The facility’s concerts of symphonic and chamber music are intertwined with the most varied and versatile of concert programming, from jazz to pop, to rock, world music and beyond; as well as film premieres, stage plays, art exhibits and literary performances. The festivals and other events have fast become ‘musts’ on the cultural calendar, while our halls host more and more fashion shows, conferences, conventions and meetings at an institutional level.
These activities which promote culture on a wide scale, make the Auditorium Parco della Musica a powerful instrument of growth in the grand design of relaunching and requalifying the city, a policy that does not involve urban planning, roads, transport and local social services alone, but also – and of greater concern to our organization – cultural initiatives and cultural facilities, an area in which Rome has made enormous progress, taking its place alongside other leading European capitals.
Renzo Piano, the 1998 Pritzker Prize winner, is perhaps best known for his controversial design of the Centre Georges Pompidou, located in the heart of Paris and completed in 1978.
Born in Genoa in 1937, Piano comes from a family of builders. Following his graduation from Milan Polytechnic Architecture School in 1964, he worked in his father’s construction company and later collaborated with the offices of Louis Kahn in Philadelphia and Z. S. Mackowsky in London. He formed the Renzo Piano Building Workshop in 1980, which now has offices in Paris, Genoa and Berlin.
Piano is a prolific architect whose wide-ranging works include, among others, a housing complex on the rue de Meaux, Paris (1988-91); the world’s largest air terminal, built on a man-made island in Osaka Bay in Japan (1988-94); the conversion of a 1920s Fiat manufacturing plant in Turin into a multifaceted center for technology and trade fairs (1985-93); and the San Nicola Soccer Stadium in Bari, Italy (1987-90), site of the 1990 World Soccer Championships. In 1992, he embarked on the $500 million restoration of Genoa’s ancient harbor, a gigantic urban reclamation project conceived to commemorate the five hundredth anniversary of the discovery of America. Another major project by Piano is the Cité Internationale in Lyon, France: some 15 hectares (37 acres) along the Rhone River, an international Fair Ground that has been turned into a multi-purpose complex.