The international Master Classes organized by Paesaggi Musicali Toscani will be held from August 22 until August 27 in San Quirico d’Orcia, at the beautiful Palazzo Chigi in the center of the town.
The classes will be directed towards both individual instrumentalists and chamber music groups who wish to deepen their studies of early music. The professors of this musical full immersion, who count as some of the most pre-stigious specialists in early music are: Amandine Beyer (violin-August 18-21), Manuel Granatiero (flute-August 18-21), and Marco Ceccato (cello-August 18-21). This year, in addition to the classes in violin, flute, cello and harpsichord there will also be classes in vocal renaissance music with Marco Beasley from August 23 until August 27. The classes on the 27th will end at lunch time.
Both teachers and students will doubtless be inspired by the unrivaled beauty of the Val d’Orcia.
In addition to daily individual lessons, there will be the opportunity for each participant to explore chamber music repertoire with other students. This will be made possible by the presence of a harpsichordist in residence. Between August 18 and 21, there will also be a teacher of Alexander Technique, Ain-geala De Burca.
The participants will be able to attend all the concerts of the Festival for free.
VIOLIN Amandine Beyer
Amandine Beyer has been recognized for years as a point of reference in the interpretation of the Baroque repertoire. Her recording of the Sonatas & Partitas by J. S. Bach in 2012 received plaudits and consensus from the most prestigious international critics, including Diapason d’or de l’année, Choc de Classica de l’année, Editor’s choice de Gramophone, Prix Academie Charles Cros and Excepcional de Scherzo. Her rendition of Bach’s second Partita was choreographed and performed by Anne Theresa Keersmaeker and Boris Charmatz.
She performs regularly in the world’s most important concert halls and festivals (Théatre du Chatelet, Festival de Sablé, Innsbruck Festwochen, Konzerthaus of Vienna…). She divides her time between performing with various music ensembles: les Cornets Noirs, duos with Pierre Hantai, Kristian Bezuidenhout and Laurance Beyer as well as her own ensemble, “Gli Incogniti" (their CD's devoted to Vivaldi's Four Seasons and Corelli's Concerti Grossi have been lauded by international critics as new high points in the performance of this repertoire).
Her other great passion is pedagogy. She teaches at the ESMAE of Porto (Portugal), and also holds masterclasses worldwide (France, Taiwan, Brazil, USA and Canada). Since 2010 she has taught baroque violin at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Switzerland.
FLUTE Manuel Granatiero
Manuel Granatiero was born in Naples in 1976. In 1991, he was awarded the third prize at the international prize “MittelEuropa”. He earned his diploma in 1994, subsequently earning the "Premier Prix " with the unanimity of the jury at the “Accademia Italiana del Flauto” with R. Guiot . He continued his studies in modern flute with Alain Marion (Académie de Perfectionnement d'été, Nice), Irena Grafenauer (Mozarteum, Salzburg) and Angelo Persichilli (Accademia di S. Cecilia, Rome). In 1998 he began studying baroque flute with Laura Pontecorvo. In 1999 he was admitted to the "Koninklijk Conservatorium " in Brussels , where he studied baroque and classical flute with Barthold Kuijken, Marc Hantai and Frank Theuns and where he graduated "with distinction" in 2004.
He performs with some of the most important early music ensembles as a soloist and as a principal player including Gli Incogniti ( A.Beyer), Academia Montis Regalis (A.De Marchi) , Il Complesso Barocco (A. Curtis) , Australian Chamber Orchestra (R. Tognetti ), Les Ambassadeurs (A. Kossenko ), Le Cercle de l' Harmonie (J. Roher ), La Chambre Philharmonique (E.Krivin), Les Talens Lyriques (C. Rousset), Holland Baroque Society, Ensemble Philidor (Mira Glodeanu), Ensemble Cordia (S. Veggetti), Ricercar Consort (P. Pierlot) and Ausonia Ensemble (F.Haas), to name a few. Thanks to these experiences, he has performed throughout the world with the most prestigious specialists in early music. He has recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, Decca, Naive, Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, Zig Zag Territories, Dinamic, Virgin Classique Atma Classique, Radio 3 and Stradivarius. In 2005 he founded the ensemble "Accademia Ottoboni". He currently teaches baroque flute at the Conservatory of Perugia.
CELLO Marco Ceccato
Marco Ceccato studied at the 'Scuola di Musica di Fiesole', with David Geringas and baroque cello at the Scuola Civica di Milano with G. Nasillo.
He performs regularly with Le concert des Nations, Academia Montis Regalis, Il Giardino Armonico, Al Aire Español, Ensemble Zefiro, Gli Incogniti and has been directed by B. Kujken, J. Savall, E. Lopez Banzo, A. De Marchi and A. Bernardini . He has appeared at the Berlin Konzert Haus, Théatre des Champs Elisée in Paris, Festival d'Ambronay, Festival de Sablé, Festival of Vancouver and Auditorium del Parco della Musica in Rome.
He has recorded for Harmonia Mundi, Naive, Opus 111, Berlin Classics, Radio Rai Tre, Radio France, Discoteca di Stato, Terzo Millennio, Equipe and Zig-Zag-Territoires. For the latter , he recorded the Vivaldi Cello Sonatas in 2014, which was awarded various prestigious prizes such as the Diapason d’Or and Editor's Choice..
He has taught baroque cello at the ESMAE of Porto (Portugal) since 1997.
HARPSICHORD Francesco Corti
Francesco Corti was born into a musical family in Arezzo, Italy in 1984. He studied organ in Perugia, and subsequently the harpsichord in Geneva and in Amsterdam.
He received awards at the International "Johann Sebastian Bach" Competition in Leipzig (2006) and at the Bruges Harpsichord Competition (2007).
As a soloist, he has appeared in recitals and concerts all over Europe, in the USA, in Latin America and in New Zealand. He has been invited by festivals such as Mozart Woche and the Salzburger Festpiele, BachFest Leipzig, MusikFest Bremen, Utrecht Early Music Festival, Festival Radio France Montpellier and Milanesiana. He has performed in concert halls such as Salle Pleyel (Paris), Bozar (Brussels), Konzerthaus (Vienna), Tonhalle (Zürich), the Mozarteum and Haus für Mozart (Salzburg) and the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam).
Since 2007, he has been a member of Les Musiciens du Louvre (M. Minkowski) with which he has taken part in countless tours, performing solo concertos by Bach, Händel, Haydn and Mozart. He also performs with other famous early music groups such as Zefiro (A. Bernardini), the Bach Collegium Japan (M. Suzuki), Les Talens Lyriques (C. Rousset), Harmonie Universelle (F. Deuter), Pulcinella (O. Gaillard), Música Temprana (A. van der Spoel) and Le Concert des Nations (J. Savall).
As a soloist, he has been accompanied in concertos by the Mozarteum Orchestra, the Combattimento Consort, the Leipzig Baroque Orchestra and the Orchestra da Camera di Mantova.
Since 2015, he has regularly conducted Les Musiciens du Louvre in a repertoire that spans from A. Scarlatti and Händel to Galuppi and Mozart. He was invited as soloist and conductor by the Holland Baroque Society for two European tours of concerts (Brandenburg concertos), and by the Nederlandse Bachvereniging.
His solo recordings include a CD of Suites by Louis Couperin, the Partitas by J. S. Bach and the two piano quartets by Mozart recorded on the original instrument owned by the composer, now in Salzburg.
In 2017, the French label Evidence will publish his new recording of Haydn sonatas.
He has taught in masterclasses all over Europe, in Latin America and in Asia.
Since September 2016, he has been professor of harpsichord and thorough bass at the Schola Cantorum Basilensis.
VOCAL RENAISSANCE MUSIC Marco Beasley
August 23 until August 27
Marco Beasley was born in Portici, near Naples, in 1957. During his musical studies at the University of Bologna, he deepened his knowledge of the two stylistic pivots of the late Renaissance – recitar cantando and sacred and well as secular polyphony. He thus began an active concert career which quickly took him to some of the world’s most prestigious venues, from the Mozarteum in Salzburg to the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, from the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome to Lincoln Center in New York.
As a singer, actor and writer, Marco Beasley embraces the carefree soul of Naples, the joie de vivre of making music, and the desire to confront the world of poetry and literature. His personal research into vocal production and the intelligibility of sung texts have earned him the praise of an ever-increasing public. In 2009 the Dutch VSCD (Association of Theater and Concert Halls) nominated him for Best Performer of the Year.
He has an ample and wide-ranging discography. Most recordings are with the ensemble Accordone, which he founded together with Guido Morini and Stefano Rocco in 1984. In 2014, he chose to leave the group in order to venture down an even more personal and independent path unconnected with the name of the ensemble. The year 2013 marked the release of the cd Il Racconto di Mezzanotte, in which the singing is more than ever the sound of a narration, an intimate and contemplative tale recounted entirely by a single voice.
Nonrefundable entrance fee: € 150
Tuition: € 300 to be paid before the start of the classes.
30 euro for each lesson or 70 euro for the right to be present at any or all classes
N.B.: the tuition includes free accommodation in dormitories in the center of San Quirico d’Orcia. We ask participants to report upon enrollment if they wish to use them or not. For those wishing different accommodations, please contact the festival for help in finding the most convenient solution.
In order to sign up and reserve a place in the master classes it is necessary to
- Complete the form online (name, last name, place and date of birth, address, telephone number, tax ID number, short biography)
- Specify the CRO number of the wire transfer for the payment of the entrance fee
The resulting e-mail will constitute the official confirmation of entrance to the classes and the commitment to pay the tuition.
The deadline to enroll in the classes is July 8.
Information for wire transfer
CoBanca Monte dei Paschi di Siena
Recipient: ASSOCIAZIONE MUSICA INSIEME C/O CASINI ANNA RITA, VIA DELLA LI-BERAZIONE 5, 53027, SAN QUIRICO D’ORCIA (SI)
Account number: 290052
IBAN: IT 09 F 01030 72020 000000290052
Information to be included on wire transfer: ENTRANCE FEE - MASTER CLASS (name of teacher) - First name and last name of participant