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16th – 20th August 2019

Montecatini Terme, Italy

The Montecatini Piano Festival is held in Montecatini Terme situated in idyllic Tuscany in Italy. The town is within easy reach of the historic art mecca, Florence and fascinating Pisa, and the walled city of Lucca. Montecatini is located only 10 minutes drive from the beautiful city of Pistoia which has been Italian Capital of Culture since 2017 and approximately an hour’s drive from the medieval heart of Tuscany, Siena. This area of Tuscany is known for its stunning Italian Art Nouveau architecture. Montecatini is a noted spa resort famed for special therapeutic water, and particularly for the Parco delle Terme spa complex. It became a renowned spot for La Belle Époque and was subsequently visited by great artists and composers such as Verdi, Puccini, Rossini, Richard Strauss as well as fashion designer Christian Dior. Other local sites of interest include the Funicolare and the Valdinievole. And for the more active, there are also breath-taking walks, hikes and cycling routes, revealing sweeping views and spectacular vistas. The Piano Festival takes place in several venues across Montecatini, and festival concerts are to be held in the beautiful open air theatre of the Terme Tettuccio. Participants can take advantage of a series of concerts, individual lessons and chamber music coaching given by outstanding musicians and faculty members. A Young Musicians competition proffers an exciting opportunity for a course participant to further their professional career, and there will also be several concerts for students too. The Montecatini Piano Festival is ideal for those who want to explore Italian culture, art, cuisine, and scenery, combined with a sumptuous feast of classical music and a wonderful music study experience.

A message from the Artistic Director

Aisa Ijiri

I founded the Tokyo International Piano Association (TIPA) in 2016 with the dream of creating a Festival Academy where students, young professionals, passionate amateur pianists, and music lovers can all study, play, and enjoy concerts altogether, whilst sharing the joy of music-making. We launched our first Festival in Japan in 2016 with world-class concert pianist, and our Artistic Advisor, Peter Jablonski, in a spectacular Grand Opening Concert held at the Kioi Hall, in Tokyo. In 2017, we had the privilege of collaborating with an electrifying piano duo ‘LP Duo’ in Serbia, and we also held an evening concert at the Old Palace of Belgrade. Since 2018, I have been officially working in collaboration with the Royal College of Music in London. TIPA and the Royal College of Music have so far co-presented an RCM Concert and Piano Masterclass, given by Professor Vanessa Latarche, at the Matsuo Hall in Tokyo. Our exciting forthcoming events include the launch of a new festival The Montecatini Piano Festival which will be taking place during August 2019. Montecatini Terme is positioned between the walled city of Lucca and the art mecca of Florence in Italy. The town is famous for being the oldest and most luxurious Spa resort in Tuscany, complete with stunning architecture in the Italian Art Nouveau style. It has also been an important home for many great Opera composers, musicians and artists, such as Puccini, Verdi, Rossini, Richard Strauss as well as the fashion designer Christian Dior.

The Montecatini Piano Festival 2019 will offer an attractive series of concerts, individual lessons, masterclasses and chamber music coaching given by our wonderful resident artists. In particular, we are delighted to welcome ‘A Rach Star’ pianist Sofya Gulyak, the first prize winner at the Leeds International Piano Competition in 2009 and who is now Professor of Piano at the Royal College of Music and the eminent violinist Emanuel Salvador, who is concertmaster of the Baltic Neopolis Orchesta as our guest artists. This festival also offers performance opportunities for the participants, a workshop by Schott Music author & composer, Melanie Spanswick and a new competition for young musicians to win the chance to give a concert and work as an Internship Artist at the Montecatini Piano Festival 2020 providing an important steppingstone towards a professional concert career. Music is a universal language. It is also a beautiful journey into art. I hope our visiting musicians and participants will consider our festival a home in which to feel united with a shared journey of our whole artistic experiences, all in the beauty of Tuscany. I look forward to welcoming many of you to The Montecatini Piano Festival!

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