Accademia Filarmonica di Bologna

Accademia Filarmonica di Bologna

a picture of an arched doorway with heavy wooden doors

The entrance to Palazzo Carrati, home of the Accademia
Motto Unitate melos
  • Accademia dei Floridi (1615)
  • Accademia dei Filomusi (1622)
  • Accademia dei Filaschisi (1633)[1]
Formation 1666[1]
Type cultural organisation
Purpose musical education
Headquarters Palazzo Carrati, via Guerrazzi 13
Coordinates 44°29′28″N 11°21′04″E / 44.4912°N 11.3511°E / 44.4912; 11.3511Coordinates: 44°29′28″N 11°21′04″E / 44.4912°N 11.3511°E / 44.4912; 11.3511
Loris Azzaroni
Formerly called
  • Accademia de' Filarmonici
  • Liceo Filarmonico di Bologna
  • Regia Accademia Filarmonica di Bologna
Antiphon “Quaerite primum regnum Dei” Examination exercise of Padre Martini's pupil 14-year-old Mozart, 9 October 1770, Bologna

The Accademia Filarmonica di Bologna ("philharmonic academy of Bologna") is a music education institution in Bologna, Italy.

The Accademia de' Filarmonici was founded as an association of musicians in Bologna in 1666 by Vincenzo Maria Carrati.[2] Saint Anthony of Padua was chosen as the patron saint, and an organ with the motto Unitate melos as the emblem. Through the influence of Pietro Ottoboni, the statute of the academy was approved by Clement XI in 1716. In 1749 the Benedict XIV decreed that the Accademia could award the title of Maestro di cappella.[2]

Among the early members of the academy were Giovanni Paolo Colonna (one of the founders of 1666), Arcangelo Corelli (1670), Giacomo Antonio Perti (1688), Giuseppe Maria Jacchini (1688), Giuseppe Maria Orlandini, Antonio Maria Bernacchi (1722), Giovanni Carestini (1726) and the celebrated castrato singer Carlo Farinelli (1730).

The composer and teacher Giovanni Battista Martini taught at the Accademia from 1758; his pupils included André Ernest Modeste Grétry, Josef Mysliveček, Maksym Berezovsky, Stanislao Mattei (who succeeded Martini as teacher of composition), Johann Christian Bach, the noted cellist Giovanni Battista Cirri and, in 1770, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

In the 19th and 20th centuries the institution was interlaced with such names as Gioacchino Rossini, Giuseppe Verdi, Arrigo Boito, Richard Wagner, Jules Massenet, Camille Saint-Saëns, Giacomo Puccini, and also with John Field, Franz Liszt, Johannes Brahms, Anton Rubinstein, Ferruccio Busoni and Ottorino Respighi.


  1. 1 2 Database of Italian academies: Academy full display. British Library. Accessed December 2013.
  2. 1 2 L'Accademia Filarmonica di Bologna e la sua storia (in Italian). Accademia Filarmonica di Bologna. Accessed December 2013.

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