FLAUTI AL CASTELLO 2021 – 9th SEASON
(CREDIT CARDS ACCEPTED)
NO APPLICATION FEE!
FLUTING IN TUSCANY!!!
JULY 26-AUGUST 3 2021
A nine-day intensive flute seminar with flutists Matthieu Gauci-Ancelin and Sergio Pallottelli and pianist extraordinaire William Braun
Join flutists Sergio Pallottelli and Matthieu Gauci-Ancelin for nine days at Castello di Sorci, in the heart of Tuscany, for incredible fluting, sharing views and emotions on music, auditioning, attending school, performing, collaborating, phrasing and wonderful concerts. Matthieu and Sergio are two flutists of different backgrounds and walks of life, but share the same soul as musicians and look forward to developing their new friendship, by collaborating and sharing their way of living music in the most serene way. During this exclusive boutique-like master class, in the most magical and stress-free setting in the Tuscan hills, they create the most ideal environment to learn and share life, food, nature and being human in this ever- evolving world, all key to being a successful musician. Hard work, rehearsals and discussions take over most of the mornings and late afternoons, but there is plenty of time incorporated in the schedule to visit nearby historic towns, hike and breathe in the Italian culture. The area is home of Piero della Francesca famous frescoes and the birth town of Michalangelo is close-by. The value of breathing and experiencing this, will remain forever and shape the musicianship beyond all boundaries.
Class is taught in group, every student playing two individual 45 minute sessions, for each faculty, in front of the rest of the group. Everyone is required to be at every session, as this fuels the conversation and allows it to stay continuous, both emotionally and intellectually. The extraordinary pianist William Braun is available for all classes and open for rehearsals as well. His input, knowledge and incredible wit, complete the faculty trio, which performs a gala concert during the festival. The two final student recitals take place at end of festival and are the highlight of this magical time together, a culmination of nine days of hard and passionate work.
We are planning on moving forward and assume that the world-wide Covid situation will improve, with vaccines becoming more available and travel being permitted. Please stay in close touch regarding the class, booking your flights and travel as things change by the minute in this new way of living. You are responsible for complying with the mandates of your country, and mostly, the ones of Italy, to travel to this class. I will be able to assist you best I can, and will update everyone as news arises. Tuition and fees will be reimbursed if the world mandates force us to cancel the class, however WE ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE for your flights and travel.
26 July Arrival and welcome reception-Transportation provided from the Florence airport or Arezzo train station
27 July- 3 August Master classes, faculty concerts, student recital, group excursions
3 August Departure-Transportation provided to the Florence airport or Arezzo train station
*Two master classes daily
*Lodging for nine nights in Sorci Castle
*Three meals daily, 27 July-August 2 ; evening reception/dinner on 26 July
*Transportation from and to the Florence airport or Arezzo train station, and for local excursions
*Services of collaborative pianist William Braun
*Total cost: $1800 (USD)
*Private lessons available with Mr.Gauci and Mr. Pallottelli upon request at €90/lesson
Auditors are welcome to attend classes for a daily fee of €50. Fine restaurants and overnight accommodations are available in Anghiari and other nearby towns.
Applications are due June 1st. Full tuition due no later than June 15th. We will ask you to send a video link that best represents your playing, of two contrasting pieces, one technical and one lyrical. Questions and applications may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Under 18 years of age students will be accepted on a limited basis, and will need a parent or guardian to sign a letter of consent.
Flauti al Castello is not responsible for damages caused by participants. Any damage caused to property or persons, will be the responsibility of the participant. Travel arrangements that do not fall in the pickup and return dates for the festival will not be covered by the festival.
Allergies: We do our best to satisfy all food allergy requests, but are in no way responsible if requests cannot be met given the extremely rural setting of the place and cuisine. The kitchen staff accommodates everyone, but the resources of what is available limit the choices greatly. This restaurant serves some of the best food in Italy, you will not be disappointed!
About the faculty:
Born in Paris, Matthieu Gauci-Ancelin studied with Sophie Cherrier and Vincent Lucas at Conservatoire de Paris , and at the Karajan Academy of Berlin Philharmonic orchestra with Andreas Blau. He received at that time also precious advices from Emmanuel Pahud who became one of his mentor.
Kirill Petrenko appointed him principal Flute of the Komische Oper Berlin at the age of 21. Matthieu hold later the same position at Swedish Radio symphony Orchestra with Daniel Harding. He also plays regularly as guest principal Flute with Berlin Philharmonic since 2007, as well as with London Symphony Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, Staatskapelle Dresden,
Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Saito Kinen Orchestra and many others.
As a soloist, Matthieu performed with many orchestras including Prague Symphony Orchestra, Deutsches Kammerorchester, Sinfonia Varsovia, orchestra of the Komische Oper, with conductors such as Markus Poschner, Henrik Nanasi, Pietari Inkinen or
Sir Roger Norrington.
He is also an active chamber musician, and was lucky to play with Elena Bashkirova,
Francois Dumont, Adam Laloum, Nathalia Milstein, Lars Vogt, Anton Barakhovsky, Alexander Sitkovetsky, Régis and Bruno Pasquier, Lucas Macias Navarro, Maurice Bourgue, Marielle Nordmann, Trio Jacob, and the Modigliani Quartett.
He was teacher at Hochschule Hanns Eisler from 2017 to 2019, and has been recently appointed Professor at university of Music and Performing Arts Graz in Austria.
As part of a cd/dvd production with Deutsche Grammophon, he recorded a concerto of G.F. Handel for flute and english horn with Albrecht Mayer and the Sinfonia Varsovia.
Sergio Pallottelli captivates and dazzles audiences worldwide. As a soloist and avid chamber musician, he has performed in halls of Europe, Australia, US and South America. Constantly in search of a new composition or a new piece to adapt for the flute, he offers elegant and passionate programming. Pallottelli communicates with his audiences in the most charismatic way, be it in major orchestra halls or chamber settings alike. His virtuosic and poetic style of playing has a human approach to it and is always at the service of music; his sound is alive and multicolored, his phrasing elegant yet daring. He is interested in a wide variety of styles, which drives him to collaborate with composers world-wide. His love for chamber music has brought him to perform with top musicians from five continents.
Pallottelli is equally at home playing and teaching music from the Baroque to our time, as well as music of Latin America. Having toured Central America and South America for over ten years, he has developed a deep passion for the music of Chile, Argentina, Ecuador, Brazil, Peru, Mexico, Colombia and Venezuela. Performing music of our time plays an important role in Pallottelli’s career as it is a living continuation of history and musical development; he frequently collaborates with composers to increase the repertoire for the flute and has premiered several new works for the instrument. This always opens new windows of knowledge, brings great freshness to his playing and broadens his musical horizon.
The 2018-19 season included recitals, concertos and master classes in Italy, Spain, France, Belgium and Ecuador. Further engagements took Pallottelli to Rice University, University of Houston and University of Utah, Japan, Canada, Chile and Argentina.
The upcoming season brings recitals and chamber music collaborations in the US, Argentina, Germany, Canada, France, Spain and Italy. In July 2021 he will be continuing the extremely successful “Flauti al Castello”, a week long flute class in the heart of Tuscany, joined again this year by flutist Matthieu Gauci-Ancelin and will again be on faculty of the Zodiac Festival in France, both events now in their ninth season.
In 2011 Pallottelli relocated to Houston, Texas. The new home has him teaching a private studio of advanced flutists, playing with the leading music organizations in the area, as well as pursuing a busy performing and teaching activity away from home. Prior to the move to Houston he lived in Connecticut, where he was adjunct flute faculty at University of Bridgeport as well as at the prestigious Taft School. He joins the Faculty of Longy School of Music of Bard College in Boston, beginning in the Fall of 2017.
Pallottelli was born in New York City, of an Italian father, a journalist and photographer, and a German mother, a painter and textile designer, who raised him in Italy from an early age. Growing up in rural Tuscany, he lived the simple life, but was exposed to art and music for as long as he can remember. The house was always full of friends from all parts of the world, artists, singers, musicians and scientists. The languages spoken on a daily basis were Italian, English and German. Pallottelli later also became fluent in Spanish, as a result of his frequent travels to South and Central America. At high-school age he moved to Siena, to pursue more serious musical studies at the Conservatory. After high school he moved to Milan and entered the Conservatory, graduating shortly after. He has lived in Milan, Monterchi, Siena, Salt Lake City, New Haven and Houston. Thanks to his travels and many close friendships both within and outside the music world, there are many places he calls home, in Europe, Latin America and North America.
Pallottelli holds performance degrees from the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory of Music in Milan, Italy, University of Utah and Yale School of Music. He spent several summers working intensely with French flute legend Maxence Larrieu, who taught with great discipline, style and verve, to make a significant impression on Pallottelli’s playing and musicianship.
Pianist William Braun holds a doctorate in piano performance from Yale University and is known as a gifted collaborator, soloist, and writer. He made his New York debut in concert with Dawn Upshaw, has appeared with Michael Tilson Thomas’s New World Symphony in Miami, and served as principal keyboard player for the New Haven Symphony for 25 years. Opera News has published over 200 of his essays, including interviews with Birgit Nilsson, Cecilia Bartoli, and Nikolaus Harnoncourt; his musical-dramatic analyses of such operas as Donizetti’s Lucrezia Borgia, Verdi’s Don Carlos and Macbeth, and Messiaen’s St. François d’Assise; and his cover profiles on Peter Sellars, Dawn Upshaw, and John Adams, among others. In 2006 the Salzburg Festival invited Mr. Braun to contribute the keynote essay for their new production of Mozart’s Die Entfûhrung aus dem Serail. Having performed extensively with Sergio Pallottelli since they first met in New Haven a decade ago, he is thoroughly familiar with the flute repertoire…and says that he loves it!