The course will focus on the preparation and refinement of the repertoire for orchestra auditions and competitions (solo concerts, orchestral passages, solo passages) and is in any case open to any cello repertoire.

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).

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

For the SELECTIONS “Perform as a Soloist with the Orchestra” and “Perform with the Artists” in the concert program of this year's Festival click here


Gabriele Geminiani was born in Pesaro, he graduated with first-class honours and an honourable mention; he played as a soloist with different orchestras like O.R.T. (Tuscany Orchestra), Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and I Pomeriggi Musicali, under the guidance of conductors like Chung, Pappano, Poppen, Nagano.

He has also performed for the first time in Italy the concert for cello and orchestra by H.K. Gruber under the guidance of the composer himself, and for the first time in the history of the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia he performed the concert by F. Gulda under the guidance of K. Jarvi.

In 1997, in Paris, in the occasion of the international competition “M. Rostropovich”, he won the special prize for the best performance of the piece “Spins and Spells” by Saariaho. In 1998 he won the cello competition and became first cellist at O.R.T. in Florence and in 1999 he won another competition in the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia of Rome, where he still holds the place of  Principal Cello.

He worked with famous conductors like Chung, Sinopoli, Sawallisch, Temirkanov, Maazel, Abbado, Muti, Pretre, Rostropovich, Gatti, Dudamel, Gergiev, Masur, Gardiner and in chamber music performances he worked with Chung, Lonquich, Prosseda, Carbonare, Shoji, Christ, Kavakos, Brunello, Argerich, Braunstein and Waskiewicz.

He played as principal cello with the Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala and with Symphonica d’Italia ; he regularly works with Orchestra Mozart, Mahler Chamber Orchestra and with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra at the invitation of Claudio Abbado. He made records for La Bottega Discantica and for Decca.

He plays a “Carlo Giuseppe Oddone” cello crafted in 1903.