Welcome to Fivizzano!

Based on an idea of Andrea Rossi, music director of the Tuscany Opera Ensemble and a member of the Associazione Musicale “G. Verdi” of Fivizzano, and Chantal Balestri, pianist at New York University, in collaboration with the Municipal Administration of Fivizzano (MS), the Lunigiana International Music Festival was born in 2018 with its inaugural season which took place in the medieval town of Fivizzano in beautiful Tuscany.

“Wonderful Fivizzano became the stage of this initiative which attracted musicians from all over around the world.
In the land of the Medici, these musicians were able to meet, grow as professionals, and make music together.
Thanks to the music, Fivizzano and the Lunigiana became a meeting place for exchanging mutual cultures and knowledge, encouraging tolerance and peace among peoples.”

Andrea Rossi and Chantal Balestri
Founders of the LIMF

Chantal Balestri

Artistic Director

Chantal Balestri is a versatile classical musician active in the European & American music scenes. She has concertized as a soloist, chamber musician and in ensemble of contemporary music at important venues, including the Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall and at Lincoln Center in New York. She studied in Italy, Germany and USA and currently is a staff pianist at New York University and a faculty member of musical academies in New York. Founder of the Festival “Amicizia in Musica” in 2015, since then she works as a promoter and organizer of international music festivals.

Andrea Rossi


Trombonist and orchestra conductor, Andrea did his studies in Italy and Europe, including the ‘Florence Sinfhonietta’ with Piero Bellugi in Florence, the Frederick Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw with Szymon Kawalla e in Woergl (Austria) with Gustav Kuhn. Since then, he has conducted orchestras such as the Statal Concert Orchestra of Minsk (Bielorussia), the Swietokrzyska Philharmonic in Kielce e Statal Philharmonic Orchestra “Koszalinska” in Koszalin (Polonia). President of the Verdi Association in Fivizzano, since 2009 he is also the musical director and conductor of the “Puccini ‘Opera Ensemble”, then the “Tuscany Opera Ensemble”.

Our staff members

Yun Jeong Lee

Artistic Coordinator


South Korea

She’s a Master’s Candidate in Arts Management and Administration at SDA Bocconi School of Management.

While attending the master’s degree program, she has been a part-time planning manager at Etoile Classic, an artists and concert planning agency representing the world-class artists and celebrities in the field of classical music, ballet and sports and presenting the concerts of international artists and orchestras within South Korea.

She holds a Master’s Degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from Northwestern University(USA) and Bachelor’s Degree in Piano Performance from Seoul National University.

Simon Kizhner

Coordinator - Intern

New York

He’s a Master’s Candidate in Arts Management and Administration at SDA Bocconi School of Management.

Simon has a strong business development background and an abiding passion for music and the performing arts.

He is currently working for a consultancy focused on non-profit organizations. Simon has a B.S. from Cornell University.

He grew up in Brooklyn, and has lived in Milan since 2011.

from Cornell University.

He grew up in Brooklyn, and has lived in Milan since 2011.

Ilaria Bacherini

Concert Promoter

Assistant Manager


Born in Florence, studied humanistic studies, then she specialized in communication and marketing.

In 2008, she arrives in Lunigiana and she fell in love right away with the little town of Quarazzana (Fivizzano).

Almost uninhabited, she decided to revive it by creating a new Bed&Breakfast connected to the arts. An old house from XV was totally rebuilt and the “Luna di Quarazzana” was founded. Enthusiast, passionate about arts in every aspect, food lover, Ilaria hosts travelers and artists from all around the world.

Jenny Ji Eun Park

Co-Artistic Coordinator
Music Ed. Lecturer

American Korean

American Korean pianist Jenny-Jieun Park

is based in New York as an active soloist, chamber musician, and educator. She has been privileged to concertized internationally throughout her career, including venues such as Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Dohnányi Hall, and PyeongChang Hall.

A top prize winner of numerous international competitions, she brings meaningfully conceptualized performances to audiences in North Americas, Europe and Asia. She holds degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music and New York University under the tutelage of pianists Antonio Pompa-Baldi and Alexander Kobrin. She is currently a doctoral candidate in Music and Music Education at the Columbia University.

 She is Creative Director at Performers.Lu, an artist management company, where she host recital series for Luxembourg artists in New York City. Recently, she served as an administrative staff at Atlantic Music Festival and as a coordinator of student services at the Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival.

Federico Novarini

Social Media Manager


Flutist with a vocation for social media and cultural management.

After a BM and MM in Flute Performance from the Conservatories of Verona and Padua (Italy), he continued his specialization in social media management at the Polytechnic University of Valencia, while being a Master’s Candidate in Cultural Management at the University of Valencia.

As a musician, he had the opportunity to perform in the US with the American Youth Philharmonic, as well as in Italian concert halls (Arena of Verona, Verona Philarmonic Theatre, Pollini Auditorium in Padua) and in Spain (Palau de la Música and Palau de Les Arts in Valencia).

He worked as the Assistant of the Padua Conservatory Director and as the Artistic Coordinator of Campus Delle Arti (Bassano del Grappa).

He collaborates as social media manager for musical festivals such as Cristofori Piano Festival (Padua) and the “Settimane Musicali al Teatro Olimpico” Festival (Vicenza)

We came to an end for this edition 2021


Thanks for having participated in the Fourth Edition of the Lunigiana International Music Festival.

Our wish is that you were able to appreciate our artistic offer and the organization behind the events offered by the Festival management. The Festival was the result of a year-long work, made it even more challenging due to the current pandemic situation. Staff and collaborators always considered our guests, young musicians, and the public the main priorities.

How to continue to follow us and contribute to the Festival’s growth?

If you appreciated our offer and you want to contribute to our activities, by offering scholarships and more musical/educational opportunities to our students, please consider donating to the Festival. Any donation count!


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Associazione Amici del Lunigiana International Music Festival
Banca Credite Agricole (Fivizzano (MS), Italy, 54013)

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