Musicando Academy - Italian Workshop

Summer session in Pistoia, Tuscany

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In 2024 again, the workshop will take place in Pistoia, a charming small town of Tuscany, that offers a beautiful and lively historical centre. 

The workshop is conducted by M° Francesco Grassini, who was born in Siena where he first studied the trombone, but is now conducting several orchestras and managing two music schools in Geneva: as always, the orchestral work will be divided between tutti rehearsals conducted by M° Grassini and sectional rehearsals supported by a team of professional coaches for the various sections of the orchestra.

Our Academy consists of rehearsals every morning and in the late afternoon, while early afternoons are dedicated to rest or relax by the pool. One afternoon in the middle of the week is left free for excursions. 

A final concert in a beautiful church of Pistoia concludes the workshop.

The workshop takes place at Villa Cappugi**** hotelequipped with comfortable bedrooms, bright rehearsal rooms, a large swimming pool and a restaurant with a terrace to enjoy summer evenings outdoors, making it an ideal place to rehearse for the musicians, and an excellent basis to explore Tuscany for their relatives. In Pistoia, the Cathedral square, the market square and the shops are all reachable on foot (or by free shuttle bus) from the hotel. Easily accessible by car or train, Pistoia is located 40km from Florence and Lucca, 60km from the seaside and from Pisa. Florence and Pisa are the closest international airports.

For the musicians staying at the hotel, all meals are included at the hotel restaurant (except 2 dinners). For their non-musician relatives staying at the hotel, lunches are not included but a bar serving snacks and light lunches is available by the pool. 

  • Dates:
    30/07/2024 - 05/08/2024
  • Duration of the workshop:
    6 days (from Tue July 30th at 6pm to Mon Aug 5th after breakfast)
  • Programme:
    TCHAIKOVSKY "Romeo & Juliet - Fantasy Overture" ; PROKOFIEV "Romeo & Juliet" (extracts from the Orchestral Suites) ; BORODIN "Polovtsian Dances"
  • Instruments needed:
    2 fl, pic., 2 ob, English hn., 2 cl, bass cl, 2 bs, cbs, 4 hn, 2 tp, 1 cornet, 1 tenor sax, 3 trb, 1 tuba, timp, perc, hp, pf, vl, vla, vc, cb
  • Official language:
    English (but our staff speaks French, Italian, Spanish, German...)
  • Workshop Only cost (no accom. nor meals):
  • Workshop+Accom. in FB (except 2 dinners):
    In double room: € 860 // In single room: € 1070 // In triple family room: € 810 // In quadruple family room: € 775
  • Accommodation for Non-Musician Adults in HB:
    In double room: €425 // in triple family room: € 375 // in quadruple family room: €340
  • Accommodation in HB for Teenagers from 13 y.o:
    €385 in double room // €340 in triple room // € 310 in quadruple room
  • Accommodation in HB for Children 4-12 y.o.:
    € 310 in double room // € 275 in triple room // € 250 in quadruple room
  • Accommodation in HB for children until 3 y.o.:
  • Discount for Students:
    € 100
  • Registration Deadline:
    April 1st, 2024