Fifty-three award-winning students have taken part in the Rainier III Academy Awards Ceremony at the Town Hall in the presence of Mélanie-Antoinette de Massy and other personalities, as well as the Mayor and members of the Municipal Council.

The ceremony began with the Children’s Choir of the Academy which performed The Bird and the Child.

Karyn Ardisson Salopek, Deputy Mayor in charge of Culture emphasised that this year again, the Rainier III Academy experienced a year rich in activities and achievements – in particular with the traditional Gala Concert which was part of the program for the Centenary of the birth of Prince Rainier III and took place on June 14 at the Rainier III Auditorium in the presence of HSH Prince Albert.

“What an honour for the Academy to have been able to present […] its brilliant artists in the three disciplines: Music, Theatre and Violin Making.”

A highlight of the Gala Concert was the presentation of an exceptional violin to HSH Prince Albert – an instrument designed and produced by the students of the Lutherie workshop and their teacher Roberto Masini, in homage to Prince Rainier III in this year of commemorations.

This year, the Academy welcomed 864 students, among whom twelve students brilliantly passed their Diploma of Musical Studies (DEM). A student in piano class will join the National Conservatory of Music of Lyon next September.

Jade Sapolin, Director of the Rainier III Academy, congratulated all the students and teachers before announcing the winners. In total and like last year, 52 students were honoured for the quality of their work, their excellent results and their involvement throughout the year in the various missions set by the Academy.

The ceremony ended, as it had begun, with a performance by the Children’s Choir of La Complainte du Phoque en Alaska (The Lament of the Seal in Alaska)