Ferrara Piano Festival, founded by Simone Ferraresi, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in New York City dedicated to furthering the careers of talented young pianists by providing them with a range of opportunities through such programs as festivals and masterclasses.

Board of Directors: Simone Ferraresi, Miyuki Kobayashi, Christopher Swann, Harold Bott

The Places of the Festival

In the photos below, the Costabili Palace, where most of the Ferrara Piano Festival will take place. Even though it bears the name of Ludovico Maria Sforza, called Il Moro, duke of Milan from 1494-1499, the Palazzo was actually commissioned by Antonio Costabili, an important nobleman of the court of duke Ercole I d'Este, secretary and Ambassador for the Este in Milan. The building was projected by Biagio Rossetti, the most distinguished architect of the Renaissance in Ferrara, to whom the duke Ercole in 1492 entrusted the grand plan of urbanistic reorganization of the city, the so called "Herculean Addition“. The realisation of the project involved many prominent stonemasons and painters, but the building remained unfinished. A complex restoration to the structure, its decoration, and the gardens, completed in 2010, had the purpose of bringing back its original splendor, and making it completely accessible to the public.

Photos below courtesy of Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Ferrara, Fondazione Studio Marangoni. Photographers: Alessandra Capodacqua, Margherita Cesaretti, Valentina Maggetti, Mattia Polisena, Bärbel Reinhard, Margherita Verdi and Marco Roboni.

The Ridotto (Small Hall) at the Teatro Comunale in Ferrara, where the students' recitals will be held. Photos © Daniele Borgia.

The City of Ferrara, photographed by Daniele Borgia.

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