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The new web site of the Fantini Competition is online! All infos and news on the event will be posted here.


AIMART initiated the “Fantini Competition” in 2017 with the mission of offering a life-changing opportunity of growth and artistic development to the “Under35” generation of classical musicians.

Born from an idea of Edda Silvestri, Director of AIMART and Giuliano Sommerhalder, Principal Trumpet of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, international soloist and teacher at AIMART, the Fantini Competition has prestige, prizes and structure that rank it in the top sector of classical music competitions.


AIMART, Intenational Academy for Music and Arts was founded in 2016 by Edda Silvestri, former Director of the “Santa Cecilia” Conservatory in Rome, and movie director,
Francesco Antonio Castaldo.

AIMART is an institution of university level, propedeutic, as well as youth education and has the mission to offer the highest music education available in Italy thanks to the great experience of its faculty and staff.

Thanks to the location in the heart of Rome, AIMART is the fulcrum point of its education system, which offers young musicians uninterrupted studies from childhood to the professional World.


The first edition of the Fantini Competition took place in Rome from April, 23 to April, 30, 2017.

Of 76 applications, 47 were admitted to the main event after a pre-selection that was streamed online.

The winner of the first edition was Huw Morgan (1st prize), followed by Floris Onstwedder (2nd prize) and Dimitris Gkogkas (3rd prize).

The prestigious Jury was composed of: Max Sommerhalder (President), Thomas Gansch, Fritz Damrow, Carol Dawn Reinhart, Vincenzo Camaglia, Eric Aubier, and Giuseppe Pelura.

The Semifinal and Final rounds were accompanied by the Fantini Competition Orchestra conducted by Luca Bagagli.

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