Orchestra Senzaspine

Orchestra Senzaspine

Orchestra Senzaspine

The Orchestra Senzaspine is an association of about 450 musicians under 35. The orchestra was founded in 2013 by the idea of two friends, the young conductors Tommaso Ussardi and Matteo Parmeggiani, currently President and Vice President of the Association. The mission is extremely ambitious: not only bringing the classical music back to the love of the audience, but also giving a chance to young orchestral musicians to test themselves with the most challenging and captivating symphonic repertoire in order to be ready for the professional world. All done with a pop and social approach, simple and engaging, which combines the elegance of tradition with the future, by creating attractive concert-shows thus eliminating the prejudices connected to classical music. Five years after their foundation, the Senzaspine Orchestra has turned stereotypes upside-down and revolutionized the common perception of classical music. Up to now the Orchestra, in different formation, has already performed in more than 400 musical events and has collaborated with internationally renowned soloists such as Enrico Dindo, Domenico Nordio, Anna Tifu and Laura Marzadori, first violin (leader) of the Teatro alla Scala Orchestra in Milan. Since 2015, thanks to the tender Incredibol! promoted by the Municipality of Bologna, the Senzaspine Orchestra has obtained an official location: the Mercato Sonato, a former local market, now scene of a unique intervention of urban and cultural regeneration in Europe. The Mercato Sonato together with its first season was inaugurated in 2016, establishing a rich network of collaborations and partnerships with several cultural associations and Third Sector organizations. In 2017, with the launch of the second season, the Senzaspine School of Music was opened to easily spread the study of classical music among the youngest. The Senzaspine Association concretely promotes the meeting and collaboration among different artistic disciplines and the fusion of musical genres. Dedicated workshops and laboratory activities are offered to all age groups. Among the initiatives aimed at attracting people new to classical music, the most successful ones are the flash mob “Conduct us”, the “Off Pitch Choir” and the “Social Concert”. In 2017 the Association also launched the first edition of ClassXfactor, a national competition for young classical soloists. The activity of the Senzaspine Association is sponsored and supported by MiBACT, the Emilia Romagna Region, the Municipality of Bologna, San Donato-San Vitale District, Arci Bologna and some private partners. The Association projects have received important national awards such as “Culturability_2015” promoted by the Fondazione Unipolis, “Funder35_2017” promoted by ACRI, “S'illumina_2017” promoted by Siae. The Senzaspine Orchestra is also partner of the international project “Silent city” as part of the official program of Matera European Capital of Culture 2019.