Arte Solidale Festival is an international classical music festival and charity, which takes place every year in the area of Lake Como, Italy.
The mission of the Festival is both to promote young artists as well as to support minors in need, by collaborating with social organisations in the territory of Lake Como.
The concerts, set during springtime each year, take place in historical villas and palaces on the shores of Lake Como, where composers like Franz Liszt and Johannes Brahms used to spend time and compose, inspired by the amazing landscapes. Multiple themed concerts, including solo recitals, chamber music and orchestral music concerts, are presented to the audience. Every year the Festival presents events dedicated to families with children, as well.
Over its five editions, the Festival featured young soloists and orchestral musicians from Italy, Latvia, USA, Spain, France, Slovenia, Russia. The 2020 edition took place in September due to the sanitary disruption, and featured the Crescendo Youth Orchestra for the first time, as well as various chamber music ensembles. Concerts take place in world-famous locations such as Villa Balbianello and Villa Carlotta in Tremezzina.
As per every year, the Festival will collect funds for minors in need, collaborating with local social organizations such as Coordinamento Comasco and Cooperativa Azalea (Tremezzina). All the artists and musicians involved in the Festival share the principle of supporting children as they deeply understand the need of a stable social environment during childhood.
Recognised as a valuable project, Arte Solidale Festival was awarded the Youth Bank Prize of Fondazione Comasca, and supported by the Lombardy Region.
Arte Solidale Festival remembers Roberto Stefanoni, pianist and teacher
Professor at the Conservatoire of Como, Roberto Stefanoni trained several students with strong dedication, guiding many of them towards great musical careers. He began his studies in Milan with Adjmara Granata Confalonieri. Later he passed under the guidance of Tommaso Alati, and then with Giuseppe Piccioli and Alberto Mozzati at the G. Verdi Conservatory in Milan. He gave concerts as a soloist and in piano duo with Laura Colzan in various Italian cities. He was a member of the jury in international competitions such as the "Città di Como", "Città di Tradate", and president of the jury at the "Città di Lissone" International Competition and the "Carlo Vidusso" International Competition in Milan.