The violinist, who has contributed greatly to Italian musical culture, has been honoured by Italy’s Culture Committee of the Chamber of Deputies

Uto Ughi

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The Italian violinist Uto Ughi has received a lifetime achievement award from Italy’s Chamber of Deputies. 80-year-old Ughi has been recognised for his extraordinary contribution to Italian musical culture.

Ughi received the award at a ceremony held on 2 May 2024 at the Ministry of Culture. Chairman of the Culture Committee of the Chamber of Deputies, Federico Mollicone presented the award, in the presence of of minister Gennaro Sangiuliano, Gianni Letta and Natascia Chiarlo, vice president of the Uto Ughi Foundation, which was formed in October 2023.

On 10 May, Ughi will hold his Concert for Peace in Rome at the Basilica Santa Maria dell’Ara Coeli, where he will perform The Four Seasons by Vivaldi with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Rome. He will also conduct a free masterclass for students at the Santa Cecilia Conservatory on 27 and 28 May.

Ughi was the music director of the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia between 1987 and 1992. He founded several music festivals, Including Omaggio a Venezia, Omaggio a Roma and Uto Ughi per Roma. Ughi instituted the ’Una viat per la musica’ (‘A life for music’) award, along with Bruno Tosi. He received the America Award from the Italy-USA Foundation in 2015.

His discography as a recording artist includes the complete Beethoven Violin Sonatas, as well as concertos by Paganini, Dvořák, Beethoven and Tchaikovsky.

Ughi has performed on several fine Italian instruments during his career, which include the 1701 ’Van Houten-Kreutzer’ and 1714 ’Sinsheimer-General Kyd- Perlman’ Stradivari violins, and the 1939 ’Kortschak-Wurlitzer’, 1744 ’Ole Bull’ and 1744 ’Cariplo-Hennel-Rosé’ Guarneri ’del Gesù’ violins.

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