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A message from Casola winner, Davide Di Rienzo

June 2022
Casola 2022 Winner, Davide Di Rienzo

I am beyond honored to have been awarded the 2022 Albert J. Casola Prize. I would like to express my gratitude to Pres. Paul Romano and to the entire board of directors.

Since I moved to the United States in 2016, being a pianist, I have been working on promoting music written by lesser-known Italian composers. I sincerely hope that I will be able to continue to do so in collaboration with this wonderful organization, the Patrons of Italian Culture.

Before me, my great-grandfather, my grandfather and my father have had ties with the U.S. of America. They all lived here for a certain of amount of time, and when I turned eighteen I felt the desire of moving to New York for college. Particularly now that I am living in Los Angeles, the U.S. feel like a second home for me, one where I continue to keep my culture and my traditions alive.

Sharing and promoting the culture of Italy brings me a great amount of joy, and I would like to thank, once again, the P.I.C. for allowing me to continue to do so and supporting me in the continuation of my studies at UCLA. Grazie!

Davide Di Rienzo