Music and art


The Academy of Palazzo Ricci was officially inaugurated in 2001, at the end of the restoration of the Renaissance palace that houses it and from which it takes its name. It is the first German musical institution with residence in Italy.

The project stems from an agreement between the Municipal Administration of Montepulciano and the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln. In collaboration with international teachers, each year the Academy offers around 50 master classes and workshops which are attended by numerous young musicians from all over the world. It also organizes a season of concerts with the best students and teachers in the frescoed hall of Palazzo Ricci.

Via Ricci 9-11
I - 53045 Montepulciano (Si)
Tel.: +39 0578 75 60 22
Fax: +39 0578 71 54 91
Mobil: +49 175 2433 585
Mobil: +39 345 598 7745

The International Art Site and Hanz Werne Henze.

Hans Werner Henze was an internationally renowned musician who chose Montepulciano as his foster home and here, in 1976, he founded the Cantiere Internazionale d'Arte, which has never been a simple music festival.

After witnessing the madness of the Second World War, he believed that art and only art could be the key to being well together, a peaceful and common language that would bring everyone in contact: men, women, children, elderly, rich, poor, of every religion and culture.

In his project, supported by the Municipal Administration of the time, he wanted all citizens of Montepulciano, as well as being simple and passive spectators, to have the opportunity to participate in the shows, such as actors, singers, dancers, painters, musicians, tailors, set designers and work together with professional artists, perhaps even of international fame.

Since 1977 the Concertus Politianus has existed, where children could study music for free (today it is paid), and participate in concerts in a real orchestra and for adults, it often happens that, when you take off the guise of entrepreneurs, students, masons merchants, doctors or teachers etc., in the evening we meet again in public spaces to work on a new show all together.

The eighteenth-century theater of Montepulciano is active all year round, and for us police (as the inhabitants of Montepulciano are called) it is as if it were a second home.

The festival which is generally held between July and August is closely linked to the activity of the Musiva Institute, an important public institution active all year round, which has more than 1000 members from younger children to more adult people, with teaching courses from classical to experimental contemporary music.

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