Postgraduate Specialist Courses in Music Performance - 3rd cycle



A teaching programme centred around the student, providing the method, tools and interdisciplinary competences that are today essential to embark on a career as a professional musician”.

Laura Richaud, Artistic Director at the Accademia di Musica


From its inception in 1994, the Accademia di Musica of Pinerolo rapidly developed into an internationally famous centre of music studies, known for its innovative approach. We have always been dedicated to developing the artistic personalities of our students, whether they be very young talents or graduates, through our advanced music courses and masterclasses, as well as our bi-annual international chamber music competition. We are now proud to announce the latest, long-awaited achievement in our progress: early in 2019, we received authorisation from the MIUR (Ministry for Education, Universities and Research) for our Scuola di Specializzazione in Beni Musicali Strumentali (Postgraduate Specialist Courses in Music Performance – 3rd cyclein piano solo, piano solo in contemporary music, violin, viola, cello or guitar.


The first 2-year course ( 2019/21) is currently in progress in Pinerolo, Torino e Banna.




Students who complete the Specialist courses will be awarded a qualification recognised by the MIUR (Ministry for Education,Universities and Research) as equivalent to that awarded by other schools offering Specialist degrees, Scuola di Specializzazione in Beni Musicali Strumentali. 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), or certification or a qualification from another country which is legally recognised as equivalent.





The teachers chosen to hold our courses are high-profile musicians of international renown, who are dedicated, generous teachers. To mention just a few:






The two-year study pathway includes individual specialist courses in instrument (taught by high profile international teachers), residential group lessons (week-long modules) and a personalised development pathway under the supervision of music specialists. Lectures, seminars, workshops, plus opportunities to perform in public, in concerts organised by important music associations and in special events, complete a study programme that covers all aspects of the professions open to musicians today.


Piano solo
– Solo contemporary piano
– Violin
– Viola
– Cello
– Guitar

Lessons will be held in the Accademia di Musica in Pinerolo, in Palazzo Cisterna in Turin and during the first 2-year course 2019/21 at the Tenuta Banna in partnership with Fondazione Spinola-Banna per l’Arte in Poirino. 




The aim of our post-graduate specialist courses, Scuola di Specializzazione in Beni Musicali Strumentali in solo piano, solo contemporary piano, violin, viola, cello and guitar is not only to enable our students to acquire competences in their music specialism in all its forms but also to prepare them for their work as free-lance music professionals, providing them with the necessary skills in music business and management

“In launching these new courses, we are realizing in full a long-cherished dream, a project which we began more than twenty-five years ago,“ says Laura Richaud. “If you look at the world of music and musicians, the first thing you notice is how many different interpretations there are of the term ‘concert performer’. The traditional career pathway is music studies/competitions/concerts; however, in the reality of the music scene today, it is very clear that there is a constant need for musicians to diversify and, above all, to specialise.  Yet again, the goal of the Accademia is to create a detailed pathway that will help the student to map out their own personal career, taking into account their individual talents and personality, as well as market demands.”




This project will enable students who already possess a general master’s degree to specialise musically and to develop professional skills.  These will be students who no longer need close guidance from a single teacher. In our project all the components of the course, including the instrument studies, are developed by and divided between a team of teachers, with the result that our students are exposed to a wide and varied range of different schools, languages, interpretative styles and aesthetic approaches.



Together with our new specialist courses we will also be launching a post-graduate career guidance service Pro Carriera. This service aims to provide students with support and orientation in developing their professional careers and in finding the best way to establish and present their image. This guidance will take into account the individual musician’s previous training, personal interests outside music and their specific talents and skills.

In addition, the Accademia will carry out promotional activities, with the intention of offering its students as many opportunities to perform in public as possible (concerts, lectures, concert/lessons, etc.). The consultation service, which is an integral part of the course, will take the form of individual orientation sessions, covering many aspects of a career in music, with the aim of providing the student with the tools necessary to deal with the complexities of working in the field of music and culture.





The  2019/21 course is in progress.


For any further information you may need and for the Accademia regulations:















Keep me updated