The academic course for viola da gamba affords young musicians the attainment of a 1st Level Academic Diploma in the Artistic and Musical Higher Education (AFAM) system, equivalent to a three-year university diploma.


The study plan is structured in such a way to prepare young viola da gamba players to acquire a mature artistic awareness, a comprehensive knowledge of the historical evolution of the instrument and of the compositional and analytical models within the musical language, as well as an adequate technique of postural and emotional control.

The educational path benefits from the possibility of participating in the Erasmus+ program, allotting students some periods to study abroad while taking advantage of prestigious foreign professors’ presence at the School, for whom the same formula is applied.


The two-year appointment with the Giornata italiana della viola da gamba and the Progetto Violanet (European Viola da Gamba Network) offer significant encounters to the young musicians, with the maximum exponents of concert performance and international education, and include an updated educational path with the most recently acquired methods and historiography.

During the Triennio the viola da gamba players will progressively acquire higher level skills, successfully affronting the instrument’s most representative repertoire, both as a soloist and in ensembles, particularly attended to in the School’s orchestral ensembles specifically dedicated to the academic courses, the Camerata Strumentale Fiesolana, and in chamber groups, with viola da gamba consorts.

The significant experiences in chamber music give the young viola da gamba an important moment of individual growth, which allows for experimentation and refining the learning techniques among peers within the habitual practice in rehearsals, necessary for preparing for lessons and concerts organized by the School.

Numerous performance occasions allow for the students in the advanced courses to “test” their preparation during a public concert, the participation of which is considered an integral part of the educational path.

Included among the educational goals of the advanced courses are honing relevant skills in an improvisational setting, in the digital music sector and  with a secondary common language.

The course offers the student the possibility to be hired in the following settings:
- Instrumental Soloist
- Chamber music musician
- Baroque orchestra musician
- Orchestral Musician in the baroque musical theatre setting
- String Orchestra Ensemble musician

The viola da gamba academic course is authorized by the Ministry of Instruction, University and Research with the Ministerial Decree (D.M.) n.685 from 05/08/2013 (LINK) and with the Ministerial Decree  D.M. n. 685 from 09/08/2017 n.613 (LINK) and D.M. 10.04.2018 n. 278 (LINK).