The “il Pomo d’Oro Academy” is a longterm educational project that will start in our new residence, the ex-benedictine monastery of Monte San Savino, Tuscany. Our musicians will offer masterclasses on period instruments, and we will invite singers for vocal masterclasses. The monastery provides hospitality and a variety of classrooms, among which is a separate historical building already used as a music school in the past – the ‘ex-scuola da musica’. This beautiful building with its perfect dimensions and atmosferc architectural design is also suitable for concerts and recitals in conjunction with the masterclasses.

Since the inauguration of the monastery is scheduled for the year 2025, due to some necessary construction work (look at the progress here), we have decided to anticipate the launch of the academy with a virtual version and to include it in our charitable activities for the El Sistema project.

During the Covid 19 Pandemic lockdown from March – June 2020 we offered online music lessons to students worldwide for free, which was highly appreciated and a wonderful experience for both teachers and students.

After its great success, in August 2020 we were delighted to announce the next project of the academy: teaching masterclasses in baroque music interpretation to baroque ensembles of the El Sistema movement, such as the Simon Bolivar Baroque Orchestra in Venezuela. The “il Pomo d’Oro Academy” masterclass program is incorporated in the “Inocente Carreño Itinerant Conservatory” of El Sistema, which is generously supported by the Hilti Foundation.

Our academy teachers are: Zefira Valova, violin; Edson Scheid, violin; Stefano Rossi, violin and viola; Ludovico Minasi, cello and continuo; and Miguel Rincón, theorbo and guitar.

Our already existing charitable cooperation with El Sistema Greece (offering musical education to refugee children) will continue.

In April 2024 we will hold masterclasses at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.