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Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
Auditorium Parco della Musica di Roma
Viale de Coubertin
Auditorium Parco della musica

Cello Course

InstructorGiovanni Sollima
Admission requirements
·         The three-year course is open to Italians and to foreign citizens of any nationality no more than 28 years of age.
·         Candidates must possess a 1st or 2nd Level Degree or Conservatory Diploma (old Italian system) earned in the discipline for which they are applying. If the degree was obtained abroad, it will be considered valid if it has been declared equivalent to a Conservatory diploma; it is the responsibility of any student admitted to a course to obtain the equivalence of the foreign qualification, pursuant to applicable Italian laws.
Exceptions to these requirements may be permitted only in exceptional cases, in the case of special, recognized artistic qualities and subject to the evaluation and approval of both the instructor and the President of the Accademia.
Provided that the above requirements are met, admission to the course is subject to an entrance examination.
Applications for admission
Applications for admission must be submitted online using this form by no later than  30 September 2020
Proof of the application being successfully sent will consist of the e-mail notification sent by the Accademia.
The following documents must be attached to the online application:
·         diploma certificate; 
·         artistic CV with a specific list of repertoire;
·         photocopy of passport or identification document; 
·         examination programme chosen by the candidate;
·         proof of payment of the examination admission fee.
Entrance examination programme
·         a Bach Suite;
·         the first movement of Haydn’s Concerto in D major
·         another Concerto or relevant piece chosen by the applicant.
Entrance examinations
The entrance examinations will be held in two phases:
1.      Preselection based on video recordings sent by the candidates and made in accordance with the following criteria: fixed-camera, unedited, uninterrupted filming of at least one movement of each piece of the entrance examination programme (recorded pieces must be performed from memory); MP4 format.
Video recordings shall be forwarded via Wetransfer to from the 1st to the18th September 2020.
The results of the preselections shall be announced by 27 October 2020.
2.      In-person examinations for the candidates that have passed the preselection, to be held on 12 November at the Academy headquarters (Sede Accademica), Via Vittoria 6.
The Examination Panel, at its undisputed judgment, may ask the candidates to perform all or part of the programme in question (and of pieces or parts of the pieces subject to recording). The pieces shall be prepared in full; concertos and solo pieces shall be performed from memory. The Panel may ask the candidates to describe the motivations and objectives connected to attending the course. The candidates shall appear at the examination bearing a valid identification document, as well as the musical material for their examination programme, including piano parts, if required. The Accademia will provide applicants with a piano accompanist; should the candidate wish to use his or her own piano accompanist, he or she shall make the person’s name known to the academic secretary (segreteria didattica) in advance.
Every course year is organized in twenty-five days of lessons held by the instructor, in which each student must guarantee attendance of at least 12 individual lessons, as well as participation in the collective and artistic activities included in the course curriculum.
The student shall organize his attendance schedule in accordance with the instructor. Inability to attend one or more scheduled lessons shall be made known to the instructor and to the academic secretary (Segreteria Didattica) as far in advance as possible, to allow the other lessons to be remodulated. In the event of sudden inability to attend, written justification shall be sent to the academic secretary (Segreteria Didattica) (
Repeated, unjustified absences may result in exclusion from the confirmation or diploma examinations.
In the event of interruption of the course for health-related reasons, the student shall be entitled to repeat the interrupted course year during the subsequent academic year, upon submitting a medical certificate.
Attendance cannot be suspended on educational or artistic grounds; in the event of voluntary interruption of the attendance, the admission application will have to be resubmitted for the subsequent year, and the corresponding examination will have to be taken.
For each student, the overall duration of attendance will be determined by the teacher, and cannot exceed three years.
Students are required to inform their instructor of any educational and artistic activities outside the Accademia and planned during course attendance; in this regard, students enrolled in other courses are asked to submit a certificate of enrolment for the attended courses (2nd level / master programmes, etc.).
To access the Diploma examination, students enrolled in solo instrument courses shall also take, during the second year of attendance, a Chamber Music examination. The examination will consist of the public performance of a trio, quartet, or quintet, working with other students in the courses.
This examination shall be prepared in the course of a Master Class held by Maestro Andrea Lucchesini and organized in five lessons.
Students enrolled at the same time in or already possessing a diploma from the Santa Cecilia Academy Chamber Music course, and students in instrumental courses that collaborate with a Chamber Music ensemble for the preparation and performance of the diploma examination, are exempted from the attendance of the Master Class.
Chamber Music courses attended at other Institutions may not be considered for the purposes of exemption.
At the end of each year of attendance, students shall take an examination for confirmation and promotion to the subsequent course year, with the programmes indicated below:
Promotion from course year I to II
Performance of a programme composed of three pieces, one of which from the classical or Baroque repertoire, one from the romantic repertoire, and one from the modern/contemporary repertoire.
The programme shall be prepared in full; concertos and solo pieces shall be performed from memory.
The Panel may request the performance of all or part of the submitted programme.
Promotion from course year II to III
Performance of a programme composed of three pieces, different from those submitted the previous year, one of which from the classical or Baroque repertoire, one from the romantic repertoire, and one from the modern/contemporary repertoire.
The programme shall be prepared in full; concertos and solo pieces shall be performed from memory.
The Panel may request the performance of all or part of the submitted programme.
In the event of failure to pass the confirmation examination, the unconfirmed student shall be entitled to re-appear for admission to the master courses only after one academic year has passed after the one during which he or she was not confirmed.
Public performance of a concert programme, of the duration of about one hour, composed of the following pieces, at the candidate’s choice:
·         a piece for solo instrument or another virtuoso piece with or without piano accompaniment;
·         a Sonata;
·         a Concerto.
The candidate shall submit to the President of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, by no later than the date established and announced at the start of the academic year, three entirely different programme proposals, approved by the instructor. The diploma examination programme shall be chosen by the President of the Accademia and made known to the candidate 30 (thirty) days prior to the diploma concert. The concert programme shall also include a brief piece to be assigned by the President of the Accademia 30 (thirty) days prior to the examination date. The programme shall be performed in full. Concertos and solo pieces shall be performed from memory.
The judgments expressed by the entrance examination Panels, confirmations, and diplomas are without appeal.
Examination and attendance fees
·         € 50.00      entrance examination;
·         € 950.00    yearly attendance (for students enrolled at the same time in the Chamber Music course, one of the two fees is reduced to € 800.00);
·         € 100.00   confirmation examination;
·         € 250.00   diploma examination.
Students in arrears with their course tuition and examination fees will not be admitted to lessons or to examinations.
All payments, indicating “Cello Course,” may be made via:
·         postal account payment
acct. no. 30406003, made out to Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia – Fondazione
·         wire transfer
c/c n. 9872, made out to Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia – Fondazione 
Banca Nazionale del Lavoro (BNL) Agenzia n. 6340 di Roma, Via del Corso, 471
IBAN: IT31 I 010 0503 2400 0000 0009 872
·         Paypal
on Fondazione’s website at:
The receipt of the payment for attendance shall be sent to the academic secretary (segreteria didattica) by no later than 15 days of the date of the start of lessons.
Students may pay the attendance fee in two instalments of equal amount, the second of which to be paid by no later than 01 March.
Withdrawal from the course shall not entitle the student to be refunded what was paid.
Academic secretary (segreteria didattica)
All requests and communications to the academic secretary (segreteria didattica) shall be e-mailed to specifying the purpose of the request for quicker handling.
To speak directly with the academic secretary (segreteria didattica) personnel, please request an appointment via e-mail, specifying the reason for the request.
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The cellist and composer GIOVANNI SOLLIMA was born in Palermo in 1962. He studied cello with Giovanni Perreira e Antonio Janigro ancd composition with his father Eliodoro Sollima and Milko Keleman.
He began an international career as cellist, collaborating with Abbado, Sinopoli, Demus, Argerich. As composer, Sollima has been captivated by every kind of languages and has sought to create new blends among the most diverse genres by combining elements of classical and rock music, as well as of ethnic music characteristic of all the Mediterranean area. He composes for acoustic and electric instruments, and others invented by himself or created for him, as the tenor violin represented in the Caravaggio’s paintings, or an ice-cello that he played at 3,500 m altitude, in an igloo-theatre.
His works have been performed by interpreters such as Bashmet, Berliner Philharmoniker, Canino, Capossela, Coryell, DJ Scanner, Fischer, Gatti, Kremer, Labeque, La Scala Philarmonic Orchestra, Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Maisky, Mullova, Muti, Raimondi, Patti Smith and Yo-Yo Ma.
Besides he composed music for directors and choreographers, such as Wenders, Greenaway, Wilson, Stein, Carlson, Armitage. With the videographer Lasse Gjertsen he realized Daydream. Sollima performed his music in prestigious places, but also in alternative venues: Carnegie Hall, BAM, Knitting Factory in New York, Wigmore and Queen Elizabeth Halls in London, Salle Gaveau in Paris, Passionskirche in Berlin, Musicgebouw in Amsterdam, Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, La Scala in Milan, Santa Cecilia in Rome, the Festivals of Kronberg, Kuopio, Istanbul, Tunis (in the Sahara), Tokyo, Venice, Ravenna, Spoleto.
Among the CDs worth mentioning is Aquilarco in 1998, Works in 2005 and in 2008 together with his partner, croatian cellist Monika Leskovar principal cello of the Munchner Philharmoniker he recorded We Were Trees with Patti Smith as vocal guest and the Solistenensemble Kaleidoscop from Berlin
In September 2009 he performed in Budapest, Linz and Koln, his new cello concerto “Folktales” commissioned by the Budapest Festival Orchestra conducted by Ivan Fisher
He teaches at the Romanini Foundation in Brescia and starting 2010 he will be teaching at the prestigious Accademia of Santa Cecilia in Rome and hold masterclasses at the Kronberg Cello Academy.
Among the projects he is working on, the solo cello recital “Ba-Rock Cello”, the duo with Monika Leskovar “The Interpretation of dreams” and a new duo project with pianist Giuseppe Andaloro (first prize Busoni 2005).
He plays a cello by Francesco Ruggeri dated 1679.
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