Cremona Academy and Chamber Music in Cremona
      Mark Lakirovich, Artistic Director  
Mischa Lakirovich, Program Director    

Welcome to our site! We are thrilled to present you our Seventh Season of Music Academies in Europe and the Fourth Cremona International Music Academy. The Academy 2014 offers two very exciting programs and a truly unique Cremona International Competition for Strings and Pianists!

Cremona International Music Academy and Competition
Cremona, Italy

Program I

July 12 - July 26, 2014

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Cremona, Italy

Program II

July 28 - August 10, 2014

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Regular Application Deadline is extended until April 1, 2014.
Applications received after April 1 will be subject to a late application fee.


Two 14-day programs (Program I and Program II) of the Academy 2014 are carefully designed for musicians of all ages, including young professionals, college, pre-college, and younger students. Courses of study encompass private lessons, instrumental and vocal master classes, chamber music coaching, ensemble and orchestral sessions, all of which will be conducted at the Istituto Superiore di Studi Musicali "Claudio Monteverdi" di Cremona and at the Cremona Chamber of Commerce. Public concerts are the highlights of the Academy. Student solo, chamber music and orchestral performances, and the concerts featuring distinguished faculty of the Academy will take place in various historic venues in and outside Cremona area, including Cortile Federico II of Cremona Town Hall, Piazzas Duomo and Marconi, and special performances in a beautiful Lombardian town of Crema. Performances at Cremona violin makers’ workshops are another unique features of the Academy. The Fourth International Competition for Strings and the Fourth International Competition for Pianists are scheduled for July 26- July 28, 2014. We are very pleased to announce many wonderful additions to this year program - “The Art of Bel Canto” vocal program and "Audition Preparation Class for Strings" will be offered in both, Programs I and II. Composition Course and Theory of Music Seminar will be offered in Program I.  Program II will offer “Composition and Improvisation Class” and a special “Wind, Jazz and Improvisation Course”.

City-tours of Cremona will be offered to participants of both Programs. Sightseeing tour to Milan, the home of the famous “La Scala” Theater, is planned for Program I participants, and tour to Genoa, the Birthplace of Niccolo Paganini, for participants of Program II.

The Academy is extremely happy to welcome the JVL Summer School for Performing Arts (SSPA) from Canada, its brilliant faculty and students, who for the second year will join the Academy! SSPA will take part in Program I.




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"Cremona International Music Academy and Competition" brings together passionate students and celebrated masters from around the world for a vibrant, exciting, inspiring, and rigorous music making summit, and provides an unforgettable experience to its participants. The programs offer a fine combination of private lessons, chamber music, public performances in historical venues, and sightseeing and educational tours. Participants will have a unique opportunity to visit and meet Cremona's renowned luthiers and play on their instruments.


MEET your personal goals and challenges through solo and chamber music performances

GAIN unique musical experience and tremendous artistic growth

ENJOY dynamic and passionate music making in the medieval setting of Cremona on the Po River

EXPLORE music, history and culture of Italy – discover beautiful Lombardi and Cremona, the home of famous composer Claudio Monteverdi, the home Amati, Stradivari, Guarneri and Bergonzi, and the Capital of Contemporary Violin Making



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