“Outstanding personal tuition – very knowledgeable and conscientious tutor” (student comment).
We created our unique 1-on-1 coaching weeks – just you and your tutor – after realising an amateur pianist juggling career, family, and practise time needs something different from conservatory students. So these sessions are not just the usual masterclasses – in fact we welcome all standards, from beginner to diploma.
Firstly, be prepared to be pampered dawn to dusk from the moment we greet you. An ice-cold prosecco when you arrive, ensuite room, mountain view balcony, al fresco breakfasts and lunches, gourmet dinners at a different restaurant each evening … we could go on – but we should talk about the music!
To sharpen up your skills you have four hours personal tuition each day, unlimited practise, and no distractions. There’s none of the pressure of ‘performing’ in front of a group of fellow pianists which makes it an immensely effective way to learn a lot in a short time. If none of the scheduled course dates are convenient, choose your own.
If you like the idea but prefer to come together with a pianist colleague, check out our 1-on-1 for 2 Pianists weeks.
Dates: scheduled courses or choose your own date
Check-in: from 14.00 Sunday afternoon
Check-out: from room before 11.00 the following Saturday morning*
Standard: any – from enthusiastic beginner to serious diploma
Repertoire: free choice
Partners: non-pianist partners are welcome.
* courses finish after lunch on Saturday.
A typical day begins at 8.30 am – breakfast with Director/Principal Tutor Gil Jetley. Then a 4 hour session covering whatever you wish – technical matters, interpretative ideas, even theory. It sounds intense and it is – but it’s also light-hearted and whatever your standard you’ll find these hours just fly by.
We have more than a thousand piano CDs, a selection of DVDs, a small library of music text books, and 50,000 digitized piano scores for reference (some of them extremely rare) – a wealth of musical resources to learn from or to explore just for fun.
Very, very enjoyable – really intense and reflective study (student comment)
A break for an ‘al fresco’ lunch at around 13.00 and then afternoons are free for unlimited practise on the conservatoire grand or the digital in your room, as you like. By the end of the week you may feel like taking an afternoon off, simply become a tourist and explore nearby cultural treasures and scenic wonders. There is so much to do and see.
Each evening Course Director Gil chauffeurs you to a local restaurant renowned for its atmosphere and regional cooking (all meals are included in course fees). An Italian dinner is a feast of multiple courses. This is a good chance to get to know your tutor personally, consolidate the day’s lessons, or discuss anything from gardening to space travel! Just don’t expect to be back in bed before 23.00!
“An unforgettable week of music and Italian joy” (student comment).
Public transport is virtually non-existent, so consider renting a car at the airport if you plan to explore more than the immediate locality.