Carlotta Nobile

Carlotta Nobile (Rome, 20 December 1988 – Benevento, 16 July 2013) was an Italian art historian, violinist, writer, blogger, and artistic director of Santa Sophia Academy chamber orchestra in Benevento from September 2010 up to her death.


Born into an ancient family,[1] she graduated in violin at the Conservatory when she was only 17,[2] attaining First Class Honours with Distinction, under the guide of her mentor Massimo Bacci.[2] After that, in her short but intense career, she took many specialist courses in violin like the one with Pierre Amoyal at the Mozarteum University of Salzburg.

Absolute winner of many national competitions,[3] she took the award of "Distinguished Musician" at the International Ibla Grand Prize 2007 and "Ernest Bloch Special Mention" at the International Ibla Grand Prize 2008.[3]

She combined music with her passion for arts, taking a bachelor degree cum laude in Art History Studies at Sapienza University of Rome in 2010[3] and attending the University of Cambridge (Art History International Summer Courses in 2009), the Contemporary Art Course at Sotheby's Institute of Art of New York (in 2010)[4] and taking the LUISS Master of Art 2011/2012 in Rome.[5]

In December 2010, she released her first book "Il silenzio delle parole nascoste" (the silence of hidden words), followed by "Oxymoron", published by Aracne Editrice in 2012. For several years she wrote a music column called "Righe Sonore" on the website and wrote for the magazine "Realtà Sannita".[2]

At only 22, in 2010, she became the artistic director of Santa Sophia Academy Chamber Orchestra in Benevento[2] until her premature death.

During her career, she explored the interconnections among music, contemporary art and writing, using interdisciplinarity and contamination criteria.[6]

In Rome, together with some other young scholars, she founded the group "Almost Curators", with the aim of connecting contemporary art experts with general public. As a member of "Almost Curators" group, she managed cultural events and wrote many articles on the group's blog.

In October 2011, at 22, she was diagnosed with melanoma: she tried all possible treatments and underwent several operations. In April 2012, she started, under a concealed identity, her Facebook page "Il Cancro E Poi" ("Cancer and Afterwards") that gave birth to a huge community of people suffering from cancer just like her. They identified themselves with her thoughts, finding a vital help in her words.[7][8] In August she created the related website.

During the period of her illness, playing in a duo with the pianist Martin Berkofsky, she joined "Donatori di Musica" ("donors of music"), a social community involved in bringing music concerts in the Italian cancer wards.[9][10]

In the last months of her life, she sank into a deep experience of faith.,[11][12][13][14] inspired by Pope Francis' speech that invites young people to bear the Cross with joy (24 March 2013 homily)[15] The Archbishop of Benevento Andrea Mugione remembered her as "an extraordinary example of Faith and love ending with sacrifice".[16]

After two years of struggle, she died at the age of 24.[17]


In September 2013, she posthumously received the ANLAI Prize,[18][19] and the Arechi II Prize from the Province of Benevento in June 2014.[20][21]

The Sapienza University of Rome awarded her a posthumous MA degree in Art History Studies[22][23] and, with solemnity, on 22 November 2014, dedicated to her memory the hall Aula Tre of the History of Art and Performance Arts Department "for her fine studies on the relationships among Art, Music and Writings".[24][25][26]

Thanks to the will of "Donatori di Musica" group, the music hall of the cancer ward of San Maurizio Hospital in Bolzano has borne her name from 6 August 2014.[27][28][29][30]

On 12 February 2015, the organization "Associazione Centro Studi Carlotta Nobile" was born in order to keep alive her cultural works and activities for young people; it is building a research facility that bears her name and promotes initiatives related to her passions and cultural studies.[31][32] The organization, with the partnership and the scientific supervision of the History of Art and Performance Arts Department of the Sapienza University of Rome, in October 2015, announced the competition "Premio Carlotta Nobile", consisting of €5.000 for a Master of Arts dissertation about the relationships between Art and Music.[33][34]


  1. A family of lawyers and nesters from Benevento, descending from Sico of Benevento (a Longobard prince of Benevento in the ninth century) through the Mascambruno family, owning one of the three keys that open the little gate that keeps the bones of Saint Bartholomew the Apostle in the Church bearing the same name. (Giordano, G. (1976) "Una chiave, un "boffettone", un assassinio" in Aspetti di vita beneventana nei secoli XVII-XVIII, Napoli, Edizioni Dehoniane, p. 25). The Nobiles of Benevento were the last owners of the Castle of Taurasi (now belonging to the City), inherited from the marquises d'Aulisio Garigliota (De Angelis, R. & Capobianco, E. (2011) Il palazzo marchionale ovvero il Castello, vol. 2 di Enciclopedia Taurasina, Fontanarosa, Tipolitografia "Ideal"). The Nobile Palace, situated in the centre of Benevento, was expanded more and more after its built, in the eighteenth century. The restoration of the palace was made in 1996 by the architect Ludovico Papa.
  2. 1 2 3 4 Goodbye Carlotta Nobile, the angel of violin
  3. 1 2 3 Biography Archived 4 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. Bio | Carlotta Nobile
  5. OSMOSIS | LUISS Creative Business Center
  6. Carlotta Nobile's Linkedin Page
  7. Il cancro e poi on
  8. Carlotta Nobile, goodbye to the angel of violin – Tgcom24
  9. Donatori Di Musica – musicians
  10. In memory of Carlotta Nobile playing with the pianist Berkofsky
  11. “Dear Pope Francis, Cancer Has Healed My Soul”. Can someone become a saint in just a few months? This is the story of Carlotta, who embraced the cross with joy
  12. Carlotta Nobile, the girl who wanted to meet Pope Francis – San Giacomo in Augusta Church website
  13. Not only pain but also joy for people who miss Carlotta Nobile
  14. Search results for Carlotta Nobile on the website of San Giacomo in Augusta Church
  15. Palm Sunday, XXVIII World Celebration for the Youth (March, 24th 2013) Archived 21 December 2015 at the Wayback Machine.
  16. Emotion and sweetness for Carlotta Nobile
  17. Goodbye Carlotta Nobile Archived 22 July 2013 at the Wayback Machine.
  18. Conclusion of the fourth international competition of lutherie Anlai in Pisogne – Cremona – Lombardianews, online information
  19. The Anlai prize,
  21. Arechi II and Gladiatore d'oro Prize Award
  22. MA degree in Art History Studies awarded to Carlotta Nobile | History of Art and Performance Arts Department of the University of Rome "Sapienza"
  23. Corriere Roma: breaking news
  24. A University hall of the History of Art and Performance Arts Department was dedicated to the memory of Carlotta Nobile – Sapienza University of Rome
  25. Poster of the ceremony of inscription – Sapienza University of Rome
  26. Corriere della Sera: Aula 3 bears the name of Carlotta Nobile
  27. Oncology: the waiting room becomes the music room
  28. Tg Alto Adige news of July, 8th 2014 (from the 17th minute)
  29. Oncology: music gives strength
  30. Tg Alto Adige news of July, 8th 2014 (from the 12th minute)
  31. Presentation | Associazione Centro Studi Carlotta Nobile
  32. Realtà Sannita's article on Associazione Centro Studi Carlotta Nobile
  33. Premio Carlotta Nobile on the ACSCN website
  34. Premio Carlotta Nobile on the Sapienza website

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