of Casalecchio di Reno, Monte San Pietro, Sasso Marconi, Valsamoggia, Zola Predosa, of Reno Lavino Samoggia Cultural District and Emilia Romagna Region,
with the collaboration of “G. Cocchi” Foundation of Molinella (Bo)

More than thirty years after the plane crash that on December 6th 1990 caused the death of 12 young students of “Salvemini” Institute in Casalecchio di Reno, the Rocca dei Bentivoglio Foundation announces the composition contest "Girls and boys. Salvemini 1990”.

A qualified jury will select 3 composers and 3 female composers who will attend an artistic residence from July 24th to 29th 2023 at the agriturismo "Fattoria Quercia", under the guidance of the flautist Manuel Zurria and the composer Paolo Aralla.

The contest represents a unicum at national level, it is not strictly configured as a competition but aims to offer young composers the opportunity to share a growth path, both artistic and personal, in close relationship with the performer of their music.


The contest is open to Italian and foreign composers residing in Italy, born from January 1st 1988 and who have turned 18 on 23 July 2023. Composers who have attended previous editions can also apply for the residency. In case of same scores, however, preference will be given to those applying for the first time.


The selection of participants will take place by qualifications, based on the curricula and the documentation sent together with the application form.

The jury will be composed of:
Enrico Bernardi - artistic director of "Corti Chiese e Cortili" Festival
Paolo Aralla - composer
Manuel Zurria - flautist

The CVs can be viewed on the website

3 composers and 3 female composers will be selected. The proportion could vary in absence of applications or according to different assessments by the jury.

The jury's decision is final.


The contest does not require any subscription fee.

The application form must be completed, signed and sent together with the requested attachments exclusively by email to cortichiesecortili@roccadeibentivoglio.it

The deadline for sending the applications is set for June 10th 2023, h. 24.00

The following documents must be attached to the application:

a) a short CV (in Italian or English)
b) at least 3 scores of original pieces, with no limitations in the number of instruments (pdf is the only format accepted). For pieces that have already been played, we kindly ask you NOT to send audio/video files but only the link in which the recording can be viewed


The results of the selection will be published by June 20th 2023 on the website https://www.cortichiesecortili.it.

By July 17th 2023, the selected composers will send the initial part - at least 2 minutes - of the flute piece they intend to complete during the artistic residency.

Please note that the piece must be written for one of the following instruments:
Ottavino (piccolo)
Flute in C
Flute in G
Bass flute

The six selected composers will attend an artistic residency led by the flautist Manuel Zurria and the composer Paolo Aralla, that will take place from July 24th to 29th 2023 at the agriturismo Fattoria Quercia in Valsamoggia loc. Fagnano.

The lessons will be held in Italian.

A contribution of 180 euros is required from the participants to partially cover the costs of board and lodging. Travel expenses to reach the place of residence are to be paid by the participants.

The residency will end on July 29th with a final concert held by Manuel Zurria at the Rocca dei Bentivoglio (Bo) and included in the musical Festival "Corti Chiese e Cortili" 37th edition, in which the pieces composed by the participants will be performed.


Audio/video recordings of the concert will be taken and broadcasted through the Foundation’s communication channels, for which formal authorization is required.

The ownership of the composed pieces will remain with the authors.

By participating in this contest, the composers waive his rights of representation and reproduction of the pieces exclusively for the public performance on July 29th, 2023.

According to articles 13 of GDPR 2016/679 (U.E.General Data Protection Regulation) and 13 of Legislative Decree 196/2003 (Code regarding the protection of personal data) we inform you that personal data relating to participants are used for the purposes of the contest only.

The application to join the contest implies the unconditional acceptance of these Regulations. In the event of disputes, the Court of Bologna will be competent.

For further information, write to cortichiesecortili@roccadeibentivoglio.it.

Details are available at web pages: