• Aeham Ahmad


The storytelling of our cultural heritage

March 13 - 5.30 pm
Pescara, Aurum - Ideas Factory 

Music has always been a powerful metaphor for cooperation, balance, and harmony. But music is also a formidable vehicle for intercultural dialogue: a sort of ‘cultural Esperanto’, a common language adaptable to every culture and a universal means of communication, cross-cutting different eras, societies and identities. The event will explore through different voices, visions and performances the ability of music to compose diverse elements into a unique, coherent frame: a veritable “emotional storytelling”, made of rhythms, ratios and proportions, which exemplarily expresses the European ideal of cooperation as well as the substance and meaning of its unique cultural heritage at large.


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  • Aeham Ahmad

    Syrian pianist, author of “The Pianist of Yarmouk”

    He was born in Damascus in 1988 and lived there with his family until 2015. He became world-famous for risking his life and playing his piano in the war-torn streets of Yarmouk, so he could transmit a little hope and joy to his people. After the ISIS-imposed ban on music, he fled to Europe, where he began performing in various concerts to promote peace and human rights. He is the author of the best-selling book “The Pianist of Yarmouk”.

  • Anna Bottinelli

    President of Monuments Men Foundation ftPoA

    Born and raised in Florence, Italy, Anna is since 2019 the President of the Monuments Men Foundation for the Preservation of Art, in Dallas, Texas, where she previously held a full time research position. After studying Art History in Rome and London, she began to work with New York Times bestselling author Robert Edsel on his book about the Monuments Men and their preservation work in Italy during World War II, contributing greatly to its success. Today, she is a world-renowned expert of subject of art looting and recovery during World War II, and a consultant in many art restitution cases.

  • Hugues Vinet

    IRCAM - Centre Pompidou, Paris, Director of the R&D Departme

    Hugues Vinet has been since 1994 Director of IRCAM’s R&D Department, including the STMS (Science and Technology of Music and Sound) IRCAM-CNRS-UPMC joint research unit. He also manages IRCAM technology development and transfer. His fields of interest include digital audio signal processing, HCI, music knowledge engineering, and the epistemology of relations between art, science and technology.