Master Classes

One of the Piccola Accademia’s most important activities is to provide students and recent graduates with exceptional master classes in harpsichord performance. The combination of our unique collection of harpsichords – dedicated to the major European traditions of harpsichord making of the 16th – 18th centuries -, the international renown of the professors engaged by the Piccola Accademia, the magical historic venues with superb acoustics and an atmosphere of mentoring and quiet reflection creates a special environment in which to study and to renew inspiration.


Applications Closed –  Class is Full 

Dates this year:

  • Student arrival for welcome dinner July 9.
  • Course starts morning July 10.
  • Finishes July 16 with student concert.


  • The application deadline for Montisi: May 9.

To apply:

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. The registration fee for each class is € 300, inclusive of seven full days of teaching and meals during the course.

We will hold your place in the class for three weeks and will confirm your place as soon as the registration fee has arrived. If you have problems either with the paypal system or with the payment itself, please contact us immediately at ( so that we can organise other arrangements with you.

For all questions concerning the master classes, travel and other student issues please contact the Piccola Accademia administration:

Course information

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

The classes will be filled in the order of the accepted application, so early registration is recommended.

The master class week in Montisi begins on Tuesday evening (9 July 2024) with a ‘welcoming dinner’ in the garden of Silvia Manuccio at the east end of the village (19:00) for orientation and to allow participants to meet the professor, the Piccola Accademia staff and each other.

Generally classes take place in the morning 9:30 to 13:00, and in the afternoon 15:30-19:00, the evenings are available for practice and socializing. The master class week ends August in the evening with a public student concert (18:00), and finishes with a farewell dinner at the Castello.

The course will be limited to 12 students. To ensure your place in the class early registration is recommended.