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Teachers: Stefano Gervasoni, Mauro Lanza (Workshops); Daniele Ghisi, Hanspeter Kyburz, Helmut Lachenmann, Fabien Lévy, Giorgio Netti and Francesco Filidei (Masterclasses)
When: October 2018 – March 2019
Application Deadline: June 18th, 2018
Location: Milan, Fabbrica del Vapore
Total number of hours in the course: 357; 170 hours of face to face lessons, and 187 hours of workshopping
Number of active participants: ten
Number of observing students: no limit

Free attendance for the selected active students, who are:
Rachel Beja, Maria Vincenza Cabizza, Simone Cardini, Francesco Ciurlo, Mattia Clera, Alfredo De Vecchis, Michele Foresi, Matteo Gualandi, Antonio Luigi La Spina, Leonardo Marino.

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1. Structure of the course
The masterclasses will be structured in face to face lessons and individual lessons, which are open to all students
October 6th-7th,  2018 – Daniele Ghisi
October 20th-21st, 2018 – Fabien Lévy
November 24th-25th, 2018 – Giorgio Netti
December 15th-16th, 2018 – Francesco Filidei
February 12th, 2019 – Helmut Lachenmann

2. Three composition workshops
Each workshop will be hold by a teaching composer in conjunction with the musicians of Divertimento Ensemble and its conductor Sandro Gorli, who will act as tutor.
At the end of each worshop two concerts will be performed in the Rondo’ 2019 Season, one for ensemble and one for solo instrument with the compositions of the teachers and of the students.
January 17th-23rd- Stefano Gervasoni
February 21st-27th – Mauro Lanza
March 16th-21st – Sandro Gorli

3. Meetings in collaboration with the singing and piano courses of IDEA
The aim of these workshops is the composition and performance of new scores for voice or piano with the students (performers of the new pieces) and with the teachers (tutors) of the two courses.
The final concert will take place on March 31st, 2019
Maria Grazia Bellocchio, piano
Alda Caiello, singer


Each concert will take place within the concert season of Rondò 2019
January 23rd – concert at 7 pm: three solo compositions of three students and one solo piece by Stefano Gervasoni; concert at 9 pm: four compositions for ensemble of four students and a composition for ensemble by Stefano Gervasoni
February 27th – concert at 7 pm: four solo compositions of four students and one solo piece by Mauro Lanza; concert at 9 pm: three compositions for ensemble of three students and a composition for ensemble by Mauro Lanza
March 21st – concert at 7 pm: three solo compositions of four students and one solo piece by Olga Neuwirth; concert at 9 pm three compositions for ensemble of three students and a composition for ensemble by Olga Neuwirth
March 31st – closing meeting with the compositions for piano solo and voice written in cooperation with the courses for piano and voice



Active Students
The course is open to all composers  under the age of 35, of any nationality, who reside in Italy.  The residence must be proved by identity card or passport (or, alternatively, by a certificate of residence or by other corresponding documentation released by the Municipality of Residence or by different public authority, to be sent by mail at the address:
Registration is due by June 18th, 2018 and must be done online by filling out the application and attaching the outlined materials:
1. Acopy of ID document
2. Curriculum Vita
3. A score written for ensemble (between 5 to 18 musicians) in PDF format and a link to the recording of the piece, if available
4. A link to the brief video made even by non professional means (cell phone, computer, videocamera) in which the candidate introduces oneself
A committee made up of the teachers of the three workshops, Stefano Gervasoni, Mauro Lanza and Olga Neuwirth, the musical director of Divertimento Ensemble, Sandro Gorli, and one musician from Divertimento Ensemble will select within June 30th 20 possible candidates who are suitable to participate in the course.
Through an interview with each suitable candidate, on the motivations that drive them to attend the course and on their composition projects, the selection committee will choose ten admitted students and three on a waitlist. The interview will take place in Milan on July 2nd at the IDEA headquarters. In case a candidate is unable to attend the meeting in Milan, the interview can take place via Skype.
On July 3rd, the final candidates will be announced on the IDEA website; personal communication will be given to each admitted candidate.
Each admitted composer must send two original scores by December 15th, 2018; one for ensemble and one for solo instrument, which will be performed during the course. The scores may be either previous works, or written specifically for the course. The score for ensemble must include some or all of the following instruments: flute (also piccolo, alto flute, or bass flute), oboe (also English horn), clarinet, (also clarinet in B-flat, or bass clarinet), bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, piano, percussion (1 percussionist), violin, viola, cello, double bass.The ensemble must be a minimum of 5 musicians.
The instrument of the solo instrument piece must be agreed with IDEA secretary.
Only scores of the students who have taken place at at least 2/3 of masterclasses and workshops will be performed.
For the 10 admitted active students, attendance of the course is completely free; cost of travel and lodging expenses will be at their behalf.

Observing Students
Observing students can choose to partecipate in the entire course or just in a part of the course, and can do so by filling out the corresponding form; also candidates who were not admitted as active students may enroll to be observing students.
The deadline for observing students is 7 days before the activity in which they wish to partecipate in.
The payment will be due at the time of enrollment.

One masterclass as an observing student: 30 euro
MASTERCLASS for Observing Students

One workshop as an observing student: 150 euro
(which includes admission to the two concerts related to the workshops)
WORKSHOP for Observing Students

Entire course as an observing student: 500 euro
(which includes admission to all concerts related to the course)
ENTIRE COURSE for Observing Students




Connections of the course with other educational IDEA activities
The course works in synergy with two other educational activities by IDEA: the course for contemporary music for piano held by Maria Grazia Bellocchio (Call for Young Performers/piano) and the course for contemporary music for voice tHeld by Alda Caiello (Call for Young Performers/singers).
The students from the composition course and from the courses for piano and voice who will work together in synergy to create and perform a new piece.
Each composer student will be invited to write a new piece for solo piano or solo voice for a piano or voice student. The composer will be able to verify one’s own ideas from a tecnical, vocal or instrumental point of view and the young pianist or singer will be able to know the piece as it is being written; her/his technique will be stimulated by the requests of the composer and in turn, will stimulate new ideas from the composer; composer and pianist, or singer, can establish, under the guidance of the two tutors Maria Grazia Bellocchio and Alda Caiello, a type of relationship that has yielded great results in the history of Western music.

Objectives of the course
The objective of the course is to bring to know a broad range of composition researches and to allow the admitted composers to work with three among the most innovative voices of the European overview. The course also aims to allow the young composers to confront their compositions with the experience and the sensitivity of nine important composers, as well as with the performers (ensemble and soloists) who will be performing the works, and with the audience of the seven foreseen concerts. Therefore, the course intends to unite the process of a multi-faceted education (nine teaching composers and several performers working as tutors) to the first steps in the professional careers of young composers (the performances within the Milanese concert season Rondò.)

Training offered
Each student can take advantage of

  • 27 hours of face to face lessons with the 9 teachers (3 hours for each teacher)
  • 12 hours of analysis of the scores by the workshop teachers, and performed in concert, analysis made by the respective composers (4 hours per each analysis)
  • 6 hours of face to face lessons with the 6 masterclass teachers (1 hours per teacher)
  • 9 hours of face to face lessons with the three workshop teachers (3 hours per teacher)
  • 6 hours of rehearsals with the ensemble for the performance of one’s own piece for ensemble
  • 4 hours of rehearsals with the soloist for the performance of one’s own solo piece
  • 8 hours of work with the young pianist or young singer (students from the piano or singing course) and with the their respective tutors during the composition of their own piece and during the practice of the performance

Each student may also attend to

  • the educational activities of the other students, which are open to everyone(rehearsals, face to face lessons, meeting with the soloists)
  • seven public concerts with the compositions by the course’s students and teachers


Each student will be performer in the period January-March 2019 one composition for ensemble and two compositions for solo instrument (or voice)



Donatella Campoleoni
tel: +39 338 2225014