Piano Symposium – Piano Performance Workshop

Alberto Chines, Leonardo Pierdomenico

Piano Symposium
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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 Medici.tv 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.


Attendance as an actual student is 340; maximum 9 students.

Free access for auditors (subject to availability and to health regulations). Lessons begin on 11/11/2022 and end on 13/11/2022 (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. Two individual lessons with Leonardo Pierdomenico
  2. Two individual lessons with Alberto Chines
  3. Talks on topics of artistic interest
  4. Two sessions of introduction to yoga, with in-depth breathing exercises aimed at performance, body awareness and psychophysical well-being
  5. Performance of the pieces presented during the masterclass in a public concert
  6. Use of study spaces, whose hours will be self-managed by the students and coordinated with the activities taking place. 
  7. Issue of certificates of participation authenticated by the teacher and the organisation
  8. Board, lodging and use of the Spa on the premises
  9. 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 cdmsanmichele@gmail.com

Deadline for registration is 15 October 2022.

The list of participants in the masterclass will be announced by 20 October; payment by bank transfer must be made by 27 October.

Upon payment of the fee, enrolment in the course is confirmed.

Any payment and bank charges are the responsibility of the participant.


Payment details:
Name: Casa San Michele di Giulia Pastorino
IBAN: IT33T0326848450052377593130
Reason: Name of the participant, Accomodation

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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