At its meeting on November 5, 2013, the Artistic Advisory Board and the Board of Directors unanimously decided to award the first Hans Werner Henze Foundation scholarship to the Italian composer Riccardo Panfili. This involves a monthly payment for two years.
Riccardo Panfili, born and raised in Terni in Umbria, had to fight from an early age to give music the place it deserved in his life. His father, many relatives and fathers of friends were workers in the steel factory and regarded music and especially composing as an unprofitable art.
On April 9, The concert audience of the Teatro alla Scala in Milan witnessed a terrific world premiere: Sir Antonio Pappano conducted the latest piece of Riccardo Panfili, first fellow of the Hans Werner Henze-Foundation. It is called “L'Aurora, probabilmente” (“The dawn, probably”).