The Virtuoso & Belcanto Festival summer course is dedicated to the most talented music students from all over the world.


The course will take place in Lucca from July 16 – 29, 2018.


The course is aimed at advanced students and is open specifically to:

  • pre-formed chamber ensembles
  • individual instrumentalists not already part of a chamber ensemble (these musicians will be placed into ensembles with other students by the Artistic Director).

Students of the following instruments:

  • piano and fortepiano
  • violin
  • viola
  • cello

Players of the following instruments may register for the chamber music category to participate in larger chamber ensembles.

  • double bass
  • flute
  • clarinet
  • horn


The summer course is open to a limited number of participants. The registration process will be complete only after receipt of the registration fee. Students wishing to participate are encouraged to register early. 

The application form, video audition, and the payment of the registration fee are due by June 10, 2018.

Only video auditions will be accepted. Applicants may either send a YouTube or Vimeo link or send the video file via WeTransfer or other large file sending online service to [email protected]. The audition program should consist of a free choice of repertoire for a maximum total of 15 minutes. A brief resume is to be included in the space provided on the registration form.

The payment of the tuition fee is due by June 17, 2018.

All payments must be carried out via PayPal or by bank transfer.

Auditors (non-active students) may also register for the course and pay only the registration fee.


Cancellation with full refund of the tuition fee may be requested by sending an email to the Festival secretary by, and no later than 7 days from the date of payment of this fee. After this date, no fee will be refunded.

In exceptional cases involving the impossibility of participating, refunds will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the Festival office.

The registration fee is refundable within 5 days of payment, by sending an email to Festival secretary.

In no other case is the registration fee refundable.

Enrolled students will benefit from free or reduced admission 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 provided for each student at the end of the course.

Applications deadline 10 June 2018

For further information and questions please contact the Festival office: [email protected]