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Virtuoso & Belcanto

The Virtuoso & Belcanto Festival and Summer Academy is a celebration of the history and musical heritage of the city of Lucca. Famous composers such as Puccini, Boccherini, and Geminiani along with many others, were born within its walls. Lucca and its theater also happen to be where Paganini became Paganini. The Festival seeks to revitalise this unique musical heritage by creating an opportunity for young musicians from all over the world to come together with prominent international artists and teachers. It will be an intensive two weeks of lessons, masterclasses, chamber music coaching, and concerts, focused primarily on repertoire from the classic and early romantic periods. In honor of Luigi Boccherini, the Festival will be dedicated above all, to chamber music, and will be experienced from three different but related perspectives: concerts, study, and competitions.
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Thanks to everyone who made Virtuoso & Belcanto 2017 so special and unforgettable.
First of all, let me thank our extraordinary young artists, our students it is hard to consider as simple students. You are the beauty, the passion, the enthusiasm. You are the great artists of tomorrow.
Thanks from the bottom of my heart to all the professors, our guest artists who joined the passionate adventure of Virtuoso & Belcanto with their love and dedication. Thank you my friends and... see you very soon.
Finally, a deep and sincere thank to everyone who worked with me making this "miracle" true. You are all wonderful, and I am lucky to have you with me.
I am, We are already planning Virtuoso & Belcanto 2018. It will take place from July 16th to 29th, 2018. We want to work even harder, so to give our beautiful Festival the relevance it deserves!
Wishing you a good summer and.... Stay tuned!
Riccardo

(Riccardo Cecchetti, artistic director and creator of Virtuoso & Belcanto Festival).

Grazie a tutti quanti hanno reso speciale ed indimenticabile il Festival Virtuoso & Belcanto 2017.
In primo luogo ai nostri magnifici giovani artisti che fatico a chiamare studenti: siete la bellezza, la passione e l'entusiasmo. Sarete i grandi artisti del prossimo futuro.
Un grazie dal profondo del cuore a tutti i professori, i nostri artisti ospiti che hanno abbracciato con amore e dedizione questa avventura appassionata che è Virtuoso & Belcanto. Grazie amici miei e a prestissimo.
Infine, un sentito e profondo grazie a tutti coloro hanno lavorato rendendo possibile questo miracolo. Siete meravigliosi e sono fortunato ad avervi con me.
Sto, stiamo già pensando a Virtuoso & Belcanto 2018 che si terrà dal 16 al 29 luglio 2018. Vogliamo lavorare per dare la giusta rilevanza alla meraviglia del nostro Festival.
Buona estate e.... stay tuned!
Riccardo

(Riccardo Cecchetti, direttore artistico e ideatore del Festival Virtuoso & Belcanto)
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J. Brahms - Trio in La minore Op. 114

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Virtuoso & Belcanto was live — attending Concert "i virtuosi" at Lucca, Chiesa Monumentale dei Servi.2 months ago
J. Brahms - Sestetto in Sol op. 36

#finalconcert
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Virtuoso & Belcanto

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Virtuoso & Belcanto Festival

Lucca

July 16th – August 5th, 2017

The Virtuoso & Belcanto Festival and Summer Academy is a celebration of the history and musical heritage of the city of Lucca. Famous composers such as Puccini, Boccherini, and Geminiani along with many others, were born within its walls. Lucca and its theater also happen to be where Paganini became Paganini.

The Festival seeks to revitalise this unique musical heritage by creating an opportunity for young musicians from all over the world to come together with prominent international artists and teachers.

In this context, of pivotal importance will be the chamber music, in honour of Luigi Boccherini.

The first week of the Festival will be dedicated to the vocal and choral repertoire, seeing the realisation of the 2017 China-Europe International Festival. The success of Virtuoso & Belcanto Festival first edition has led to an important partnership with prestigious Chinese cultural entities, who chose our Festival as their European partner. The result of this collaboration is a week entirely devoted to the Italian operatic repertoire, featuring a full schedule made of concerts, competitions, and other activities that will shape connections between Italian and Chinese Academic Institutions.

The programme of the Virtuoso & Belcanto Festival will include a rich series of concerts and presentations, including many performances by guest artists and ensembles in residence, as well as by our students.

The academic programme of the instrumental courses (July 24 – August 5, 2017) comprises two different categories of participation for musicians:

  • advanced study of a solo instrument (in private lessons and masterclasses): violin, viola, cello, double bass, piano and fortepiano.
  • chamber music study (ensemble coaching sessions, ensemble masterclasses): violin, viola, cello, double bass, piano, fortepiano, flute, clarinet, and French horn. Participation by pre-formed ensembles is welcomed and highly encouraged.

Four competitions (with public performance) featuring substantial awards will take place as part of the Virtuoso & Belcanto Festival, and is open to registered students only:

1. Violin – dedicated to Paganini – TBD

  • 1st place: Italian Luthier violin of an Italian Luthier (Fabio Piagentini, violin maker)
  • 2nd place: € 1.500
  • 3rd place: € 1.000

2. Pianodedicated to Liszt – Sunday, July 30th, 2017 – President of the jury: Boris Berman

  • 1st place: € 2.500 and concert/debut in Shanghai
  • 2nd place: € 1.500 
  • 3rd place: € 1.000

3. Cellodedicated to Boccherini – Monday, July 31st, 2017 – President of the jury: Torleif Thedéen

  • 1st place: € 2.500
  • 2nd place: € 1.500 
  • 3rd place: € 1.000

4. Chamber musicLuigi Boccherini Award – Friday, August 4th, 2017

  • 1st place: € 5.000
  • 2nd place: € 3.000 
  • 3rd place: € 2.000
  • Adolfo Betti Award (from Animando – Centro di Promozione Musicale) for the best string quartet: € 3.000

Esperienza classica is a special workshop for a select number of students who will work with period instruments.

The winners of first prizes in the 2016 edition of the Virtuoso & Belcanto Festival will not be eligible to participate in the competition they previously won, but are welcome to take part in the other available competitions.

All relevant participants in the chamber music competition (including winners) are eligible to win the Adolfo Betti award (from Animando – Centro di Promozione Musicale), for the best string quartet.

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Tuition & fees

€ 150 registration fee (non-refundable)   pay online

payment due by June 10, 2017

 

*Tuition fee for full 2 weeks

July 24 – August 5, 2017   

€ 490 solo instrument + chamber music

€ 450 solo instrument only

€ 370 chamber music without a pre-formed ensemble

€ 320 chamber music – Duo (individual fee)

€ 280 chamber music – Trio (individual fee)

€ 250 chamber music – Quartets and up (individual fee)

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Tuition fee for 1 week*   

€ 390 solo instrument + chamber music

€ 340 solo instrument only

€ 310 chamber music without a pre-formed ensemble

€ 280 chamber music – Duo (individual fee)

€ 250 chamber music – Trio (individual fee)

€ 230 chamber music – Quartets and up (individual fee)

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SPECIAL FEES*

Students members of 1B1 Orchestra*

€ 200 tuition fee (solo + chamber music)

Students of the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole, Cosenza Conservatory, “Lucchesi nel Mondo”, University of Stavanger (Norway), The Grieg Academy (University of Bergen – Norway), University of Adger (Norway), NTNU – Trondheim, Barratt Due Institute of music, Conservatori superior de mùsica del Liceu – Barcelona and students from Lucca twin towns – Abingdon (Inghilterra), Colmar (Francia), Sint-Niklaas (Belgio), Schongau (Germania), South San Francisco (USA)*

€ 420 solo instrument + chamber music

€ 380 solo instrument only

€ 310 chamber music without a pre-formed ensemble

€ 260 chamber music – Duo (individual fee)

€ 210 chamber music – Trio (individual fee)

€ 190 chamber music – Quartets and up (individual fee)

Brothers and sisters*

30% discount on the second tuition fee

Passive students:

Only registration fee – no deadline

* payment due by June 20, 2017

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Tuition fee

You can pay the tuition fee for Virtuoso & Belcanto Festival by a bank transfer to:

Associazione Culturale Voces Intimae

c/o Studio Fabbri & Associati – Via Nerici. 176 – 55100 Lucca

IBAN: IT88F 01030 24701 0000 6312 9036

We kindly ask you to indicate in the reason for payment the type of tuition fee (solo instrument or chamber music, Duo, Trio or Quartet, Special Fare) and the frequency term (one or two weeks).

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1B1

There’s a violinist, well known in Norway. He’s played in Iona Brown’s Norwegian Chamber Orchestra and in Mariss Jansons’s Oslo Philharmonic. He’s been a guest leader of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the Camerata Salzburg. He’s worked all over Scandinavia and Europe, and he’s nurtured the careers of countless colleagues. But soon enough, he starts to have some odd ideas: that the fear of making mistakes does not allow classical musicians to develop creativity and curiosity; that the contagious joy of making music is much more easily found in musicians and audiences of the pop and rock music; that if classical music is going to survive, it needs to find its voice in people who want to play togetherwho need to play together. He assembles a pool of 70 outstanding professional and student musicians from the best Norwegian universities – each marked-out by a desire to learn, a willingness to work and a passion for music in all its forms. From that pool he forms a new orchestra, with a new attitude and a new sound. Mistakes are allowed. Judgements and hierarchies aren’t. Education underpins everything it does – in the widest possible sense.

The violinist is Jan Bjøranger, and the orchestra is 1B1, taking its name from the district of Stavanger which now boasts the finest concert hall in Norway. From the ensemble’s first public performance in 2008, its hallmarks are audible: a tight, smooth sound with a dash of fizz and noticeable sense of rhythm – of groove. Never, Bjøranger decides, will the desire to express emotion be sacrificed on the altar of perfection – whether the music is by Vivaldi, Mozart, Shostakovich or Reich. Taking the lead from rock, jazz and world musicians, the ensemble will remove music stands wherever possible – eliminating the barrier between performers and fans. Today Ensemble 1B1 still stands apart from every other orchestra. One week it gives a life-changing performance of Handel’s Messiah with high school students who have never heard a live orchestra before, let along sung with one. The next it joins street dancers in Manhattan at New York’s River to River Festival. It now records for the microphones of Simax and Bis. All the while, a spirit of energy, discovery, respect and collaboration run through it. Wherever possible, curious-minded performers or thinkers are invited to collaborate with 1B1.

1B1 is an ensemble exuding youth, excellence, and enthusiasm; the Virtuoso & Belcanto Festival is proud to host this unique orchestra, and to have it as one of its ensembles in residence, an honour we share with the city of New York.

Voces Intimae

Trio Voces Intimae is made up of three Italian musicians, Luigi De Filippi (violin), Sandro Meo (cello), and Riccardo Cecchetti (piano), who for many years have been uniting their diverse experiences with the goal of sharing with the audience the deep excitement they feel in making music together and experiencing it to the fullest. This mission statement has led them to an intense activity onstage and in recording studios all over the world, where they have explored the great chamber music repertoire, while at the same time discovering and reintroducing composers and works that had been unjustly left by the wayside. The trio’s primary objective is to stimulate the cultivation of a true chamber music movement. Trio Voces Intimae plays on both period and modern instruments, having reached the conclusion that period instruments are mostly a means of bringing to life an idea made of sounds, thoughts and poetry. While the whisper of the fortepiano moderator and the biting sweetness of gut strings facilitate the rediscovery of the richness of chamber music, it is also possible to reproduce the same atmosphere and sensations with modern instruments. Voces Intimae’s interpretation of the great chamber repertoire as well as the research and appreciation of lesser known pieces has allowed the trio to build a following in all corners of the world. This loyal and variegated audience listens with equal enthusiasm to the trio’s live concerts and to their recordings, showing esteem and affection in ways that are touching and at times surprising. Flemish critic Rudy Tambuyser wrote, concerning one of their recordings dedicated to the beautiful but unknown piano trios by French romantic composer Théodore Gouvy: “Why should you buy this CD? If you want to know how romantic music sounded right after it was written, then you will have to buy this CD. And also because Voces Intimae is the best piano trio in the world, even if it’s named like a string quartet!”.

THE CLASSICAL EXPERIENCE

A small, select number of students, guided by Voces Intimae, will have the opportunity to study pieces from the classical and early romantic repertoire on period instruments. It will be an occasion for paying homage to Luigi Boccherini through the sounds he would have known and loved. The outcome of this workshop will be showcased in one of the Festival’s concerts.

ACADEMIC PROGRAM

The Virtuoso & Belcanto Festival academic programme provides an opportunity for students to meet and work with extraordinary musicians coming from some of the most renowned institutions in the world. Furthermore, the students will have the chance to connect with and evaluate their peers from all over the world. 

Chamber music will be the central focus in our programme. For this reason, all our guest artists will teach both chamber music and instrumental. The programme is divided into two different but related categories: Solo and Chamber Music.

The following instruments are the mainstay of this year’s academic programme.

  • piano and fortepiano
  • violin
  • viola
  • cello
  • double bass

Additionally, a limited number of the following instruments are invited to participate in the chamber music category.

  • flute
  • clarinet
  • horn

Each student will have the opportunity to work with each and every one of our teachers.

Students may also elect to participate in one or both of the categories: solo and chamber music. Please see guidelines for more details.

LESSONS

Unless otherwise specified, all students will automatically be signed up for both the solo and chamber music categories. Those students wishing to participate in only one of the two categories must specify it on the registration form. Additionally, those wishing not to take part in more than one chamber music group must indicate this on the registration form.

The academic programme is designed to give each student the opportunity to work with all of the guest teachers on the faculty. Although not required, students are actively encouraged to take lessons from all the teachers of the instrument they are studying, as well as to work with different teachers in the chamber music setting.

Solo + chamber music:

Students registering for both solo and chamber music categories will receive a minimum of 3 lessons per week per category (the solo lessons will include 2 private lessons and 1 masterclass).

Solo only:

Students participating in this category will receive a minimum of 4 lessons per week.

These lessons may be either individual or in masterclass format.

Chamber music only: Students in this category will receive a minimum of 4 lessons per week (with only one chamber music ensemble).

Pianists will receive at least one individual fortepiano lesson.

AUDITIONS

Auditions may only be submitted by way of video. Please provide an unlocked link to a YouTube or send the audition material through wetransfer or with a similar large file sharing service to secretary@virtuosobelcanto.com. The audition video should consist of maximum 15 minutes of your repertoire of choice. Please include a short CV in the space provided on the registration form.

GUIDELINES AND ORGANIZATION

The Virtuoso & Belcanto Festival academic programme was created for young talented musicians from all over the world.

Dates:

The academic instrumental programme will take place in Lucca from July 24th to August 5th, 2017.

Eligibility:

The programme is aimed at advanced students, and is open to:

  • pre-formed chamber ensembles
  • individual instrumentalists (who will be placed into ensembles with other students by the Artistic Director)

Performers of the following instruments:

  • piano and fortepiano
  • violin
  • viola
  • cello
  • double bass

Performers of the following instruments, chamber music category only:

  • flute
  • clarinet
  • horn

up to a maximum of 3 players per instrument, for the performance of chamber music with larger ensembles.

Registration:

The registration form, audition video and payment of the registration fee must be submitted by June 10, 2017. Please note that we only have a limited number of places. We strongly suggest you apply as soon as possible.

Auditions may be submitted exclusively by way of video. Please provide a link to a YouTube or send the video via wetransfer or with a similar large file sharing service to secretary@virtuosobelcanto.com. The audition video should consist of maximum 15 minutes of your repertoire of choice. Please include a short CV in the space provided on the registration form.

Payment of the tuition fee is due by June 20, 2017.

All payments must be carried out via PayPal or by contacting the Festival’s secretary.

It is possible to apply as passive students.

Cancellation:

Once registered, a student may still cancel (via email) with full refund of the tuition fee, until and including June 24, 2017. For cancellations until and including June 30, 2017, a 50% refund of the tuition fee will be granted. No refund will be granted after that date.

A refund of the registration fee can be requested by sending an email to the Festival’s secretary (secretary@virtuosobelcanto.com) within 10 days of the payment being made. No refund will be granted after that date.

Registered students will have free or reduced access to all Festival concerts.

All participants are kindly requested to bring black concert attire (black dress, skirt, or trousers, with either black or white shirt).

A certificate of attendance will be presented to each student at the end of the course.

For further information and questions please contact the Festival administration office:

Email: secretary@virtuosobelcanto.com

Faculty

Violin

Kyu-Young Kim
24 – 31 luglio
Maria Solozobova
24 - 30 luglio
Eszter Haffner
31 luglio - 4 agosto
Luigi De Filippi
24 luglio – 2 agosto
Bård Monsen
24 luglio – 5 agosto
Jan Bjøranger
24 luglio – 5 agosto

Viola

Bruno Giuranna
24 - 29 luglio
Paul Cortese
24 luglio – 5 agosto
Lars Anders Tomter
31 luglio - 5 agosto

Cello

Alain Meunier
24 luglio – 29 luglio
Torleif Thedéen
30 luglio – 3 agosto
Sandro Meo
24 luglio – 5 agosto
Ilmari Hopkins
24 luglio - 5 agosto

Double Bass

Alberto Bocini
31 luglio – 5 agosto
Gabriele Ragghianti
31 luglio - 5 agosto
Ivan Zavgorodniy
31 luglio - 5 agosto

Piano

Boris Berman
30 luglio – 5 agosto
Marian Hahn
24 luglio – 5 agosto
Wei-Yi Yang
24 – 30 luglio
Yejin Gil
24 luglio - 5 agosto
Christian Ihle Hadland
31 luglio – 4 agosto

Fortepiano

Riccardo Cecchetti
24 luglio – 5 agosto

Ensembles in residence

1B1 orchestra

1B1 Orchestra
24 luglio – 5 agosto

Voces Intimae piano trio

Riccardo Cecchetti
24 luglio – 5 agosto
Sandro Meo
24 luglio – 5 agosto
Luigi De Filippi
24 luglio – 2 agosto

COMPETITIONS

Virtuoso & Belcanto as a mission statement for musicians, needs no clarification or translation. In fact, there’s never been a true virtuoso who did not possess the gift of cantabile as an important trait. We can’t really talk about composers who were symbols of virtuosity such as Paganini, Liszt, or Chopin without mentioning belcanto.

To encourage young musicians to become aware of and delve deeper into this theme, the Virtuoso & Belcanto Festival has organized four competitions reserved for registered students with substantial prizes: 

1. Violin – dedicated to Paganini – Saturday, July 29th, 2017

  • 1st place: violin made by an Italian Luthier (Fabio Piagentini, violin maker)
  • 2nd place: € 1.500
  • 3rd place: € 1.000

2. Pianodedicated to Liszt – Sunday, July 30th, 2017President of the jury: Boris Berman

  • 1st place: € 2.500 and concert/debut in Shanghai
  • 2nd place: € 1.500 
  • 3rd place: € 1.000

3. Cellodedicated to Boccherini – Monday, July 31st, 2017President of the jury: Torleif Thedéen

  • 1st place: € 2.500
  • 2nd place: € 1.500 
  • 3rd place: € 1.000

4. Chamber musicLuigi Boccherini Award – Friday, August 4th, 2017

  • 1st place: € 5.000
  • 2nd place: € 3.000 
  • 3rd place: € 2.000
  • Adolfo Betti Award (from Animando – Centro di Promozione Musicale) for the best string quartet: € 3.000

The final concert of the competition will take place on Friday 4th of August 2017 and all prize winners are expected to participate. Anyone who fails to do so will not be awarded a prize.

The winners of first prizes in the 2016 edition of the Virtuoso & Belcanto Festival will not be eligible to participate in the competition they previously won, but are welcome to take part in the other available competitions.

All relevant participants in the chamber music competition (including winners) are eligible to win the Adolfo Betti award (from Animando – Centro di Promozione Musicale), for the best string quartet.

Violin Competition

Violin competition prizes – dedicated to Niccolò Paganini – Saturday 29th

  • 1st prize: violin made by an Italian Luthier (Fabio Piagentini, violin maker)
  • 2nd prize: € 1.500 
  • 3rd prize: € 1.000

The participant is required to play a selection of pieces from among the following: (total duration no longer than 20 minutes):

 

a) N. Paganini:  2 Capricci op. 1

b) J.S. Bach: from the Partitas (without repeats)

BWV 1003 Sarabanda and Bourée (without Doubles) or BWV 1004 Sarabanda and Giga or BWV 1006 Prelude, Loure and Gavotte

c) one of the following pieces:  

C. Saint Saëns: Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, or Havanaise

or

M. Ravel: Tzigane

or

B. Bartok: Rhapsody 1 or 2 

or

L. van Beethoven: Romance in G

or

P. de Sarasate: Zigeunerweisen

or

G. Gershwin: 3 Preludes (J. Heifetz)

or

A. Dvorak: Romance op.11

or

F. Schubert: Rondo in B minor

or

H.Wieniawski: Variations on an original theme

Piano Competition

Piano competition prizes – dedicated to Franz Liszt – Sunday, July 30th

  • 1st prize: € 2.500 and concert/debut in Shanghai
  • 2nd prize: € 1.500 
  • 3rd prize: € 1.000

President of the jury: Boris Berman

The participant is required to perform pieces by F. Liszt e F. Chopin for a total duration of 20 minutes maximum.

The candidates must play at least one piece per composer.

The candidates must play one of the Études by F. Liszt or by F. Chopin.

Cello Competition

Cello competition prizes – dedicated to Luigi Boccherini – Friday, July 31st

  • 1st prize: € 2.500 
  • 2nd prize: € 1.500 
  • 3rd prize: € 1.000

President of the jury: Torleif Thedéen

The participant is required to play a selection of pieces from among the following: (total duration no longer than 20 minutes):

 

a) A. Piatti:  1 capriccio from op. 25 , choose between no. 3, 6, 8 e 12

b) J.S. Bach: Suite n°3 BWV 1009 Prelude or Suite n°4 BWV 1010 Prelude or Suite n°5 BWV 1011 Prelude

c) one of the following pieces:  

R. Schumann: Adagio and Allegro op.70

or

P. Tchaikovsky: Pezzo Capriccioso op. 62

or

A. Pärt: Fratres

or

G. Ligeti: Sonata for solo cello

or

Z. Kodály: first movement from Cello Sonata op.8

or

G. Cassado: from the Suite for Solo Cello (1926) Preludio and Sardana or Intermezzo and danza finale

or

L. Boccherini – F. Grützmacher: Rondo (https://imslp.org/wiki/Special:ImagefromIndex/108523)

Chamber Music Competition

Chamber music competition prizes – Luigi Boccherini Award – Friday, August 4th

  • 1st prize: € 5.000 
  • 2nd prize: € 3.000 
  • 3rd prize: € 2.000

Adolfo Betti Award (from Animando – Centro di Promozione Musicale) for the best string quartet: € 3.000

President of the jury: TBD

The participating ensemble is required to perform works composed between 1770 and 1950, for a total duration of approximately 20 minutes. 

Festival places

The Virtuoso & Belcanto Festival will take place in Lucca, a Tuscan city with a unique geographical position. It lies around 80 km. [c. 50 mi.] from the center of Florence, 30 km. [c. 19 mi.] from the center of Pisa and from the Mediterranean seacoast, and has history that goes all the way back to the Roman Empire. Having stood as an independent republic for many centuries, it is universally considered to be one of the most beautiful Italian cities. Completely surrounded by fortress walls dating back to the Renaissance, Lucca has an extraordinary musical history as well, as the birthplace of musicians such as Puccini, Boccherini, Geminiani, and Catalani.

Teatro del Giglio di Lucca

Chiesa di San Romano

Baluardo San Paolino

Palazzo Pfanner

Chiesa dei Servi

Chiesa Santa Caterina

Orto Botanico

Scuola Sinfonia

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Casa del Boia

Housing, Travel and Services

“Housing and Travel” service by Virtuoso & Belcanto Festival offers a wide choice of private accommodation and hotel accommodation. Qualified personnel will accompany you in choosing your bookings.

Agreed structures respond to different price and facilities, here are the main ones:

Ostello San Frediano

e-mail luccahostel@gmail.com

tel. 3392358673

Hotel Moderno

Tel. +39 0583 55840

e-mail info@albergomodernolucca.com

B&B Art Gallery

Tel. 335394632

e-mail artgallerybb@gmail.com

Ostello “Rio di Vorno”

Tel. 0583971081

E-mail  info@ilriodivorno.it

B&B Il Villano

info@ilvillano.net

tel. 3484622136

Grand Hotel Guinigi

Tel: 0583 4991

Email: guinigi.lu@bestwestern.it

For information please contact travel@virtuosobelcanto.com

Upon request, stringed instruments from violinmakers’ workshops will be available for rental for the entire duration of the Festival. Please contact info@virtuosobelcanto.com