Founder & President
Paolo Petrocelli is driven by the conviction that music can be a positive force for change in our world.
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.
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 United Nations, UNESCO, World Economic Forum, Aspen Institute, Junior Chamber International, European Cultural Parliament, International Music Council, ONE Campaign and Playing for Change.
He has nurtured relationships across the entire Gulf Region, developing particularly deep institutional connections with the United Arab Emirates and even joining the Executive Committee of the Italy-UAE Association.
Petrocelli founded EMMA for Peace (Euro-Mediterranean Music Academy for Peace) to drive positive change in the Mediterranean region. EMMA brings together major institutions and world renowned artists under the shared passion for music and the promotion of peace.
His most high-profile appointment thus far is as one of the youngest members ever elected to the Board of Directors of Fondazione Teatro dell’Opera di Roma (Rome Opera House).
Top-level roles in the private sector have rounded out his cultural relations and senior arts administrator expertise, allowing collaboration with global leaders in performing arts management.
He was a Yale University visiting fellow and is a graduate of both the La Sapienza University of Rome and Middlesex University of London. Petrocelli also holds an MA in Violin Performance from the Conservatory of Santa Cecilia, where he specialized in the study of European music in the Twentieth Century. Today, he is considered a leading representative of the new generation of scholars of Twentieth Century British music.
Currently, he is a Ph.D. Candidate in Economics, Marketing and Creativity at the IULM University of Milan.
To help shape the next generation, Petrocelli lectures at leading universities about management and international cultural relations. His history as a classical violinist colors his perspective and allows him to forge special relationships with both successful and fledgling artists.