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XI. Altalena Summer Academy

23rd - 30th July - 2024

Convento di San Francesco via San Francesco 4, Colle di val d’Elsa

How to get there

Closest airports are in Pisa, Florence, Bologna and Rome and for the detailed travel plan, get in touch with us at

Altalena offers music masterclasses this year for piano, cello, violin, composition and chamber music in a beautiful medieval town in the heart of Tuscany, called Colle de val d’Elsa.

In our staff you can find world-class teachers coming from the most prominent music colleges of Europe, as well as young artists already pursuing an extensive musical carrier.


Erika Geldsetzer

Erika Geldsetzer

Violin and Chamber music (English, German)

Christopher Elton

Piano and Chamber Music (English)
Hilary Coates

Hilary Coates

Piano and Chamber Music (English)
István Varga

István Varga

Cello and Chamber Music (English, Hungarian)
György Pauk

György Pauk

Violin (English, Hungarian)

Noah Max

Composition (English)

Altalena Young Artists Teachers


Registration fee: 100 EUR
Course fee: 380-580 EUR
  • Four individual lessons (60 minutes) – at least two of which is with piano accompaniment.
  • At least 1 performance opportunity during the masterclass
    Music-related workshops.
  • Sport in the mornings.
    Participation in the Altalena Summer Academy entitles you to attend all Altalena programmes taking place at the same time
    Age limit: 13-35 (In special cases, we do accept applications from younger musicians)

There are three different packages you can choose from:

Package 1: 580 EUR
Consists of 4 lessons with Summer Academy Professors (580 EUR)

Package 2: 450 EUR
Consists of 2 lessons with Summer Academy Professors and 2 lessons with Altalena Young Artists (450 EUR)

Package 3: 380 EUR
Consists of 4 lessons with Altalena Young Artists (380 EUR)

Passive listeners: €100
Unlimited access to any masterclasses, concerts and events

Chamber Groups

Registration fee: 100 EUR
Duo participation: 650 EUR
Trio participation: 750 EUR
Quartet participation: 850 EUR
  • Chamber groups are also subject to the services described above.
  • When you apply as a chamber group, there are no price differences. But you might choose your teachers and we try to allocate you according to availability. We will inform you about that in due course.


Extra solo lesson with summer academy professors: 70 EUR

Extra chamber music coaching:
duo: 35 EUR /person
trio: 25 EUR/person
quertet: 20 EUR/person

Extra piano accompaniment session: 20 EUR

Please let us know your requests in advance, but you will also be able to ask for extras on the spot, according to availability.

Extra solo or chamber music coaching with Altalena Young Artists

Solo: 40 EUR
Duo: 20 EUR/person
Trio: 15 EUR/person
Quartet: 10 EUR/person

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Bank Account

Name of Bank:

Name of Organization:
MusicAli Nonprofit Kft

HU70 1030 0002 1065 7878 4882 0019

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You will also have possibilities to stay at the venue of the masterclass, for 20EUR/Person/Night in 3-4 bed rooms.

Ostello Cartiera La Buca
Arnolfo B&B
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