The Foundation's mission
The Ugo and Olga Levi Foundation for music studies was founded in 1962, following a donation by Ugo Levi in memory of the wishes of his wife, Olga Brunner, and their mutual passion for music studies.
The statute includes the following objectives:
- the use of Palazzo Giustinian Lolin in Venice overlooking the Grand Canal, one of Baldassare Longhena’s earlier works, as the venue for studies and high-profile music events;
- the creation of a library and a collection of musical instruments for historical studies on music worldwide, from all periods, and of all kinds and genres;
- the organization of rehearsal cycles, concerts, conferences, debates and private and public musical events of the highest expression, paying particular attention to performance and composition.
- The palazzo was restored and refurbished to house the Institution, which then began its musicological studies and research at an international level, facilitated by the presence of guest accommodation facilities and appropriately equipped rooms in which scholars from all over the word could work.
- The Levi Foundation focuses on music research in the field of sources from the Veneto or in reference to the culture and traditions of the Veneto, making an inventory of and cataloguing musical collections with the aim of creating a data bank of Veneto music and organizing seminars and conferences on the study of specific themes. The attention paid to music and musicians from the Veneto, the libraries, archives and music collections throughout the region underlies its entire experience of research and publications: the latter has been carried out both independently and together with Regione del Veneto.