Lute Masterclass

Massimo Lonardi

Massimo Lonardi Masterclass
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During CdM San Michele’s week dedicated to the guitar, a specific course will be held by Massimo Lonardi on Renaissance and Baroque lute, vihuela and archlute practice. The course will take place in parallel with the classical guitar course led by Andrea Dieci, promoting a comparison and exchange between lutenists and guitarists, early music and classical repertoire, immersed in the nature and history of the Alto Monferrato Ovadese, with convivial moments and concerts.

The study seminar is addressed to lutenists who wish to deepen the issues of interpretation of the Renaissance and early Baroque repertoire for Renaissance lute; there will be individual lessons, group lessons of Renaissance theory and analysis of the repertoire, and lessons of ensemble music based on compositions (original or belonging to the vast repertoire “for all sorts of instruments) proposed by the students or provided by the teacher before the beginning of the course.

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Massimo Lonardi

Massimo Lonardi studied composition with Azio Corghi and classical guitar with Ruggero Chiesa, graduating from the Conservatorio G. Verdi in Milan. He then specialised in Renaissance lute, attending seminars held by Hopkinson Smith. He carries out an intense concert activity with the Renaissance lute, the Renaissance guitar, the vihuela and the archlute, devoting particular attention to the Italian Renaissance repertoire, of which he has edited some critical editions. He has made recordings for the houses Ricordi, Erato, Tactus, Jecklin, Edelweiss, Agorà, Nuova Era and Stradivarius, including numerous monographic CDs dedicated to the lute works of Francesco Canova da Milano, Pietro Paolo Borrono, Joan Ambrosio Dalza, Vincenzo Capirola and John Dowland, as well as the works for vihuela by Luis de Milán.

The CD dedicated to the works for lute by John Dowland (Agorà) won the first prize for instrumental music from the magazine Musica e Dischi in 1999. He has taught in numerous specialization courses throughout Italy and is a lute teacher at the Istituto Superiore di Studi Musicali “Franco Vittadini” in Pavia and at the Scuola di Musica Antica in Venice.


Attendance as an actual student is €200; free access for auditors (subject to availability).

Lessons begin on 14/07/2022 and end on 18/07/2022 (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 lessons of Baroque-Renaissance performance practice with Massimo Lonardi (14-18 July)
  2. Ensemble lessons of Baroque-Renaissance performance practice with Massimo Lonardi (16-18 July)
  3. The possibility of attending all the lessons and/or seminar and lectures s held during the course, including those related to the Andrea Dieci guitar masterclass
  4. The performance of the pieces presented during the masterclass in a public concert organised by Foresty International Music Festival
  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 (from the 21st) of July, to stay at CdM San Michele to professionally record at an advantageous price. For further information, please write to

Deadline for registration is: 23 May 2022.

By the 30 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 first instalment (amounting to €100). With the payment of the first instalment you confirm your enrolment in the course. The second instalment (€100) can be paid by the end of the 25 June. You can choose whether to pay for the whole stay together with the second instalment, or to pay 50% with the second instalment and pay the remaining 50% on arrival. The costs of the stay are €40 per day for the days of the course (total €200), €25 for each additional night before or after the course.

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

Board and Accommodation

Casa San Michele offers accommodation in affiliated facilities (flats) in the village of Montaldeo (AL) at a cost of €40 per day (total no. 5 actual days). 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 €25 per night. The cost includes overnight stay in a double or triple room with private bathroom 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 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 refunded under any circumstances, 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, net of bank charges, is refundable in the event of cancellation by the participant.

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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