Double Bass – Alberto Bocini

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Period:
7 October 2024 - 5 July 2025
Deadline:
3 September 2024

THE COURSE

This is an advanced training program aimed at double bassists with exceptional artistic abilities to prepare them for a professional career in the concert field. It comprises three training paths:

  • The High Specialization Course, lasts one year and involves attending 8 sessions, each lasting three days, scheduled monthly between October and July.
  • The Stauffer Performance Diploma, lasts three years and involves attending 10 sessions, each lasting three days, scheduled monthly between October and July each year. It includes intermediate and final exams, as well as the completion of an artistic project at the end of the three years.
  •  The “Ad Hoc” Double Bass Formula, with variable duration and adjustable to the specific needs of musicians already engaged in external artistic or educational activities.

 

The training program is enriched by the presence of great artists who, as Guest Teachers, will meet the students for specialized insights, workshops, artistic projects, and ensemble music activities.

In particular, the academic year 2024-2025 includes masterclasses with: Renaud Garcia-Fons, Matthew McDonald (Principal Double Bass of the Berliner Philharmoniker), Rick Stotijn, and Francesco Siragusa (Principal Double Bass of the Teatro alla Scala).

 

The program also includes a rich schedule of concerts and special artistic projects, including the opportunity to be part of the Stauffer String Ensemble, which next year will be directed in two special concerts by Kolja Blacher and John Axelrod.

 

Age limit: no older than 28  on the application deadline date, for the High Specialization and Performance Diploma formula. Exceptions are allowed in the presence of exceptional artistic qualities, upon evaluation by the Professor and the Academic Direction.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Admission exams: September 17, 2024, starting from 10:00 am.

The examinations will take place exclusively ‘in person’ at the Stauffer Academy, via S. Martino 6, Cremona.

Exam program:

  • First movement of a repertoire concerto for double bass and orchestra
  • A virtuosic piece for double bass, chosen by the candidate
  • A piece for double bass written after 1980

The teacher may request the performance of the entire programme or part of it.

Candidates will receive the results of the selections by e-mail after the conclusion of the admission examinations.

DEADLINES AND DOCUMENTS

Application deadline: 23:59 on 3rd September 2024.

The following documents must be attached to the online application:

  • Copy of a valid identity document
  • Copy of qualification, or self-certification of educational background
  • Curriculum vitae and any repertoire already studied
  • Admission examination programme

Once the registration is completed, the candidate must forward an e-mail to accademia@stauffer.org (Subject: Double Bass – Candidate’s Surname) specifying the preferred attendance mode that wishes to enrol for.

 

Administration fees:

To finalize the application, a fixed fee of €55.00 is required (requested upon submission of the application, after completing the form).

The fee is non-refundable.

SELECTIONS

Admission exams: September 17, 2024, starting from 10:00 am.

The examinations will take place exclusively ‘in person’ at the Stauffer Academy, via S. Martino 6, Cremona.

COSTS

Tuition fees are entirely supported by the Stauffer Foundation.

Other costs related to travel, board and lodging in Cremona and other personal expenses are borne by the students themselves.

NEW ENROLLMENTS AND CERTIFICATES

The students who have attended the Annual High Specialization Course may renew the enrolment for a further academic year by forwarding the request through the “Course enrolment ” section (as if it were a new enrolment) and paying the administration fee.

Upon completion of the entrance examinations, the Teacher will decide, at his own discretion, which students can be readmitted for a further year.

Students who submit an application for readmission are exempted from the entrance examination.

 

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Alberto Bocini

Accademia Stauffer - Double Bass