Fondazione Merz


Mario Merz Prize 4th Ed. finalists’ concert

The finalists: Katherine Balch, William Dougherty, Farzia Fallah, Füsun Köksal, Claudia Jane Scroccaro


16 October  2022 at 7pm


Teatro Massimo, foyer, sala ONU – Piazza Verdi, Palermo


free admission with reservation: 


live streaming on Youtube

Katherine BALCH                      Drip Music

William DOUGHERTY               Beat(ing)

Farzia FALLAH                          A Boundless Feast

Füsun KÖKSAL                         Quelle’d Over

Claudia Jane SCROCCARO         Affirming the Consequent


Ensemble WADI

Roberta Casella, harp | Giulia Lo Giudice, percussions | Alessandro Lo Giudice, flute | Emanuele Anzalone, clarinet | Nicola Mogavero, saxophones | Mario Romeo, accordion | Damiano Busardo, classical and electric guitar| Marco Badami, violin | Giuseppe Brunetto, viola | Francesco Biscari, cello | Dario Ammirata, double bass
Salvatore Barberi, conductor


The finalist composers Katherine Balch (USA), William Dougherty (USA), Farzia Fallah (Iran), Füsun Köksal (Turkey), and Claudia Jane Scroccaro (Italy) have been selected by a jury comprising Luisella Molina (Director General of Orchestra Università degli Studi, Milan), Gianluca Cangemi (composer and music curator, Palermo) and Philip Samartzis (sound artist and Professor at the University of Melbourne).

Five new works written specifically for WADI ensemble will be presented. WADI Ensemble is a creative incubator founded in 2018 and promoted as well as supported by Fondazione Merz in Palermo, to offer the best Sicilian musical talents contemporary perspectives and sounds.

The public can vote by listening to the recording of the concert, which will be available in a dedicated room inside Fondazione Merz (via Limone 24, Turin) or on the website

A jury composed of Helena Winckelman (violinist and composer), Diego Chenna (Chamber Music Professor at Hochschule für Musik, Freiburg), Thomas Demenga (cellist and composer) and Willy Merz (composer and Orchestra Conductor) will cast its votes alongside the public.

The winner will be commissioned to compose a piece for the string orchestra and a sound installation for a museum, thus prompting reflections on the interconnectedness between the arts. The new commissions will be performed at a concert and selected museum.

Free admission with reservation


In collaboration with Teatro Massimo and ZACentrale


The event is is part of the program of BAM, Biennale Arcipelago Mediterraneo