Chamber Music Workshop

for Young Musicians


Montefiore dell'Aso (AP), Italy

July 31 – August 6, 2013







About the Place...

Study chamber music in Italy this summer with outstanding performers and teachers in an atmosphere of medieval charm and artistic splendor. Young musicians from several countries who wish to perfect their knowledge of chamber music will have a chance to gather in small ensembles including strings, piano and winds. Priority is given to students aged 16 to 28, but older players will be accepted if they apply in pre-formed groups or if their instrument and playing level allows them to complete student groups. Visitors are also welcome, space permitting. Housing and meals will be provided in the Hotel del Parco, located in a beautiful natural park, only a couple of minutes walk from the city center. Lessons will be held in the “Polo Museale di San Francesco”, the city's Fine Arts Museum situated in an ancient cloister. The museum contains precious paintings by Carlo Crivelli and other artists of Le Marche. Montefiore is a lovely medieval town close to the Adriatic Sea in central Italy. It offers a wealth of artistic and historical monuments and the local cuisine is really delicious.


About the Costs...

The cost per student up to age 28 is €660, €770 for people 28 and over. A reduced price of €380 will be paid by pupils who do not need an accommodation. Visitors and non musicians €380. Applications sent before march 30, 2013 will benefit of 8% discount on both instructional fee and application fee.

Prices include accommodation in double rooms, full board, instructional fee and application fee.

An additional fee of € 180 will be requested for single room accommodation, and paid on arrival.

Individuals who are accepted for the course will be pre-assigned chamber works to prepare before arrival. These works may be requested by the students if they have a particular interest, and the instructors will make the final assignments. Groups will be assembled from all enrolled students to provide a variety of experiences for all participants. However, groups of students wishing to apply as a pre-formed group may do so. Groups will work together on their assignments and with coaches for several hours per day, and will have a certain amount of free time for additional freelance playing and visiting local sights. The beautiful beaches of the Adriatic are only 10 km. away. Since our primary interest is in chamber music, no individual lessons of instrumental technique are scheduled, but individual agreements between teachers and pupils may be made for private lessons outside the coaching hours.

A limited number of high quality string instruments are available for rental (Atelier Scrollavezza & Zanrè and Scuola Internazionale di Liuteria R. Scrollavezza, Parma, Italy Reservations must be made with the application and will be fulfilled on a first come first served basis.

Private Taxi/bus service to Montefiore from the nearest train station is available at reasonable prices.

If you require information about transportation to Montefiore dell'Aso, please contact Jane Carhart ( More information about course methods and musical objectives may be obtained from Marcello Defant ( 

The course begins on Wednesday, July 31 afternoon and finishes on Tuesday morning, August 6, 2013.

Applications and application fees should be sent to Jane Carhart/Musical Passages no later than May 6, 2013. The final payment is due by June 21, 2013. Late payments will be charged an additional fee of €50.

About the Teachers...

Marcello Defant, Violinist, Artistic Director. A pupil of Ruggiero Ricci and Salvatore Accardo, Marcello Defant travels extensively in a very active performing and teaching career, which has taken him to China, the United States, France, Spain and throughout Italy. He has also performed in Turkey, Japan, Mexico, South America, Africa, England, Portugal, Germany and the Netherlands.

Beyond his frequent collaborations as concertmaster with orchestras such as the Orchestra Internazionale d'Italia, Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Haydn Orchester in Bolzano, Milano Classica, Orchestra da Camera di Padova e del Veneto, he is currently musical director of the Officina de li Affetti as well as of the Concord chamber music ensemble.

He has given masterclasses in France (Moulin d'Andè, Cratoule), Spain (Jimena de la Frontera), Italy (Accademia Musicale Pescarese, Orchestra Giovanile Siciliana, Ripatransone), and China (Kunmin University).

Since 2007 he has been appointed as violin teacher at the Giacomo Puccini Music Conservatory in Gallarate (Milan).

His discography as soloist is remarkable, since 1996 recordings for the Phoenix Classics label.

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Dorothea Sessler, violinist, was born in Switzerland, studied violin in Berlin, Germany, and Basel, Switzerland. and graduated both as a teacher and soloist. After further studies with Max Rostal and masterclasses with Henryk Szering and Nathan Milstein, she won several violin competitions. 

She has concretized for many years as soloist and as a member of different chamber music groups throughout Europe and Asia. After holding the position of concertmaster in many orchestras in Germany (Nuremberg, Baden-Baden, Bamberg), Italy (Teatro San Carlo in Naples, Orchestra Filarmonica di Macerata, Orchestra Haydn di Bolzano e Trento) and Austria (Innsbruck), she has served as concertmaster in Innsbruck for the last 28 years. 

During this outstanding career, she has also been a very active violin teacher, particularly focused on the orchestral and chamber music repertoire, working with the European Youth Orchestra among others.

Anthony Shorrocks, violist, is Head of Performance, Department of Music, University of Liverpool. He comes from an extraordinarily varied musical background. His experiences include freelancing with the BBC Philharmonic, Opera North, CBSO, RLPO; jazz with the BBC Big Band, Johnny Dankworth and George Shearing; pop tours with Elaine Page, Neil Sedaka, and others; early music on period instruments and working with contemporary music groups. 

He has also taught at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and several other universities, and is a Mentor on the Associated Board Certificate of Teaching course. At Liverpool University he has developed a course for performers that bridges the gap between instrumental lessons and final assessments, and he runs a nationwide consultancy for musician’s suffering from aches, pains, tensions and discomfort in playing and performing.

He has conducted in Zimbabwe and Europe, and has taken the Liverpool University Symphony Orchestra on tours to France, Germany and Tuscany. In 2004 he joined the Italian based Ensemble Concord as their viola player.

Sebastiano Severi, Cellist, started playing the cello at the age of 7, under the guidance of Lionello Godoli. He then studied at the United World College of the Atlantic from 1992 to 1994 under the guidance of Sharon McKinley. In 1995 he won the First Prize at the Dino Caravita Competition and was awarded the Diploma di Violoncellista at the Royal Philharmonic Academy in Bologna in 1997. In 1998 he received his Diploma at the Giuseppe Verdi Music Conservatory in Milan after having studied with Rocco Filippini.

He has been first cellist at the Teatro Regio in Turin, Orchestra Internazionale d'Italia, and the Bruno Maderna Orchestra.

He also gives duo recitals with cello and guitar, cello and violin, cello and double bass, and plays in many other chamber music ensembles, with a repertoire from early to contemporary music.

Giacomo Battarino, Pianist, made his debut in Milan at the Circolo della Stampa and since then he has performed at most important Italian music institutions. He has also performed in Austria, France, Romania, Lithuania, Switzerland, Slovenia, Finland, Serbia, Cyprus, Sweden, Denmark, England, China and the United States.

He received diplomas with high honours from the Music Conservatory Giuseppe Verdi in Milan, Italy and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in the United States. He studied with Paul Badura-Skoda, Boris Petrushansky, Maria Tipo, Richard Goode, Boris Bloch, Gyorgy Sandor.

His recording labels include the French Delatour and the Italian Philarmonia, Base Records and DeVega.

Piano Professor at the Conservatory Giuseppe Verdi in Milan, the L.Cherubini in Florence and currently the G.Puccini in Gallarate. He has also served on the faculty of the Universität Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, and the Cyprus College in Nicosia, Cyprus, and was Associate Director at the Casalmaggiore International Festival, as well as honorary professor of the Shandong University, Weihai, (China) and of the Central National University, Beijing (2007).

Oboist Renato Bizzotto was born in Switzerland.

After musical studies in Lucerne and Zürich he attended masterclasses with Ingo Goritzki and Jan Spronk. He played as principal oboe in the Shanghai and Beijing Symphony Orchestras from 2002 until 2005. At present, he is 1st solo-oboist in the Symphonisches Orchester Zürich and substitute 1st oboe in the Opernhaus Orchester Zürich.

He teaches oboe at the Alte Kantonsschule Aarau.

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