Viola Seminar in Sicily


27 Jan – 2 February 2020

Artistic director Brett Douglas Deubner
The American viola soloist Brett Deubner, Professor at Queens College, Round Top, in collaboration with Exedra Associazione Culturale and La Giga Associazione Musicale, offers students a week-long immersion into viola and string repertoire.

For intermediate/advanced viola-players and pre-existing string quartets, this intensive week of individual and group lessons, public master-classes, music/business lectures and chamber-music coaching culminates in a chamber-music concert and a chamber-orchestra concert with Marco Terlizzi, violinist, in beautiful Syracuse, Sicily. Brett will work closely with participants in one-to-one and in group sessions.

Palazzo Francica Nava
Open to All
Team Taught
Spring 2020
For Viola players and String Quartets
  • Viola Soloists
  • Preformed String Quartets
  • Auditors/Uditori

Students of the viola will have individual and group lessons to discuss technique, repertoire and business and marketing aspects of the music world.  

String quartets will receive chamber music coaching.

Auditors welcome.

At the end of the seminar, there will be a chamber orchestra concert with the “La Giga Ensembl” and Marco Terlizzi, and a chamber music concert.


Brett Douglas Deubner  Viola



Marco Terlizzi – Violin

ISSM Vincenzo Bellini, Catania, Duo Terlizzi, direttore La Giga Ensemble

On Monday 27th January there will be a welcome event for all participants. Lessons will be held from Tuesday 28th January – Saturday 1st February 2020 (times to be confirmed) – they will be single and group lessons for viola soloists and string quartets. 

There will be rehearsals with  La Giga ensemble and seminar participants to prepare a chamber orchestra concert and a chamber music concert on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd February.

The lessons will be held in Italian and English at Palazzo Francica Nava, home to the Exedra Associazione Culturale, via S. Landolina 5, Siracusa, at the heart of beautiful Ortigia. This medieval palazzo, rebuilt after the 1693 earthquake in baroque style, has large rooms for classes and workshops, a small library and wifi in all teaching areas.

During their free time, participants will have an opportunity to experience Italian culture as well as enjoying the local cuisine and lifestyle.

Artistic Director

Brett Douglas Deubner

Brett Deubner, one of this generation’s most accomplished violists, has inspired worldwide critical acclaim for his powerful intensity and sumptuous tone. The New Jersey Star Ledger commented,”Deubner played with dynamic virtuosity hitting the center of every note no matter how many there were” and the Strad magazine noted his playing for his “infectious capriciousness.”

Recent performances include concerto appearances with over 40 orchestras on 4 continents including the Grand Rapids Symphony, the Thuringer Symphoniker in Saalfeld, Germany, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, the Knoxville Symphony, the Grainger Wind Symphony in Melbourne, the Filharmonic del Quito, String Orchestra of the Rockies, the National Symphony of Ecuador, the State Orchestra of Merida, Venezuela, the New Symphony of Sofia, Bulgaria, Orchestra Bell’Arte of Paris, Peninsula Symphony of California and the Kiev Camerata in Ukraine. Brett Deubner is featured in Wikipedia for his viola transcription and recordings of the 2 viola concerti of Frank Lewin.
He has collaborated with some of today’s leading conductors such as Ann Manson, Perry So, Lucas Richman, David Lockington, Patricio Aizaga, Oliver Weder and Rossen Milanov. As a chamber music collaborator Deubner has performed with the Tokyo Quartet, the Vermeer quartet, pianists Joseph Kallichstein, Robert Koenig, cellists Wendy Warner, Sarah Sant’Ambrogio, clarinetists Guy Deplus and Alexander Fiterstein, violinists Timothy Fain, Stefan Milenkovich, Gregory Fulkerson, Dimitry Sitkovetsky, flutists Ransom Wilson and Carol Wincenc, and New York Philharmonic principal oboist Joseph Robinson and Dallas Symphony principal oboist Erin Hannigan.
Brett Deubner’s commitment to extending the repertoire for the viola is made evident by collaborations with some of today’s greatest composers such as Richard Danielpour, Samuel Adler, Lalo Schifrin, Andrew Rudin, David Del Tredici and several of this generation’s leading young composers. To date, over 80 works for viola including over 30 viola concerti and numerous solo and chamber works for viola have been dedicated to and premiered by Brett Deubner. More than 30 composers have written viola concertos for him.
Highlights of the 2014-15 season include the world premiere of Frank Levy’s concerto for viola and winds with the Omaha Symphonic Winds, and Eric Whitacre’s “River Cam” for viola and strings in Seattle. During the 2015-16 season Brett will premiere and record Donald Appert’s viola concerto with the Oregon Sinfonietta, perform with the Olympia Philharmonic Society in Los Angeles, the La Sierra Symphony, return to the Orquesta Sinfonica del Loja, record the der Schwanendreher concerto of HIndemith in Vancouver, Washington, tour Brazil with the Southern Arizona Symphony performing the viola concerto of Amanda Harberg (which he will also record with that orchestra) as well as give recitals in Ecuador, California, New Jersey and Italy.
In the fall of 2017, Deubner records Grammy-award winning composer Richard Danielpour’s viola concerto being specifically written for him. In addition to recording this important new viola concerto, Deubner will go on a 5 city tour of the West Coast from Los Angeles to Vancouver as well as an East Coast tour culminating in a performance at Carnegie Hall.

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