Protagonista il Mandolino

Spotlight on the Mandolin

8th Edition
of events dedicated to the mandolin

World's virtuoso mandolin

Modena, Italia

30 September 2017 – 14 April 2018


"Protagonista il Mandolino" (Spotlight on the Mandolin) is a series of events, now in its 8th annual edition, dedicated to the mandolin, including concerts, masterclasses, lectures,expositions of historical paintings and musical instruments, and an international competition. This project is organised by the Ensemble Mandolinistico Estense Association, in collaboration with the "O. Vecchi - A. Tonelli"  Music Institute of Modena, with contributions from the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Modena, Galleria Estense and with contributions and under the patronage of Regione Emilia Romagna, Comune di Modena and Comune di Savignano sul Panaro.


Mandolin Masterclass

The opening event of the series is the Mandolin Masterclass:

2 – 6 October , 2017
Istituto Superiore di Studi Musicali “O.Vecchi – A.Tonelli”
Via Carlo Goldoni, 10 Modena
Masterclass di Mandolino
M°Roberto Palumbo e M°Ofelia Elia



Concerts and Events

The concerts and events included in the concert series will be held in prestigious venues throughout the city and province of Modena from September 2017 to April 2018. The 8h edition of "Protagonista il Mandolino" (Spotlight on the Mandolin) will be dedicated to the world's virtuoso mandolin.


International Mandolin Competition

The Ensemble Mandolinistico Estense Association organizes the 4th edition of the International Competition of solo Mandolin, entitled to Michelangelo Policarpo. The competition is open to participants of all nationalities, in the context of the Review Protagonista il Mandolino. The Competition will be held in the Istituto Superiore di Studi Musicali “O. Vecchi-A. Tonelli” in Modena, Italy from 13. to 14. April 2018. The Competition's awards are prizes of 1000, 600 and 400 Euros.


Comune di San Cesario sul Panaro