INTERNATIONAL VIOLA FEST AND STRING SEMINAR
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.
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.
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.
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.