Our Mission

The Rome Chamber Music Festival, a 501(c)3 and ONLUS non-profit organization, was founded by Robert McDuffie in 2003. Since its inception, the Festival has played to full houses of chamber music enthusiasts from around the world and has become one of Rome’s most anticipated annual cultural events. Each June, the Festival presents distinct programs of masterworks performed by world-renowned artists and aspiring young artists.

Dedicated to nurturing new talent, the Rome Chamber Music Festival seeks to further the education and performing experience of young artists from the United States and abroad. Each year the Festival invites a select number of music students from the McDuffie Center for Strings at Mercer University and young artists from across the globe to participate in its young artist program. Access to prominent artists and the opportunity to perform alongside them is invaluable to a young artist’s personal and professional aspirations.

History of the Festival

The Rome Chamber Music Festival was inaugurated in the summer of 2003.

It has been widely acclaimed by music critics and became an immediate success with the public. The Festival is held annually and it presents a program of rehearsals and masterclasses and a series of concerts.

Over the years it has received the patronage of the Ministry of Culture, Roma Capitale, the Lazio Region, and the Embassy of the United States of America to the Italian State. Prestigious venues have included Villa Aurelia on the Janiculum Hill, the Oratorio del Gonfalone on Via Giulia, the Pietro Da Cortona Hall at Palazzo Barberini, the Conciliazione Auditorium at the Vatican and Palazzo Vecchio in Florence.

Since 2022, the iconic Teatro Argentina, known for its beauty and history, has been home to the Festival.

Board of Directors

William A. Kerr
Chairman and Treasurer

Allston Chapman

Joseph C. Brandt
Genelle Jennings
Courtenay A. Hardy
Margize Howell
James G. Matera
Nancy McAllister
Camille McDuffie
Robert McDuffie
Sandra Pinnavaia
Joanne F. Shiebler
Robert Skolnick

Fondazione Rome Chamber Music Festival

William A. Kerr

Robert McDuffie

Jacopa Stinchelli
Chief Director

Ciriaco Acampa
Filippo Arcieri
Luca Aureggi
Allston Chapman
Maria Augusta Fioruzzi De Simone
Diletta Giorgolo
Mujah Melehi-Maraini
Santo Emanuele Mungari
Patricia Ruspoli

Festival Coordination
Jacopa Stinchelli
Chief Director

Therese Heyn
Administrative Director

Public Relations and Social Media
Jacopa Stinchelli
Alice Caccamo

Jacopa Stinchelli
Helle Wichmoss
Alice Caccamo

Graphic Design
Elisa Scerrato

Via Vittorio Veneto 108


21 seasons
150 concerts
42,000 attendees
630 musicians
210 works from baroque to rock

Fondazione Rome Chamber Music Festival
Via Vittorio Veneto 108, 00187, Roma, Italia

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