Fondazione Accademia Musicale Chigiana, Siena

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The Accademia Musicale Chigiana is a music institute in Siena, Italy. It was founded by Count Guido Chigi Saracini in 1932 as an international centre for advanced musical studies. It organises Master Classes in the major musical instruments as well as singing, conducting and composition. During the summer months a series of concerts are held under the title of Estate Musicale Chigiana.Amongst the teachers at the academy in the 1950s were Clotilde von Derp and Alexander Sakharoff who stopped their international touring to teach here at the invitation of the Count.In 1983 the Accademia Musicale Chigiana, Fulvia Casella Nicolodi and Guido Turchi created an International Composition Competition named after Alfredo Casella, for the one hundredth anniversary of his birth. The International Accademia Musicale Chigiana Prize has been assigned, and among the winners’ names are some of the most famous ones in international concert circles: the violinists Gidon Kremer, Shlomo Mintz, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Viktoria Mullova, Frank Peter Zimmermann, Gil Shaham, Maxim Vengerov, Julian Rachlin, Hilary Hahn and Sarah Chang, the pianists Peter Serkin, Krystian Zimerman, Andras Schiff, Andrei Gavrilov, Evgeny Kissin, Andrea Lucchesini, Lilya Zilberstein, Leif Ove Andsnes and Arcadi Volodos, as well as the orchestral conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen, the Hagen Quartet and the Artemis Quartet, the violist Tabea Zimmermann and the violoncellist Matt Haimovitz . These names join the history of the Accademia Chigiana, already studded with illustrious presences. In the Prize has been assigned to the pianist Paul Lewis. The 2010 Prize goes to Polish pianist Rafal Blechacz.
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  • A small location but worth a visit. They have a nice, generally quiet courtyard that can get you out of the press of people on a busy day.  more »
  • I was not excited about visiting this place but my friend insisted. I owe her a huge apology as I would have missed a fantastic opportunity. This is a music academy but it has a lovely outdoor cafe...  more »
  • The Academy was founded in 1932 by Count Saracini, who also bequeathed the building to the Academy on his death, and is an international centre for advanced musical studies running a number of master....  more »
  • Without a doubt, this is one of the must see palazzos in Siena. My wife and I are so glad we decided to visit the Accademia Musicale and highly recommend it. The only way to visit is by guided tour which is included in the reasonable 7€ admission. The Accademia which is not only a music school and theater but an amazing museum. Don’t miss this palazzo when in Siena.
  • Very interesting - go in and have a look. Very picturesque courtyard with nice cafe too.
  • Went in for a pre dinner drink at 6:30, and enjoyed a spritz. Shortly after a pianist came in and played for 15 minutes. Great drinks and came with free appetizers
  • There's a music shop, selling trinkets, opera CDs and a "digital concert hall". There's also a café, which has outdoor seating in the summer.
  • Siena is playing an important role in classical music. I wish I could comeback to enjoy more of it. Beautiful.

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