Information to our users regarding Corona virus:

The academy at Palazzo Ricci maintains operation.
Any fees paid to the academy will be reimbursed if master classes are canceled.

Cancellation terms for accommodations through partner agency Terre Toscane:

If master classes are canceled, the deposit for the accommodation will be refunded.
If a group is completely canceled without force majeure, the deposit will be retained.
Individual group participants can cancel free of charge up to one week before arrival.

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Week-long master classes by internationally renowned musicians will again take place this summer in the beautiful hilltop town of Montepulciano in southern Tuscany. Please register early, as space is limited.

Fees are 500€ for active participants and 250€ for auditors. (Students pay 250€ as active participants and 125€ as auditors.) In addition, all participants must pay a registration fee of 50€ (which includes a complimentary wine tasting). Those who enroll in two classes will receive a 25% price discount of fees for the second course or more. 

Affordable accommodation in the town can be booked through our partner Terre Toscane. Accommodation can be arranged both for you and for persons accompanying you. It is also possible to extend your stay longer than the duration of the class. Each master class will conclude with a public recital. Master classes for solo instrumentalists will include a piano accompanist.



02.08. - 09.08.2020

• Daily private lessons. Repertoire of all ages with a special focus on the contemporary repertoire (also for electric guitar).
• Group work sessions: study of instrumental technique by improvisation.
• chamber music


Violin Technique and repertory with emphasis on the 20th century ...


This master class adresse pianists of all ages, students and prospective students. It focusses on the artistic and technical development of piano works of all epochs. The course is particularly suitable for the preparation of concerts, exams or competitions.
At the end of the master class there will be a final concert of the participants.

09.08. - 16.08.2020

This class features extensive work on vocal technique, musical style, expression, interpretation and presentation. The aim is to achieve a free sound, a personal musical style and a convincing stage presence. Each participant should choose and prepare at least 6 works (arias and/or art songs) from the international opera, operetta, oratorio and lied repertoire. All participants will receive daily instruction.

This course can be combined with the lied course held by Thomas Seyboldt. Participants in courses by Ulrike Sonntag and Thomas Seyboldt have the option of learning the Franklin Method with Helga Seyboldt. This involves daily training to improve posture and body tension.

09.08. -16.08.2020

In the Lied, poetry, melody and piano become one. But it also poses particular challenges to singers, pianists and audiences. It requires musical collaboration, careful listening and coordinated breathing. Words can play and colours sing, which make for a fascinating adventure.

The rich repertoire of piano Lieder – from Schubert to Rihm, Fauré to Britten, Dvořák to Shostakovich – offers many possibilities for lively narrative and animated composition, with each Lied unfolding in its own cosmos. Whether in duo or alone, singers and pianists can explore the lied’s style, form and interpretation. The lied attracts vocal and piano students but also accompanists, conductors and ambitious musicians.
Lied duos will be given priority in admission decisions. Participants who wish to form a duo should submit their repertoire preferences by July 10th so that we can assign them the most appropriate partners from the field of registered participants.

Those who wish to take part in the lied interpretation course should prepare at least six lieder (at least one by Franz Schubert).

The course can be completed in combination with Ulrike Sonntag’s vocal workshop.
Participants in courses by Ulrike Sonntag and Thomas Seyboldt have the option of learning the Franklin Method with Helga Seyboldt. This involves daily training to improve posture and body tension.


This masterclass is for advanced pre-college, conservatory-level, and postgraduate pianists. Participants are free to select their own repertoire. The aim of the class is to teach players how to prepare successfully for public performances. It will focus on style, timbre, expression, phrasing, fingering, pedal technique, and articulation, among other important interpretative tools.

Voice, Lied interpretation


Repertoire is free

Voice, Lied interpretation

Participants in the masterclass may select repertoire from any era and in any language. We recommend that singers and pianists apply as a duo, though we will also try to match singers and pianists who apply individually provided they submit their repertoire lists by July 1st, 2020. Dorothea Wirtz and Pauliina Tukiainen will conduct lessons individually and together.

30.08. - 06.09.2020


Dieser Meisterkurs richtet sich an Musikstudierende, im Ausnahmefall nach Vereinbarung auch an Jungstudierende. Das Repertoire ist frei wählbar, sollte aber nach Möglichkeit mindestens einen Satz aus einer der Partiten/Sonaten für Violine solo von J.S.Bach sowie ein Werk (auch nur ein Satz) aus der Wiener Klassik beinhalten.


Baroquecello, Viola da Gamba

The course is aimed at cellists and gambists
The main focus of the course will be the way music is viewed based on historical interpretation practice, whereby the music from 1680 - 1820 in particular is to be considered.


Der Kurs beinhaltet primär ein Stimmtraining, völlig losgelöst einer intellektuellen Prägung. Im Vordergrund steht eine ureigene Organbewegung, welche sich mit viel Musizierfreude im Repertoire vergegenwärtigt. Hierzu sind fünf Opernarien auswendig vorzubereiten!
Es gibt drei Einheiten am Tag: Gesangstechnik, Repetition und Vorsingtraining.
Über Zulassung zur Teilnahme wird nach der Bewertung der Unterlagen einschließlich Hörprobe durch den Dozenten entschieden. Informationen zu den erforderlichen Unterlagen erhalten Sie bei Anmeldung.