The Association is named after the well-known Monza pianist Rina Sala Gallo (1898 – 1980), who in 1947 created, along with Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, the Piano Competition named after her to remember her piano and teaching activity. Members of the Association may be persons, public or private institutions that apply for it or are invited by the Board of Directors and share the Association’s cultural and dissemination purposes.
From 1984 to 2009, the Association was chaired by Rina Sala Gallo’s nephew, Gianna Garbagnati (now honorary president), who dedicated years of passionate enthusiasm to the Competition and promoted its development into an international event, thus reaching the coveted milestone of recognition of the Competition as a member of the World Federation of International Music Competitions in Geneva in 2009. From 2010 to 2017 the former vice-president Silvio Usellini chaired the Association. Today, the president is Alessandra Garbagnati.