In no other place than Lucca, the guardian city of timeless music, could the Virtuoso & Belcanto Festival be created and establish itself on an international level.

Lucca is the city of music, which gave birth to extraordinary musicians and composers such as Giacomo Puccini, Luigi Boccherini and Alfredo Catalani, and represented the place where the talent of the most famous interpreter of virtuoso and romantic music, Niccolò Paganini, thrived and flourished in the early nineteenth century. It is in Lucca that Paganini first fell in love, became a maestro, mastered his art and acquired fame. Today, Lucca has become the setting of a festival of international resonance, in which teaching, competitions and art music are all harmoniously modulated, over the course of a two weeks-long event.

After 6 years since its inception – years which saw more than seven hundred students attending the masterclasses, internationally acclaimed maestros choosing the Festival as an expressive space, and one first-of-a-kind totally online edition – the Virtuoso & Belcanto has reached the place it deserves among the best music competitions around the world.

The 2022 edition thrives on the beauty of the 2021 experience: face-to-face lessons, live concerts and the hybrid with the best of the 2020 “Connected Edition” the ability to access video content throughout the year.

It may seem difficult to create a festival that is balanced between in-person and virtual music training, and it didn’t seem possible to change the way of doing Festivals,  yet Virtuoso & Belcanto simply achieves that.

Both from Lucca and Worldwide, the 2022 edition opens its doors.

Experience a journey through the province of Lucca, on the footsteps of Maestro Giacomo Puccini. Step into the enchanting atmosphere of the places where he lived and composed his opera masterpieces, famous all over the world.
The lands of Giacomo Puccini represent  Lucca, with its rich cultural heritage, precious craftmanship, never-ending beaches of the Versilia coast and many top-quality music and opera Festivals like Virtuoso & Belcanto.


Permanent Manifesto

“The richness of great music is inexhaustible, and the performer should try to react to each single case with a fresh and unbiased mind.”

Alfred Brendel – July 2020

The great Maestro Alfred Brendel sent a letter to fellow musicians, professors and students of Virtuoso & Belcanto in July 2020. It contains words that fully represent the teaching methods and values that have characterised the Virtuoso & Belcanto Festival since its inception. For this reason, the Festival’s Artistic Director, maestro Riccardo Cecchetti, made them the Permanent Manifesto of Virtuoso & Belcanto.

Click here to read the Manifesto

Both from Lucca and Worldwide, the 2021 edition opens its doors.

Teatro del Giglio

Piazza del Giglio 13/15
55100 Lucca – Italy