Dino Ciani Festival and Academy

I am left with the memory of the purest of artists, a great poet of the keyboard.

Riccardo Muti

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The Festival brings together, in the heart of the Dolomites, the most brilliant stars on the international music scene.

Corriere delle Alpi

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This festival is renewed year after year under the artistic direction of Jeffrey Swann.

Il Giornale della Musica

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Concerts, meetings, and master classes that transmit, even to the youngest, what Dino Ciani was and continues to be.


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A festival with ambitions of becoming the most important musical event at high altitude in Italy.

Corriere della Sera

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A landmark in the national and international music scene.

Corriere delle Alpi

We need you, to bring music and culture to Cortina.

Jeffrey Swann

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Invaluable opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with pianists of international fame/renown and young talents of the keyboard.

Il Giornale della Musica

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One of the greatest pianists of recent decades; an angel who found himself on earth, only to return too soon to his heavenly home.

Paolo Isotta • Corriere della Sera

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Music at high altitude and artistic offerings of the highest level.

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Cortina d’Ampezzo
July 26-August 12, 2012

Cortina d’Ampezzo is considered to be one of the world’s most beautiful mountain resorts. The goal of the Dino Ciani Academy is to give our young artists the opportunity to develop their art, work on repertoire, live and breathe in a musical environment, and perform with top musicians at an international festival.

The Dino Ciani Academy, founded in 2009, will run throughout the Dino Ciani Festival in Cortina d’Ampezzo from July 26 to August 12, 2012 and will bring together young pianists, professors, musicologists and performers. The students will attend master classes and have free entry to all the concerts and conferences of the festival. They will also have the opportunity to perform in the Young Artists Concert Series organized just for them, as part of the Festival program. These will be held both in Cortina and in the surrounding towns.

Just as in 2011, a violin and chamber music workshop will be held with Pavel Berman (violin), Jeffrey Swann (piano) and Claudio Martinez Mehner (piano), during the second week of the festival. Each academy pianist and violinist who attends the second week of the course must be prepared to perform chamber music for his/her instrument.


The following professors will teach master classes at the 2012 Dino Ciani Academy:

  • Emanuele Arciuli, July 28-August 4
  • Hamish Milne, August 5-12
  • Angela Hewitt, August 3 (Special Festival Artist Masterclass)
  • Jeffrey Swann, July 26-August 12
  • Claudio Martinez Mehner, July 26-August 12
  • Violin and Chamber Music Workshop with Pavel Berman (violin), August 5-12