Arrival & Departure
Participants should plan to arrive on June 30 (June 29 departure from outside EU). The final event is on the evening of July 10; check-out is on 11 July in the morning. Participants should compare costs of arriving in various regional airports; recommended are Bologna, Venice, Rome, Zurich, and Milan Malpensa or Linate. Regardless of which airport you choose, you will need to take a train to arrive in Cesena. Complete travel instructions will be sent in May to all attending participants.
The history of Cesena can be traced to origins in the Etruscan period. It was taken over by the Romans in the third century, BCE; Pliny the Elder mentions the wines of Cesena as among the best. Its land and environs were long contested between the Papacy and the Holy Roman Empire–in fact, no less than three Popes emerged from the city in the 18th and 19th centuries. In addition to the Renaissance-era castle overlooking the town (the Rocca Maletestiana), the Maletestiana Library is significant as being the first ever civic library for communal use, established in 1454. It holds many valuable and rare original manuscripts, still bound to the reading benches by wrought-iron chains. This, and several other important museums provide an excellent history of the city and region.
There are no free days during the festival; however, participants may be able to take advantage of a scheduled open morning or afternoon. Cesena is an hour south of Bologna by direct train, 30 minutes from the Adriatic Sea by bus, and 40 minutes from the Republic of San Marino by car. Nearby cities include Ravenna, Rimini and Faenza, all which boast a rich cultural and historical heritage. The Emilia Romagna region is known throughout Europe as offering the finest of Italian cuisine. We encourage participants to either arrive early, or plan a few days for travel following the festival (please note that accommodation for these periods is not provided by the festival).
Honing Your Craft
Practice facilities with pianos are available throughout the day and into early evening hours. Composers are encouraged to bring a laptop with music editing software. Each participant will receive a minimum of two private lessons and/or master classes during the festival.
The majority of participants are currently enrolled in a music degree program, through the PhD level. Recent PhD and DMA graduates are encouraged to attend. Typical age range is from 20 to 35, however participation is not limited to this age group.