Cremona International Music Academy and Festival
Cremona, Italy


Dear Friends! While due to the Covid-19 pandemic we are not holding our wonderful Cremona Academy this year in CREMONA, we decided to offer our students ONLINE version of the 2020 Cremona Academy. The e-Music Academy will take place from July 26 until August 12 in Virtual Academy Rooms and a Virtual Academy Concert Hall.

We are very thankful to our Brilliant Faculty for their great support and initiative. We thank them for their willingness to conduct lessons and master classes online and continue sharing their knowledge and their mastery with students from many countries in a virtual teaching space! And we are extremely happy and thrilled to welcome world’s most prominent musicians who, in such difficult and uncertain times, will join the Academy for the first time! We are delighted to introduce to you the violinist Ilya Kaler, pianists Till Fellner and Victor Rosenbaum, and the members of the Quartetto di Cremona, violinist Cristiano Gualco and violist Simone Gramaglia.

We are confident that lessons, master classes, interactive workshops and lectures will be very beneficial for participants and that working and communicating with great musicians will enhance and enrich their playing.

We all hope that in summer 2021 we return to CREMONA, meet again and will celebrate the joy of life, joy of music, and ten unforgettable Seasons of Cremona Music Academy with its magical music making in Cremona, the Capital of Contemporary Violin Making.

Please check our Programs and Admissions pages for more information. Auditors are welcome!



Three-Week Program

July 11 – August 1, 2021

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Two-Week Program

July 18 – August 1, 2021


Cremona International Music Academy brings together passionate students and celebrated masters from around the world for a vibrant, exciting, inspiring, and rigorous music making summit, and provides an unforgettable experience to its participants.

The 2021 Program is carefully designed for aspiring musicians of all ages, including young professionals, college, pre-college, and younger students. Two optional courses of study are offered: a rigorous three-week program with the focus on private lessons and chamber music coaching in the first week, and an intensive two-week program, which encompasses private lessons, chamber music coaching, orchestral sessions, instrumental and vocal ensemble classes, and instrumental and vocal master classes. Students’ solo, chamber music and orchestral performances, and the Distinguished Faculty Concert Series are taking place in various historic venues in and around Cremona.

Keeping up with its tradition of introducing new innovative programs, the Academy will add several exciting courses, including Conducting Studies, Ear Training and Musicianship Classes, Introduction to Historical Keyboard Class, and Opera Program. Our celebrated faculty and guest artists will conduct masterclasses, workshops, and seminars that will continue the legacy of excellence that the Cremona International Music Academy has provided for the past nine years!

The Tenth International Competition for Strings and Piano and the First Competition for Voice are scheduled for July 17-18, 2021.

We invite you to join us for the wonderful Cremona Festival and explore the magic and beauty of music making at the highest level!


Mayor Gianluca Galimberti
Mayor of Cremona
Comune di Cremona

Mayor Gianluca GalimbertiAs Mayor of Cremona, I am very proud and happy to welcome the 2020 Cremona International Music Academy to our medieval town. Music has always played an important role in our town going back as far as the 16th Century, when Claudio Monteverdi was born and worked here, and 17th Century, when legendary Amati, Stradivari, and Guarneri made Cremona the Capital of Violin making of the world.

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Presidente Gian Domenico Auricchio
Camera di Commercio
lndustria Artigianato e Agricoltura Cremona

Presidente AuricchioI am proud that since its first season in 2011, Cremona Academy established close contact and collaboration with Cremona Chamber of Commerce and its members, including Consorzio Liutai “Antonio Stradivari”. We are happy that the Academy is based at the Chamber of Commerce and performs in some of the most beautiful halls and palaces in Cremona and Lombardy Region, including picturesque medieval town of Crema.

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Paolo Bodini
CEO Museo del Violino
President “Friends of Stradivari”

Presidente Paolo BodoniThe success of the Cremona Academy was evident right from its very first edition and the conditions for an organizational surge in successive editions were quickly established. This resulted in an increase not only in participant numbers but also and above all in an improvement in technical and artistic quality.

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The Academy offers a fine combination of private lessons, chamber music and public performances in historic venues in and around Cremona. Participants have a unique opportunity to experience sightseeing and educational tours, visit and meet Cremona’s renowned luthiers, play on their instruments, and learn the secrets of instrument making from the greatest makers of today.

Our world class faculty will help students develop and enhance their solo repertoire, chamber music and ensemble skills in a supportive and encouraging environment.

MEET your personal goals and challenges through solo and chamber music performances
GAIN unique musical experience and tremendous artistic growth
ENJOY dynamic and passionate music making in the medieval setting of Cremona on the Po River
EXPLORE music, history and culture of Italy – discover the beautiful Lombardia Region and Cremona, the birthplace of the famous composer Claudio Monteverdi, the home of Stradivari, Guarneri and Amati, and the Capital of Contemporary Violin Making!


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