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Composition Masterclass / Composition for Guitar Workshop

Composition Masterclass / Composition for Guitar Workshop

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The Composition Masterclass is addressed to all composers who wish to present their works to Giorgio Colombo Taccani, discussing topics ranging from the most technical aspects to reflections on writing and contemporaneity, with particular attention to the analysis and in-depth study of some of the most representative pieces of the 20th and 21st centuries.

An integral part of the Masterclass will be a Workshop on composition for solo guitar, curated by Giorgio Colombo Taccani and Elena Casoli. The aim of the Workshop is to work in close contact with the guitarists participating in the same Workshop and in the Masterclass held by Elena Càsoli, developing together new works for guitar, composed by the participants in the Masterclass, but also focusing on common moments of reflection and investigation. Under the guidance of the teachers, the relationship between composer and performer will be examined, as well as the relationship between sign and interpretation, or other topics that may interest the participants, in an atmosphere of dialogue and transversal interaction, working on the development of new pieces for guitar.

The organisation of the course includes a selection process, after which pairs of guitarists and composers will be formed. Each composer attending the course will write a piece for solo guitar, entrusted to each guitarist; the organisation will then arrange for each composer to be in contact with a guitarist to exchange drafts and ideas, so that the piece can be finalised in a profitable way during the Masterclass. During the five days of the course it will be possible not only to present one’s own work (for any ensemble) and work with the teacher, but also to have the opportunity to collaborate with a guitarist in the creation of a new work, following the path from the commission to the first public performance, in a concert to be held during the last day of the Masterclass by Foresty International Music Festival.

A live (audio and video) recording of the concert will be made, which will be given to each composer and guitarist and (by prior agreement with them), published on the social pages and website of CdM San Michele and Foresty International Music Festival. In case you would like to make further recordings at CdM, see the “After Masterclass” section.

The residency at Casa San Michele and in the neighbouring village (Montaldeo) will offer the possibility to share ideas and experiences of our artistic activity also in our free time.

Giorgio Colombo Taccani

Giorgio Colombo Taccani (1961) completed his classical studies, graduating in Modern Literature at the State University of Milan with a thesis on Bruno Maderna’s Hyperion, which in 1993 was awarded the “Missiroli Prize” by the City of Bergamo on the occasion of a conference on post-war Italian musical theatre.

At the same time he studied music, graduating in Piano and Composition at the Conservatorio “G. Verdi” in Milan with Pippo Molino and Azio Corghi, and later obtaining a Diploma in the advanced course in Composition held by Franco Donatoni at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome, where he was awarded a S.I.A.E. scholarship. He also attended masterclasses with Azio Corghi and György Ligeti and was selected for the 1995 IRCAM workshop on computer music.

Giorgio Colombo Taccani

His compositions have won awards in national and international competitions, are regularly performed all over the world, broadcast by radio stations and since 1989 have been published by Edizioni Suvini Zerboni in Milan. From 1991 to 2001 he worked on electronic music at the AGON studio in Milan. From 1992 to 1999 he taught composition at the Civica Scuola di Musica in Milan. From 2005 to 2017 he collaborated with the Conducting course for the contemporary repertoire held first by Giorgio Bernasconi and then by Arturo Tamayo at the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano. Since 1999 he has been teaching composition at the Conservatorio “G. Verdi” in Turin.

Elena Casoli

She has appeared at international festivals as a soloist (Melbourne Festival, Hamburg Festspiel, New Music Prague, Biennale Venezia, Dresdner Musikfestspiel, Singapore Int. Guitar Festival, MilanoMusica, Uppsala Int. Festival, Shanghai-Concert Hall) with symphony orchestras (Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra RAI, NDR Radiophilarmonie), with ensembles (Divertimento Ensemble, Ensemble Modern, Sentieri Selvaggi) and with computer music studios.

She has recorded for RivoAlto, Dabringhaus&Grimm, Larecords, BMG Ricordi, Victor Japan, Col Legno, Velut Luna, Stradivarius, Scandicus. Videos and dvd for Vortice/Spi, Gog/DIST Genova, LimenMusic, Musik Syd Channel Sweden, Nomus, Al Gran Sole (D. Scarlatti (2006), Nelle Corde di Elena (2009), J. S. Bach (2010), Gesualdo da Venosa (2015), El Cimarrón by H. W. Henze (2021).

In 2019 she released for Stradivarius Solare, a CD dedicated to Fausto Romitelli’s guitar music. In 2016 and 2018 she collaborated with the Giorgio Cini Foundation in Venice as a teacher and performer in the Reseach-Led Performance project.

In 2021 she was a guest speaker and performer at the 21st Century Guitar Conference organised by NOVA University in Lisbon.

She gives masterclasses in Europe, South America and China, such as at the Shanghai Concert Hall, the Universitad de los Andes in Bogotà and the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. Since 2002 she has been teaching Guitar, Chamber Music and Interpretation of Contemporary Music at the Hochschule der Künste in Bern.

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2022 Past events

Piano Symposium – Piano Performance Workshop

Piano Symposium – Piano Performance Workshop

Chines - Pierdomenico Masterclass
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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 Jury Prize named after “Raymond E. Buck” at the prestigious Van Cliburn International Piano Competition 2017, Leonardo Pierdomenico distinguished himself at a very young age by winning first prize in the 28th edition of the Premio Venezia at the Teatro La Fenice when he was only 18 years old, making him the best graduate pianist of the Italian conservatories. A pupil of Maestro Benedetto Lupo at the Accademia Nazionale di S. Cecilia in Rome, where he graduated in 2017 with top marks and honours, he completed the two-year course at the Foggia Conservatory in the class of Maestro Alessandro Deljavan in 2019 and continued his training at the Lake Como International Piano Academy with Maestros William Grant Nabore’, Yefim Bronfman, Stanislav Ioudenitch and Dang Thai Son.

He has performed with orchestras such as the Fort Worth Symphony, NordWestDeutsche Philharmonie, Wuhan Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre Royal De Chambre de Wallonie, Teatro La Fenice Symphony Orchestra and La Verdi Orchestra of Milan, among others, and with conductors such as Yves Abel, Alfonso Scarano, Nicholas Mcgegan, Paul Meyer and Diego Matheuz.

As a chamber musician he performs regularly in duo with the cellist Erica Piccotti and with the first parts of the most important Italian orchestras (La Scala, Accademia di Santa Cecilia). His solo activity has led him to perform at the most important national and international festivals in France, Belgium, England, Germany, the United States and China. On these occasions his recordings have been broadcast on the web such as and on radio and television such as RTBF (Belgium), Rai 3, Rai radio 3, Radio France, KUSC California. His debut disc dedicated to F. Liszt, released in 2018 and published by Piano Classics, earned him an Editor’s Choice from the prestigious Gramophone magazine and a nomination as best disc of the year by the German critics’ association Deutsche Schallplattenkritik.

Leonardo is a passionate teacher and currently holds the chair of piano at the Conservatorio U. Giordano in Foggia and at the Avos Project in Rome.

The Course

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

Lessons begin on 27/05/2022 and end on 29/05/2022 (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. Performance of the pieces presented during the masterclass in a public concert organised by Foresty International Music Festival
  5. 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. Board, lodging and use of the Spa on the premises
  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

Deadline for registration is: 26 April 2022.

By the 2nd of May you will be informed about the selection of the participants to the masterclass; you will receive an email with a summary of the data and details of the payment, which must be made by bank transfer. Within a week after receiving the email you will have to pay the fee (amounting to €300). With the payment of the fee you confirm your enrolment in the course.

Any bank charges and fees shall be at the expense of the applicant.

Board and Accommodation

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).


Registration fees, net of bank charges, will not be refundable under any circumstances, except in the event of cancellation of the course by the organisation (e.g. failure to reach a minimum number of participants). In the event of cancellation for reasons of force majeure, the course may be rescheduled: in the event of cancellation by the participant on the new proposed dates, half of the total amount will be refunded.

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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Electric Guitar Clinic

Electric Guitar Clinic

An afternoon with Luca Colombo: an opportunity to learn more about his artistic experience and get in touch with the reality of those who live for music.

The meeting is open to professionals, amateurs and enthusiasts; for those who wish to learn more, it is possible to book an individual lesson on Sunday morning.

  • Saturday 26 March, 3pm: group seminar

  • Sunday 27 March in the morning: individual lessons


Seminar topics

  • Sound construction and effects
  • How to set up a good study method on your own
  • Tonal and modal phrasing
  • Elements for the development of improvisation
  • Creativity and interpretation
  • Problems of working as a session player in various contexts (live, studio, television)

Clinic entry: € 35.00

Individual lesson: € 65.00

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Luca Colombo, guitarist, teacher, arranger, has collaborated with many artists, the best of the Italian and international music world.

He has recorded three albums as a soloist and collaborated on various educational works.

Official Italian endorser for PRS Guitars, Vox Amps and Ernie Ball Strings, he graduated in 1990 from CDM in Milan with maestro Filippo Daccò in Big Band arrangement and in Jazz Guitar.

He holds numerous seminars and masterclasses in schools all over Italy on modern guitar, effects, improvisation and as a session man.

Born in Cernusco sul Naviglio in 1966, Luca discovered his passion for music at a very young age. He has been playing electric and acoustic guitar for about 20 years, with a preference for rock-blues music and the cross-over between traditional and electropop.

He works as a guitarist and session-man mainly in Italy, in television, record and live performances.

Luca’s musical training has always been inspired by the great guitar legends such as Carlos Santana, Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, Van Halen and David Gilmour. Later on he approached jazzfusion guitarists, referring to leaders such as Pat Metheny John Scofield, Mike Stern, Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass.

He has always had a great passion for the Beatles, hence the idea of publishing a record homage to them in the album Playin’ the Beatles, released in 2005 by Azzurra Music.

Luca Colombo

In addition to this, he has published two other solo albums for the Believe label, entitled Haze on the water and Sunderland, which contain exclusively songs of his own composition.

Luca Colombo has taken part in countless television programmes, occupying important slots in leading events such as the Sanremo Festival, Buona Domenica, Maurizio Costanzo Show, Un disco per l’estate, Fiorello Show, Passaparola, Rockpolitik, The Voice and many others, under the orchestral direction of important conductors such as Pippo Caruso, Peppe Vessicchio, Demo Morselli, Fio Zanotti, Celso Valli, Mauro Pagani and Steven Mercurio.

In his 30-year career he has been the guitarist on the most important tours of artists such as Eros Ramazzotti, Nek, Max Pezzali, Marco Mengoni, Ultimo, Mango, Anna Oxa, Antonella Ruggiero, Umberto Tozzi, Loredana Bertè, Malika Ayane and many others.

He has also collaborated on the music for numerous advertising campaigns including Volvo, Bauli, Ferrero, Plasmon, Superga, Enel and others. He has also contributed to numerous theme songs and soundtracks for RAI, Canale 5, Italia 1 and Rete 4.

He has recorded with many Italian artists, including Laura Pausini, Adriano Celentano, Mina, Alessandra Amoroso.

He composed and produced the soundtrack for the film Sottovento (2001) and has participated in the DVD production of accredited Italian artists.

Winner of the FIM award as guitarist of the year 2013, he has been the guitarist of the Sanremo Festival orchestra since 2007 and is currently teaching Jazz guitar at the Conservatory of Bergamo.

He published the trilogy of manuals Vita da chitarristi that is enjoying considerable success. He is also involved in the live project The Luca Colombo Band, which sees him playing on important stages in Italy and abroad, often combining a concert with a teaching seminar.