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The Altschuler Summer Music Institute 

The dates for the 3rd (in-person) Edition of the Altschuler Summer Music Institute will be July 11-24, 2022. The 1st Edition was hosted in 2019 at the Istituto Superiore di Studi Musicali “G. Lettimi” in historic Rimini, Italy. During the COVID-19 pandemic, ASMI flourished online with masterclasses and performances by faculty and students from The Juilliard School, New England Conservatory, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Bologna Conservatory (Italy), Pesaro Conservatory (Italy) and Sookmyung Women’s University (South Korea). This past May, we performed in-person concerts outdoors in the Boston area. 

One of the key differences between ASMI and other international festivals, is that we are hosted inside Italian conservatories. With an administration that is bilingual, international, and passionate for Italian culture, we pride ourselves in fostering relationships with Italian conservatories, faculty, and students. One the benefits, is that the host conservatories share access to their facilities including theaters, practice rooms, libraries, and instruments including concert pianos. We believe in an exchange of cultures, inviting Italian teachers and students to participate in the program.

ASMI was conceived with the educational purpose of improving musicians of all levels and ages that desire to develop their technique and artistry, through participation in masterclasses, private lessons, chamber music, and orchestra, taught by world-renowned artists. The institute creates high level musical opportunities for all of the participants: students, teachers and professionals. It is a diverse, inclusive, and immersive program, with an intense yet relaxed atmosphere, that inspires the growth and development of the students during the year. 

The institute is open to violinists, violists, cellists, double & electric bassists, guitarists, pianists, and collaborative pianists of all ages and levels. ASMI accepts students from around the world and seeks to collaborate with Italian students and teachers, particularly with the city of Rimini, that have welcomed the institute with great hospitality and enthusiasm.

The string orchestra orchestra will perform the standard repertoire by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, etc. as well as explore contemporary music. It offers opportunities to the students and faculty to perform as soloists and experiment with new repertoire and arrangements. Applicants of all ages and levels are selected to participate via their video auditions. This summer, we are also introducing a concerto opportunity recording. Please email us for more details.

Students are also coached and perform with faculty in chamber ensembles, learning through high level demonstrations. Some students will be invited via their video auditions and their performance at the institute, to perform with faculty in the United States and abroad. 

An exciting new recording project featuring the chamber works for guitar and strings by composer and flautist, Alessandro Spazzoli, will be coached by guitar Professor from Bologna Conservatory, Piero Bonaguri. The ensemble will be comprised of students and faculty. Students will be selected based on their video audition.

Also new this year is a Contemporary Interpretation Seminar, where students will perform compositions that have been selected for presentation. There will be a discussion about the work’s interpretation, focusing on its distinctive characteristics. This is an opportunity for participants to learn how to take the composer’s point of view, applying theoretical knowledge and detailed score-reading to the works they perform. The only criterion is that the pieces provide good material for this type of discussion.

The program has many performances open to the public, both inside and outside of the institute. The concerts include a student solo concert, a Symphony Orchestra concert, and a Chamber concert performed inside the modern theaters and halls of Istituto “Lettimi”.

Teachers will share their artistry and cover technique including scales, etudes, caprices, sonatas, orchestra excerpts, unaccompanied Bach, sonatas, concerti, showpieces and transcriptions. 

One of the goals of the institute and of the director Emil Altschuler (pupil of Erick Friedman), is to raise awareness of this great legacy, and to prepare young talent for a professional future, focusing on technique and interpretation, directing them toward artistic channels suitable to their personalities and propensities. The institute aspires to grow and become a international point of reference for young musicians of today and tomorrow. 

The director of the Istituto Superiore di Studi Musicali “G. Lettimi” has been gracious and generous to welcome the Institute into his school and share the spaces with us. A recently renovated monastery, it offers 18 classrooms, almost all with baby grand pianos, an auditorium with 88 seats, a large room that can seat 60-70 people and a beautiful 300-seat theater.

Rimini is a city in the Emilia-Romagna region of northern Italy located on the Adriatic Sea. It is one of the most famous seaside resorts in Europe, thanks to its 15-kilometer-long (9 mi) sandy beach, over 1,000 hotels, and restaurants. An art city with ancient Roman and Renaissance monuments, Rimini is the hometown of the famous film director Federico Fellini as well. The Emilia-Romagna region was recently ranked one of the top places in the world to visit in the New York Times:

Enjoy Stanley Tucci’s ‘Searching For Italy’ Emila-Romagna episode on CNN. Here is a Forbes article about the region:

Videos must be submitted by May 1st, 2022. Please read all rules and guidelines below carefully. After the application and screening audition process, you will be notified of your acceptance to the program.

Tuition: $2,750.00 Includes tuition, round trip bus ride excursions/concerts, and all musical activities at the Institute. Tuition does not include lodging, transportation to or at the Institute, airfare, and meals besides breakfast at your choice of lodging. 

Auditor/Guest: $1,350.00 Includes admittance to all musical activities at the Institute including masterclasses, lectures, seminars, concerts, and roundtrip bus ride excursions.

Online: $1,100.00 Includes 5 online private lessons, one hour each in duration. Includes access to all masterclasses and a participation in a final student recital.

May 1 - Extended application deadline and early registration deadline. Registration payment in full is eligible for a 10% discount.
May 15 - Registration deadline. 
May 31 - Remaining fees will not be refundable. Transaction or credit card processing fees are non-refundable.

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Please share this opportunity with anybody that may be interested. Thank you and we hope to work with you in Rimini this summer!
- The ASMI Team