VIRTUOSO & BELCANTO FESTIVAL

Lucca 18 Luglio – 31 Luglio, 2022

Virtuoso & Belcanto, now in its seventh edition, has become the first international Festival that through its teaching methods indicates a precise choice of values in the music field. In the letter that Maestro Brendel sent to the students of the 2020 edition, which was later rendered the Festival’s Manifesto by the Artistic Director Riccardo Cecchetti, Brendel reminds that the performance of music is not solved by applying a few recipes.

The indications that Maestro Brendel gives – which can be read in full here – truly represent the teaching style and values that have always characterized Virtuoso & Belcanto.

Virtuoso & Belcanto Festival is founded upon three closely interconnected elements:

  • Advanced courses with the guidance of prestigious international Maestros;
  • Competitions reserved exclusively to students enrolled in the advanced courses;
  • Concerts performed by guest artists and selected students.

The Virtuoso & Belcanto advanced courses are veritable educational programmes: admitted students will have the possibility to study with some of the most important artists in the world. Each student will be able to have lessons with every professor of his or her own instrumental course.

The Virtuoso & Belcanto Festival competitions are reserved exclusively to participants of the master classes. In the 2022 edition there will be 2 competitions:

  1. Concerto Competition Solo concert engagements with prestigious orchestras and their concert series;

2. Chamber music competition.

The Virtuoso & Belcanto Festival concert programme is very intense and includes numerous concerts with established artists and young musicians from all over the world in the unique places of the lands of Tuscany, for a not-to-be-missed event for all music lovers. 

Festival activities include two workshops:

The Headquarters of the festival is Real Collegio, Piazza del Collegio 13, Lucca. Lessons are also held in other structures, always within the walls of the City of Lucca.

Study spaces are distributed both inside and outside the city walls.

Some of the string quartets and/or other ensembles, such as piano trios or string trios, will be able to take advantage of free housing for the entire duration of the Virtuoso & Belcanto Festival in some of Lucca’s villas and historical homes, thanks to the cooperation of the association Le Dimore del Quartetto. A selection will be carried out according to the deadlines indicated on the registration page, and will be decided jointly by the artistic directors of both Virtuoso & Belcanto and Le Dimore del Quartetto.