Since 2016 Virtuoso & Belcanto has hosted advanced courses held by world-famous maestri who teach masterclasses for each particular instrument. The festival’s competitions, limited to registered students, grant first, second, and third prizes to each instrument category included in the masterclasses, in addition to awards for ensembles, string quartets, chamber orchestras, and belcanto.
The Virtuoso & Belcanto Festival and Summer Academy is a celebration of the history and musical heritage of the city of Lucca. Famous composers such as Puccini, Boccherini, and Geminiani along with many others, were born within its walls. Lucca and its theater also happen to be where Paganini became Paganini. The Festival seeks to revitalise this unique musical heritage by creating an opportunity for young musicians from all over the world to come together with prominent international artists and teachers. It will be an intensive two weeks of lessons, masterclasses, chamber music coaching, and concerts, focused primarily on repertoire from the classic and early romantic periods. In honor of Luigi Boccherini, the Festival will be dedicated above all, to chamber music, and will be experienced from three different but related perspectives: concerts, study, and competitions.