Paolo Petrocelli is a cultural entrepreneur, arts administrator, musicologist, violinist.
He is Founder and President of EMMA for Peace, Euro-Mediterranean Music Academy for Peace, which he was inspired to create following his experiences in the field of music and cultural diplomacy.
He is a member of the Board of Directors of Fondazione Teatro dell’Opera di Roma (Rome Opera House).
An Expert in Music of the National Italian Commission for UNESCO, Paolo Petrocelli is a strong advocate of music as a form of diplomacy. He has served as a member and delegate with various youth committees of international organisations, such as the World Economic Forum, Junior Chamber International, European Cultural Parliament Youth Network, International Music Council, European Music Council, ONE Campaign.
He is a member of the European Expert Network on Culture (EENC).
Paolo Petrocelli has several years of practical experience in the field of project and event management and arts administration. He worked as Associate Director of the international performing arts management agency, IMG Artists in Rome.
He has also served as Vice President of the first Italian film orchestra, the Orchestra Italiana del Cinema, which promotes the heritage of Italian film music internationally.
In the field of music education he has served as director of the Cusani Foundation, a non-profit organisation which seeks to replicate the vision of José Antonio Abreu’s El Sistema in Italy.
He has collaborated with the British Council to conceive and found The Spirit of British Music, a concert music series in Rome dedicated to the modern and contemporary British music.
A graduate of both the La Sapienza University of Rome and Middlesex University of London, Paolo Petrocelli also holds an MA in Violin Performance from the Conservatory of Santa Cecilia. He is a visiting fellow at Yale University and teaches music management at a number of Italian universities.