Rotary International Orchestra


I invite you to join the world’s most upsetting Orchestra: the Orchestra of giving. That’s the reason why everyone is afraid to play in it!

As an orchestra conductor I have a dream: build up a new type of Orchestra, able to propagate a message of universal harmony through the language of music and the actions of its musicians.

Universal: because the values of music, youth and art are universal. Universal: because, in a World that is now small thanks to technology, it’s not only important but necessary to spread the values of internationality and brotherhood.

A goal I worked years to obtain, looking forward to make the Orchestra an artistic, cultural and moral experience. A youth’s hymn to music.

This is the Orchestra’s mission:

  • Spread a message of brotherhood and friendship through the universal language of music.
  • Stir up the love of music and culture in the young generations.
  • Offer young musicians a chance to fulfill their professional and artistic ambitions.
  • Carry out actions of public and humanitarian relevance.

During the past years the Rotary International Orchestra had the pleasure to have musicians from 142 different countries. Among all the performances of the Orchestra I have very fond memories of the ones in India (“World Music Festival”, 1995) and Assisi (“Special concert for world peace and the harmony of the Universe “, 1998).

Humanity puts money in  football matches, wars, churches, politics, banks and continues to make wrong choices in all areas of life: while the economy prospers the human being dies. Investments are made in the spirit and not in matter.

The truth is that nobody wants to play in the Orchestra, we live in a world of soloists: churches, politics, government leaders, media, schools, actors, singers, musicians, institutions, companies… none of them teaches how to play in the Orchestra. On the other hand, Gandhi and Mother Teresa started with a few people, Christ only had 12 apostles but they sure made a difference!

I invite you to join this project…

because nobody, alone, is an Orchestra!



Rotary Opens OpportunitiesRI President-elect Holger Knaack theme for 2020-21, Rotary Opens Opportunities, is encouraging Rotarians to seize the many opportunities Rotary offers to enrich their lives and the communities they serve. Knaack, a member of the Rotary Club of Herzogtum Lauenburg-Mölln, Germany, revealed the 2020-21 presidential theme, Rotary Opens Opportunities, to incoming district governors at the Rotary International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA, on 20 January.

“We believe that our acts of service, big and small, create opportunities for people who need our help, Everything we do opens another opportunity for someone, somewhere.”


“The world is a huge orchestra in which each one of us has his own little insignificant part to play. The success of your instrument and mine depends not upon the amount of noise they make, but upon how perfectly they harmonize with the instruments about us; and he who, sufficient unto himself, insists upon blowing his own horn in his own big pompous way, finds himself not only a maker of discords, but also persona non grata to all the rest of the band. If Rotary can bring home to us a fuller realization of the fact that we are not individual performers, but rather small parts of a stupendous entirety, not only will our lives harmonize better with the lives of those around us, but will also find them easier and better worth living.”

Paul Harris – March 1912 The National Rotarian