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Classical Guitar Masterclass

Classical Guitar Masterclass

Marcin Dylla

Marcin Dylla
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Six days dedicated to exploring, studying and sharing the classical guitar in the hills of Alto Monferrato. The masterclass grants the possibility of having an intense experience with the professor, as well as moments of exchange and conviviality with the fellow students, in an environment specially dedicated to focusing on the music. There will be a maximum of 10 selected students.

The main focus of the course will be on soloist repertoire from all ages and styles, with a minimum of four 1-hour lessons for each participant; guitar duos-trios, chamber music groups or projects will also be welcome. Of the 4 lessons each, 2 will be open to auditors and other students of the course, the other 2 will be private – only with the teacher.

A concert by Marcin Dylla will open the masterclass, while the students will play during the final day of the course in a public concert organised by Foresty International Music Festival.

Finally, meetings will also be organised with luthier Mario Grimaldi, with the opportunity to ask questions and try out his instruments (both restored originals and his latest creations).

Casa della Musica structure offers a live-room with a modular acoustics, several spaces for studying, a garden and a Spa for relaxing – an ideal place for learning and music.

Marcin Dylla

Hailed by the Washington Post as “among the most gifted guitarists on the planet” Polish guitarist, Marcin Dylla is a rare phenomenon in the recent history of Classical Guitar. Many music critics, connoisseurs, and music lovers certify that Marcin Dylla is among the world’s elite of classical guitar players. He has earned this position, among others, to the unparalleled number of awards including 19 First Prizes from 1996-2007 at the most prestigious international music competitions around the world.

His last triumph was the Gold Medal of the ‘2007 Guitar Foundation of America International Competition’ in Los Angeles known as the most prestigious guitar contest in the world followed by tour of over 50 cities in North America, Mexico and Canada during 2008-09 season, live recital video recording for Mel Bay Publications and CD recording for Naxos that reached the Naxos ‘Top 10 Bestselling Albums’ in September 2008. His live recital DVD “Wawel Royal Castle at Dusk” was nominated for 2010 Fryderyk Award (equal to American Grammy) in the category of Solo Classical Music Album of the Year.

Mr. Dylla made his Concertgebouw recital debut in November 2016 during a busy 2016/2017 season where he was also the appointed faculty in residence at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music for the Fall 2016 semester.

Recent tour highlights included return invitations to Mexico, Chile, and recitals throughout Asia including Japan in Tokyo, Nagoya, Fukuoka, Hiroshima, and Hokkaido. In Taiwan at Taipei National Concert Hall with Taipei Symphony Orchestra, and Carnegie Hall debut during a two-month tour of North America with recitals covering both coasts. In Europe, he returned to Konzerthaus in Vienna and is invited to appear at the Koblenz International Guitar Festival and Competition, a major festival for the classical guitar each year, where he’s a beloved regular.

Regular recital invitations in the U.S. have taken Mr Dylla to Cincinnati, Lexington, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sonoma, Cleveland, New York, Utah, Miami, Boston, New Jersey, and Seattle as well as appearing with Riverside Symphonia in Piazzolla’s double concerto for guitar and bandoneon.

Marcin Dylla - Masterclass di chitarra classica

In Europe, extensive tours take him regularly to the U.K., Norway, Spain, Hungary, Sweden, Denmark, Poland, and Italy where he returned to serve on the distinguished jury panel of the 42nd edition of Michele Pittaluga’s International Classical Guitar Competition.

Mr. Dylla’s orchestral engagements included subscription concerts with the Warsaw Philharmonic conducted by Christian Arming performing two concerti (Ponce’s Concierto del Sur and Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez) on two consecutive nights, in addition to recitals throughout Europe every year. In the U.S., he performed as soloist with the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra during their new music director search. Furthermore, he has appeared as soloist with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra led by JoAnn Falletta, Orquesta Sinfónica de Radio Television Espanola (RTVE Madrid, Spain), St. Petersburg Philharmonia Orchestra (Russian Federation), Orchestra Filharmonica di Torino (Italy), the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra at Stuttgart Liederhalle, in Romania with the National Romanian Radio Orchestra in Bucharest, and the Essen Chamber Orchestra (Germany).

In 2006, Cecilia Rodrigo, daughter of the legendary Spanish composer, Joaquin Rodrigo, chose Mr. Dylla to perform the world premiere of a lately discovered new guitar work by her father entitled ‘Toccata’ (1933) at Reina Sofia Museum of Modern Art in Madrid. In 2002, at the 7th International Guitar Convent in Alessandria, he was granted a “gold guitar” musical critics’ award for the best coming young guitar player.

He has appeared in a number of distinguished concert halls including Konzerthaus, Musikverein and Palais Lobkovitz in Vienna (Austria), Auditorio Nacional and Auditorio Conde Duque in Madrid (Spain), St. Petersburg Philharmonic Hall (Russian Federation), Kleinhans Music Hall in Buffalo (USA), Villa Hügel in Essen (Germany) and the Palazzina Liberty in Milan (Italy). Apart from his guest performances at virtually every major European and North American guitar festival, he has been regularly invited to appear at Festival Internazionale Settimane Musicali di Stresa (Italy), Don Quixote Music Festival (Paris, France), Burghofspiele Eltville (Germany), International Festival Musical Olympus (St. Petersburg, Russian Federation), Inverno Musicale (Alzano, Italy), Central European Music Festival (Zilinai, Lithuania), Festival Internacional de Música (Toledo, Italy), and Musique Dans la Rue (Aix-en-Provence, France).

Marcin Dylla was born in Chorzow in 1976 and received his first guitar lessons at the Ruda Slaska Music Conservatory in his native Poland. From 1995 to 2000 he studied at the Music Academy of Katowice with Adi Wanda Palacz and later completed his studies with Oscar Ghiglia, Sonja Prunnbauer and Carlo Marchione at the Music Academies of Basel (Switzerland), Freiburg (Germany) and Maastricht (The Netherlands), respectively. He is currently a Professor of Guitar at the Music Academy in Katowice and Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster.

REGULATIONS
THE COURSE

Attendance as an actual student is €330; free access for auditors (subject to availability).

Lessons begin on 18/08/2024 and end on 23/08/2024 (total no. 6 effective days).

The course will be held in English. Lessons will be held at CDM’s premises.

 

The cost of the course includes:

  1. 4 individual lessons

  2. The possibility of attending some of the lessons and/or seminar and lectures held during the course

  3. The performance of the pieces presented during the masterclass in a public concert organised by Foresty International Music Festival

  4. The use of study spaces, whose hours will be self-managed by the students and coordinated with the activities taking place.

  5. Issue of certificates of participation authenticated by the teacher and the organisation

  6. The possibility, in the days following the course, to rent CdM San Michele studio at an advantageous price. For further information, please write to cdmsanmichele@gmail.com

Registration

Deadline for registration is: 08 July 2024.

A fee of €50 must be paid at the time of registration.

 

Payment details

Account holder: Associazione Montaldeo Musica

IBAN: IT02V0326848450052776248700

BIC/SWIFT: SELBIT2BXXX

Reason of payment: Name and Surname, music masterclass

 

By the 15th July you will be informed about the selection of the participants to the masterclass; in case of non-selection, the registration fee of €50 will be refunded.

Payment of the course fee, amounting to €330, must be made by the 22nd July.

The accommodation fee of €270 will be paid on site, upon arrival. Any payment and bank charges are the responsibility of the applicant.

 

In the event of late payment, for which bank transfer date of sending is decisive, a late payment fee of €75 will be charged.

For those who choose NOT to have board and lodging at CdM San Michele, the course fee will be €430.

Board and Accommodation (18-23 August - €270)

Casa San Michele offers accommodation in affiliated facilities (flats) for the duration of the course. If necessary, the flats are available to those who wish to stay the night before the beginning of the course (upon reservation) at an additional cost of €25 per night. The cost includes accommodation in a shared flat with a room with bed linen; it also includes dinner, served at the CDM facility. Water, fruit and snacks are always available in the common area of CDM; other consumptions will be considered extra. The lunch break is at your own discretion: all the flats are equipped with a basic kitchen. An affiliated resturant is within a short car/bike distance (3.4 km); should it be needed, the organisation can offer a transfer service to-and-fro the restaurant (free of charge and upon reservation). The cost of lunch is not included in the accommodation cost; however, the use of the SPA is included, limited to the times agreed on the occasion of the course and in accordance with current regulations. Rubber slippers (non-slip), towels and a swimming costume are compulsory for use of the SPA.

The balance of any extras can also be paid on the spot by credit or debit card or bank transfer.
Please note that in the village of Montaldeo there are no tobacconists, pharmacies, grocery shops or ATMs; all necessary services are easily accessible by car or bicycle in the neighbouring villages.
Upon request, at the beginning of the course, the organisation offers to buy and provide (free of extra-charge) any needed product (such as groceries, tobaccoes, toilet articles, etc.).

How to reach us

The nearest railway stations are Ovada, Novi Ligure, Arquata Scrivia; a transfer service is available from the arrival station to Montaldeo at a cost of €15. The nearest airports are Turin, Milan, Genoa, with respective train connections. For those travelling by car, Google Maps shows the exact location by searching for “Casa San Michele Montaldeo”; the nearest motorway exits are Ovada (A26), Novi Ligure (A26/A7), Arquata Scrivia (A7).

Cancellation

Registration fees, net of bank charges, will not be refunded under any circumstances (save for the initial fee of €50 in case of non-selection), except in the event of cancellation of a course due to force majeure or failure to reach a minimum number of participants. The accommodation fee will not be charged in the event of cancellation by the member.

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Masterclasses

Composition Masterclass / Composition Workshop for Electric Guitar

NEW MUSIC FOR GUITAR

Composition Masterclass / Composition Workshop for Electric Guitar

Pierluigi Billone, Francesco Palmieri

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The Composition masterclass is open to all those interested in composing a piece for electric guitar and who wish to gain this experience under the guidance of Pierluigi Billone, working closely with the performers of the contemporary Electric Guitar workshop held by Francesco Palmieri.
The starting point will be the organic integration of direct and creative manipulation of the instrument (preferably excluding additional tools, apparatus, extensions, etc.) with the possibilities of electronic sound processing programmes.
The privileged technical focus will be on the principles and formalisation of preliminary sound explorations, the creative and conscious use of the programmes and the development of an effective and coherent notation.
The compositional focus will be on the open and critical consideration of the principles of processing and development of the sound material chosen by the participant.
The culmination of the experience is the composition of a short piece for electric guitar (recommended duration 6/8 minutes, maximum duration: 10/12 minutes), also in the form of a Studio, or a preliminary study and/or a portion of a larger subsequent work, or as a documentation of a preliminary exploration of open possibilities.

The organisation of the course foresees a selection of candidates, after which pairs of guitarists and composers will be formed. The possibility of online meetings with Pierluigi Billone is planned to take place in spring 2024 on dates and in a manner to be agreed upon, in order to discuss the compositional process of the guitar piece. It will also be the task of the organisers to put each composer in contact with a guitarist to exchange drafts and ideas, so that the piece can be finalised profitably during the Masterclass days.

In the days leading up to the start of the course (29-31 July), CDM’s facility and accommodation are available (upon reservation and at a flat rate of €25/day) for students who wish to begin work with the performer independently.
In the event of particular needs or difficulties, the guitarists Francesco Palmieri and/or Giulia Pastorino (Collettivo_21) will be available to assist the student guitarists and/or take care of some of the composers’ pieces, handling their creation and recording.

The course also includes the possibility of presenting further own pieces (for any instrument) and working with the teacher.
The new works for guitar will be presented in a final concert organised by Foresty International Music Festival, with a live recording (audio and video) that will be given to each composer and guitarist and (subject to agreement with them), published on the social pages and website of CdM San Michele and Foresty International Music Festival.

Event calendar
  • 29-30-31 July: days available for students, both composers and guitarists (reservation required) to start work on new pieces for electric guitar. The work will take place at the CDM facility, accommodation is available at a flat rate of 25€/day
  • 1-2-3 August: Composition workshop for electric guitar – lessons with teachers Pierluigi Billone and Francesco Palmieri, working on new pieces for electric guitar
  • 2 August: Lecture-Concert on the music of Pierluigi Billone with Francesco Palmieri and Alberto Anhaus (Collettivo_21)
  • 3 August: Workshop final concert (pieces for electric guitar), with live recording
  • 4-5-6 August: Composition Masterclass (for student composers only) on free repertoire

Pierluigi Billone

Born 1960 in Italy, lives in Vienna.
He studied composition with Salvatore Sciarrino and Helmut Lachenmann. Billone’s music has been performed by relevant interpreters in festivals such as Wien Modern, Festival d’Automne Paris, Donaueschinger Musiktagen, Wittener Tagen für neue Kammermusik, Eclat-Stuttgart, Ultraschall-Berlin, Musica Viva München, TFNM Zürich, Ars Musica Bruxelles, Huddersfield NMF, Rainy Days Luxembourg, World Music Days Wroclaw, Biennale Zagreb, Boston, New York, Monday Ev. Concerts Los Angeles, Bendigo Festival Sidney. His works received international awards such as the Kompositionspreis der Stadt Stuttgart (Stuttgart 1993), the Busoni-Kompositionspreis (Academy of Arts Berlin 1996) the Wiener Internationaler Kompositionspreis

(Vienna 2004), the Ernst-Krenek-Preis (Vienna 2006), and the Förderkompositionspreis der Ernst-von-Siemens-Musikstiftung (Munich 2010).
From 2006 to 2008 Pierluigi Billone has been guest professor for composition at the Music University Graz, in 2009 at the Music University of Frankfurt, and from 2010 until 2012 at the Music University Graz. 2017 Visiting Professor at the Escola Superior de Música de Barcellona.

He is regularly invited as teacher and lecturer in composition courses such as: IEMA-Ensemble Modern Akademie 2008. Harvard University 2010. Columbia University NY 2010. MCME International Academy, Russland 2011. Ferienkurse Darmstadt 2010, 2012, 2014, 2018. Impuls Akademie Graz 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2109, 2021, 2023. Boston University 2015. New York University 2015. Tzlil Meducan Israel 2011, 2014, 2015, 2017. MCIC Madrid 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018. Royaumont 2016. Composit-Rieti 2015, 2016, 2017. Kalv Academy-Sweden 2018, 2022. Conservatoire Royale, Bruxelles 2020. APC-Lissabon 2021. Motocontrario-Trento 2022.

The works of Pierluigi Billone appear on CD-Labels: Kairos, Stradivarius, Col-legno, Durian, EMSA Sub-Rosa and Ein_Klang.

Pierluigi Billone

Francesco Palmieri

Francesco Palmieri

Francesco Palmieri (*1996, IT) is a Basel-based classical and electric guitarist, whose work intertwines instrumental practice with artistic research in music.

His dedication to contemporary music has led him to perform at major festivals including Ruhrtriennale, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Bludenzer Tage zeitgemäßer Musik and Darmstädter Ferienkurse. He collaborated with internationally known composers, such as Salvatore Sciarrino, Enno Poppe, Beat Furrer and Simon Steen-Andersen, and ensembles, including Ensemble Musikfabrik, Collegium Novum Zurich and Ensemble Phace, playing under the baton of conductors Emilio Pomarico, Brad Lubman and Clement Power, among others. He is a stable member of the musical collective Opificio Sonoro.

In 2020, Contrastes Records released his debut album titled Drownwords, featuring Simon Steen-Andersen’s complete works for guitar. He also recorded for Kairos, Brillant Classics and Liquen Records.
Winner of numerous grants and scholarships (e.g. Fondation Nicati-de Luze, LYRA Stiftung, DOMS Stiftung, Fondazione Giorgio Cini), he was awarded 1st Prize at two major competitions for interpretation contemporary music: International Competition Valentino Bucchi 2019 and Concours Nicati 2023.

After his studies in Fermo, Seville and Bern, in 2022 he graduated with full marks from the Basel Hochschule für Musik with a MA SP in Contemporary Music Performance. He is currently PhD student in Artistic Research in Music at the Malmö Academy of Music (Lund University).

Regulations
The course

Attendance as an actual student is €360; free access for auditors (subject to availability).

Lessons begin on 01/08/2024 and end on 06/08/2024 (total no. 6 effective days).

The course will be held in English/Italian.

Lessons will be held at CDM’s premises.

 

The cost of the course includes:

  1. Individual and group composition lessons (free repertoire)

  2. Workshop lessons (works for electric guitar) with professors and performers

  3. The possibility of attending all the lessons and/or seminar and lectures held during the course

  4. The performance (and recording) of the pieces presented during the masterclass in a public

    concert organised by Foresty International Music Festival

  5. The use of study spaces, whose hours will be self-managed by the students and coordinated

    with the activities taking place.

  6. Issue of certificates of participation authenticated by the teacher and the organisation

  7. The possibility, in the days following the course, to rent CdM San Michele studio at an advantageous price. For further information, please write to cdmsanmichele@gmail.com

Registration

Deadline for registration is: 04 April 2024.

A fee of €50 must be paid at the time of registration.

Payment details

Account holder: Associazione Montaldeo Musica

IBAN: IT02V0326848450052776248700

BIC/SWIFT: SELBIT2BXXX

Reason of payment: Name and Surname, music masterclass

By 11 March you will be informed about the selection of the participants to the masterclass; in case of non-selection, the registration fee of €50 will be refunded.

Payment of the course fee, amounting to €360, must be made by the 15 March.

The accommodation fee of €270 will be paid on site, upon arrival. Any payment and bank charges are the responsibility of the applicant.

In the event of late payment, for which bank transfer date of sending is decisive, a late payment fee of €75 will be charged.

During the month of March the pairs of guitarists/composers will be created and communicated; during the months of March to May it will be possible to schedule online meetings with Pierluigi Billone to discuss the compositional path of the guitar piece. Also during this period the pairs of participants are invited to make contact and exchange ideas and working drafts. The final delivery of the complete scores is scheduled by 20 June, to be sent to masterclasscdm@gmail.com.5

Board and Accommodation (01-06 August - €260)

Casa San Michele offers accommodation in affiliated facilities (flats) for the duration of the course. If necessary, the flats are available to those who wish to stay the night before the beginning of the course (upon reservation) at an additional cost of €25 per night. The cost includes accommodation in a shared flat with a room with bed linen; it also includes dinner, served at the CDM facility. Water, fruit and snacks are always available in the common area of CDM; other consumptions will be considered extra. The lunch break is at your own discretion: all the flats are equipped with a basic kitchen. An affiliated resturant is within a short car/bike distance (3.4 km); should it be needed, the organisation can offer a transfer service to-and-fro the restaurant (free of charge and upon reservation). The cost of lunch is not included in the accommodation cost; however, the use of the SPA is included, limited to the times agreed on the occasion of the course and in accordance with current regulations. Rubber slippers (non-slip), towels and a swimming costume are compulsory for use of the SPA.

The balance of any extras can also be paid on the spot by credit or debit card or bank transfer.
Please note that in the village of Montaldeo there are no tobacconists, pharmacies, grocery shops or ATMs; all necessary services are easily accessible by car or bicycle in the neighbouring villages.
Upon request, at the beginning of the course, the organisation offers to buy and provide (free of extra-charge) any needed product (such as groceries, tobaccoes, toilet articles, etc.).

How to reach us

The nearest railway stations are Ovada, Novi Ligure, Arquata Scrivia; a transfer service is available from the arrival station to Montaldeo at a cost of €15. The nearest airports are Turin, Milan, Genoa, with respective train connections. For those travelling by car, Google Maps shows the exact location by searching for “Casa San Michele Montaldeo”; the nearest motorway exits are Ovada (A26), Novi Ligure (A26/A7), Arquata Scrivia (A7).

Cancellation

Registration fees, net of bank charges, will not be refunded under any circumstances (save for the initial fee of €50 in case of non-selection), except in the event of cancellation of a course due to force majeure or failure to reach a minimum number of participants. The accommodation fee will not be charged in the event of cancellation by the member.

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Masterclasses

Electric Guitar Workshop with Composers

NEW MUSIC FOR GUITAR

Electric Guitar Workshop with Composers

Francesco Palmieri, Pierluigi Billone

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The New Music For Guitar Workshop is aimed at young guitarists who are passionate about the most recent music, in all its stylistic diversity, and consists of the creation of new compositions for solo guitar, written by young composers participating in the same workshop and Pierluigi Billone’s composition masterclass – which takes place on the same days. Francesco Palmieri and Pierluigi Billone will assist the students in this process of creation, paying particular attention to the communication of musical ideas through notation, to the dynamic-creative role that the performer can play during the exploration of new paths, and to the collective reflection on the modes of performance (space, context, presentation, communication).

The organisation of the course foresees a selection of candidates, after which pairs of guitarists and composers will be formed. It will also be the task of the organisers to put each composer in contact with a guitarist to exchange drafts and ideas, so that the piece can be finalised profitably during the Masterclass days.

In the days leading up to the start of the course (29-31 July), CDM’s facility and accommodation are available (upon reservation and at a flat rate of €25/day) for students who wish to begin work with the performer independently.
The new works for guitar will be presented in a final concert organised by Foresty International Music Festival, with a live recording (audio and video) that will be given to each composer and guitarist and (subject to agreement with them), published on the social pages and website of CdM San Michele and Foresty International Music Festival.

Event calendar
  • 29-30-31 July: days available for students, both composers and guitarists (reservation required) to start work on new pieces for electric guitar. The work will take place at the CDM facility, accommodation is available at a flat rate of 25€/day
  • 1-2-3 August: Composition workshop for electric guitar – lessons with teachers Pierluigi Billone and Francesco Palmieri, working on new pieces for electric guitar
  • 2 August: Lecture-Concert on the music of Pierluigi Billone with Francesco Palmieri and Alberto Anhaus (Collettivo_21)
  • 3 August: Workshop final concert (pieces for electric guitar), with live recording
  • 4-5-6 August: Composition Masterclass (for student composers only) on free repertoire

Francesco Palmieri

Francesco Palmieri

Francesco Palmieri (*1996, IT) is a Basel-based classical and electric guitarist, whose work intertwines instrumental practice with artistic research in music.

His dedication to contemporary music has led him to perform at major festivals including Ruhrtriennale, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Bludenzer Tage zeitgemäßer Musik and Darmstädter Ferienkurse. He collaborated with internationally known composers, such as Salvatore Sciarrino, Enno Poppe, Beat Furrer and Simon Steen-Andersen, and ensembles, including Ensemble Musikfabrik, Collegium Novum Zurich and Ensemble Phace, playing under the baton of conductors Emilio Pomarico, Brad Lubman and Clement Power, among others. He is a stable member of the musical collective Opificio Sonoro.

In 2020, Contrastes Records released his debut album titled Drownwords, featuring Simon Steen-Andersen’s complete works for guitar. He also recorded for Kairos, Brillant Classics and Liquen Records.
Winner of numerous grants and scholarships (e.g. Fondation Nicati-de Luze, LYRA Stiftung, DOMS Stiftung, Fondazione Giorgio Cini), he was awarded 1st Prize at two major competitions for interpretation contemporary music: International Competition Valentino Bucchi 2019 and Concours Nicati 2023.

After his studies in Fermo, Seville and Bern, in 2022 he graduated with full marks from the Basel Hochschule für Musik with a MA SP in Contemporary Music Performance. He is currently PhD student in Artistic Research in Music at the Malmö Academy of Music (Lund University).

Pierluigi Billone

Born 1960 in Italy, lives in Vienna.
He studied composition with Salvatore Sciarrino and Helmut Lachenmann. Billone’s music has been performed by relevant interpreters in festivals such as Wien Modern, Festival d’Automne Paris, Donaueschinger Musiktagen, Wittener Tagen für neue Kammermusik, Eclat-Stuttgart, Ultraschall-Berlin, Musica Viva München, TFNM Zürich, Ars Musica Bruxelles, Huddersfield NMF, Rainy Days Luxembourg, World Music Days Wroclaw, Biennale Zagreb, Boston, New York, Monday Ev. Concerts Los Angeles, Bendigo Festival Sidney. His works received international awards such as the Kompositionspreis der Stadt Stuttgart (Stuttgart 1993), the Busoni-Kompositionspreis (Academy of Arts Berlin 1996) the Wiener Internationaler Kompositionspreis

(Vienna 2004), the Ernst-Krenek-Preis (Vienna 2006), and the Förderkompositionspreis der Ernst-von-Siemens-Musikstiftung (Munich 2010).
From 2006 to 2008 Pierluigi Billone has been guest professor for composition at the Music University Graz, in 2009 at the Music University of Frankfurt, and from 2010 until 2012 at the Music University Graz. 2017 Visiting Professor at the Escola Superior de Música de Barcellona.

He is regularly invited as teacher and lecturer in composition courses such as: IEMA-Ensemble Modern Akademie 2008. Harvard University 2010. Columbia University NY 2010. MCME International Academy, Russland 2011. Ferienkurse Darmstadt 2010, 2012, 2014, 2018. Impuls Akademie Graz 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2109, 2021, 2023. Boston University 2015. New York University 2015. Tzlil Meducan Israel 2011, 2014, 2015, 2017. MCIC Madrid 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018. Royaumont 2016. Composit-Rieti 2015, 2016, 2017. Kalv Academy-Sweden 2018, 2022. Conservatoire Royale, Bruxelles 2020. APC-Lissabon 2021. Motocontrario-Trento 2022.

The works of Pierluigi Billone appear on CD-Labels: Kairos, Stradivarius, Col-legno, Durian, EMSA Sub-Rosa and Ein_Klang.

Pierluigi Billone
Regulations
The course

Attendance as an actual student is €160; free access for auditors (subject to availability).

Lessons begin on 01/08/2024 and end on 03/08/2024 (total no. 3 effective days).

The course will be held in English/Italian.

Lessons will be held at CDM’s premises.

 

The cost of the course includes:

  1. Workshop lessons (works for electric guitar) with professors and performers

  2. The possibility of attending all the lessons and/or seminar and lectures held during the course

  3. The performance (and recording) of the pieces presented during the masterclass in a public concert organised by Foresty International Music Festival

  4. The use of study spaces, whose hours will be self-managed by the students and coordinated with the activities taking place.

  5. Issue of certificates of participation authenticated by the teacher and the organisation

  6. The possibility, in the days following the course, to rent CdM San Michele studio at an advantageous price. For further information, please write to cdmsanmichele@gmail.com

Registration

Deadline for registration is: 04 March 2024.

A fee of €50 must be paid at the time of registration.

Payment details

Account holder: Associazione Montaldeo Musica

IBAN: IT02V0326848450052776248700

BIC/SWIFT: SELBIT2BXXX
Reason of payment: Name and Surname, music masterclass

 

By the 11th March you will be informed about the selection of the participants to the masterclass; in case of non-selection, the registration fee of €50 will be refunded. Payment of the course fee, amounting to €160, must be made by the 15th March. The accommodation fee of €135 will be paid on site, upon arrival. Any payment and bank charges are the responsibility of the applicant.

In the event of late payment, for which bank transfer date of sending is decisive, a late payment fee of €75 will be charged.

 

During the month of March the pairs of guitarists/composers will be created and communicated; during the months of March to May the pairs of participants are invited to make contact and exchange ideas and working drafts. The final delivery of the complete scores is scheduled by 5 June. If needed, an online meeting with Francesco Palmieri can be arranged during the spring to discuss the work in progress.

CDM provides for the duration of the course:

  1. One Fender Twin Reverb amplifier

  2. One Randall amplifier

  3. One Fender Mustang I amplifier

The remaining materials will be the responsibility of the individual participants. Please agree with the composers on the materials required for the realisation of the new pieces, and make the organisation aware of the various technical requirements: masterclasscdm@gmail.com

Board and Accommodation (01-03 August - €135)

Casa San Michele offers accommodation in affiliated facilities (flats) for the duration of the course. If necessary, the flats are available to those who wish to stay the night before the beginning of the course (upon reservation) at an additional cost of €25 per night. The cost includes accommodation in a shared flat with a room with bed linen; it also includes dinner, served at the CDM facility. Water, fruit and snacks are always available in the common area of CDM; other consumptions will be considered extra. The lunch break is at your own discretion: all the flats are equipped with a basic kitchen. An affiliated resturant is within a short car/bike distance (3.4 km); should it be needed, the organisation can offer a transfer service to-and-fro the restaurant (free of charge and upon reservation). The cost of lunch is not included in the accommodation cost; however, the use of the SPA is included, limited to the times agreed on the occasion of the course and in accordance with current regulations. Rubber slippers (non-slip), towels and a swimming costume are compulsory for use of the SPA.

The balance of any extras can also be paid on the spot by credit or debit card or bank transfer.
Please note that in the village of Montaldeo there are no tobacconists, pharmacies, grocery shops or ATMs; all necessary services are easily accessible by car or bicycle in the neighbouring villages.
Upon request, at the beginning of the course, the organisation offers to buy and provide (free of extra-charge) any needed product (such as groceries, tobaccoes, toilet articles, etc.).

How to reach us

The nearest railway stations are Ovada, Novi Ligure, Arquata Scrivia; a transfer service is available from the arrival station to Montaldeo at a cost of €15. The nearest airports are Turin, Milan, Genoa, with respective train connections. For those travelling by car, Google Maps shows the exact location by searching for “Casa San Michele Montaldeo”; the nearest motorway exits are Ovada (A26), Novi Ligure (A26/A7), Arquata Scrivia (A7).

Cancellation

Registration fees, net of bank charges, will not be refunded under any circumstances (save for the initial fee of €50 in case of non-selection), except in the event of cancellation of a course due to force majeure or failure to reach a minimum number of participants. The accommodation fee will not be charged in the event of cancellation by the member.

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Masterclasses

Composition Masterclass

Composition Masterclass

Francesco Filidei, Mauro Lanza

Masterclass di Composizione Filidei e Lanza 2024
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The Composition Masterclass is aimed at all composers who wish to present their works (for any instrument) and who wish to discuss topics ranging from compositional techniques to reflections on contemporary writing with Mauro Lanza and Franesco Filidei.
During the course days there will be meetings dedicated to listening to and discussing the pieces presented, moments in which the professors will talk about their own production, and there will also be convivial and informal moments in which to discuss the topics that emerge from the meetings in an atmosphere of mutual sharing and listening.

 

Ensemble in Residence: Collettivo_21

The contemporary music ensemble Collettivo_21 is available to students for reading sessions of the presented pieces – if you are interested in a reading session, please contact the ensemble at info@collettivo21.com in order to submit the score/draft.

Ensemble (1 performer per instrument):

  • flute (also piccolo and alto flute)
  • saxophone (tenor, alto)
  • violin
  • cello (also electric bass)
  • piano (please contact in advance for piano preparation)
  • classical guitar and electric guitar (please contact for effects/instrumentation)
  • percussion (please contact for a list of available instruments), electronics (please contact for electronics).

The ensemble also offers individual time with each performer during the course, with the possibility of discussing extended techniques and other issues.

Francesco Filidei

Born in Pisa in 1973, Francesco Filidei graduated from the Florence Conservatoire and the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris, always obtaining top marks. As an organist and composer, he has been invited by the most important festivals of contemporary music, played by orchestras such as the WDR, SWR, RSO Wien, ORT, RAI, Tokyo Philharmonic, Bayerische Rundfunk, La Verdi, Warsaw and Vilnius Philharmonic, and by specialised ensembles such as Linea, l’Itineraire, Alter Ego, NEM, EOC, l’Intercontemporain, Les Percussions de Strasbourg, Klangforum, Musikfabrik, Recherche, Tokyo Synfonietta, Icarus, Ictus, London Synfonietta Neue Vocalsolisten, in particular at the Berlin, Cologne and Paris Philharmonics, the Suntory and Tokyo Opera House, the Theaterhaus in Vienna, the Herkulessaal in Munich, the Tonhalle in Zurich, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

After receiving a commission from the Comité de Lecture Ircam in 2005, he was awarded the Salzburg Music Forderpreistrager 2006, the Prix Takefu 2007, the Forderpreistrager Siemens 2009, the UNESCO Picasso/Miro Medal of the Rostrum of Composers 2011, the Abbiati Prize 2015, the Charles Cros Academy Prize 2016. He was a fellow of the Akademie Schloss Solitude in 2005, a member of the Casa de Velàzquez in 2006 and 2007, a Pensionnaire at the Villa Medici in 2012, a DAAD fellow and composer-in-residence of the Ensemble 2e2m in 2015. He has taught composition in Royaumont (Voix Nouvelles) at Iowa University, in Takefu, at the Tchaikovsky City Academy in Russia and at the Ferienkurse in Darmstadt. He was appointed Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture in 2016 and Music Consultant of the I Teatri di Reggio Emilia foundation in 2017.

After his first opera on Giordano Bruno, he worked with librettist and director Joel Pommerat on a new opera commissioned by the Opera Comique on a story by Zamiatine, the Flood. His works have been published by Ricordi since 2018.

Francesco Filidei

Mauro Lanza

Mauro Lanza

Mauro Lanza was born in Italy in 1975. He studied piano at the Conservatorio B. Marcello in Venice and music theory and musicology at the Université Ca’ Foscari, and trained with Brian Ferneyhough, Salvatore Sciarrino, and Gérard Grisey. He was awarded first prize at the Valentino Bucchi International Composition Competition (Rome, 1996) and at the Carlo Gesualdo da Venosa International Composition Competition (Potenza, 1998). In 1998, he was selected by the Ensemble intercontemporain and IRCAM reading committee to participate in Cursus (IRCAM’s composition and computer music course). Lanza is a Research Composer and Instructor at IRCAM. In 2004-2005, he was a guest professor at McGill University in Montreal. He has given master classes at the Paris, Cagliari, and Cuneo conservatories, where he continues to teach in the music and new technologies program. He regularly participates in research with IRCAM in the fields of physical modeling synthesis and computer-assisted composition. Between 2010

and 2013, he was also a composition advisor for IRCAM’s Cursus program. He currently teaches at the Universität der Künste Berlin.
In 2003 and 2004, the IRCAM and the Archipel festival devoted three concerts to his work. In 2004, he received a commission from the Opéra de Paris and IRCAM to compose music for choreography by Angelin Preljocaj, for which he wrote Le songe de Médée. His collaborative work with videographer Paolo Pachini led to an artist residency at the Studio du Fresnoy, resulting in the piece Descrizione del Diluvio in 2008.

Mauro Lanza held a residency at the Civitella Ranieri Foundation in 2006, at the Villa Medici in Rome in 2007-2008, and at the Akademie Schloss Solitude from 2009 to 2011. Schloss Solitude commissioned his Vorspiel (2010) and La bataille de Caresme et de Charnage (co-commissioned with Ensemble Sillages, 2012). His double string quartet, Der Kampf zwischen Karneval und Fasten, premiered in a performace by the Arditti and Jack quartets at the Witten festival in 2012.

Playful and often mischievous, Lanza’s writing seeks both distance and rigor, mixing traditional and electroacoustic instruments with a range of unexpected sound sources, such as toys or unusual devices, for example his rain machine, around which the musical discourse of Nubi non scoppiano per il peso (2011) is built, or the computer-directed augmented home appliances used in his cycle Systema naturae (2013-2017), created in collaboration with composer Andrea Valle.

Lanza was awarded the 2014 Franco Abbiati Prize by Italy’s National Association of Music Critics. His scores are published by Ricordi.

Regulations
The course

Attendance as an actual student is €350; free access for auditors (subject to availability).

Lessons begin on 18/07/2024 and end on 22/07/2024 (total no. 5 effective days).

The course will be held in English/Italian.

Lessons will be held at CDM’s premises.

 

The cost of the course includes:

  1. Individual and group lessons with Francesco Filidei and Mauro Lanza

  2. Readings session with Collettivo_21

  3. Individual time with the members of Collettivo_21

  4. The possibility of attending all the lessons and/or seminar and lectures held during the course

  5. The use of study spaces, whose hours will be self-managed by the students and coordinated with the activities taking place.

  6. Issue of certificates of participation authenticated by the teacher and the organisation

  7. The possibility, in the days following the course, to rent CdM San Michele studio at an advantageous price. For further information, please write to cdmsanmichele@gmail.com

Registration

Deadline for registration is: 17 April 2024.

A fee of €50 must be paid at the time of registration.

 

Payment details

Account holder: Associazione Montaldeo Musica

IBAN: IT02V0326848450052776248700

BIC/SWIFT: SELBIT2BXXX

Reason of payment: Name and Surname, music masterclass

 

By 22 April you will be informed about the selection of the participants to the masterclass; in case of non-selection, the registration fee of €50 will be refunded.

Payment of the course fee, amounting to €350, must be made by the 26 April.

The accommodation fee of €225 will be paid on site, upon arrival. Any payment and bank charges are the responsibility of the applicant.

In the event of late payment, for which bank transfer date of sending is decisive, a late payment fee of €75 will be charged.

Board and Accommodation (18-22 July - €225)

Casa San Michele offers accommodation in affiliated facilities (flats) for the duration of the course. If necessary, the flats are available to those who wish to stay the night before the beginning of the course (upon reservation) at an additional cost of €25 per night. The cost includes accommodation in a shared flat with a room with bed linen; it also includes dinner, served at the CDM facility. Water, fruit and snacks are always available in the common area of CDM; other consumptions will be considered extra. The lunch break is at your own discretion: all the flats are equipped with a basic kitchen. An affiliated resturant is within a short car/bike distance (3.4 km); should it be needed, the organisation can offer a transfer service to-and-fro the restaurant (free of charge and upon reservation). The cost of lunch is not included in the accommodation cost; however, the use of the SPA is included, limited to the times agreed on the occasion of the course and in accordance with current regulations. Rubber slippers (non-slip), towels and a swimming costume are compulsory for use of the SPA.

The balance of any extras can also be paid on the spot by credit or debit card or bank transfer.
Please note that in the village of Montaldeo there are no tobacconists, pharmacies, grocery shops or ATMs; all necessary services are easily accessible by car or bicycle in the neighbouring villages.
Upon request, at the beginning of the course, the organisation offers to buy and provide (free of extra-charge) any needed product (such as groceries, tobaccoes, toilet articles, etc.).

How to reach us

The nearest railway stations are Ovada, Novi Ligure, Arquata Scrivia; a transfer service is available from the arrival station to Montaldeo at a cost of €15. The nearest airports are Turin, Milan, Genoa, with respective train connections. For those travelling by car, Google Maps shows the exact location by searching for “Casa San Michele Montaldeo”; the nearest motorway exits are Ovada (A26), Novi Ligure (A26/A7), Arquata Scrivia (A7).

Cancellation

Registration fees, net of bank charges, will not be refunded under any circumstances (save for the initial fee of €50 in case of non-selection), except in the event of cancellation of a course due to force majeure or failure to reach a minimum number of participants. The accommodation fee will not be charged in the event of cancellation by the member.

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Masterclasses

Contemporary Percussion Gathering

Contemporary Percussion Gathering

Brian Archinal, Alessandro Perini

Composition and Percussion Course

Perini, Archinal - Contemporary Percussion Gathering 2
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The course is open to professional percussionists, composers, conservatory students of all levels, chamber music ensembles dedicated to the contemporary repertoire, multimedia artists, improvisers and instrumentalists of all kinds, with no age limits; a short but intense deep-dive into the increasingly diverse landscape of composed, improvised and experimental percussion performed, framed by rehearsals, masterclasses, discussions, presentations, collaborations and performances.

 

What the course offers:

  • performances of collaborative creations, both made at the festival and finished in advance
  • concerts featuring relevant and current aesthetics in contemporary percussion
  • open, individual lessons/one-on-one meetings (percussion and/or composition)
  • coached rehearsals
  • lectures and workshops
  • documentation of performances
  • percussion instruments will be provided for solo works upon agreement.

 

Goals:

  • to broaden one’s perspective of current contemporary music aesthetics
  • to discuss and define a historical context of percussion
  • develop strategies for musical interpretation and collaboration, especially with regards to “object music” or “post-instrumental practice”
  • expand one’s musical network and make great music together

 

The course will be fully developed over the winter and spring of 2024, with the program and performances being defined in collaboration with the potential participants of the course. The course will be adapted to the number of applicants and their ability level and repertoire choices/wishes.

For percussionists, there’ll be the possibility to perform a solo piece (or more) that will be workshopped with the tutors and in a concert and/or working with composers for a new collaborative creation. For composers, there will be the possibility of discussing one’s works with the tutors, work on the electronics and propose/participate in collaborative projects, to be performed on the last day. For other figures, the course program will be discussed on the participant’s needs.

 

Proposed Ensemble Repertoire:

  • Carolyn Chen, Tragedy, Adagio, for 3 or more performers
  • Julia Wolfe, Dark Full Ride (excerpts), for 4 Drum kits
  • Jesse Marino, Ritual II Autoprocess, for 4 instrumental performers and video
  • Michael Maierhof, Shopping 4 and/or Specific Objects, 10 Min. for 3 Prepared Baloons
  • Elena Rykova, Silenced, for 3 performances and DIY Electronics
  • Annesley Black, Smooche de la Rooche II
  • Justina Repečkaitė, Pulsating Skin
  • Sarah Hennies, Memory Box
  • One large ensemble performance featuring performers and composers: Michael Pisaro, Hearing Metal III
    For 16 cymbals and sine tones

Brian Archinal

Brian Archinal alle percussioni

Living and working in Switzerland, American percussionist Brian Archinal has been collecting awards and praise for his musical activities as a percussionist, educator, artistic director, and event producer. Together with ensembles like Ensemble Nikel (Tel Aviv, Israel), ET | ET (Basel, Switzerland) and Collegium Novum (Zurich, Switzerland), he pursues the forefront of musical exploration and collaboration.

As Professor of Percussion at the Bern University of the Arts (Hochschule der Künste Bern), his pedagogy is built around an experimental approach to musical interpretation, as well the role of multimedia in performance.

Brian has performed internationally at some of the most prestigious festivals for contemporary music including: Wien Modern AU, ArsMusica BE, Manifeste FR, Darmstadt DE, Donaueschingen GE, Ultraschall GE, Gaudeamus NE, November Music NE, Warsaw Autumn PO, Biennale di Venezia, IT, Warsaw Autumn PO, Huddersfield CMF UK, as well as Time Spans US, and has recorded for various music labels such as OUS Kairos, Bastille Musique, NEOS, WERGO, MODE Records, GOD Recordings Klarthe, Tzadik, Galaxa, Innova, Musiques Suisses, and Silentes.

Alessandro Perini

Alessandro Perini studied Composition (with Luca Francesconi and Ivan Fedele among others), Electronic Music and Science of Musical Communication in Italy and Sweden.

His artistic production ranges from instrumental and electronic music to audiovisual and light-based works, net-art, land-art and vibration-based works, recently focusing on

custom-built machines.
He has taken part in festivals such as Biennale di Venezia, Milano Musica, BTzM Bludenz, Open Spaces Dresden, Festival Musica Strasbourg, Music Current Dublin, New Directions (Sweden), Procesas (Lithuania), UNM and Nordic Music Days (Iceland, Norway, Sweden), Moscow Forum, ReMusik Saint Petersburg, Tempus Fugit and Distat Terra (Argentina), MATA New York, KLANG Copenhagen, as well as being in residence at Fondazione Spinola Banna per L’Arte (Italy) in 2014 in the music program. A recent CD issued by KAIROS, “The Expanded Body”, gathers some of his solo and chamber music works.

Alessandro Perini

He has participated in multiple artistic residencies including in Chiaravalle (Milano, Italy) for the Imagonirmia Prize (2016), realising a series of site-specific sound art projects; in 2017 he was in residence at I-Park Foundation in Connecticut (2017); in 2018 at Fondazione Spinola Banna per L’Arte (Italy), where he designed machines to process the clay found on-site; and again in 2018 at the BIOART Society in Finnish Lapland. He was the recipient of the Commendation Award at the Global Digital Arts Prize, NTU Singapore (2019).
He has taught audiovisual production for the arts at the Conservatory of Como (Italy) and electronic music at the Malmö Academy of Music, as well as in workshops in Italy, Switzerland, Lithuania and South America. He is currently artistic supervisor at the Inter Arts Center in Malmö, taking care of incoming artists in residence and co-organizing sound-oriented activities, and teaching Composition at the Conservatory of Cesena (Italy).

Course assistants

Luca Guidarini

Luca Guidarini

Born in Rovigo in 1995, Luca Guidarini is a composer, musicologist, and sound director. Luca’s music deals with the relationships between the technological means, the musicians, and the performance itself, and it has been performed in festivals such as Biennale Musica di Venezia, Cerimoniali Ritmici (Rome), Crossroads Festival (Salzburg), Traiettorie (Parma), IMPULS (Graz), Kontaktas (Vilnius), among others.

His musicological research focuses on music theory, compositional and improvisational techniques of composers and performers of the late XXth and XXIst Century and were presented at institutions like McGill University (Montreal), IRCAM (Paris), KUG (Graz), Inter Arts Center (Malmö). He is part of the research groups DALM (Dialogic approaches on living music) of University of Pavia. Luca is a member of the ensemble Collettivo_21 as sound director and composer.

Alberto Anhaus

Born in Montebelluna, Italy (12-05-1996). He studied percussion at the Conservatories of Padua, Krakow (PL), Parma and Bern. Specialised in experimental music for years, he has collaborated with projects such as Art Percussion ensemble, Sampl, Ex Novo Ensemble, INPUT DUO, Taverna Maderna and Collettivo_21.

He has participated in master classes with artists such as Alvin Curran, Lê Quan Ninh, Simon Løffler, Simon Steen-Andersen, Pierre Jodlowski.
He collaborates with composers such as G. Mancuso, E. Radigue, K. Sheehan, L. Guidarini, Iadema, Z. Toraman and F. Machiavelli.

He has performed in festivals and venues such as Fondazione Prometeo of Parma, Crossroads Festival in Salzburg, Kontaktas festival in Vilnius, Swiss percussion days in Basel, O’Culto Lisbon, Biennale music Zagreb, Mantova musica, Inpuls Graz and la Biennale musica di Venezia.

Alberto Anhaus
Regulations
The course

Attendance as an actual student is €330; free access for auditors (subject to availability).

Lessons begin on 09/07/2024 and end on 14/07/2024 (total no. 6 effective days).

The course will be held in English/Italian.

Lessons will be held at CDM’s premises.

 

The cost of the course includes:

  1. Individual lessons

  2. Tutored rehearsals

  3. The possibility of attending all the lessons and/or seminar and lectures held during the course

  4. The performance of the pieces presented during the masterclass (solo and/or ensemble) in a

    public concert organised by Foresty International Music Festival

  5. The presentation of the collaborative projects in a final event organised by Foresty

    International Music Festival

  6. The use of study spaces, whose hours will be self-managed by the students and coordinated with the activities taking place.

  7. Issue of certificates of participation authenticated by the teacher and the organisation

  8. The possibility, in the days following the course, to stay at CdM San Michele to professionally record at an advantageous price. For further information, please write to

    cdmsanmichele@gmail.com

Registration

Deadline for registration is: 17 April 2024.

A fee of €50 must be paid at the time of registration.

 

Payment details

Account holder: Associazione Montaldeo Musica

IBAN: IT02V0326848450052776248700

BIC/SWIFT: SELBIT2BXXX

Reason of payment: Name and Surname, music masterclass

 

By 22 April you will be informed about the selection of the participants to the masterclass; in case of non-selection, the registration fee of €50 will be refunded. Payment of the course fee, amounting to €330, must be made by 26 April. The accommodation fee of €270 will be paid on site, upon arrival.

Any payment and bank charges are the responsibility of the applicant.

In the event of late payment, for which bank transfer date of sending is decisive, a late payment fee of €75 will be charged.

Application info

Composers: send an idea/draft for a specific (also already existing) project/creation, with tech rider (see LINK for materials provided by the organisation), number of performers (if needed). Look into LINK for info about site-specific works; also works to be discussed during individual lessons/lectures. Confirm availability to work with ensemble and/or for collaborative projects (one or more).

 

Percussionists: also (if interested) send an idea/draft for a specific project/creation, and/or a repertoire to be worked on during individual lessons. Confirm availability to work with ensemble and/or for collaborative projects (one or more).

 

Other artists: get in touch with Alessandro Perini (www.alessandroperini.com) for special arrangements, site-specific work, Arduino-related projects, instrument building and so on.

 

For any specific collaborative project that needs it, a work group will be created, in order to have time to discuss the performance, send and receive scores/indications and study materials before the actual masterclass.

For any questions regarding the course (tech rider, repertoire, instrumentation, etc.), don’t hesitate to write at BOTH:
masterclasscdm@gmail.com
albertoanhaus@gmail.com

 

CdM Info:

Site-specific info: LINK – this link will be updated based on the participants’ needs. Tech rider info: LINK – this link will be updated based on the participants’ needs.

Board and Accommodation (09-14 July - €270)

Casa San Michele offers accommodation in affiliated facilities (flats) for the duration of the course. If necessary, the flats are available to those who wish to stay the night before the beginning of the course (upon reservation) at an additional cost of €25 per night. The cost includes accommodation in a shared flat with a room with bed linen; it also includes dinner, served at the CDM facility. Water, fruit and snacks are always available in the common area of CDM; other consumptions will be considered extra. The lunch break is at your own discretion: all the flats are equipped with a basic kitchen. An affiliated resturant is within a short car/bike distance (3.4 km); should it be needed, the organisation can offer a transfer service to-and-fro the restaurant (free of charge and upon reservation). The cost of lunch is not included in the accommodation cost; however, the use of the SPA is included, limited to the times agreed on the occasion of the course and in accordance with current regulations. Rubber slippers (non-slip), towels and a swimming costume are compulsory for use of the SPA.

The balance of any extras can also be paid on the spot by credit or debit card or bank transfer.
Please note that in the village of Montaldeo there are no tobacconists, pharmacies, grocery shops or ATMs; all necessary services are easily accessible by car or bicycle in the neighbouring villages.
Upon request, at the beginning of the course, the organisation offers to buy and provide (free of extra-charge) any needed product (such as groceries, tobaccoes, toilet articles, etc.).

How to reach us

The nearest railway stations are Ovada, Novi Ligure, Arquata Scrivia; a transfer service is available from the arrival station to Montaldeo at a cost of €15. The nearest airports are Turin, Milan, Genoa, with respective train connections. For those travelling by car, Google Maps shows the exact location by searching for “Casa San Michele Montaldeo”; the nearest motorway exits are Ovada (A26), Novi Ligure (A26/A7), Arquata Scrivia (A7).

Cancellation

Registration fees, net of bank charges, will not be refunded under any circumstances (save for the initial fee of €50 in case of non-selection), except in the event of cancellation of a course due to force majeure or failure to reach a minimum number of participants. The accommodation fee will not be charged in the event of cancellation by the member.

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Masterclasses

Improvisation Workshop

Improvisation Workshop

Ernst Reijseger

Ernst Reijseger Masterclass at CDM San Michele
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The workshop is open to composers and instrumentalists, singers. Electronics are welcome. Practitioners with interest in improvisation, preferably practically active and equipped with an already developed level of technical-instrumental mastery, regardless of background and discipline.
Advised age for participants is over 18 years old.

The course will focus on how to execute and practice improvisation. Solo or in different ensemble settings. Ernst Reijseger’s guidance aims at inspiration and ways to approach the work, whilst enjoying the discipline of it.

The workshop gives the participants a creative opportunity to work on form, co-compose and finding ideas for practice strategies and future composition. The course is generally organised in study days of five/six hours divided between morning and afternoon.
In addition to the organised gatherings, there will be enough informal moments in which to talk about desired topics.

Ernst Reijseger

Dutch cellist, composer & improvisor Ernst Reijseger is an influential improvising musician who developed a personal vocabulary on his instrument. Ernst Reijseger is a genre bender. His compositions and collaborations transcend musical styles and art forms. He is a creative partner of film and theatre makers, actors, storytellers, poets, dancers, dj’s, painters, sculptors, photographers, glassblowers, inventors and horses.

Since 2004, Reijseger has scored films for Werner Herzog, Alex and Andrew Smith and others. In 2013 Reijseger played in dialogue with paintings by Jerry Zeniuk by making a tour through the gallery whilst playing (album Crystal Palace). Spring and summer 2017 he scored and performed his music to Shakespeare’s Hamlet at The Public Theatre in New York City.

His musical collaborations include many styles: improvised and jazz music – Harmen Fraanje, Han Bennink, Misha Mengelberg, Steve Lacy, Uri Caine, Deborah Brown – classical and baroque music – Yo Yo Ma, Giovanni Sollima, Erik Bosgraaf, Dutch Wind Ensemble,

Forma Antiqua – and traditional music – Trilok Gurtu, Tenore e Concordu de Orosei, Groove Lélé, Nana Vasconcelos, A Filetta, Mola Sylla, Ceylan Ertem.
Reijseger’s live performances challenge expectations and provoke communication. Reijseger likes to incorporate the acoustics and reflections of the performance space.

“I’m a non-repertoire cellist, following a non-traditional path. From when I was very young, music from all over the world inspired me. I intuitively played in a way that I later found out is called improvisation. Although I was always interested in the traditional cello technique and aware of the cello repertoire, I became more and more self-taught in playing and composing. My pizzicato techniques are inspired by plucking and fingerpicking of (bass) guitar players. Drummers from all over inspired my rhythmical approach. Pianists, guitarists and saxophonists influenced my phrasing. I’ve always worked with musicians deriving from different traditions.”

 
Ernst Reijseger

Reijseger is regularly invited to teach at music academies Accademia Musicale Chigiana (music&media), Amsterdam Conservatorium (all disciplines), Koninklijk Conservatorium The Hague (thesis supervisor), Prins Claus Conservatorium (European Master of Music NAIP – New Audiences and Innovative Practice), Kronberg Academy Festival.

“Ernst Reijseger has studied the cello rulebook, absorbed it thoroughly, and thrown it out the window. Never restricted by others’ concepts of genre or application, the Dutch master has consistently recast the instrument as his own. Working within virtually any format he fancies, Reijseger has always challenged himself to reach out toward the unanticipated, to move the music around corners in order to reveal unforeseen vistas. His technique is superb, his improvisational skills masterful, and his compositional virtuosity unquestionable, but Reijseger’s music also projects warmth, depth, and splendor—even at its most extreme. Whether pushing the limits of jazz, world music, or modern classical—working solo or with an ensemble— Reijseger never settles for the obvious. With each piece he writes, and in each project he undertakes, Reijseger sets out to explore the myriad tones, colors, and moods available to him, envelops them, then steps around them to investigate possible alternatives. His music is not always easy, but it’s always satisfying. About the only thing one can expect from Ernst Reijseger is the unexpected.”

Jeff Tamarkin, aprile 2010, Carnegie Hall

REGULATIONS
THE COURSE

Attendance as an actual student is €300; free access for auditors (subject to availability).

Lessons begin on 03/07/2024 and end on 07/07/2024 (total no. 5 effective days).

The course will be held in English.

Lessons will be held at CDM’s premises.

 

The cost of the course includes:

  1. Daily Group/Individual lessons with Ernst Reijseger

  2. The possibility of attending all the lessons and/or seminar and lectures held during the course

  3. The performance of the pieces presented during the masterclass in a public concert organised by Foresty International Music Festival

  4. The use of study spaces, whose hours will be self-managed by the students and coordinated with the activities taking place.

  5. Issue of certificates of participation authenticated by the teacher and the organisation

  6. The possibility, in the days following the course, to rent CdM San Michele studio at an advantageous price. For further information, please write to cdmsanmichele@gmail.com

Registration

Deadline for registration is: 26 April 2024.
A fee of €50 must be paid at the time of registration.

 

Payment details

Account holder: Associazione Montaldeo Musica

IBAN: IT02V0326848450052776248700

BIC/SWIFT: SELBIT2BXXX

Reason of payment: Name and Surname, music masterclass

 

By 30 April you will be informed about the selection of the participants to the masterclass; in case of non-selection, the registration fee of €50 will be refunded.

Payment of the course fee, amounting to €300, must be made by the 6 May.

The accommodation fee of €225 will be paid on site, upon arrival. Any payment and bank charges are the responsibility of the applicant.

In the event of late payment, for which bank transfer date of sending is decisive, a late payment fee of €75 will be charged.

Board and Accommodation (03-07 July - €225)

Casa San Michele offers accommodation in affiliated facilities (flats) for the duration of the course. If necessary, the flats are available to those who wish to stay the night before the beginning of the course (upon reservation) at an additional cost of €25 per night. The cost includes accommodation in a shared flat with a room with bed linen; it also includes dinner, served at the CDM facility. Water, fruit and snacks are always available in the common area of CDM; other consumptions will be considered extra. The lunch break is at your own discretion: all the flats are equipped with a basic kitchen. An affiliated resturant is within a short car/bike distance (3.4 km); should it be needed, the organisation can offer a transfer service to-and-fro the restaurant (free of charge and upon reservation). The cost of lunch is not included in the accommodation cost; however, the use of the SPA is included, limited to the times agreed on the occasion of the course and in accordance with current regulations. Rubber slippers (non-slip), towels and a swimming costume are compulsory for use of the SPA.

The balance of any extras can also be paid on the spot by credit or debit card or bank transfer.
Please note that in the village of Montaldeo there are no tobacconists, pharmacies, grocery shops or ATMs; all necessary services are easily accessible by car or bicycle in the neighbouring villages.

Upon request, at the beginning of the course, the organisation offers to buy and provide (free of extra-charge) any needed product (such as groceries, tobaccoes, toilet articles, etc.).

How to reach us

The nearest railway stations are Ovada, Novi Ligure, Arquata Scrivia; a transfer service is available from the arrival station to Montaldeo at a cost of €15. The nearest airports are Turin, Milan, Genoa, with respective train connections. For those travelling by car, Google Maps shows the exact location by searching for “Casa San Michele Montaldeo”; the nearest motorway exits are Ovada (A26), Novi Ligure (A26/A7), Arquata Scrivia (A7).

Cancellation

Registration fees, net of bank charges, will not be refunded under any circumstances (save for the initial fee of €50 in case of non-selection), except in the event of cancellation of a course due to force majeure or failure to reach a minimum number of participants. The accommodation fee will not be charged in the event of cancellation by the member.

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2024 Past events

Piano Symposium – 5th Edition

Piano Symposium – 5th Edition

Piano Performance Workshop

Alberto Chines, Leonardo Pierdomenico

Piano Symposium - Alberto Chines, Leonardo Pierdomenico
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Sharing music, experiences gained during one’s artistic career and considerations about repertoire, piano interpretation, study methodology and the future of the performing arts. To share a magical space, immersed in the beauty of nature and equipped with all comforts, a brand new piano room equipped for professional sound recordings, spacious rooms with a view and even a SPA. This will be the philosophy behind Piano Symposium, a three-day workshop reserved for a small group of pianists: an opportunity to work closely with two young and established artists, winners of international prizes and authors of prestigious recordings, but above all enthusiastic about sharing what they have learned (and continue to learn) through in-depth study with outstanding teachers and a concert activity in full swing.

The course is open to pianists of all ages and repertoire predilections. The pieces indicated at the time of enrolment will be studied individually, observing the technical, stylistic and interpretative aspects. There are no maximum limits on the amount of repertoire to be proposed: it will be agreed with the teachers on which pieces to focus particular attention; the minimum limit is fifteen to twenty minutes of music.

Alberto Chines

A solid musical education and the confluence of many different teaching and professional experiences have contributed to making Alberto Chines a lively and multifaceted artist.
The young Palermo-born pianist trained at the Imola Academy with Franco Scala and Piero Rattalino, and at the Bolzano Conservatory with Davide Cabassi.

At the age of fifteen he made his debut at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo and in 2011 he won first prize at the “Palma d’Oro” International Piano Competition in Finale Ligure. In 2013 he was the winner of the Sony Classical Talent Scout in Madesimo and, in 2014, the second prize at the Euregio Piano Award (Geilenkirchen, Germany). He has performed at the Sala Mozart of the Accademia Filarmonica in Bologna, at the Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza, at the Politeama Garibaldi in Palermo, at the Van Cliburn Recital Hall in Fort Worth (Texas) and in Spain, Portugal, England, France and Germany.

Alberto Chines

He recently made his debut in London for the Keyboard Charitable Trust and at the Tiroler Festspiele Erl (Austria), and his first CD with music by Bach, Schumann, Ravel and Bartók has just been released (BAM International). Alberto Chines is also very active in chamber music, collaborating with violist Anna Serova, guitarist Eugenio Della Chiara and has over the years followed several projects in trio (Trio Casa Bernardini), quartet and quintet. He has also created the international concert series Musica Manent Festival (Ustica) and collaborates with the Primavera di Baggio in Milan.

Alberto Chines has been a Steinway Artist since 2020.

Leonardo Pierdomenico

Winner of the ‘Raymond E. Buck’ Jury Prize at the 2017 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Leonardo Pierdomenico is described by international critics as ‘a pianist in whom marked technical ability and care for sound are married with imagination and inexhaustible, painstaking musicality’ (Patrick Rucker, Gramophone UK). He is also the winner of the 28th Venice Prize at the La Fenice Theatre, at only 18 years of age.

This has led to collaborations with orchestras of the calibre of the Fort Worth Symphony, the Orchestre Royal De Chambre de Wallonie, the Teatro La Fenice Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra Verdi di Milano, the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie, the Wuhan Philharmonic Orchestra, the North Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and conductors such as Yves Abel, Diego Matheuz, Nicholas McGegan, James P. Liu and Jan Kucera among others.

Leonardo is a guest in major Italian and international concert halls, including: the Sala Verdi of the Conservatorio and the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, the Teatro La Fenice in Venice, the Salle Moliére in Lyon, the Maison de la radio in Paris, the Filharmonia Narodowa in Warsaw, the Flagey in Brussels, the Chopin Festival in Nohant, the Liszt Festival at the TivoliVredenburg in Utrecht, the Bass Hall in Fort Worth (TX), the Merkin concert hall in New York, the Qin’tai Concert Hall in Wuhan in China, the Bologna Festival, the Settimane musicali at the Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza, the Fazioli Concert Hall. Highlights of 2022 include his debut in the chamber music season of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, with the first Italian performance of Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms in Shostakovic’s arrangement for piano duo and choir, and the recording for Brilliant Classics of Dvoràk’s Piano Concerto with the

Czech Philharmonic Chamber, Orchestra conducted by Vahan Mardirossian. He already has three records to his credit with the Piano Classics label: his debut album, dedicated to works by Franz Liszt, earned an Editor’s Choice from Gramophone UK magazine and a nomination as disc of the year at the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik (the German music critics’ union award).

Born in Abruzzo, Leonardo completed his studies at the conservatory in Pescara and in 2017 he completed the piano masterclass at the Accademia Nazionale di S. Cecilia in Rome in the class of Maestro Benedetto Lupo, obtaining full marks and honours. In 2016, he won a scholarship to attend the Music Academy of the West in California, collaborating with masters of the calibre of Jeremy Denk, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Jerome Lowenthal, Julian Martin and Leon Fleisher. He continued his studies at the Foggia Conservatory, where he graduated with honours and special mention under the guidance of Maestro Alessandro Deljavan, and is currently a student at the Lake Como International PianoAcademy.

A fervent chamber musician, Leonardo Pierdomenico collaborates regularly in duo with cellist Erica Piccotti and occasionally with the first parts of the most important Italian orchestras. Leonardo is a regular guest on Rai radio3 (in programmes such as Radio3 suite, I concerti del Quirinale, La stanza della musica). His recordings and live performances have also been broadcast by web stations such as Medici.tv and radio and television stations such as RTBF (Belgium) and Radio France.

Leonardo currently teaches principal piano at the ‘U. Giordano’ Conservatory in Foggia and at the Avos Academy in Rome.

REGULATIONS
THE COURSE

Attendance as an actual student is €330; free access for auditors (subject to availability).

Lessons begin on 24/05/2024 and end on 26/05/2024 (total no. 3 effective days).

The course will be held in English/Italian.

Lessons will be held at CDM’s premises.

The cost of the course includes:

  1. 2 individual lessons with Leonardo Pierdomenico

  2. 2 individual lessons with Alberto Chines

  3. Talks on topics of artistic interest

  4. One session of introduction to yoga, with in-depth breathing exercises aimed at performance, body awareness and psychophysical well-being

  5. Performance of the pieces presented during the masterclass in a public concert

  6. Use of study spaces, whose hours will be self-managed by the students and coordinated with the activities taking place.

  7. Issue of certificates of participation authenticated by the teacher and the organisation

  8. Board, lodging and use of the Spa on the premises

  9. the possibility, in the days following the course, to stay at CdM San Michele to professionally record at an advantageous price. For further information, please write to cdmsanmichele@gmail.com

REGISTRATION

Deadline for registration is: 5 April 2024.

Applications will be sent by email to: masterclasscdm@gmail.com and must contain:

  1. The application form completed in full
  2. A YouTube link (public or private) to a video lasting at least 8-10 minutes. The repertoire performed will be free and representative of the candidate. It is preferable that the recording is recent and of reasonably high audio-video quality. N.B. In case the candidate has already participated in past editions of Piano Symposium, he/she shall send a different and more recent video than the previous one.
  3. A short motivational letter and updated CV
  4. Any other attachments at the candidate’s discretion, as indicated on the form

The selection of participants will be based on the evaluation of the material sent, at the sole discretion of the organisation.

 

A fee of €50 must be paid at the time of registration.

 

Payment details

Account holder: Casa San Michele di Giulia Pastorino

IBAN: IT33T0326848450052377593130

BIC/SWIFT: SELBIT2BXXX

Reason of payment: Name and Surname Deposit for stay

 

By 18 April you will be informed about the selection of the participants to the masterclass; in case of non-selection, the registration fee of €50 will be refunded.

Payment of the course fee, amounting to €330, must be made by 22 April.

Any payment and bank charges are the responsibility of the applicant.

In the event of late payment, for which bank transfer date of sending is decisive, a late payment fee of €75 will be charged.

Board and Accommodation (included in the fee)

Casa della Musica San Michele offers an accommodation service and full board on the premises included in the price. If necessary, the structure is available to those who wish to stay the night before or after the beginning and the end of the course (upon reservation) at an additional cost of €35 per night. The cost includes overnight stay in a double or triple room with private bathroom; water is always available in the common area of CDM; other consumptions will be considered extra. The use of the SPA is included, limited to the times agreed on the occasion of the course and in accordance with current regulations. Rubber slippers (non-slip) and a swimming costume are compulsory for use of the SPA.

The balance of any extras can also be paid on the spot by credit or debit card or bank transfer.
Please note that in the village of Montaldeo there are no tobacconists, pharmacies or ATMs; all necessary services are easily accessible by car or bicycle in the neighboring villages.

HOW TO REACH US

The nearest railway stations are Ovada, Novi Ligure, Arquata Scrivia; a transfer service is available from the arrival station to Montaldeo at a cost of €15. The nearest airports are Turin, Milan, Genoa, with respective train connections. For those traveling by car, Google Maps shows the exact location by searching for “Casa San Michele Montaldeo”; the nearest motorway exits are Ovada (A26), Novi Ligure (A26/A7), Arquata Scrivia (A7).

Cancellation

Registration fees, net of bank charges, will not be refundable under any circumstances, except in the event of cancellation of the course by the organisers. In the event of cancellation due to force majeure, the course may be rescheduled: in the event of cancellation by the participant on the proposed new dates, half of the total amount will be refunded.

N.B. Enrolment in Piano Symposium implies full and complete adhesion to all the points described in these regulations.

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Masterclasses

Classical Guitar Masterclass

Classical Guitar Masterclass

Andrea Dieci

Andrea Dieci - Masterclass di Chitarra Classica 2023
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Three intensive days dedicated to deepening, studying and sharing the classical guitar in the hills of Alto Monferrato, with individual lessons every day, convivial moments of discussion and concerts.

Lessons with Andrea Dieci will focus on the interpretation of the solo repertoire and will aim to stimulate listening skills, to promote understanding of the musical material through analysis and historical-stylistic contextualisation, and to develop performance skills, both interpretative and technical. It will also be possible to attend the course as a duo or in small groups. There will be a maximum number of 8 participants.

A PLACE FOR MUSIC - interview with Andrea Dieci at Casa della Musica San Michele

ANDREA DIECI

Andrea Dieci studied with Paolo Cherici at the Conservatorio “G. Verdi” in Milan, where he graduated in 1989 with  honours and special mention. He also studied with Oscar Ghiglia, first at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena (also with a Diploma of Merit), then at the Musikakademie in Basel, where he obtained his Solistendiplom in 1992. He has participated in master classes held by Julian Bream. He won first prize at the International Competitions of Gargnano, Lagonegro (dedicated to 20th century guitar music) and “De Bonis” in Cosenza, as well as the Special Jury Prize at the ARD-Musikwettbewerb 1989 in Munich. Called “an impressive guitarist” by the Times Herald and “a true star of the classical guitar” by the Corriere della Sera, he has given hundreds of concerts for prestigious musical institutions in Europe, the United States, Central and South America, Asia and Africa, playing at world-class events such as the Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto, the Guitar Foundation of America (GFA) and the Singapore International Festival, and performing at music festivals in London, Madrid, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Athens, Istanbul and other major cities. He was invited to perform Henze’s Royal Winter Music at the Great Hall of the Royal Conservatory of Brussels as part of Julian Bream’s 85th birthday celebrations. He has participated in radio and television programmes broadcast by RAI, Radio Vaticana, Radio Nacional Española, BBC, Radio Televisione Svizzera Italiana and Euroradio.

REGULATIONS
THE COURSE

Attendance as an actual student is €330; free access for auditors (subject to availability).

Lessons begin on 03/05/2024 and end on 05/05/2024 (total no. 3 effective days).

The course will be held in English/Italian.

Lessons will be held at CDM’s premises.

 

The cost of the course includes:

  1. 3 individual lessons

  2. The possibility of attending all the lessons and/or seminar and lectures held during the course

  3. The performance of the pieces presented during the masterclass in a public concert

  4. The use of study spaces, whose hours will be self-managed by the students and coordinated

    with the activities taking place.

  5. Issue of certificates of participation authenticated by the teacher and the organisation

  6. Full Board and lodging on the premises

  7. The possibility, in the days following the course, to stay at CdM San Michele to professionally record at an advantageous price. For further information, please write to cdmsanmichele@gmail.com

REGISTRATION

Deadline for registration is: 01 April 2024.

A fee of €50 must be paid at the time of registration.

 

Payment details

Account holder: Casa San Michele di Giulia Pastorino

IBAN: IT33T0326848450052377593130

BIC/SWIFT: SELBIT2BXXX

Reason of payment: Name and Surname Deposit for stay

 

By 05 April you will be informed about the selection of the participants to the masterclass; in case of non-selection, the registration fee of €50 will be refunded.

Payment of the course fee, amounting to €330, must be made by the 09 April.

Any payment and bank charges are the responsibility of the applicant.

In the event of late payment, for which bank transfer date of sending is decisive, a late payment fee of €75 will be charged.

BOARD AND ACCOMMODATION (included in the fee)

Casa San Michele offers accommodation; if necessary, the structure is available to those who wish to stay the nights before or after the beginning and the end of the course (upon reservation) at an additional cost of €35 per night. The cost includes accommodation in a shared room with bed linen and full board. Water is always available in the common area of CDM; other consumptions will be considered extra. The use of the SPA is included, limited to the times agreed on the occasion of the course and in accordance with current regulations. Rubber slippers (non-slip) and a swimming costume are compulsory for use of the SPA.

The balance of any extras can also be paid on the spot by credit or debit card or bank transfer.
Please note that in the village of Montaldeo there are no tobacconists, pharmacies or ATMs; all necessary services are easily accessible by car or bicycle in the neighbouring villages.

HOW TO REACH US

The nearest railway stations are Ovada, Novi Ligure, Arquata Scrivia; a transfer service is available from the arrival station to Montaldeo at a cost of €15. The nearest airports are Turin, Milan, Genoa, with respective train connections. For those travelling by car, Google Maps shows the exact location by searching for “Casa San Michele Montaldeo”; the nearest motorway exits are Ovada (A26), Novi Ligure (A26/A7), Arquata Scrivia (A7).

Cancellation

Registration fees, net of bank charges, will not be refunded under any circumstances (save for the initial fee of €50 in case of non-selection), except in the event of cancellation of a course due to force majeure or failure to reach a minimum number of participants. The accommodation fee will not be charged in the event of cancellation by the member.