Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors and donors, some students will be able to access partial or full scholarships to help cover tuition costs. The criteria on the basis of which the Festival Direction will assign the available resources will be: geographical area of origin, merit and family income.

Applications will be collected and evaluated in two rounds:

  • 1st round: Applications submitted by March 31st, 2023 will be evaluated by April 15th;
  • 2nd round: Applications submitted by May 31st, 2023 will be evaluated by June 15th.

Students who apply for a scholarship will still have to pay the first fee to confirm registration. If the Festival’s Direction decides to offer a full scholarship, the amount paid will be refunded.

Interested students must fill this form and send it to secretary@virtuosobelcanto.com according to the deadlines.

Piano Accompaniment Scholarship

We are offering full-tuition scholarships to Piano students who have experience in accompaniment, and who would like to work alongside Professors and Students for 3 hours each day for the entire duration of the Festival. This is a fantastic opportunity to develop collaborative piano skills and expand your repertoire.

The selection will be held in two rounds:

Step 1 – Applications by April 30th, 2023: students that are interested in this scholarship, can apply by sending a CV and reference letter(s) to secretary@virtuosobelcanto.com. The reference letter(s) should talk about previous piano accompaniment activities done by the student. The outcome of the selection will be communicated by May 7th, 2023.

Step 2 – Video audition: selected students will receive a short repertoire list to prepare, record and send back within 24 hours. The selection will end on May 15th, 2023.

Students registered and admitted to the advanced courses before May 15th can take part in the selection for the Piano Accompaniment Scholarship, but they still must pay the fees according to the Terms of Payment. If they are admitted to the scholarship, they will receive a refund of the fee already paid.


Master concerts

A small number of students will be selected to prepare pieces from the main chamber repertoire with some of the teachers present. The selection will be made by the Artistic Direction in agreement with the faculty, based on the videos sent for admission to the courses.

The results of these workshops will be included in the concert program of the Virtuoso&Belcanto 2023 Festival.


Contemporary Virtuoso & Belcanto

This innovative workshop, held by Maestro Adrian Brendel, is dedicated to the exploration of new contemporary repertoires.

The musicians will be selected based on the videos sent for admission and will participate in a prestigious audio-visual recording session in various cultural locations within the Province of Lucca. This program will be held during the 2023 Virtuoso & Belcanto Festival. The videos will be published online after post-production and editing have been carried out.

Click here for the Virtuoso & Belcanto YouTube Channel.


Instruments rental

Students who may need to rent string instruments can get in touch with Tommaso Pedani, luthier and bowmaker. He will be present at Real Collegio in Lucca for the entire duration of the festival.

www.tommasopedani.com  info@tommasopedani.com – +39 338 5486 737