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Giovanni Sollima – Cello

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27 - 29 March 2024
15 February 2024


Cello Consort

Giovanni Sollima presents a course that embraces four centuries of cello history: from the 17th century Viol Consort (Purcell), through the 18th century of Cervetto and Alborea and the 19th century of Franchomme and Mercadante, to Casals, Villa Lobos and Boulez, to name but a few.

Through a series of lessons, rehearsals and live performances, students will get to know, explore and perform original pieces for different cello ensembles, immersing themselves in a variety of historical traditions and performance practices.

The course will be divided into two sessions: 27-29 March and 9-12 July. It will culminate in a final concert as part of the Stauffer Summer Music Festival.


The course is open to cellists of any nationality, maximum age of 30 years.

It is open to both Stauffer Academy students and external students.

Level of training:

Bachelor or Master Degree / Diploma issued by a Music Conservatory or equivalent school/institution in Italy or abroad.

Exceptions to the above requirements may be allowed, in the presence of exceptional artistic and performing qualities, at the discretion of the Professor.

Language: Italian and English.


Please apply online, by filling in the form at the bottom of this page.

The following documents should be attached to the application form:

  • Copy of a valid identity document
  • Curriculum vitae and any repertoire already studied

Registration fee

Payment of a registration fee of €55.00 through the Stripe platform, which must be paid through the application form, is required.

The fee is non-refundable.

Students enrolled in Stauffer Academy Annual Courses are exempt from payment.


The admission exam consists of a video audition. The candidate must create a private link to a YouTube video, specifying in the description the program performed.
On this page you can find all the directions for making a video that meets all the requirements.


Two pieces of different styles/periods, not exceeding approximately 10 minutes in duration. Movements extrapolated from compositions may also be presented.

Selection is at the sole discretion of the Professor and Academic Director.
Applicants will receive the results of the selections at the e-mail address provided during registration.


No tuition fee is required to attend the course.

Students will take charge of all other costs related to travel, board and lodging in Cremona.


Auditors may be admitted at the discretion of the Professor and the Director of the Academy.

Application for auditor attendance can be submitted through this link.

For any information regarding enrollment and/or the Academy’s study programs, please write to (subject line: Course Name | Last Name, for more efficient handling of inquiries).

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Masterclass - Cello