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 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.

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


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


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).


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.