Palazzo Ricci

European Academy for Music and Performing Arts Montepulciano

Since its foundation in 2001, the Academy has combined the promotion of the highest artistic quality of young people in an exemplary manner that is unique for the field of German musical activities in Italy. Its guiding principle is to facilitate encounters between young highly talented artists from Europe.

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the Palazzo

Palazzo Ricci, designed by the architect Baldassare Peruzzi, is one of the best-preserved Renaissance buildings in Montepulciano. It is located in Via Ricci and is characterised by a large portal set with enormous stones, to which a wide stepped ramp leads.

With its simple elegance, Palazzo Ricci represents the bare and unadorned style of a type of building that was widespread in the 16th century.

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Teachers 2023

For the 2023 season, we have once again been able to secure renowned musicians as lecturers, who will teach in 16 courses for plucked, stringed and keyboard instruments as well as singing and song composition.


developing the academy

At the end of the 1990s, the Cologne University of Music and Dance was given the opportunity to use a historic palazzo in the heart of the small Tuscan town on the basis of a contract with the town of Montepulciano, and in return to take over the restoration of the building.

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Montepulciano, surrounded by historic cities such as Siena, Arezzo and Perugia, lies in one of the richest cultural landscapes in Europe. Graves, foundations and objects from Etruscan times point to the origins of civilisation here, dating far back to the 3rd century BC.

A document from 714 is the first written record of the city's existence during the Roman Republic and the imperial period.