International Masterclass

The International music specialization courses is held by the Music Academy “Studio Musica” of Treviso . The courses is dedicated to developing the artistic promise of talented young musicians through international cultural exchanges and promotion of the Treviso area for culture and tourism.

from July 1 to September 6, 2019     Treviso - Italy

Deadline: June 23, 2019

Michele Della Ventura

Michele Della Ventura, professor of Music Technology, is a learning expert, researcher and instructional designer. His research interests include correlation between music and mathematics with a particular emphasis on artificial intelligence research in the field of computer-aided analysis of tonal music; intelligent systems; enhancing teaching and learning with technology; assessment for learning and strategies and models for the effective integration of technology into the curriculum at all academic levels.
He is the author of several articles presented at many conferences and published in international science magazines and high school textbooks (also featured at the International Book Salon of Turin in 2012 and 2018).
He proofreads articles and is a member of scientific committees in International Conferences. He was invited as keynote speaker to International Conferences in Italy, Austria, Canada, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Japan, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Spain, UK, US (Baltimora, Boston, Las Vegas, New York, Washington).
Michele Della Ventura has also consulted on Big Data and Semantic Technology projects in Italy. Some of the projects include indexation of the symbolic level of musical text.
He is currently involved in several researches related to technology supported learning for dyslexic students, learning through the use of social media and handheld technologies in a CLIL classroom and technology supported student’s music analysis and composition.
He teaches Music Informatics in University courses at Music Academies and Conservatories and Musical Technologies in Music High Schools.


Simone Erre

Simone Erre is a recorder teacher both at the Academy of Music “A. Steffani” in Castelfranco Veneto and at officially recognized School of Music “F. Vittadini”at Pavia.
He got a diploma in recorder at the Academy of Music “A. Pedrollo” at Vicenza, under the teacher Livia Caffagni’s guidance, with full marks. He studied recorder at the Municipal Music School in Milan with M. Recondo e P. Memelsdorf. He specialized with C. Krueger, D. Hammer, R. Escalas and D. Brüggen.
He got also a diploma in baroque flute at the Civica Scuola di Musica in Milan because he has always been interested in Early Music.
His repertoire ranges over widely, from the Middle Ages to XX century.
He got a diploma in flute at the Academy of Music in Piacenza.
He is director and founder of the Ensemble Il Giardino delle Muse. They perform in many concerts and important Early Music festivals.
He was director of the Ensemble Il Biancofiore, specialized in European Renaissance repertoire. They recorded a CD Contraponto bestiale a la mente broadcast live on Radio Rai 3 in 2009.
He has founded and is the director of the ensemble I Tesori di Orfeo. They recorded a CD entirely dedicated to French Baroque of XVII century “Air sur les Folies d’Espagne” which received a very good review on the magazine Amadeus in February 2014. This CD was broadcast live on Radio Rai 3 in 2013 and on Radio Rai 3 as a new release.
Beside the teaching and concert activities he is also the artistic director of the Early music festival I Tesori di Orfeo which takes place in Pavia, now at its ninth edition.
The teaching activity is supplemented by summer courses at Accademia degli Imperfetti at Pescara, at Early Music festival at Parma, Piceno Classica at San Benedetto del Tronto, Levico Terme at Trento and he holds a seminar at the Academy of Music at Trento with the title “La musica per danza nel Rinascimento e nel Barocco”.
As musicologist he wrote an article entitled “Tra pratica e teoria: da quali taglie è costituito un consort di traverse?” published by la Revista Catalana de Musicologia in 2004.
He has on his credit more than 500 concerts and has recorded 9 CDs, some of them containing pieces recorded for the first time in the world.
The ensemble he founded and directed have performed in important festivals such as MITO (Milan), Early Music Festival in Parma, FIMU in France, I Tesori di Orfeo in Pavia, Antiqua in Milan, Cusiano festival, The Concerts of palazzo Mezzabarba in Pavia, Festival dei Saperi. During the Early Music Festival in Parma he collaborated with Rolf Lislevand and Marco Beasley.
He has also collaboratd with theEnsemble Magnificat (J. S. Bach, Actus Tragicus, M.-A.
Charpentier, Te Deum), Accademia Strumentale “F. A. Vallotti” (J. S. Bach, Oratorio di Pasqua, G. F. Handel, La Ressurezzione), Ensemble Il Continuo (Seicento italiano), Silentaia Lunae (Rinascimento italiano), The Bach Ensemble diretto da J. Rifkin (Cantate di J. S. Bach).
He obtained the post diploma degree to teach music at the Paleography and Musicology school at Cremona.


Isabella Lo Porto

She studied in the Conservatory "FE Dall'Abaco" in Verona, where she graduated brilliantly with Laura Palmieri. In 1985 she received the diploma of Music Operator from the Music School of Fiesole. She improved in the soloist repertoire under the lead of important concert artists such as Piero Guarino, Bruno Mezzena in Italy and, with Fausto Zadra at the “Ecole Internationale de Musique de Lausanne”. She is also particularly interested in the piano in the chamber music and in the piano duet for whom she attended courses of Borciani Paolo and Dario De Rosa, with gratifying success. she won many national and international competitions both as a soloist and in chamber ensembles, and she carries out an intense concert activity in Italy and abroad. A tournèe in Poland led her to perform at the Piano Festival Chopin of Slupsk and at the Academy of Koszalin, where her performances have been recorded for radio and television in Poland. She has also recorded for the Soviet and Slovenia state television. Isabella Lo Porto began the teaching activity very young. In fact, at the age of 17 she was a teacher and later director of the preparatory courses Yamaha in Verona. Since 1984 she has been teaching piano in the main State Conservatories of Music, she currently teaches at the Conservatory "F.A. Bonporti" of Trento, detached section of Riva del Garda. She also taught in piano master classes in Conegliano, Udine, Trieste, Nervi (Ge), and she was teacher at the Ecole Normale de Musique "Alfred Cortot" in Paris. She is frequently asked to be part of juries in National and International piano competitions. In the teaching activity she has been rewarded many times as a teacher with the most number of students first classified. The awards achieved are more than 600. She is also takes care to the organization of cultural activities to promote young artists. Indeed, she was in the directorate of the GMI section (Musical youth of Italy) in Verona for more than 10 years.She collaborated with the Como Autumn Music in 1985.She was Artistic Director of the Academy Music of Castiglione delle Stiviere (MN), of the Musical Association "W.A.Mozart" Valeggio sul Mincio (Vr) and of the "Academy Universe Art" of Verona. She was Editorial and Artistic director of the Project "Antologia Sonora", an initiative to promote young talent through the creation and distribution of a CD-Rom published by Piana Editor Graphic Arts. She is artistic manager for Italy and Intenational ufficial member of the "Gina Bachauer International Piano Foundation” of Salt Lake City - Utah (USA). Since 2000 she is Artistic Director of the Cultural Association “Project Mikrokosmos" of Verona and since 2011 she is authorizated teacher at the ABRSM (Royal Academy of London).


Giovanni Mugnuolo

The musical career of Giovanni Mugnuolo stared from a very young age. He was originally taught by his father. From there, his talent was developed to enable him to study at the Academy of Music, Matera, under the tuition of Mario Giannotti. In a quest to perfect his musical talent, he studied under Jean-Claude MASI, Naples and also with the famous flautist Peter-Lukas GRAF at the International Academy of Music in Sion and in Basel (Switzerland). He has also studied chamber music with Bruno Canino at the Academia Chigiana, Siena (Italy).
In 1976 he won an eminent competition at the la “Fenice Theatre” Venice in which he played first flute. He has also played first flute in the Bari Symphony Orchestra, in the regional Lucana Orchestra and in Chamber Orchestra of Frankfurt.
He has a wide repertoire, and plays from Baroque to modern music. He is able to exhibit as a soloist or as part of an orchestra.
He has played in orchestras like “ Antica e Nuova Musica”, “ I Solisti Dauni”, “ Fiati di Parma” and Diapason Ensemble.
He has taken part in international festivals for “Tibor Varga”in Sion (Switzerland) and the Festival Pontino and International Festival of Matera. He has secured recording sessions with RAI, Radio Vaticana and DDR. He has also performed in Europe, USA and Russia where he gained praise from both music critics and member of the public. He was delighted to receive honorary membership of the Museum Skryabin of Moscow. In 1981 he gained the certificate of Academic in the Royal Academy Philharmonic of Bologna (Italy). He currently teaches flute courses in Ravello, Ischia, Paestum and the Academy of Music in Lausanne (Switzerland).
Most recently, he is holder of the flute at the Academy of Music in Castelfranco Veneto – Venice (Italy).


Charina Quintana

Charina Quintana was born in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. She began her musical studies with Pedro Madina and continued with Pedro de Armas. She recieved a study grant from the Fundación Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria and she finished her flute studies at the Real Conservatorio Superior de Música de Madrid with Vicente Martínez, with excellent marks. She has also studied with Juana Guillén and after has attended numerous courses at advanced level with Benot Fromager, Salvador Espasa, Jaime Martin , Ricardo Ghiani, Trevor Wye, Will Offerman, ...and has studied in the Music Academy of Stuttgart Pedagogical studys, Verena Maschat, Lucy Mancisidor.
In 1989 she obtained a flute teaching post at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and from 2005 she has been teaching flute at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Canarias also in the department of flute-pedagogy. In the same year she formed the "Grupo de Cámara Profesores de Gran Canaria" which has been in existance for over 25 years with the oboist and Composer Francisco Crespo.They have performed original repertoire for this instrument and different arrangements for chamber orchestras. In 2003 Duo Flauta y Piano was formed .In June 2013 they recorded a CD with Red Berd Records.
She has played as Principal Flute in the Orquesta Diego Durón and colaborated with the Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria, Orquesta Sinfónica de Las Palmas and Municipal Band de Las Palmas. She has also played as principal flute with the Orquesta Sinfónica del Atlántico under the Direction of Isabel Costes,and recently colaborated with the Orquesta Filarmónica Giuseppe Verdi, de Salerno (Italy) She has performed in different music festivals such as: “Música Antigua” (Lanzarote), “Clasicos en el Parque” (Almeria), “Gran Canaria Internacional Flute Festival”, “ Stage Gran Canaria Music Excellence” , “Suoni dal Legno” , Deruta She has given numerous recitals around the Canary Islands, Portugal, Spain, Bulgaria (Burgas, Aheloy , Sozopol) and Italy (Salerno, Città di Marostica, Bellizzi, Forlì, Cesena, Castelfranco Veneto, ...).
She regularly gives masterclasses and workshops of Circular Breathing for the Flute, Seminar Room in the University of studi of Salerno, “Falautcampus” and Masterclass-concert in the Conservatory di Musica "Giusseppe Matrucci" di Salerno, Conservatorio de Música "Bruno Maderna" Cesena , Conservatorio "Agostino Steffani" di Castelfranco, Veneto, etc.


Irene Russo

Praised by the legendary Martha Argerich as "one of the best young musicians I ever heard in my life", Italian pianist Irene Russo (1974) appeared on the big international stages like one of the most interesting talents of her generation. In July 2008 she was the recipient of the First Prize at the Dorothy MacKenzie International Piano Award in New York.
Current season began with opening of fall season 2013 in the Teatro de la Sena in Feltre, Italy, followed by debut in Groningen’s Oosterpoort (Holland) and Masterclasses at Conservatoria of Udine (Italy) and Alicante (Spain). In february 2014 a new CD project was released by Brilliant Classics (cat.nr.9453).
In march 2014 she performed the Bruckner 7th Symphony in the chamber orchestra arrangement, collaborating with the violinist Thomas Christian and for the third time in a row she is President of the Jury at the International Piano Competition “Città di Treviso”, Italy. Ms. Russo next engagements include recitals in Belgium, Korea, Spain and Hungary.
Season 12/13 started with recitals in Italy, including the Benetton Foundation in Treviso, followed by Masterclass at the Metropolia University of Helsinki and guest soloist appearances with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra. Her official sold-out debut in the Main Hall of the Amsterdam Concertgebouw in December 2012 was followed by a concert in deSingel of Antwerp together with German clarinettist and composer Jörg Widmann and a Masterclass in Spain at the Conservatorio Superior de Musica de Castellon de la Plana.
In 2012 her recording "Canto Ostinato" by late dutch composer S. ten Holt (Brilliant Classics) was awarded "Golden Record" in The Netherlands having sold more than 20.000 copies.
During last season 11/12 she has performed in various concert venues like: Amsterdam Muziekgebouw and Beurs van Berlage, Padua Villa Marcello, Brussels Theatre Flagey, Bologna Sala Borsa, including a performance at Flemish Opera House of Antwerp at the presence of Her Royal Highness Princess Mathilde of Belgium. Highlights of season 10/11 have included engagements with l’Orchestre National of the Pays de la Loire and John Axelrod (Prokofiev n.3), a production in cooperation with the Royal Ballet of Flanders and English choreographer David Dawson, followed by concerts in Korea, Austria, Italy and Germany.
Previous season 09/10 have included performances in Italy, Belgium, Netherlands and debut in South Africa; during season 08/09 she has performed at Bechstein International Concerts Series, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, deSingel Antwerp, Berlin, as well as recordings for the Dutch Radio and Television. In seasons 05/06 and 07/08 she was guest soloist with the Klassische Philharmonie conducted by H. Beissel, performing both Brahms 1st and 2nd piano concertos in the most important German concert halls such as: Beethovenhalle Bonn, Musikhalle Hamburg, dieGlocke Bremen, Meistersingerhalle Nürnberg, Liederhalle Stuttgart, Herkulessaal Munich, and culminated in a sold-out Berlin Konzerthaus, where she received great acclaim from public and press, followed by debut in Stuttgart Liederhalle and concerts in Spain.
In 2000 Irene Russo won the Clara Schumann International Piano Competition in Düsseldorf, where she was particularly praised by the Jury: Joachim Kaiser ("She reminds me of a young Kempff"), Nelson Freire, Maria Tipo and Martha Argerich ("Mademoiselle Russo à toute mon admiration") among others.
Ms. Russo is also Prize Winner of the 2002 ARD International Piano Competition in Munich, where she received the Special Prize for the Best Interpretation of Contemporary Music. Living composers, among which Jörg Widmann, have written works especially for her. In 2003, Irene Russo was also awarded with the Mention of Honour at the Martha Argerich International Piano Competition.
In recent seasons Ms. Russo has been invited to perform in prestigious Festivals, including: Schloss-Elmau, La Roque d’Antheron International Piano Festival, Heidelberg Spring Music Festival, Robert Schumann Festival, Beethoven Klavier Festival, Festival van Vlaanderen, Festival International de Marseille, Musica Viva Festival, Eclat Neue Musik, Bergen International Contemporary Music Festival, Klavier Festival Freiburg, Festival Ten Holt and LekArt Festival. Among her teachers: Lazar Berman at the International Piano Academy "Incontri col Maestro" in Imola and Alicia de Larrocha ("El recuerdo que nos deja es fabuloso!") in Barcelona.
Irene Russo has appeared as guest soloist with leading orchestras, among which: Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Flanders, Munich Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica del Teatro San Carlo, Kiev Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra da Camera di Mantova, Klassische Philharmonie, Houston OrchestraX, Orchestra da Camera della Toscana, Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt, Craiova Symphony Orchestra, collaborating with conductors such as Umberto Benedetti Michelangeli, Susanna Mälkki, David Stern, Fabio Mastrangelo, Alexander Liebreich, Marc Andreae, Misha Damev, Ovidiu Balan and Michel Tilkin.
Her international career started in 1993 in Sydney. Since then Ms. Russo has played extensively through all Europe, United States, Canada, Latin America and Middle-East; she has performed in important concert venues including: Steinway Hall New York, Auditorium Verdi Milan, Teatro Colon Buenos Aires, Palais des Beaux-Arts Bruxelles, Beurs van Berlage Amsterdam, Teatro Comunale Bologna, Zilkha Hall Houston, Arthur Rubinstein Society Tel Aviv, Palau de la Musica Valencia, Teatro Municipal Lisbon, Jack Singer Hall Calgary, Queen Elizabeth Hall and deSingel Antwerp, Teatro San Carlo Naples, Cleveland, Madrid, Paris, Zurich, Barcelona.
Her discography includes CD's for Brilliant Classics, Edipan and Oehms Classics, DVD for WERGO as well as television recordings on: Italian RAI, ZDF, Alpha BR and CBC Canada. Her studio/live recordings are regularly broadcasted on: SWR, NDR, ARD, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Radio 3 Belgium, D-Radio Berlin, North-American KUHF, France Musique, Radio 4 Holland.
Passionate chamber musician, Ms. Russo has collaborated with: Jörg Widmann, Alexander Lonquich, Valerie Guillorit, Gabriele Cassone, Frank Reinecke, David Adorjan, Cristina Mantese, Alissa Margulis, Carolin Widmann, Genevieve Strosser, Zoltan Kovacs and Nadja Helble among others.
Dedicated teacher, from 2008 to 2013 Irene Russo held a professorship at the Royal Music Conservatory of Antwerp. In October 2012 she was offered a professorship at the LUCA School of Arts in Leuven (Campus Lemmens) where she currently teaches. Ms. Russo is also on faculty at the Music Conservatoire of Castelfranco Veneto (Venice), where from 2010 to 2013 she was member of the Artistic Board. She's often invited to gives Master Classes and Lectures in Conservatoria and Universities in The Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Finland, Spain and Belgium. She serves regularly as jury member at various international piano competitions.



Mirko Satto

As an accordionist, Mirko Satto, studied the accordion at the “A. Steffani” Academy of Music in Castelfranco Veneto (TV) under the tutelage of Professor Ivano Paterno. There he graduated with a first class honours and distinction for which he received two scholarships as the top student at the Academy.
He continued his studies under the guidance of maestros Sergio Scappini, Hugo Noth and Wladimir Zubitsky and took part in numerous seminars held at Talla (in Arezzo) by the renowned accordionist, Salvatore di Gesualdo where he earned the “Professor’s Special Award” and a scholarship.
Furthermore, Mirko also graduated with distinction with the oboe under the guidance of Professor Paolo Brunello.
He has won numerous national and international competitions as an accordion player including the following most prestigious awards:
Camalo’ (Treviso) where the jury awarded him a special prize for the best performance of a piece of music by an Italian composition; Vercelli; Erbezzo (Verona); Laives (Bolzano) out-and-out first prize winner; Barga (Lucca) where he was the outright first prize winner of 'La Nazione - The Nation” and furthermore, the jury granted him an extra-special award for having performed the best piece of polyphonic music; Verzuolo (Cuneo) outright prize winner of the “S. Seimandi” Memorial Trophy and he also won “The Best New Talent” award organised by the Rotary Club of Cittadella (Padova). In 1999 he was one of three winners in the Soroptimist International “Music Project” Competition, which was held amongst the best newly-qualified accordion players from across Italy.
Mirko has played throughout Europe, Australia, Japan and South America (e.g. “Opera City” Tokyio, “Shymphony Hall” Osaka, “Yokohama Minato Mirai Hall” in Japan, at the Manaus Amazon Theatre in Brazil, the International Summer Music Festival e Moreland Festival in Melbourne, the Organ of Ballarat Festival, the Bendigo Festival, the Beethoven Festiva, the Murray River International Music Festival in Australia, the ACM “Giulio Rospigliosi” (Pistoia), the “Agon and Diapason” in Cremona, the “Dietro le Quinte” in Reggio Emilia, the “Agimus di Firenze” (Florence), the “Asolo Musica” (Treviso), the “Societa’ del Quartetto” and the “Amici della Musica” in Vicenza, the “Festival di Benevento”, the “Festival di Musica da camera” in Chioggia (Venice), the “Società dei Concerti” in Milan, the “Collegium Musicum” in Latina, the “Amici della Musica” in Messina, the “Ass. Musicale “Il Coretto” in Bari, the “Ass. Musicale Melos” in Ragusa, the “Circolo della Musica” in Bologna and in Ferrara etc.).
Eclectic accordionist, Mirko Satto, easily moves from baroque through to contemporary music, from French variations to the Argentinean tango; he is able to adapt many important musical works so that they are suitable for his instrument.
As well as his intensive schedule as a concert soloist, Mirko has worked on important collaborations with chamber orchestras, always contributing towards programmes which raise the profile of music and of his instrument, the accordion, in all different musical settings. He is currently in a band which follows the work of Astor Piazzolla’s Tango and other famous Argentinean composers, playing many various chamber and orchestral arrangements.
Mirko Satto has played with, and continues to collaborate with the “Filarmonia Veneta” Orchestra in Treviso, the “Nuova Banda” in Castelfranco Veneto, the “Malipiero” Orchestra of Asolo (Treviso), the VenetOchestra, the Orchestra of the Oriental Veneto, the Orchestra of the Olympic Theatre in Vicenza and the Orchestra of the Verona Arena.
He is accordion teacher at the “Giorgione” Musical High School in Castelfranco Veneto (Treviso).