ROME – Harpsichord Master Class at the Villa Medici with Skip Sempé

The Piccola Accademia di Montisi will return to Rome with a special 4 day Master Class, in co-production with the Villa Medici / Académie de France à Rome

Skip Sempé Harpsichord Masterclasses at the Villa Medici / Académie de France à Rome

20 – 23 February 2023

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Master Class information

Skip Sempé has frequented the Villa Medici / Académie de France à Rome since 1987 and has given annual masterclasses at the Villa since 2013, in co-production with the Piccola Accademia di Montisi.

This year the master class will take place on 20 February from 15.00 to 18.00 and on 21-23 February 2023 from 10.00 to 13:00 and from 16:00 to 18.00.

Enrolment will be limited to 5 students.

The course fee is €200 including registration and lodging at the Villa.

To qualify, students must be presently enrolled in a university level music study or be recently graduated.

Open repertoire, with a focus on Frescobaldi and English virginal music.

The Master Classes will be given on harpsichords by Bruce Kennedy on loan from the collection of the Piccola Accademia di Montisi. The students have access to the instruments on a daily basis.
Single manual harpsichord after 17th century Italian originals, GG-d’’’
Double manual harpsichord after Couchet, GG-d’’’
Double manual harpsichord after Blanchet, FF-e’’’


Application deadline: 5 January 2023.
To ensure your place in the class immediate application is recommended.

After receiving a response of acceptance from the Piccola Accademia, please confirm your attendance to the master class by paying the registration fee through the Piccola Accademia PayPal account within three weeks.

We will hold your place in the master class for three weeks and will confirm your place as soon as the registration fee has arrived. If you have problems with either the PayPal system or with the payment itself, please contact us immediately ( so that we can organize other arrangements with you. Please remember that your acceptance is final only after receiving a confirmation from the Piccola Accademia administration!

For all questions concerning the master classes, please contact the Piccola Accademia administration at:

Accommodation & travel

Accommodation at the Villa Medici (nights of 20, 21, 22, 23 February) is provided for the students.

Travel is the responsibility of the students.

The Villa Medici / Académie de France à Rome is situated near the top of the Spanish steps. The address is Viale della Trinità dei Monti, 1.

Discover more about the history and activities of the Villa Medici / Académie de France à Rome on their web site: