Pr. Enzo Restagno, President of the Jury

Having completed his studies in music and philosophy in Turin and Vienna, Enzo Restagno taught music history at the Conservatoire Giuseppe Verdi in Turin for 37 years. In addition to being a music critic for publications such as la Stampa, la Republica, le Monde de la musique, die Zeit and l'Espresso, he has produced programs for radio and television at la RAI, Radio France, Westdeutsche Rundfunk and the BBC. As a lecturer, he has given masterclasses in music institutions and universities in numerous countries.

His research has focused on contemporary music and he has earned a reputation as a renowned international specialist in this field. He has published books on Luigi Nono, Luciano Berio, Hans Werner Henze, Elliott Carter, György Ligeti, Iannis Xenakis, Goffredo Petrassi, Franco Donatoni, Sofia Gubaidulina, Alfred Schnittke, Steve Reich, Louis Andriessen, Peter Maxwell Davies and Arvo Pärt, many of which have been translated into various languages. In recognition of his work, Editions Ricordi of Milan have named him their Artistic Consultant in contemporary music.

Alongside his scientific activities, he devoted much of his passion and energy to musical organisations with an important social and cultural role. Over the last 25 years he has been a consultant and artistic director for the Symphony Orchestra of Emilia Romagna 'Arturo Toscanini', the international piano festival 'Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli' of Bergamo and Brescia, the Orchestra of the RAI in Turin and, since 1986, the Turin Festival 'Settembre Musica' which has become, in 20 years, an international event of some importance culminating, in 2007, with the creation of 'MiTo Settembre Musica'. For three weeks each September, this festival attracts the greatest artists and young talents to theatres and concert halls in Milan and Turin.