Paolo Petrocelli


Paolo Petrocelli is a passionate, innovative and dynamic cultural entrepreneur, musicologist, violinist.

In order to serve as an active citizen and support non-profit activity, he has become a leading member of some of the most prestigious international and cultural organizations, such as UNESCO, United Nations, Junior Chamber International, World Economic Forum, Aspen Institute, European Cultural Parliament, International Music Council.

He is the Co-Founder and President of the Youth Committee of the Italian National Commission for UNESCO and Cultural and Music Diplomacy Officer at the Permanent Secretariat of the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates.

As a music diplomacy ambassador, he serves in institutional roles to forge bonds through music in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and the US.

He is the Founder and President of EMMA for Peace (Euro-Mediterranean Music Academy for Peace) an international non-profit umbrella organization that brings together more than 50 world renowned artists and major institutions under the shared passion for music and the promotion of peace. As President and Director General of EMMA for Peace, he has organized and promoted more than 30 projects in 3 years (concerts, workshops, masterclasses, talks), around 15  different countries, involving more than 1000 students and young talents.

Petrocelli is one of the youngest members ever elected to the Board of Directors of Fondazione Teatro dell’Opera di Roma (Rome Opera House).

Today, he serves on numerous board of directors, including Fondazione Accademia Musicale Chigiana di Siena, Conservatorio di Musica Benedetto Marcello di Venezia, 

Petrocelli is a graduate of both the La Sapienza University of Rome and Middlesex University of London and holds an MA in Violin Performance from the Conservatory of Santa Cecilia. He is a Visiting Fellow at Yale University, Visiting Researcher at MIT Media Lab of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a PhD Candidate in Economics of Culture at IULM University in Milan.

To help shape the next generation, Petrocelli lectures at leading universities about management and international cultural relations.

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