The School of Music of Fiesole – Non-profit Foundation
Founded in 1974 by Piero Farulli, legendary violist of the Quartetto Italiano, the School of Music of Fiesole has served as a benchmark for music worldwide for forty years. The School has 1,300 students, 7 orchestras, 6 choirs and 140 teachers and holds more than 200 performances per year.
Hundreds of musicians who studied here in Fiesole are active on the concert stage. Many of them received their fundamental professional training thanks to the Orchestra Giovanile Italiana, one of the School’s most prosperous educational projects, and went on to find work with professional orchestras worldwide.
The world’s most extraordinary musicians have shared their musical excellence with our institution: Riccardo Muti, Salvatore Accardo, Luciano Berio, Claudio Abbado, Carlo Maria Giulini, Maria Tipo, Trio di Trieste, Natalia Gutman, György Kurtág, Gabriele Ferro, Krzysztof Penderecki, Daniele Gatti, Pavel Vernikov, Gianandrea Noseda, Giuseppe Sinopoli, to name a few.
Recently accredited by Ministerial Decree to issue First Level AFAM Diplomas, the School of Music of Fiesole also added to its many existing collaborations with other institutions a three-year agreement with the prestigious Mozarteum in Salzburg, which includes various joint projects, including this year 's staging of Mozart's masterpiece La clemenza di Tito.
Always at the forefront of musical literacy training even for the youngest children, the School has established an educational opportunity completely free of charge: group lessons are taught in a multi-ethnic neighborhood on the outskirts of Florence, in what is one of the centres of the Sistema italiano di Orchestre e cori infantili e giovanili (Italian Federation of children’s and youth Orchestras and Choirs). Fiesole also developed, in collaboration with the University of Florence, a project for the first postgraduate Level I Master’s Degree in order to train teachers for this sort of work.
In 2002 the School founded the European Chamber Music Academy (ECMA) together with some of the most prestigious music academies in Europe. This international training course aids some of the Academy’s finest quartets in garnering top results in the most important international competitions such as ARD in Munich, Haydn in Vienna, Shostakovich in Moscow, Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition and the Prague Competition.
The activities of the School, led by Artistic Director Alain Meunier since 2016 and by Superintendent Lorenzo Cinatti since 2012, are made possible thanks to economic support provided by the Ministry of Cultural Assets and Activities, the Region of Tuscany, the Province of Florence, the City of Florence and the City of Fiesole. The Ente Cassa di Risparmio bank foundation of Florence is a patron beyond compare for all of the School’s activities. Numerous donations are also made by private citizens for merit-based scholarships, as recently exemplified by Claudio Abbado who, with a most significant gesture, donated the compensation he received for his role as Senator for Life.
The School’s awards include the First Annual Abbiati Prize in 1981 for being the “finest musical initiative”, the President of the Republic National Award from President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi in 2005 and the Praemium Imperiale Grant for Young Artists from the Japan Art Association in 2008.