1. General Conditions


1.1 Dates of the Academy

Academy Dates: August 9th – 19th, 2018

Gala concert and awards ceremony: August 19th, 2018


Application Deadline:

First phase: May 15th, 2018 (see p. 1.7)

Second phase: July 25th, 2018 (see p. 1.7)



1.2 Venues

Classes venue:

Villa Rospigliosi
Via Borghetto 1
51035 Spicchio, Pistoia
Toscana, Italy


Villa Minghetti
Via di Spicchio 54
51035 Spicchio, Pistoia
Toscana, Italy


1.3 Sections



1.4 Eligibility

The Academy is open for musicians of any nationality from 13 years old.

In individual cases younger applicants may be allowed to participate. In this case a special request has to be sent to the Organizing Committee.


1.5 Repertoire

The repertoire for the Academy is free. All the pieces must be performed by heart.


1.6 Language

Individual piano lessons can be held in English/French/Russian/German.

Open master class will be held in English/French/Italian.

Workshops “Stage presence” will be held in English.

Group lessons “Vivid Theory” will be held in English.

Lectures “And There Was Sound: Literature” will be held in English/Italian.

Seminars “And There Was Sound: Music” will be held in English.


1.7 Participation Fee

The price depends on the chosen options and consists of:

1.7.1 Course price

The course fee is 500 € for participants applying before May 15th 2018

The course fee is 600 € for participants applying after May 16th 2018 and before July 25th 2018.

Together with the application form it is necessary to pay a non-refundable fee of 100 €. The course price has to be paid in Euro in cash at the first day of Academy after the general meeting.




1.7.2 Accommodation and meal price

All of the participants and teachers are hosted at the Villa Minghetti in the rooms for two or three persons. The use of all of the facilities, including swimming pool, is included in the price.

The meal is provided twice a day – breakfast and dinner. One day during the Academy will be free in order to allow participants to visit Florence or other cities on their own. At this day only a breakfast is provided.

On a special request lunch can be ordered additionally for the price of 10 Euro.

The accommodation and meal price is 650 Euro for 11 nights (59 Euro/day).


Both course only, or accommodation only can be booked separately. If a participant wishes to stay in a different place, she/he can book just the course. If a participant comes with his friend/parent/teacher/couple, just accommodation can be booked for accompanying person. In this case please send a special request to academy@interconnect-music.com


1.8 Scholarship

By results of the work during the academy max. 2 scholarships for the participation in the next edition of the Academy can be awarded.


1.9 Rights

The Academy reserves all the rights for audio and video materials. All publications using these materials should be discussed with the academy and refer to its website.


2. The Academy


2.1 The course of the Academy consists of:
  • 6 individual piano lessons with Maria Masycheva and Georgy Gromov
  • open master class by Riccardo Risaliti
  • 3 workshops “Stage presence”
  • 4 group lessons “Vivid Theory”
  • 2 lectures “And There Was Sound: Literature”
  • 2 seminars “And There Was Sound: Music”
  • Gala concert and award ceremony


3. Application


3.1 Application Registration

Registration is open until July 25th, 2018.

Applicants must submit:

  • The application form on this site. The application form can be filled out here.
  • Payment of a non-refundable registration fee of 100 €. The payment  must be done during the application procedure.


The application and payment should be done not later than July 25th,  2018. The confirmation about participation will be sent by Academy during one week after receiving the application and application fee.


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