3rd cycle Piano - contemporary
Course with several teachers
3rd cycle
Study pathway

Absolutely new in the field of music education in Italy, our Post-graduate specialist courses in music performance offer two years of training in solo piano, solo contemporary piano, viola, violin, cello and guitar, and are recognised by the MIUR (Ministry for Education, Universities and Research). The first 2-year course ( 2019/21) is currently in progress in  Pinerolo, Torino e Banna.


Each course offers:

  • Individual instrument lessons, generally held monthly, which are grouped into modules and taught by several teachers in order to guarantee a high level of specialist training. Therefore, it is not possible for applicants to choose a single teacher with whom they wish to study. Students are encouraged to attend the individual instrument lessons of other students as auditors. The academic year begins in November and finishes in June. Taught courses for the year 2019/2020 follow this calendar of lessons
  • Group lessons in analysis, and history of music, chamber music, law and the music business,which will be held in residential sessions. The first 2-year course (2019/21) is currently in progress at Tenuta Banna in Poirino, in partnership with the Fondazione Spinola-Banna per l’Arte foundation, on these dates:
    • 3-7 February 2020
    • 23-27 March 2020
    • 8-16 June 2020

Compulsory attendance (80%) for courses on the study programme. Lessons will be held in Pinerolo, at the Accademia di Musica’s main centre; in Turin, at Palazzo Cisterna; at Tenuta Banna in Poirino (2019/20), in partnership with the Fondazione Spinola-Banna per l’Arte foundation.




To be eligible to apply for the course candidates must possess a second level degree in music from a university-level school of music (Conservatoires and ex IMPs), or from an institute of higher education authorised to award certificates of Advanced Studies in Art, Music and Dance (as per Italian law ex art. 11 DPR 8 July 2005, no.212). Applications from candidates with certification or a qualification from another country that is legally recognised as equivalent will also be considered. Students who complete the Specialist courses will be awarded a qualification recognised by the MIUR (Ministry for Education, Universities and Research) as being equivalent to that awarded by other schools offering Specialist degrees in music (Scuola di Specializzazione in Beni Musicali Strumentali). For further information consult the Regulations.



Applying for admission

In order to apply for these courses candidates must complete the application form below and send it accompanied by:

  • ID documentation;
  • CV/resumé;
  • Receipt of payment of the application fee;
  • Link to video (see Entrance exam);
  • Signed privacy consent form;
  • Signed image release consent form;
  • One high-resolution (300 dpi) photo of the candidate, preferably taken during a concert performance
  • the repertoire already performed as chamber music.
Entrance exam

There are two stages to the selection process.



The admission panel will first assess the candidate’s CV/resumé, which must be accompanied by a video of 15 minutes (minimum) to 25 minutes (maximum). The candidate must provide us with the link for this video, viewable on a platform for storing and sharing contents online (such as Youtube, Google Drive, Vimeo…). The results of the first stage of selection will be communicated to candidates by e-mail. The video must include:

  • An important XX century work (starting from C. Debussy)
  • An important work written in the last 60 years (from 1960)


Candidates admitted to the second stage of selection must take an audition in which they are required to give a live performance of the pieces they played in the video (from a minimum of 10 minutes to a maximum of 20). This will be followed by a personal interview. Auditions will take place in Turin.


Course fees


Before applying candidates must pay the application fee of €100. The proof of receipt of payment must accompany the application form. Bank transfers to be made out to:

Accademia di Musica
UBI Banca
IBAN IT27W0311130750000000010424
Cod Bic Swift: BLOPIT22
Motivation: Name and Surname + Application fee for Postgraduate Specialist Course



Any student who passes the audition stage and is accepted into the course will be considered for a bursary. There is no need to make a specific request. Bursaries are awarded on merit, which is assessed through the quality of the audition performance, the CV/resumé presented and by the results of the personal interview. The amount of the bursary will depend on the funds made available to the school by companies, public and private bodies, personal donations and legacies, but cannot exceed 10,000 euros, the annual quota set for each academic year (European students). Any candidate who wins a bursary will be informed in writing (by e-mail) of the award and the total sum of money involved.



Pierre-Laurent Aimard
Emanuele Arciuli
Massimiliano Damerini
Nicolas Hodges
Piano - contemporary
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