September 2020 – June 2021, Pinerolo (To)


A joint project of

The Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale of the RAI national broadcasting network – Accademia di Musica di Pinerolo


Instrument lessons from section leaders of the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale RAI

Chamber music lessons at the Accademia from Professors of the Orchestra

Scholarships awarded on merit for deserving students

Concerts in prestigious venues


4th year of the Professione Orchestra, the programme designed  to train young musicians to work as professional members of an orchestra, developed through a partnership between the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale of the RAI national broadcasting network, famed for its concert performances ranging from the great classical repertorio to historic  avantgarde and contemporary music, and the Accademia di Musica di Pinerolo, a school for advanced music teaching focused especially on chamber music and orchestra repertoire.


Performing passages and solos from repertoire, perfecting flexibility of execution, developing the capacity to modulate their musical contribution in response to instructions from the conductors, as well as to those of the individual section leaders: these are just a few of the skills necessary for an orchestra professional.  The course we offer covers all of these and more, providing young musicians under 30 with an authentic on-the-job training experience and with advanced music courses, which include lessons in instrument and in chamber music with section leaders from the RAI Orchestra Sinfonica.


Up to now the winners of scholarships for the Professione Orchestra project have taken part in 40 performance projects, working under eminent conductors like Albrecht, Gatti, Conlon, Valchua, Bancroft, Kavakos, Axelrod, Poga, Luisi, Petrenko and Russel Davies. The outcomes of their attendance at the workshops have been very positive and significant for their careers. Approximately 40% have already obtained excellent results in competitions for places in orchestras in Italy and abroad. 20% are now working permanently with prestigious orchestras. The remaining 40% are still finishing their studies at Conservatories or music Academies (many of those who have taken part in the Professione Orchestra workshops are aged between 16 and 23, and are therefore still fully involved in training courses in musicianship).






>> PART I: 28 September – 17 October 2020

Three weeks of workshops (six days each): 28 September/3 October, 5/10 October and 12/17 October, to be held at Accademia di Musica in Pinerolo. Workshops will be attended by a maximum of 48 students and 8 teachers.

Each workshop can be activated with 3 students minimum and will be structured as follows:

  • One individual instrument lesson per day;
  • Lessons with the instrument section with programme still to be decided;
  • A final assessment test which will be the simulation of an audition for a place in an orchestra.

28 September – 3 October 2020 

Tympani Claudio ROMANO e Biagio ZOLI Study pathway

5 – 10 October 2020 

Violin Roberto RANFALDI   Study pathway
Double-bass Gabriele CARPANI   Study pathway
Flute Alberto BARLETTA Study pathway
Oboe Francesco POMARICO and Nicola PATRUSSI Study pathway
Clarinet Luca MILANI Study pathway
Bassoon Andrea CORSI Study pathway
Horn Ettore BONGIOVANNI Study pathway
Harp* Margherita BASSANI Study pathway

12 – 17 October 2020 

Violin Alessandro MILANI  Study pathway
Cello Massimo MACRÌ Study pathway’
Double-bass Francesco PLATONI Study pathway
Flute Dante MILOZZI Study pathway
Oboe Francesco POMARICO and Nicola PATRUSSI Study pathway
Clarinet Enrico Maria BARONI Study pathway
Bassoon Andrea CELLACCHI Study pathway
Trombone Diego DI MARIO Study pathway

* Harp workshops will be organized remotely using a new professional platform, mfClassrooms, a much higher sound quality than common videoconference platform, which allowed to make online lessons with an high audio quality (stereo, 384 Kbit/s, 0-20.000 Hz).


Updates of the various study pathways will be available from the beginning of September.


>> PART II: November 2020 – June 2021


The best students from the workshops (maximum 8) will be selected by the Artistic Committee (members are the Artistic Director of the Rai, the Artistic Director of the Accademia di Musica, one teacher from the academy and two section leaders from the Rai Orchestra) to take part in a year-long course that is completely free and will consist of:

  • 4 chamber music lessons held in Accademia di Musica di Pinerolo taught by the Professors of the RAI Orchestra;
  • for the chamber music ensembles, one concert insert in the Concert Season of OSN Rai and another in the Concert Season of the Accademia di Musica.

We would like to specify that the scholarships given by the Accademia di Musica, thanks to the contribution of the Fondazione Compagnia di S. Paolo, include all of the activities, as well as covering all the partecipant’s expenses for travel and accommodation.


You will find comments from students who have taken part in the Professione Orchestra project in past years here.


Deadline for applications 16 September 2020, more info in the regulations with the “GARANZIA COVID-19”. If on 21/9/2020 the restrictions put in place by national and regional governments to contain the Covid 19 pandemic make it impossible for the Accademia to hold the Professione Orchestra as normal, application fees will be refunded.



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