Contemporary Flute Masterclass

Matteo Cesari

Matteo Cesari, foto con flauto traverso
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Double course

For a unique learning experience and an immersion in the study and practice of the contemporary flute, it is possible to participate in both consecutive contemporary flute masterclasses at a special price:

Matteo Cesari: 14/06-18/06 2023
Camilla Hoitenga: 19/06-23/06 2023
Single course price: €380
Total course price: €7̶6̶0̶€ €620
Price of stay (10 days): €500

The Masterclass

The course is open to professional flutists and conservatory students, without age limits, who have a distinguished passion for contemporary repertoire and its languages. There will be a maximum number of 7 participants.

The premises of CdM allow for an optimal space in a controlled acoustics hall for the main lessons, as well as several personal spaces for studying and a garden and Spa for relaxing.

The participants are invited to present a series of pieces from the solo and ensemble contemporary repertoire on which they would like to have lessons. The chosen participants will be asked to send ahead of the course the list of pieces so the classes can be organised optimally. 

Every participant will benefit from one individual lesson per day, complemented by several collective classes focusing on different subjects. Among them :

  • Breathing and Mobility exercises that are necessary to face contemporary repertoire
  • Contemporary flute techniques
  • Repertoire’s key pieces score study from solo and chamber music contemporary repertoire
  • How to interpret notation
  • How to collaborate with a composer

A final public concert, organised by Foresty International Music Festival, will allow the students a closing experience, concluding the course with a practical application of the skills and repertoire learned and deepened during the week.

Matteo Cesari

Artist, interpreter, and researcher as in one, passionately keen on contemporary music, Matteo Cesari (Bologna, Italy, 1985) has played as a soloist worldwide, from Europe to Asia, from Australia to the Americas. His musical career path has been enriched from Italy, Strasbourg (Mario Caroli) till the Conservatoire de Paris (Sophie Cherrier) and the University Paris IV (Sorbonne), where he obtained his doctoral degree with the highest honour (congratulations from the jury) in April 2015, specializing in interpretation, research and practice, with his thesis on the interpretation of time in L’orologio di Bergson of Salvatore Sciarrino and Carceri d’Invenzione IIb of Brian Ferneyhough. Being the laureate at several other competitions, he also won the prestigious Kranichsteiner Musikpreis at Darmstadt.

His passion for contemporary music leads him to collaborate with many composers and artists of our time, such as Salvatore Sciarrino, Brian Ferneyhough, Alberto Posadas, Pierre Boulez, Helmut Lachenmann, Matthias Pintscher, Hugues Dufourt, Stefano Gervasoni, Ivan Fedele, Péter Eötvös, Michael Finnissy, Marco Momi, Pierluigi Billone, Barbara Hannigan, Stéphane Degout, Otto Katzameier, Christian Dierstein, Carolin Widmann, Marino Formenti, Cédric Tiberghien and Maurizio Pollini.

Matteo Cesari

He has performed in the main concert halls and festivals in Europe (Philharmonie de Paris, Köln Philharmonie, Pierre Boulez Saal in Berlin, Mozarteum Salzburg, Musica in Strasbourg, Darmstadt Ferienkurse, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Musikverein Wien, Wien Modern, Luxembourg Philharmonic), China (Shanghai New Music Week), Japan (Toppan Hall for Maurizio Pollini Project), Australia and the Americas (Italian Academy in New York, Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires).

As a soloist, he has performed with Ensemble Intercontemporain, BBC Scottish Orchestra (Matthias Pintscher cond.) and Guanajuato Symphony. Furthermore, he has collaborated with several orchestras and ensembles such as Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia (Pappano cond.), Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Ensemble Multilatérale, Ensemble Court- Circuit, Ensemble Sillages, Contrechamps, Nieuw Ensemble.

He has given quantities of masterclasses and seminars organised by the Conservatory of Shanghai (China), Tokyo University of the Arts (Japan), Monash University (Melbourne, Australia) and University of London (UK). In addition, he teaches the interpretation of electroacoustic music at IRCAM and Pôle Sup’93 and as interpreter in residence in the composition class of Salvatore Sciarrino at the Accademia Chigiana of Siena in Italy.

He has recently released the complete recording of Salvatore Sciarrino’s solo flute works for Kairos.

The course

Attendance as an actual student is €380; free access for auditors (subject to availability). Lessons begin on 14/06/2023 and end on 18/06/2023 (total no. 5 effective days). The course will be held in English, French and Italian. Lessons will be held at CDM’s premises.

The cost of the course includes:

  1. Individual lessons
  2. The possibility of attending all the lessons and/or seminar and lectures s 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 stay at CdM San Michele to professionally record at an advantageous price. For further information, please write to

Deadline for registration is: 5 May 2023.
A fee of €50 must be paid at the time of registration.

Payment details
Account holder: APS Montaldeo Musica
IBAN: IT02V0326848450052776248700
Reason of payment: Name and Surname, music masterclass 

By 8 May 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 fee, amounting to further €330, must be made by 15 May. The accommodation fee of €250 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 (€250)

Casa San Michele offers accommodation in affiliated facilities (flats) in the village of Montaldeo (AL). 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 €25 per night. The cost includes accommodation in a shared flat with a room with bed linen and dinner (the latter at the CDM facility), served in the dining room or in the garden. Water is always available in the common area of CDM; other consumptions will be considered extra. The lunch break is at your own discretion: two affiliated restaurants and a grocery shop are within easy walking distance, so you can choose from sandwiches to traditional dishes. The cost of lunch is not included in the 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) 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).


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.

Covid-19 regulations

CdM San Michele, in addition to taking all possible precautions and necessary equipment on site to prevent contagion and to comply with current regulations, will communicate after the registration the protocol to be followed for a course and a stay as safe as possible.

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