Piero Farulli (13 January 1920 - 2 September 2012) was born in Florence to a working class family; he grew up during the stormy years of the regime and breathed the air of the resistance that would lead Rolando, one of his six siblings, to die among the partisans on the streets of Florence during the Liberation.
In Piero’s upbringing, alongside his mother and father a very important role was played by his Godmother, Ida Beni. A woman of great faith, she was a second mother capable of recognizing the talents of young Farulli children and fostering them in ways that were otherwise unthinkable. She financed instrument lessons for Piero and his brother Fernando and continued to support them until they completed their studies, simultaneously imparting them with an evangelical spirit which was never overzealous. Piero kept these teachings throughout his whole life, living his profession as a musician in the dimension of giving back to everyone the immense goodness he had received.
Piero Farulli practiced music as an ethical way of life, and communicated this message throughout his lifetime with visceral passion, considering it a true moral obligation to bring great music to all social strata. Hence the project of a school open to everyone - children and elderly, professionals and amateurs - which offered with absolute rigor, but with just as much love, the opportunity to brush with great masterpieces.
For more than thirty years, Piero Farulli was a member of the Quartetto Italiano and contributed, with faithful uncompromising rigor, to the success of this ensemble, whose performances are now part of the history of great performances. He collaborated with the Amadeus Quartet, the Alban Berg Quartet, the Melos Quartet and with his friends of the Trio of Trieste. In 1983 he founded the Nuovo Quartetto together with Carlo Chiarappa, Andrea Tacchi and Andrea Nannoni. Quartet professor at the Accademia Chigiana of Siena and the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole, he served as Gastprofessor of viola at the Mozarteum of Salzburg. He taught master classes for string quartet at the Conservatories of Lucerne and Lausanne and at the Reina Sofia School of Music in Madrid. He has repeatedly served on the panel of international competitions such as the Tertis in London, the Tchaikovsky in Moscow and the the Prague Festival Quartet Competition.
In 1974 he founded the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole, to which he dedicated himself wholeheartedly with energy and imagination, creating a number of effective, original and innovative educational projects, including the training course of the Orchestra Giovanile Italiana. For his teaching activities, he received the M. Mila award and the Abbiati Award from Italy’s National Association of Music Critics. Both Academician of Santa Cecilia and Grand Officer of Merit of the Republic, Farulli was awarded the gold medal for Worthy Individuals of Art and Culture, and the honor of Knight of the Grand Cross of the Order of the Italian Republic. He received the Yehudi Menuhin Prize "a la integración de la Educación y las Artes" on the recommendation of the Reina Sofia School of Music in Madrid. In June 2001, he was awarded the Extraordinary Golden Pegasus Award by the Region of Tuscany "for his exceptional commitment as an artist, educator and citizen". He received the Special Award of the Tuscan – American Association which is given to “influential and distinguished persons, either Tuscan or American, in recognition of their work in support of cultural, economic and friendship ties between Tuscany and The United States of America". He had the honor of receiving the first edition of the Special Lifetime Achievement Award from the Nino Carloni Foundation. In 2005 he received the President of the Republic Special Award for the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole upon recommendation of the National Academy of Santa Cecilia. Piero Farulli served as Honorary President of the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole until his death.