Ischia Chamber Music Festival



Ischiafestival 2008:

Chamber music played with passion, coached professionally, in a truly stunning Mediterranean setting

May 10-17, 2008. The Location
The fabled southern Italian isle of Ischia – dreaming with Capri in the timeless blue waters of the Bay of Naples, is home to the Covo dei Borboni, an elegant, white-washed villa surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens overlooking the sea, which will again be the exclusive venue for our chamber music workshop, that will be held from Saturday May 10th to Saturday May 17th.

The Program
Ischiafestival offers a unique week: playing, studying and enjoying quality, professionally coached Chamber Music. This year’s workshop is privileged to have engaged Byron Wallis, violin, David Yang, viola, Kenneth Woods, cello and conductor, Giuseppe Carannante, clarinet and conductor,and artistic director Aldo de Vero , piano, as resident coaches. Coaching sessions will be focused on specific repertoires (String Quartet, Wind Quintet, Piano Four-hand) in the morning, and on Strings & Winds with Piano repertoire in the afternoon. Coaching sessions will begin Saturday the 10th at 4 p.m. Evenings after 6 p.m. will be free for sightseeing, free-playing, enjoying the wonderful food, sights and ambience of this charming island as well as being warmly welcome to enjoy listening to the three scheduled concerts during the week. The workshop will end with performances by participant musicians on the evening of Friday, May 16.




Accomodation and Meals

Coaching sessions will take place at the Covo dei Borboni, which features practice rooms, a music library, accommodation in apartments with kitchenettes, and two outdoor pools – one filled with the famed spa thermal waters so special to the Island of Ischia. Meals, services and further accommodation in single, double and triple rooms will be provided by the nearby four-star sister Hotel Grazia Terme at special Workshop rates.In addition to the performances of the student groups, there will be two faculty concerts including performances of the Brahms Clarinet Quintet, Mozart Piano Quartet, Arnold Piano Trio and several other works.  The workshop’s website is here.

I hope that many of you who have an interest in chamber music will want to apply. Please feel free to email with any questions. Messages sent there will either go to me or directly to the festival. It is a magnificent location, great repertoire and a very collegial and expert faculty- I’m really looking forward to the week and the chance to do some good chamber music work again

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American conductor, composer and cellist Kenneth Woods is Principal Conductor of the English Symphony Orchestra, Artistic Director of the Colorado MahlerFest and cellist of the string trio Ensemble Epomeo. He records for the Avie, Somm, Nimbus, Signum, MSR and Toccata labels.

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3 comments on “Ischia Chamber Music Festival”

  1. Bill

    Wow, I want to go. Too bad I don’t need a new roof, eye surgery and hadn’t just blown $1500 on a Ridenour basset clarinet or I’d mail in my deposit. It’s a long way from Walla Walla, Washington to Naples. Maybe in 2009.

  2. AntronyM

    Hello… has anyone reading this actually attended the Ischia workshop? My wife and I are looking for candid evaluation(s) before committing to the 2009 workshop.


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