Basic Info

Students admitted to the Festival, as well as staff and faculty members, need to show proof of vaccine or a covid-19 test result done no more than 72 hours prior to the arrival to Fivizzano. No exceptions will be allowed. In case it is necessary, we can address students to ambulatory close by Fivizzano where they can do testing for a paid fee (results in 24 hours). The Festival will provide a safe environment according to the normal procedures to fight the COVID-19 (cleaning, sanitizing). Students, faculty, and staff members have the duty to wear a mask during the activities the whole time with no exceptions while maintaining a 1-meter distance. Every student will need insurance to cover eventual medical expenses. If a student is tested positive for the virus, we will make sure to assist him/her by providing help with accommodations, meals, and medical needs, however, expenses will be fully in charge by the students.


Generally, we will follow the Italian law and we will ask the participant to follow them. Information can be found here


Traveling information: please keep in mind that they are constantly changing and they are different from country to country. In order to find the most recent updates, you must check with the Italian Embassy/Consulate of your country.

Participants will be housed in apartments, hotels and BnB pending on their choices declared in the application form. We offer availability for single, double and triple accommodation. Each participant will have his/her own room. Details on the housing selection will be provided upon acceptance to the program.

Festival orientation is on the early afternoon of Thursday, July 21. We suggest you arrive in Fivizzano by the afternoon of Wednesday, July 20.

We invite you to specify the names of those you would like to room with or to stay in the same apartment on the application form. If possible, we will accomodate the request. Rooms (but not apartments) are single sex.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served at the Ostello degli Agostiniani by a catering. Some BNB and hotels offers breakfast as part of their accommodation fee: whose who are going to have breakfast at their accommodation will have a discount on the Meals Package.

No, it is not necessary. Towels and bed sheets will be provided.

There are two pay-washing machines in Fivizzano, one on Via Roma and one in the Piazza Medicea. Washing expenses are borne by the participant.

No, everything is within walking distance in Fivizzano and easily accessible.

We suggest you hold onto the maps of Fivizzano which will be distributed to participants during the orientation on July 23. If you are not able to find the room or are lost, call the Artistic Director ( English, French, Italian-speaking at +39 3406197698) or the President ( Italian only, at +39 3922124222).


How to arrive

Highway A15 (Parma – La Spezia): exit to the station of Aulla, continue to the Strada Statale 63 of Cerreto.

Italian Railways line “La Spezia-Parma”, to Aulla station. In the main bus station of Aulla you can take a bus connected to the main towns in Lunigiana.

The closest airport to the Lunigiana region is the International Airport “Galileo Galilei” of Pisa (PSA). Info about these flights can be found by calling +39-050-849300, or at www.pisa-airport.com . Other airports to consider with good deals are: Milano Malpensa (MPX), Milano Linate (LIN) and Bergamo/Orio al Serio (BGY).


Course Details

Teaching facilities will be located in historic Fivizzano, and include practice rooms with pianos.

Yes. Check our page dedicated to scholarships and fellowships.

The number of students shall not exceed 8 active students per faculty member, half in-person and half online.  Faculty members have at their discretion the option to increase/decrease their maximum number of students.

There is no age limit. If the participant is a minor, parents will need to sign the application form. Students under the age of 16 are required to be accompanied by at least one parent to the Festival.

Yes, instrumentalists must bring their own.

For the concerts, men should wear black shirt and black pants, and women a black dress. For solo performers, elegant clothes of a different color will be accepted.

At the end of the Festival participants will receive a Diploma of Participation, signed by the faculty.

Yes, we are going to have a free day. The staff of the Festival in the past organized a trip to Lucca, to visit the natal museum of Giacomo Puccini. For the edition 2021 might be a surprise location upon the COVID-19 policies.

We are working on collaborations with Italian and foreign institutions. All updates will be provided on social networks and on our Competition page.

Our collaborative pianists are piano students fellow and professionals, who will receive your repertoire well in advance. Every student will have enough rehearsals to be prepared for lessons and concerts.