NB: Exceptionally, in addition to the usual 10 guitar students, this year the Volterra Project opens the inscriptions to 4 additional flute students. Established duos are most welcome!
The Volterra Project is an innovative experiment in classical guitar training offering a 360 degree formative course with highest level guitar master classes, music physiology training, and arts business management seminars taught by experienced, internationally renowned professionals.
The mission of the Volterra Project is to help young guitarists develop well-rounded and non-competitive approaches to performing, to foster a generation of accomplished young guitarists who are prepared for the multiple aspects of performing careers, and to bring the guitar outside traditional performance venues into places of community access.
Presentation of the 2013 Edition
It is with great pleasure that I announce the 7th edition of the Volterra Project, Summer Guitar Institute... a special edition! On August 2 we will meet again in the hills across from the medieval city of Volterra in Tuscany, Italy, for 8 more days of intense work and creative learning in one of the most enchanting and inspiring settings of the world!
This year the Volterra Project will have (just for fun) a title: “New York City comes to Volterra”
Only for this edition, we are breaking our customary rules in two ways:
- all the teachers and artists will come from New York City
- in addition to the usual 10 guitar students we will open the inscription for 4 flute students
This year, in fact, our usual curriculum will be enriched by flute and guitar chamber music. Each group will exceptionally receive an extra lesson on guitar and flute repertoire.
The internationally renowned flutist Laura Gilbert, with whom I have exclusively worked with over the past decade, brings on board not only her unique musicality, sensitivity and virtuosity but also an immense pedagogical experience and an unmatched chamber music expertise.
Another break in the rules of the Volterra project this year is the presence of a 2nd “guest artist”: The Newman & Oltman Guitar Duo.Their phenomenal musicianship, innovative programming and commitment to expanding the repertoire for guitar duo make them a stand-out chamber ensemble in every way.
For the classes of music physiology, this year I am really happy to welcome back a dear friend, the American Agent Manager Jon Aaron, who will not only enlighten us with the secrets of the Business of Music but will also offer a quite unique and new course in our workshop under the framework of Music physiology: a course of Mindfulness and Mediation addressing and dealing with one of performer‘s worst nightmare; stage fright.
Another return to Volterra, the NYC based multi instrumentalist and renowned entrepreneur, Nana Simopoulos, agreed to present our Business seminars.
Like the last three years, some of the most prominent Italian luthiers will be invited to a two-days long instrument showcase, discussion, and guitar tryouts!
Finally, opening this 7th edition, I believe it is a good moment to thank profoundly and sincerely all of you who during the past 6 years have with enthusiasm, altruism, supreme artistry and hard work supported the Volterra project.
A warm welcome to those who will decide to return or join us for the first time!
I look forward to seeing you all in Tuscany