The Masiero-Centanin Music Foundation was set up in 1997, the legacy of Giulia Centanin, last descendant of a noble family from Anguillara Veneta, near Padova. Giulia Centanin was the daughter of the pianist Maria Margherita Masiero Centanin, and was herself a musician and a great lover of the arts. She chose to destine part of her wealth and her home – Villa Centanin and the surrounding buildings – to set up a Foundation for promoting musical culture. The objectives of the Foundation are pursued by means of teaching (courses in music education, specialisation courses and vocational training courses in the field of music); concerts; research; restoration of historic musical instruments, sheet music and music books; recordings; and study grants. The Foundation is located in Villa Centanin, at number 12 Via degli Ulivi, in Arquà Petrarca, in the Euganean Hills. The villa was built in 1889 on Monte Mandonego hill, at the wish of Giulia Centanin’s grandfather Orazio Masiero, an enlightened farmer. He was a highly cultured man and an amateur painter and architect; he designed the villa himself, in the composite style of the period. The villa is surrounded by a huge park with alleys of oak and ilex trees and there are a number of outbuildings – stables, cellars, and living quarters – which have been adapted to serve the Foundation’s purposes. The Masiero-Centanin Music Foundation organises chamber music concerts throughout the year in the main drawing room of the villa, which has preserved its splendid stucco decorations and original floor; during the summer months concerts also take place in the park. These concerts are performed by the Orchestra delle Venezie conducted by Giovanni Angeleri. In the building opposite the villa is a Museum of Early Pianos.
Photo: Comune di Arqua Petrarca.