Session II In-Person Italy
July 19-31, 2021

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InterHarmony International Music Festival

Summer Music Festival for Classical Music Students

Group shot of music students at InterHarmony International Music Festival

InterHarmony International Music Festival Session II, from July 19-31, 2021, invites you to study with its internationally renowned Artist Faculty of soloists and chamber musicians for two weeks of string, piano, woodwind, brass, or vocal instruction in the gorgeous European setting of Acqui Terme, Piedmont, Italy. IIMF's piano and string professors bring together decades of pedagogical and performance experience, offering an international outlook with an edge honed in the famous Russian school. The woodwind, brass, and percussion tracks combine unique chamber music opportunities and starring orchestral roles, while the vocalists can specialize in either art song or opera. All students will enjoy a life-changing opportunity to develop their musical abilities, grow artistically, network with fellow musicians, master classes, musical seminars, chamber music, and perform in concert. Through our Outstanding Guest Artist Series, participants will be brought together with some of classical music's brightest lights. Past guests include Guy Braunstein, Nikolaj Znaider, and Alfred Brendel

Summer Music Programs Italy

What's New at InterHarmony in Italy 2021? Cultural Collaborations and After Concert Meet and Greets

  • With concerts almost every night, students will have an opportunity to perform and experience a high-level concerts from both from artist faculty and their colleagues.

    What's new? After Concert Meet-and-Greets After concerts, there will be meet-and-greets for the Artist Faculty and audience members to have a chance to meet students and talk about the music! Students are encouraged to be prepared to talk about the history and composer of the piece they performed.

    • After Concerts

      After Concert Meet-and-Greets

      After Concert Meet-and-Greets

    • Italian Film

      InterHarmony Concert Schedule Italy

      InterHarmony Concert Schedule Italy

  • Excursions: Continuing its commitment to cross-cultural collaboration, students at InterHarmony will get to experience Italy with two excursions: one to the Italian Riviera, exploring towns from Savona to Finale Ligure, and another to Turin.

    Pizza-Making with Pizzeria Royale Students will also have the opportunity to attend a pizza-making seminar lead by Pizzeria Royale and Claudio Bianchini, to see how the real experts on Italian cooking make pizza. Another exciting event will be at least one Italian film night, focusing on the genre of Italian neorealism and direction. The film night will take place outside in the Piazza of Hotel La Meridiana.

    • Pizzeria Royal

      Claudio Bianchini
      Pizzeria Royal
      Acqui Terme, Piedmont, Italy

      Pizzeria Royale

    • Italian Film

      Italian Film Night
      Acqui Terme, Piedmont, Italy

      Italian Film - Neorealism

Outstanding Guest Artist Series/
Outstanding Master Class Series
Violinist Guy Braunstein, Pianist Saleem Ashkar, Flutist Gili Schwarzman, Pianist Antonio Di Cristofano Cellist Misha Quint. Subject to Change.

InterHarmony Outstanding Guest Artist Series Announcement

The Outstanding Guest Artist and Master Class Series has become an exciting tradition for festival participants to work, listen to and just spend time with the most acclaimed soloists and conductors of today’s world stage. InterHarmony is pleased to announce the participation of conductor and violinist Guy Braunstein, pianist Saleem Ashkar, flutist Gili Schwarzman, conductor Oliver Weder, pianist Antonio Di Cristofano, and cellist Misha Quint.

The program offers participants of the festival the chance to interact with living legends of the classical music scene on a variety of levels, from exclusive concerts and performance opportunities, to master classes and lectures.

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  • Acqui Terme, Piedmont, Italy
  • Acqui Terme, Piedmont, Italy
  • Acqui Terme, Piedmont, Italy
  • Acqui Terme, Piedmont, Italy
  • Acqui Terme, Piedmont, Italy
  • Acqui Terme, Piedmont, Italy
  • Acqui Terme, Piedmont, Italy
  • Acqui Terme, Piedmont, Italy
  • Acqui Terme, Piedmont, Italy
  • Acqui Terme, Piedmont, Italy
  • Acqui Terme, Piedmont, Italy
  • Acqui Terme, Piedmont, Italy
  • Acqui Terme, Piedmont, Italy

Drawn to Acqui Terme because of its rich history, lively location, and cultural predilection, InterHarmony is excited to announce the fourth year in Acqui Terme, Province of Alessandria, Piedmont, Italy. Pianos fill every corner and the sounds can be heard from the concert hall in Chiesa dell'Addolorata, Chiesa Santo Spirito, the Paleologi Castle, the concert hall in Hotel La Meridiana, and from the town's schools. The Piedmont region is famed for its sumptuous, French-inspired, Italian cuisine and award-wining red wine vinyards. Participants will stay in Hotel Meridiana, Hotel Ariston, and Hotel Rondó. Exciting festival excursions will be to the Italian Riviera, exploring towns from Savona to Finale Ligure, and Turin.

The Liguri Statilelli settled in Acqui Terme in the proto-historic age, and founded the centre of Carystum, which was later conquered and destroyed in the 173 B.C. by the Roman army, lead by Marco Popilio Lenate. The conquest led to a progressive Romanization of the territory and its inhabitants and to the birth of Acquae Statiellae, in the area of the thermal springs. The natural hotsprings of Acqui Terme caused it to be a flourishing spa town between the triangle formed by Turin, and Genova. Senaca, Strabo, Tacitus, and Pliny wrote of Acqui Terme as “founded among waters”.

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Historical highlights include the consecration of the Duomo (Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta) in 1067 by Bishop Saint Guido, participation in the crusades, and the visit of Napoleon in 1796. Ancient Roman ruins, such as the aqueducts, the amphitheater, baths, and artisan center recently unearthed, are part of Acqui Terme's history, as well as monuments like the Duomo (1067), the Paleologi Castle (1056) and Archeology Museum, Basilica di San Pietro (Chiesa dell'Addolorata) (1100’s), Chiesa di San Francisco (1600), and the Piazza della Bollente.

Welcome to Acqui Terme

Welcome from Mayor Lorenzo Lucchini and Counciller of Tourism Lorenza Oselin

As of Mayor of Acqui Terme, and jointly with the Councillor for Tourism, I’m proud and honoured to welcome the fourth edition of InterHarmony International Music Festival in town from the 19th to the 31st of July. Situated in the heart of northern Italy’s Piedmont in the triangle of Milan – Genoa and Turin Acqui Terme overlooks farming lands of outstanding beauty rich in castles and vineyards, it is a bustling spa town established as an important thermal centre in Roman times, surrounded by breath-taking vineyards and landscapes that were recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2014. The impressive ruins of the Roman Aqueduct still stand next to the Bormida River, a reminder of how water has always been the most important element in Acqui Terme, which offers its visitors an enviable blend of spas, culture, and culinary excellence. As culture obviously embrace music, therefore we can boast the evidence that classical music passed here with the outstanding presence of M° Giacomo Puccini who came to Acqui Terme to take the waters and have mud treatments in 1904.

We are looking forward to host this prestigious classical music festival that will enliven the heart of the town and bring students and music lovers from all over the world. We wish the festival a great success and all the participants and organizers a pleasant stay in Acqui Terme.

Quick Facts

For InterHarmony at Acqui Terme

  • Students: 255 students total from 30 different countries, and 440 participants
  • Artist Faculty: 93 total from 34 different countries
  • Acqui Terme, Alessandria, Piedmont, Italy is 2189 years old, since it was founded in 173 B.C. Technically, once could say it is 7500 years old, since there have been humans there since 5500 B.C.
  • Concert Venues: Basilica di San Pietro aka Chiesa dell'Addolorata (built in 900 A.D. in Romanesque style), Chiesa Santo Spirito, Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta (This duomo dates to 1067 and consecrated by Saint Guido, with additions and interior from the 15th-18th centuries) and other concert halls.
  • Lessons and Rehearsals: Basilica di San Pietro, Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta, Scuola della musica, Chiesa Santo Spirito, Istituto Saracco, among others..
  • Acqui Terme is one of the principal wine-making comunes of the Piemontese wine, Brachetto d'Acqui.76%
  • Elevation: 157.94 m above sea level
  • Average Tempreature in Summer: 71.7 degrees Fahrenheit76%

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