FIMA is collecting adhesions for a second class of harpsichord for young and very young people, held by prof. Andrea Riderelli with the supervision of Prof. Cipriana Smarandescu. The two classes will work with a similar didactic program and, within the limits allowed by the anti-covid regulations, there will be collaborations between small groups of students.
The fees and regulations of the course in question are identical to those of the other Urbino youth courses.

Course programme

Dedicated to young musicians, the course is open to musicians of any level interested in the ancient repertoire. Both those who already have harpsichord experience and want to deepen the baroque technique and performance practice, as well as pianists or beginners who want to start studying the harpsichord are admitted. In addition to solo harpsichord literature, the practice of basso continuo and accompaniment will play an important role. The course includes the whole repertoire of the Baroque period and beyond and includes a careful look at the various treatises, methods, most important collections for solo harpsichord and basso continuo.

The teachers

Cipriana Smarandescu

Cipriana SmarandescuShe graduated in harpsichord with Patrizia Marisaldi (Vicenza) and Ogneanca Lefterescu (Bucharest), she specialized with Ton Koopman, Andreas Staier, Patrick Ayrton, Pierre Hantaï. She won various competitions including Milan (Umanitaria), Pesaro (G.Gambi), obtaining the diploma of participation in the International Competitions of Leipzig (J.S. Bach) and Brugge.

She has performed in Italy, Spain, France, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, Germany and Romania (Auditorium Parco della Musica, Oratorio del Gonfalone, Accademia di Romania, Pietà de Turchini, Festival dei Due Mondi, Cantiere Internazionale d’Arte of Montepulciano, Bach Festival in Florence, Wanda Landowska Festival, “Note senza tempo” Festival, “Music for life – Emergency, CESMA in Lugano, Real Acàdemia de San Fernando, Musique Ancienne in Saint Paul, Mozarteum Academy, Romanian Radio Broadcasting in Bucharest, Philharmonic “G. Enescu “, Miercurea Ciuc Early Music Festival, Festival “La Stravaganza “), recording for RTV Rumena, Radio Vaticana, Sarx Records, Aliusmodum Records. As a soloist she recorded two Compact Discs: “Invenzioni, Sinfonie e Sei Piccoli Preludi” by J.S. Bach (2009) and “Notenbüchlein für Anna Magdalena Bach”, together with the baritone Furio Zanasi (2015).

Together with Andrea Riderelli, she founded both the baroque ensemble “aliusmodum” and “Aliusmodum Youth Harpsichord Academy”, dedicated to the study of the harpsichord starting from a young and very young age.

She also graduated in musicology with a thesis on Domenico Scarlatti’s “Sonatas for harpsichord”. She teach in Rome and in various masterclasses (Orte, Saracinesco, Anguillara, Sassari, Rome and UrbinoMusicaGiovani), being part of the jury of various international harpsichord competitions.

Andrea Riderelli

Nato a Roma, Andrea Riderelli ha compiuto gli studi musicali di Canto Gregoriano, Composizione e Direzione Polifonica diplomandosi nel 1992 col titolo di Magister in Canto Gregoriano conseguito con “Magna cum laude” presso il Pontificio Istituto di Musica Sacra a Roma sotto la guida di Bonifacio Baroffio (Canto Gregoriano), di Vieri Tosatti (Composizione) e di Domenico Bartolucci (Direzione Polifonica). Ha successivamente studiato Direzione d’Orchestra prima con Nicola Samale, continuando poi con Severino Zannerini, Hans Priem-Bergrath, Ferenc Nagy e con Erwin Acel, per perfezionarsi infine con Ludovic Bacs all’Università di Musica di Bucarest.

Ha svolto la sua prima parte d’attività direttoriale principalmente in Romania, dove ha diretto concerti in tutte le sue più importanti filarmoniche. Tra gli atri, meritano senz’altro menzione i concerti svolti presso la Radio Diffusione Rumena di Bucarest e la Filarmonica “George Enescu” di Bucarest dove – tra le altre proposte musicali – sono state presentate in prima assoluta nazionale opere di compositori contemporanei e del novecento.

Oltre all’attività compositiva, negli utlimi anni sono apparsi importanti lavori di trascrizioni e orchestrazione di musiche della tradizione classica e moderna per ensemble di musica da camera, tra i quali spiccano le Sinfonie I e IV di Gustav Mahler (la prima registrata a Hong Kong e apparsa sul mercato discografico in SuperAudio CD) eseguite in Italia e all’estero.

Nel 2004 fonda, insieme alla clavicembalista Cipriana Smarandescu, l’ensemble aliusmodum che si specializza nel repertorio barocco, mentre nel 2008 fonda l’ensemble altrerisonanze con l’intento di dare voce a un particolare repertorio del Novecento e del XXI Secolo. Con l’ensemble aliusmodum, ha diretto numerosi concerti, oltre quelli  di apertura di stagioni dell’Oratorio del Gonfalone a Roma, dedicati alla musica di Monteverdi, Bach e Handel con solisti del calibro di Furio Zanasi, Roberto Abbondanza e Lavinia Bertotti.

Da sempre si dedica alla didattica applicata, insegnando clavicembalo, basso continuo e pratica musicale in masterclass e, soprattutto, attaverso la “Aliusmodum Youth Harpsichord Academy”, dedicata allo studio del clavicembalo e della musica antica iniziando dalla giovane e giovanissima età. E’ docente di Strumentazione presso il CESMA di Bioggio/Lugano.

Recorder and Oboe

Course programme

The course is aimed at young students aged between seven and eighteen years and of all levels with at least one year of study. The goal is to create small ensembles, from the duo to the quintet, within the class and with the other instruments of the course. The repertoire utilized will be baroque and classic.

For the oboe class will be used the modern instrument.

The teacher – Ludovica Scoppola

Graduated in Recorded (Scuola Civica di Musica in Milan) and Oboe ( “L.Campiani “Conservatory in Mantua) she hold a Master’s Degree in Recorder (“L.Cherubini “ Conservatory in Florence).

She gives concerts both as a soloist and in chamber ensembles and orchestras, with a focus on performance practice on original instruments of Early Music repertoire as well as the twentieth century repertoire (Rai of Rome, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Ensemble Musica Ricerca, Concerto Italiano  and others).

She has made recording for the RAI, and also for the labels Opus 112, Tactus and Edipan.

Since 1989 she has taught on the International Courses of Early Music in Urbino and is a founding Member (President 1994-2004) of Sylvestro Ganassi School of Music of  FIMA in Rome, where she regularly holds courses for recorder, oboe and recorder consort.

She  teach recorder and oboe  in Scuola Civica delle Arti in Rome.

She is the tutor of the woodwind section and of the chamber music of the JuniOrchestra of Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia.

Phd holder in Experimental Pedagogy at the Unviverità Sapienza in Rome, with a thesis on the teaching of music in Italian schools. She has published for Lambert Academic Publishing (Achievement in Musical Education, 2012) and for Franco Angeli (Note di classe, 2013, Le storie dell’Arte, 2017).

She published for Ut Orpheus in 2018  Method for Descant Recorder and it is currently in publication for Ut Orpheus Method for Oboe written with Paolo Pollastri.


Course programme

This course is intended for young violinists who are interested in entering the world of early music, emphasising particular attention on the management of the bow, vibrato and articulation movements in order to seek an expressive ability with a coherent language with the historically informed interpretation. A wide range of selections, from the concerto in A minor by Vivaldi to the sonatas and partitas by Bach, from Corelli’s sonatas to the sonatas and concertos by Haydn and Mozart. Students from other courses will also be involved in order to structure chamber ensembles to develop their sensitivity to ensemble music.

The teacher – Paolo Piomboni

Roma, Auditorium Parco della Musica 24 01 2017 Ritratti di Paolo Piomboni, violino ©Musacchio & Ianniello

Paolo Piomboni, who graduated brilliantly from the Conservatory “L. Cherubini” in Florence under the guidance of Maestro Cristiano Rossi, after being awarded in various national competitions and being eligible for the audition at the ORT Orchestra della Toscana, in 1990 won the international competition held by the ‘Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia’, in which Symphony Orchestra still serves as a first row violin.

He has played under the most important conductors of our time: Leonard Bernstein, Georges Pretre, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Lorin Maazel, Kurt Masur, Christian Thielemann, and the permanent conductors of the Orchestra: from Giuseppe Sinopoli to Daniele Gatti, from Myung Whun Chung to the current Maestro Sir Antonio Pappano, with whom he has toured all over the world and recorded numerous award-winning CDs.

In 2005 he founded, together with Paolo Pollastri, principal oboe of the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, “L’Accademia Barocca di Santa Cecilia”, of which he is leader and soloist since its foundation. The ensemble, which is composed by elements of the Symphony Orchestra dedicated to historically informed performance on original instruments, is a regular guest of the Accademia’s chamber music season.

In the baroque field, he has worked with Ton Koopman, Frans Brüggen, Fabio Biondi and, above all, with Federico Maria Sardelli, with whom he has been collaborating for many years.

Paolo Piomboni dedicates himself with enthusiasm and passion also to teaching: many of his students have been awarded in national and international competitions, and he takes care of the technical preparation of the junior orchestra of the Academy with particular dedication.

Among his interests there is theater as well: as an actor-violinist he has staged several shows on texts written by Daniele Ciccolini, violinist and playwright, collaborating also with actors such as Stefano Antonucci, Massimo Foschi, Max Malatesta and Pietro de Silva, and directors such as Roberto Braida and Pierpaolo Sepe.