The course is open to mandolinists and to guitar and mandolin duo ensembles. Those who register as a duo will be able to benefit from individual lessons of their instrument and lessons in duo also with the guitar professor Andrea Dieci.

The timetable of the course will be defined by the professor according to the composition of the class.

The course provides a piano accompanist (only on request at the time of registration).

Maximum 10 students

The organization reserves the right to make some scholarships available to the most deserving students upon request to the secretariat, to be assigned at the end of the course and at the discretion of the teachers.

Conditions for registration and fees


Dorina Frati, now considered one of the greatest contemporary virtuosos of the mandolin, Dorina Frati began studying the instrument at the age of six under the guidance of various mandolin teachers in Brescia. When Italy’s first chair of mandolin was founded at the Conservatory of Padua, she enrolled to complete her training under an exceptional maestro, Giuseppe Anedda - perhaps the greatest mandolin player of the past
century and the holder of the chair - and became the first person in the country to graduate in mandolin studies. Her concert career began shortly afterwards. Claudio Scimone, then director of the Padua Conservatory, invited this brilliant graduate to take part in several foreign tours by the famous chamber orchestra I Solisti Veneti, which he directed and conducted.
She has performed at concerts and festivals in Scotland, China, Finland, Greece, the USA, Portugal, Australia, Holland, Venezuela, Brazil, Yugoslavia, the Czech Republic and Japan, and at such prestigious venues as Bunka Kaikan, Teatro Colón, Herkulessaal, Victoria Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Palau de la Musica Catalana, Beijing Concert Hall, Festspielhaus and Musikverein.
She has collaborated with several Italian theatres, and since 1987 has played regularly at Milan’s Teatro alla Scala as first mandolin. She has performed under the baton of several conductors, including L. Maazel, C. Kleiber, C.M. Giulini, G. Sinopoli, R. Muti, Z. Mehta, D. Gatti, R. Chailly, A. Pappano and D. Barenboim. She also travelled with the Scala to Moscow to perform in Mozart’s Don Giovanni at the Bolshoi Theatre.
Riccardo Muti invited her to perform with the Bayerischer Rundfunk Symphonieorchester in Munich, Germany. With the same orchestra, under the baton of Lorin Maazel, she recorded Das Lied der Erde by Gustav Mahler. She has also performed under Maestro Muti with the Vienna Philharmonic in Vienna, Berlin, Klagenfurt and Ravenna.
She has recorded works for various labels, most notably Concertos for Mandolin by A.Vivaldi and A. M. Giuliani for Erato; J. N. Hummel’s Opera Omnia for Mandolin, Neapolitan Concertos for the Mandolin, the album Mandolin in the Capitals of Europe, in duet with harpsichordist Daniele Roi, and Bach for Mandolin & Guitar alongside guitarist Piera Dadomo for Dynamic; G. G. Boni’s Sonatas for Mandola for Tactus.
With the Scala Philharmonic Orchestra she recorded a movie soundtrack composed by N. Rota (Sony) and Othello (EMI); and with Pavarotti International she recorded for Decca. She has also recorded for Stradivarius, Agorà and Ducale.
In 1981 she founded the Plectrum Orchestra of the Mauro and Claudio Terroni Music Association of Brescia, a chamber ensemble that she still coordinates and conducts, and has obtaining important awards in Europe and Japan. The orchestra won 1st Prize at the
International Competition of Kerkrade in Holland in 1989 and 1st Overall Prize at the International Competition of Ala in 1997.
Dorina Frati has also performed several world premiere pieces, such as the Concerto for Mandolin, Guitar and Orchestra by the Italian composer Angelo Gilardino entitled Fiori di Novembre, and L'Isola dell'Amore by the Swiss composer Francesco Hoch, who dedicated this work to her.
She currently teaches the mandolin at the Luca Marenzio Conservatory of Music in Brescia, holding the chair that once belonged to her beloved Maestro. She also holds master classes and interpretation seminars.