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
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


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

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:

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).


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.