About InterHarmony in Acqui Terme
Drawn to Acqui Terme because of its rich history, lively location, and cultural predilection, InterHarmony is excited to announce its new Italian location for the summer of 2017: Acqui Terme, Province of Alessandria, Piedmont, Italy. Pianos fill every corner and the sounds can be heard from the concert hall in Basilica di San Pietro, 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 Milan (Sessions I and II), Turin (Session I), and Genova (Session II).
The Liguri Statilelli settled there 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, Milano, and Genova. Senaca, Strabo, Tacitus, and Pliny wrote of Acqui Terme as “founded among waters”.
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. Acqui Terme is strewn with Roman ruins, such as the aqueduct, the amphitheater, baths, and artisan center recently unearthed, as well as monuments like the Duomo(1067), Paleologi Castle (1056) and Archeology Museum, Basilica di San Pietro (1100’s), Chiesa di San Francisco (1600), Porta della Bollente, etc.
Welcome to Acqui Terme
Welcome from Mayor Enrico Bertero and Counciller of Tourism Mirko Pizzorni
As of Mayor of Acqui Terme, and jointly with the Councillor for Tourism, I’m proud and honoured to welcome the first edition of InterHarmony International Music Festival in town from the 5th to the 30th 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 center in Roman times, surrounded by breathtaking vineyards and landscapes that were recognized as an 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 embraces 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.
For InterHarmony at Acqui Terme
Students: 250 students total from 20 different countries, and 388 participants
Artist Faculty: 70 total from 20 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 (built in 900 A.D. in Romanesque style), 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, Scuola elementari, 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%
About the Music Festival
What is InterHarmony?
InterHarmony International Music Festival invites you to study with its internationally renowned faculty of soloists and chamber musicians for up to six weeks of string, piano, woodwind, brass, percussion, or vocal instruction in one of its gorgeous European settings. 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 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 Vadim Repin and Alfred Brendel.
A celebration of InterHarmony's 15th Anniversary, this summer's festivals will be held in Acqui Terme, Piedmont, Italy & Sulzbach-Rosenberg, Germany. Each session offers master classes on various instruments and numerous public concerts. Students will receive four one-hour private lessons, ample practice facilities, and the possibility to perform in orchestra and chamber ensembles following intensive coaching. Weekly excursions will take participants to a variety of stunning destinations in each locale.
InterHarmony Concert Series at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall
Some of our students will be chosen to perform at the InterHarmony Concert Series at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, either solo or with the experience to play alongside our faculty in serious chamber pieces. In April of 2016, Olivia Chen (violin), Brennen Milton (clarinet), Nicole M. Rivera-Montanez (mezzo-soprano) performed alongside cellist Misha Quint, and pianists Irina Nuzova and Delana Thomsen with works by Shostakovich, Debussy, Verdi, Paganini, Saint-Saens, and Wieniawski. This tradition began in 2012, with a performance at the German Consulate General in NYC. InterHarmony continues to provide opportunities for InterHarmony alumni. Visit past events to see our past concerts, and upcoming events pages to see future concerts.
Liszt: Liebestraum No. 3, S.541 (Love's Dream)
Wagner/Liszt: Liebestod (Love's Death, from Tristan & Isolde)
Kreisler/Rachmaninov: Liebesleid (Love's Sorrow)
Kreisler/Rachmaninov: Liebesfreud (Love's Joy)
Debussy-Heifetz: La plus que lente, L 121
Debussy: Sonata for Cello and Piano
Rachmaninoff: Ne poi krasavitsa, pri mne for Soprano, Violin, and Piano from 6 Romances, Op.4
Massenet: Élégie for Soprano, Cello, and Piano
Andre Previn: Vocalise for Soprano, Cello, and Piano
Shostakovich: 7 Romances on Poems by Alexander Blok for Soprano, Violin, Cello, and Piano, Op.127
InterHarmony Concert Series at Carnegie Hall
Outstanding Guest Artist Series/
Outstanding Master Class Series 2016
Violinist Vadim Repin, pianist Bruno Canino, pianist Alfred Brendel, violinist/violist Julian Rachlin, and pianist Jean-Bernard Pommier join InterHarmony's Outstanding Guest Artist Series and Outstanding Master Class Series.Look for our 2017 Outstanding Guest Artist Series Announcment soon!
InterHarmony is thrilled to announce the 2016 Outstanding Guest Artist Series
featuring concerts and master classes with violinist Vadim Repin, pianists Bruno Canino and Jean-Bernard Pommier, and a lecture with pianist Alfred Brendel. In its second year, the Outstanding Guest Artist Series offers opportunities for students to meet and perform for the outstanding artist of today.
It is with great pride that InterHarmony International Music Festival welcomes returning Outstanding Guest Artist, Vadim Repin. Violinists will have the chance to play for Repin, who is famous not only for his performances but also for his brilliant and entertaining master classes. Repin will take to the stage himself on July 10th, 2016 to perform Prokofiev's Second Violin Concerto with the InterHarmony Festival Orchestra.
This summer, InterHarmony International Music Festival joins forces once again with Outstanding Guest Artist Bruno Canino in Italy. Canino will open the second session in a trio concert featuring festival founder Misha Quint (cello). The program will include Rachmaninoff's Trio Elegiaque in g minor and Shostakovich's second Piano Trio. InterHarmony students will then be invited to perform for and learn from this great artist in an open master class.
Regularly cited as one of the instrument's greatest practitioners, Brendel enjoys a reputation unequalled among living pianists. Brendel will join the InterHarmony International Music Festival in Italy during the second session to deliver a lecture on Beethoven's last sonatas. Time and again, Brendel's talks have shown him to be one of the most insightful and eloquent interpreters of the Classical tradition, at the piano and behind the lectern.
Julian Rachlin, violin and viola, will take part in the IIMF's second session in Italy. First, violin and viola students will be offered the opportunity to learn from this great performer in an open masterclass. Then, look forward to a star-studded concert of piano quintets by Dvořák and Shostakovich, featuring Julian Rachlin on both violin and viola, Olga Martinova (violin), Sarah McElvry (violin), festival founder Misha Quint (cello), and Guest Artist Jean-Bernard Pommier (piano).
Pianist and conductor Jean-Bernard Pommier is one of France's most famous musical exports. InterHarmony International Music Festival now welcomes him to our Outstanding Guest Artist Series, for sessions two and three of the summer of 2016. Pommier has been performing publicly since the age of seven. At seventeen, he was awarded First Honourable Mention at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow by a jury presided over by Emil Gilels. Since then, he has appeared with greatest names in classical music. As a soloist, he has performed under Herbert von Karajan, Pierre Boulez, Zubin Mehta and Daniel Barenboim; as a chamber musician, with Isaac Stern, Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, Leonard Rose, and the Guarneri and Vermeer Quartets; his engagements as a conductor are too numerous to count. A chevalier of the Légion d'Honneur, Pommier's recordings include the complete sonatas of Mozart (Virgin) and Beethoven (Erato; Diapason d'Or), as well as concerti by Mozart, Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky. Pommier will perform in both Italy and in Sulzbach-Rosenberg and will perform alongside Music Director Misha Quint in a recital of cello sonatas Follow www.interharmony.com for more information as it becomes available.