World Youth Orchestra
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Damiano Giuranna, condutcor

World Youth Orchestra Foundation Founder and Music Director

Since September 15, 2001, when he founded the World Youth Orchestra and soon after the World Youth Chamber Orchestra, Damiano Giuranna has offered the world a new idea for making a music, which combines dedication to the art with a dedication to social causes.

This idea was immediately implemented through a special activity for the Orchestra. With the Mediterranean project World Youth Orchestra Mediterranean Tour The Euro Mediterranean Brotherhood, Damiano Giuranna intended to construct acts of peace through the sounds of the Mediterranean lake, the heart of the world, by taking the WYO on tour in Palestine, Israel, Jordan, Tunisia, Algeria, Turkey, Slovenia and in important places like Greece Theatre – Taormina Festival, Wise Auditorium, Neve-Shalom-Wahat al Salam, Main Theatre-Hussein Cultural Centre, Al Qasaba Theatre, Givatayim Theatre, El Jem Amphitheathre - El Jem International Festival, Algerian National Theatre, Ankara Bilkent Auditorium, Bodrum Amphitheathre – Gumusluc Internationl Festival, Istanbul Lufti Kirdar Theatre, Slovenian Philarmonic.

The immediate and enormous success answered a call for renewal and the need to infuse the society of the third millennium with more musical culture. Damiano Giuranna decided to dedicate all his artistic and organizational talent to these great enterprises.

Today, thanks to him, the World Youth Orchestra’s artistic worth has made it a candidate for one of the most interesting young orchestra on the international stage. Besides the Mediterranean project, now in its sixth year, Damiano Giuranna has taken the WYO and the WYCO on tours in Italy, Germany, Malta, Estonia, Ireland and the United States, Accademia Nazionale di S.Cecilia, Auditorium Parco della Musica, Berlin Konzerthaus, Manoel Theatre, Estonian National Opera, Limerik University Hall, etc. always appreciated by the public and critics alike.

In June 2005, Damiano Giuranna directed the WYO, in a special concert held at the United Nations in New York in the General Assembly Hall. The concert was performed at the invitation of UNICEF’s International Board and by the Italian Mission to the United Nations and sponsored by some of the most important European institutions.

Over the course of thirteen years, the two ensembles have involved: more than 1.400 young talents from the five continents; prestigious tutors from important musical institutions such as the Orchestra of the Scala in Milan, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Orchestra of Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, the Juilliard School of Music, the Mozartueum of Salzburg, the Royal Academy of Music of London, and the Orchestra of the Academy of S. Cecilia; and great artists such as Alison Balsom, Alessio Boni, Douglas Boyd, Alan Buribayev, William Eddins, Bruno Giuranna, Andrea Griminelli, Viviane Hagner, Francesco Manara, Fabrizio Meloni, Gulsin Onay, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Alexander Rudin, Antonella Ruggiero, Mariana Sirbu, and Daniel Stabrawa.

Supporting this concert were representatives from the most prestigious international institutions such as the Former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan, the President of the European Commission, the Council of Europe Secretary General and many others.

Thanks to its social commitment, the WYO was nominated UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in 2002.

Damiano Giuranna, born to a family of artists, completed his musical studies at the S. Cecilia Conservatory of Music in Rome with the highest marks. He has been influenced by great directors such as: Carlo Maria Giulini, and Bruno Giuranna.

He has directed many musical projects including "Art for Life", a road to the 2000 Jubilee, Sacred Sounds – Art in the Social Context – Art in Religion – Meetings of the Three Monotheistic Cultures, that was considered one of the most important performances in UNESCO’s "Spiritual Convergences And Intercultural Dialogue" project; the International Festival of Young Musicians celebrating its eighth year, and awarded for five consecutive years a grant from the Framework Project “Culture 2000” of the European Union, and the Arthmós project.

He was project manager and music director of several international projects as: International Festival for Young Musicians (2001/2007), Giovani all’Opera – Cultural Bridge (2009/2010), Musical Journey through Europe - from regions to nations (2009/2010), Sacred Sounds (2010), Terra Felix (2010), with the support of European Union and with the partnership of many European and international academies, conservatories, universities, private sponsors and public institutions.

In July 2003, he received the Silver Shield and Medal awarded by the President of the Italian Republic to personalities and institutions that have distinguished themselves in the cultural and social realms.

Damiano Giuranna also dedicates himself to composing. His last works are: two pieces for orchestra Mediterranean Sounds and Cantica diNascite e di madri, and the piece for orchestra, actors and original instruments Le due lune and IlRitmo del remo.

He is President of the Non-governmental organizationsMusicaEuropa and has served for two terms of office as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Music Conservatory of Santa Cecilia in Rome.