Piano Program

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Piano Program in Italy

  • The piano program is very large, intensive, and unique. It is designed with elements of the Russian school to boost students to the next level of playing during each session. The beauty of their surroundings and cultural experience is ideal for artistic growth.

  • Each student receives two private lessons per week with an internationally-renowned artist faculty member.

  • All pianists are preselected into chamber groups and assigned to partners and repertoire choices according to level, matched well in advance. Pianists receive two fourty-five minute chamber coachings per week with an artist faculty member with their chamber group(s).

  • Alfred Brendel, piano
    Regularly cited as one of the instrument's greatest practitioners, Alfred Brendel enjoys a reputation unequalled among living pianists. Despite his improbable, largely self-taught beginnings in a non-musical family, he began concertizing at 17. After a breakthrough program of Beethoven brought him international recognition, he embarked on a recording and performance career which would reinvent the Austro-Hungarian tradition for modern audiences. His discography, one of the most extensive ever recorded by a pianist, includes the complete piano works of Beethoven and all of Mozart's piano concerti. He has been recognized with honorary doctorates from Cambridge, Oxford and Yale, as well as the Lifetime Achievement Awards of Edison, MIDEM Classical Awards, the Deutscher Schallplattenpreis and Gramophone Magazine, the recording industry's highest accolade. Since retiring from the stage in 2008, he has concentrated on lecturing, teaching and writing, and is the author of several books on music. Mr. Brendel will hold a lecture on Schubert’s Last Sonatas, on July 20, at the Sala La Meridiana in Acqui Terme. Students will be invited to listen to the ideas, insights and advice of one of the most reflective and articulate musicians of our times.
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  • Each year, many of the artist faculty give Master Classes on musical topics besides performance. The focus of these Master Classes vary. In the past we have had lectures on J.S. Bach's Goldberg Variations, Integrating the Musical and the Technical, Projection in Performance, Stage Presence, Jazz Improvisation, Eurythmics, and Alexander Technique. More info - List of Master Classes »

  • Students have the opportunity to sign up to perform either as a soloist or with their chamber group in the performance master classes nearly every day of the festival. Master classes are open to all participants of the festival. Many of these Master Classes focus on specific composers or repertoire. More info - List of Master Classes »

  • Pianists will have ample practice time. We have very good number of pianos at the festival (32 last year) and our pianists don't have to fight to find a piano to practice because they are on a precise schedule.

  • Designed to give an additional edge in performance experience and exchange of ideas between students and their colleagues, this concert is a performance of just pianists.

  • With concerts almost every night, students are exposed to a high level both from artist faculty and their colleagues as they watch each concert. Students will have an opportunity to perform. Performance is based on approval on preparedness.

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