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Gianluigi Di Franco (1953-2005)

A Tribute to Gianluigi Di Franco

We are sure that you all heard the sad news, that last week we lost our past EMTC president, Gianluigi de Franco.

Gianluigi was president of the EMTC for three busy years and he worked very hard for the development of music therapy in Europe and Italy. He was a very colourful and dynamic person who brought a lot of humour to any room he was in. His musicianship and energy for the work inspired a lot of music therapists around the world, and he was always planning new projects, being especially concerned about the quality of music therapy both in his own country and in Europe as a whole.

We remember how well he organized the fifth European Music Therapy Conference in Naples, in which music took a central role. This was the last time that many of us were able to hear the musicality in Gianluigi’s voice, during the beautiful concert that he organized for the conference. We also still remember his moving voice improvisation during one evening in a kibbutz near Jerusalem.

We will always remember his dynamic and wonderful voice, through which we felt the warmth of a wonderful musician, music therapist and friend. Gianluigi always took care about everyone and we felt and still feel respected by him.

Gianluigi we never will forget you,

 

For the European Music Therapy Confederation (EMTC):
Jos De Backer (President), Julie Sutton (Treasurer), Monika Nöcker-Ribaupierre (General Secretary)

“To know someone here or there
with whom you can feel
there is understanding
in spite of distances or
thoughts expressed
That can make life a garden.”

-Goethe

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