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.