Palazzo Lettimi

Tuition: $1,900.00 Includes tuition, round trip bus ride to Cortona (faculty concert), and all musical activities at the Institute. Tuition does not include lodging, transportation to or at the Institute, airfare, and meals besides breakfast at your choice of lodging. 

Full Scholarships: Recipients receive full tuition and are eligible for all musical activities at the Institute. Recipients must still pay for their own lodging, transportation to or at the Institute, airfare, and meals. Students are selected based on their video applications. 

Half Scholarships: Recipients receive $950, reducing their tuition payment to $950. They are eligible for all musical activities at the Institute. Recipients must still pay for their own lodging, transportation to or at the Institute, airfare, and meals. Students are selected based on their video applications.

Students from Istituto “Lettimi”: Please contact Director, Emil Altschuler at

Eligibility:  The Institute is open to violinists, violists, cellists, double bassists, guitarists, and pianists of all ages and levels.

Private Lessons:  Students will receive 5 private lessons for an hour each, from internationally renowned faculty. 

Chamber Coachings: Students will receive 5 chamber coachings for 1 hour each from internationally renowned faculty. 

String Chamber Orchestra: Students will participate in chamber orchestra rehearsals for a total of 2-3 hours daily and cover the great music literature. Selection and seating in the orchestra is determined from applicants’ audition videos. 

Masterclasses will be held daily by Victor Romanul and Michael Haber teaching the Heifetz & Piatigorksy legacy. Masterclasses are open to all instrumentalists and chamber groups. There will be a pianist accompanying at the classes and a daily sign up sheet for participants.

Concerts: There will be several concerts at the conservatory, including the String Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Music, the Heifetz/Piatigorsky Legacy, and a faculty concert. Please see the Concerts page for more info.

Classrooms:  Faculty and students will share the use of the 18 classrooms where practicing, lessons and rehearsals will take place.

Pianos: Almost all classrooms are equipped with a baby grand piano.

300 seat theater (Teatro degli Atti)
One auditorium – capacity 88 people
One large classroom – capacity 60-70 people
18 classrooms

Practice Rooms/Time: The school is normally open from 8:00AM to  9:00PM, Monday through Saturday available for practicing and rehearsals. Inquire with your lodging about permissible practice hours. 

Air conditioning: There is air conditioning in all the rooms at the school.

Music Stands: There will be music stands at the conservatory, but please bring a light weight collapsable practice stand.

Mutes: Please bring a heavy duty metal practice mute such as one of the following:

Scores: Music will be decided on after the registration deadline and will be emailed to you.

Schedule: a schedule will be given to you at orientation on the first day of the program (July 7th)

Orientation will be on July 7th after everyone’s arrival. Included, will be a visit at the conservatory. 

Transportation: If you land in Bologna, it is recommended to take the Shuttle Italy Airport to Rimini. You can book your ticket here:
Please be aware that they are reluctant to change your ticket once it is booked, so be careful choosing a pick up time.

Another option is taking the bus to Bologna Centrale (train station). Then, take the Trenitalia ( to Stazione Rimini (Rimini train station). The total commute is approximately an hour and a half, one way from Bologna to Rimini. 

Another option is landing in Ancona and taking the train (about an hour and fifteen minutes) to Rimini.

Lodging is not included in your tuition payment and is the reponsibility of the student. Please visit the lodging page here for detailed info: 

Meals: Breakfast is usually the only meal that is complimentary at lodging in Italy, but please check with your accommodations. Typically, hotels and bed & breakfasts offer “colazione” (light breakfast) which is an assortment of pastries and coffee. Participants are responsible for all other meals. Rimini is a major coastal town and a tourist attraction, so there are many delicious cafes, pizzerias, restaurants to choose from.

Excursion: Though the program is intense and focused on learning, we will have one day off, where participants can take an excursion to Cortona (2 hour bus ride) and attend a faculty concert. Participants must confirm their participation in advance. 

Communication will be via WhatsApp and email. Please make sure you provide both on your application and that you are able to receive communications internationally. Daily updates and adjustments will be necessary so please check those apps regularly.

Assistance: There will be at least one assistant, on site, helping you in case of emergency or if you have urgent questions. You will receive their contact info after you have registered.

February 15 – Early application deadline. Students receive a 10% discount with the code 
March 15 – Application deadline. There is a non-refundable application fee of $100 and a $50 late application fee.
March 22 – Notification of acceptance.
April 1 – Early Registration deadline. Payment in full by April 1, 2020 is eligible for a 10% discount with the code
April 15– Registration  deadline. 
May 1 – Remaining fees will not be refundable. Transaction or credit card processing fees are non-refundable.
Refund Policy:
The application fee is non-refundable. Remaining fees will not be refundable after April 15, 2020. Transaction or credit card processing fees are non-refundable. There is a minimum amount of registered students  required to activate the program. Should the minimum requirement not be met, the program will be canceled and all tuition will be refunded to applicants.
Participants of all ages and levels are accepted to participate. You will be placed in an appropriate ensemble according to your age and level. The only necessity is that you are serious about your studies and are willing to learn.
Travel VISA and norms regarding minors: 
Refer to the Ministero degli Esteri italiano:
Students and faculty are advised to call your embassy and in the case of unaccompanied minors to verify the norms followed by your airline.
In Italy, the selling and the administering of alcohol is prohibited to minors under 18 years old.
In Italy, healthcare is public. However, foreigners that stay in Italy have to ascertain from the Italian Embassy in their country, the agreements in place and in the case that it is necessary to stipulate a travel insurance that comprehends health expenditures. Students are encouraged to purchase an international healthcare plan such as such as GeoBlue:


There are two hospitals near Rimini:

Ospedale Infermi – 3.3 km from l’Istituto “Lettimi”
Azienda Unita’ Sanitaria Locale di Rimini – 13.7 km from l’Istituto “Lettimi”
Communicating with minors:
Communication with children by Institute personnel and volunteers is only allowed for Institute business. For the protection of all concerned, the key safety concept that will be applied to these interactions is transparency. The following steps will reduce the risk of private or otherwise inappropriate communication between Institute, personnel, volunteers, and minors:


Communication between Institute personnel (including volunteers) and minors that is outside the role of the professional or volunteer relationship (teacher, coach, host, etc.) is prohibited.

Faculty, staff, and volunteers who use text messaging or any form of online communications including social media (WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, etc) to communicate with minors may only do so for activities involving Institute business.