String Quartet Masterclass

Lyskamm Quartet

Masterclass di Quartetto d’Archi
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Six days dedicated to exploring, studying and sharing the repertoire for string quartet in the hills of Alto Monferrato. The masterclass grants the possibility of having an intense experience with the professors, as well as moments of exchange and conviviality with the fellow students, in an environment specially dedicated to focusing on the music.

The main focus of the course will be on repertoire from all ages and styles, with a minimum of five 2-hour lessons for each quartet.
A concert by Lyskamm Quartett will be held on the third day of the masterclass, while the students will play during the fifth day of the course in a public concert organised by Foresty International Music Festival.

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. Additional lessons and rehearsal spaces will be available in the village of Montaldeo.
The course is open to already-established quartets, also of new formation; a maximum of 8 quartets will be selected.

The quartets will have the possibility of having lessons with all the members of Lyskamm Quartet.

Lyskamm Quartet

Cecilia Ziano, violin

Clara Franziska Schötensack, violin

Francesca Piccioni, viola

Giorgio Casati, cello

Quartetto Lyskamm

The Lyskamm Quartet was founded in 2008 at the Milan Conservatory. In 2016 the Borletti Buitoni Trust awarded the Lyskamm Quartet the special prize for chamber music named in memory of Claudio Abbado and which opened the quartet to an international career.
The quartet received the second prize and the special Pro Quartet prize at the international competition Franz Schubert und die Musik der Moderne in Graz, the Vittorio Rimbotti prize of the European Quartet Academy, the Jeunesse Musicale Deutschland prize, the studio of the Ad Infinitum Foundation and the first prize in the competition of the Possehl Stiftung in Lübeck and in the Gianni Bergamo Classic Music Award in Lugano. The Lyskamm Quartet has been a guest in Italy and Europe, including the Società del Quartetto di Milano, Musicainsieme Bologna, the Festival Mito, the Unione Musicale and Lingotto Musica in Turin, the I Suoni delle Dolomiti festival, Gli Amici della Musica di Firenze, the international Quatuor festival in Bordeaux, the Aldeburgh Music Festival, the Brahms Festival in Lübeck and the Rheingau Musik Festival, Oxford University.

The quartet was a quartet in residence at the Accademia Filarmonica Romana and at the Amici della Musica of Padua.
The Lyskamm Quartet continued and completed its specialization under the guidance of Heime Müller at the Hochschüle für Musik in Lübeck.

In 2019, the CD dedicated to Bartok’s quartets was released with the magazine Amadeus, now reissued by NovAntiqua Records.

The Course

Attendance as an actual student is €180; free access for auditors (subject to availability).

Lessons begin on 24/08/2024 and end on 29/08/2024 (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 lessons (minimum 5 per quartet)

  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/rehearsing 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: 22 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 29 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 €180, must be made by 10 June.

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.


Prices are meant per person, but feel free to make a single payment per quartet (total registration fee: 200€; total course fee 720€; total accommodation fee 900€)

Board and Accommodation (24-29 August - €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.).


NOTE: The organisation can accommodate up to 24 people (6 quartets). In case of more participants (maximum 8 quartets), the organisation can reccommend nearby private structures for the accommodation; in that case the accommodation is up to the participants, and they will not need to pay the accommodation fee to CdM. Precedence for accommodation at CdM will be to early applicants, except for special needs.

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.