The 22nd edition of the Prix Augusto Massari, a reference for collectors of the musical theme, was hosted in Vasto in the framework of the national exhibition Vastophil 2023. The Prix started 49 years ago at the EFIST 72 in Salsomaggiore Terme; after seven national editions, it became international in 1980. Over four decades, the Prix Massari was previously organised in Belgium (2 times), France (5), Germany (3), the Netherlands (1), San Marino (1) and, of course, Italy (5).
Maestro Augusto Massari, composer and conductor, was a frequent visitor at the headquarters of the Rimini Philatelic Society, led by his son Severino, a signatory of the Golden Roll of Italian Philately. He composed the “Canto del Filatelico” (Song of the Philatelist) on the occasion of Riccione’s International Stamp Fair in 1951 and the “Triumph Hymn” for the Olympic exhibition “Verso Messico 68”.
In Vasto, the exhibits were evaluated by an international jury composed of FIP jurors Koenraad Bracke (Belgium, president) and Damian Läge (Switzerland), FEPA juror Luciano Calenda (Italy) and Italian national jurors Rosario D’Agata and Valeriano Genovese, with the support of Luca Lavagnino, FSFI delegate for exhibitions and juries.
The Prix Augusto Massari 2023 was awarded to Franz Zehenter (Germany) for “Social History of Jazz”, and the second-best award went to Mark Bottu (Belgium) for “Music: talking with God”.
Photo: Peter Lang, leader of the International Working Group “Music”, received the Prix Massari on behalf of Franz Zehenter from jury president Bracke and juror Calenda.