Vincenzo Solimene Prize
From a very young age, Vincenzo Solimene (1925-2001), displayed a desire to broaden his knowlege of the art of ceramics. He took lessons from a master, Renato Rossi, mentor to many of Vietri’s finest ceramic artists, and together with his father Antonio, started Vincenzo Solimene and Sons which has become a pillar of the international ceramics industry. In 1951 Solimene asked architect Paolo Soleri, mastermind behind the City of the Future in Arizona, to design the impressive example of modern architecture which is still the home of Ceramica Artistica Solimene to this day. In addition to his contribution to the tourist industry and general economic development of Vietri sul Mare, Vincenzo Solimene will always be remembered for his sensitivity to the needs of young people, a feeling he instilled in his own children who now run the company and continue in his footsteps.
Paola Galdi Prize (1959-2011) Teacher and musician. President of the Raga music association, Ms. Galdi was the driving force behind Cantagiovani, a choir festival which for many years brought young choral groups to Salerno from all over Italy. Former director of the Convitto Nazionale children’s choir in Salerno, most recently Ms. Galdi was a member of the organising committee for the Vietri sul Mare – Amalfi Coast International Piano Competition.
We dedicate the award bearing her name to Paola. This award, reserved for young pianists honours her dedication to young musicians