Course description:

- The classic Cello repertoire (Concertos, Sonatas, Cello Solo) from Baroque to Contemporary.
- Study of the correct posture and setting of the instrument connected to the right use of the movements of the body.
- Study of a practicing method and programming of daily working.
- Development of abilities of the bow technique and the left hand technique connected with the musical idea of the piece and frasing.
- The variety of vibrato technique on the base of the kind of expression and the style required by the piece.

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 professor.

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


“Vittorio Ceccanti’s playing combines poetry and temperament at the same time. His rare qualities make him one of the major talents of today's musical world”Natalia Gutman.

“I was deeply moved by his great talent” - Sir Georg Solti.

“From the first time I met Vittorio Ceccanti I was impressed by his maturity and his intelligence. He is a very exceptional musician, both technically and intellectually. He is gifted with remarkable instrumental skill and deep musical insight” - Luciano Berio.

Born in 1972, Vittorio Ceccanti began playing the cello aged five and studied with Mischa Maisky, David Geringas and Natalia Gutman, graduating with honours as a pupil of Natalia Gutman at the Hochschule fur Musik in Stuttgart. He also attended classes with Yo Yo Ma, Anner Bijlsma and Valentjn Berlinsky. He has studied conducting with Piero Bellugi and Martyn Brabbins. Winner of several international prizes, he made his debut as a soloist aged seventeen, performing the Lalo Cello Concerto with the Austrian Radio Symphony Orchestra (ORF) conducted by Pinchas Steinberg at the Musikverein Saal in Vienna. His performance of the Saint-Saens Cello Concerto at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples, was televised by RAI-TV. Since then, he has been invited to perform regularly as a solo artist in Europe, the Americas and Asia, playing the most important cello concertos from the classic repertoire as Dvorak, Schumann, Haydn, Schostakovich, Beethoven Triple, Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations, with conductor like Steinberg, Maxwell Davies, Neuhold, Urbini, Caldi, Pinzauti, Lupes, Balan, Garbarino, Kim, de Vriend, Sardelli. He performed the complete Beethoven’s cello sonatas and variations in one evening at the LG Arts Center in Seoul and at the Bunka Kaikan in Tokyo, and the Triple Concerto at the prestigious Seul Arts Center. Deeply interested in chamber music, Vittorio regularly performs with such eminent musicians as Maxim Vengerov, Vadim Repin, Ivry Gitlis, Toby Hofmann, Pietro De Maria, Boris Berezovsky, Andrea Lucchesini, Maxence Larrieu, Konstantin Bogino, Franco Petracchi, Jeffrey Swann, among others, and has had a close collaboration with the pianist Bruno Canino for 15 years. Vittorio Ceccanti is the President of the ContempoArtEnsemble, and founder of the ContempoArteFestival both of which promote contemporary music. He has played and conducted innumerable world premieres and has close links with many of today’s foremost composers including Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Kaija Saariaho, Jonathan Harvey, Luciano Berio, Salvatore Sciarrino, Pierre Boulez, Azio Corghi and Steve Reich. He has made a number of recordings including the Beethoven cello sonatas for EMI Classics, Chopin’s and Poulenc’s complete works for cello and piano for BRILLIANT Classics, plus the Beethoven Triple Concerto and the Carl Reinecke piano trio for NAXOS and the complete works for cello and the Cello Concerto by Peter Maxwell Davies for NAXOS on three Cds. He has also recorded both Mendelssohn and Fauré’s complete works for cello and piano with the pianist Bruno Canino on the cd attached to AMADEUS Music Magazine. The recording of the Sardelli cello concerto with Modo Antiquo conducted by the composer for Brilliant Classics had a great critical success. Professor at the Firenze Conservatory and at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, he has held master classes at the Royal Academy of Music in London and at the Cincinnati University. Vittorio is the founder and artistic director of the Livorno Music Festival. He plays a cello made in Venice in 1720 by Carlo Tononi. In 2005 he received the silver medal from the Italian Republic President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi.