Pier Luigi Cecioni
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Coming in 1964 to the United States from Florence at age 18, Pier Luigi Cecioni began attending Emory University on a scholarship. He was supposed to stay one year, but he liked it so much that he remained four, earning a B.A. in Mathematics. He continued his studies at the University of Lund, Sweden, and subsequently earned a postgraduate degree in Economics from the University of Florence. Cecioni has translated several dozen of books on many subjects. He has written five books on personal computers—one was the Italian best seller for some months—and has been publisher and editor of magazines on classical music, bridge, and nature. He also published Tuttouncinetto, one of Italy’s most popular magazines on crochet, embroidery, and knitting. At present he is publisher of the leading Italian magazine on fly-fishing and spinning. Beginning with his role as editor of the quarterly Italy America (1986-1994), Cecioni has initiated and overseen numerous commercial and cultural projects between enterprises in Italy and foreign countries, especially the United States. In the last few years Cecioni has become involved in contemporary art. In 2000, for example, he was responsible for the manufacture and installation of the large fountain by the conceptual artist Marco Bagnoli, commissioned by the Museo di Rivoli, by far the most important Italian contemporary art museum. He is also active in classical music as president of the orchestra Florence Symphonietta.