Accademia Isola Classica

The Academy is a cost-free educational institution for stringed instruments students that stands out thanks to the broad training program offered to its participants, and to the uniqueness of the environment in which it takes place. The project stems from the desire of the Academy's directors to give continuity and accessibility to the inestimable artistic and pedagogical heritage left to them by an influential musical personality of the last century: Alberto Lysy.

Playing music has to come out of a state of freedom, out of spontaneity and inventiveness. Mastering the instrument and its means of expression are inevitably connected to the process of appropriating the score by getting conscious about the expansion and compression of the musical tension.

By understanding the intrinsic laws of sound relations, one doesn’t teach a specific way how to do music, but it opens the perception for the alive interaction between all musical parameters.


26th August - 1st September 2019

The Academy will make available a limited number of scholarships that guarantee four individual lessons and chamber music lessons.

The courses will begin on the 26th of August and will end on the 30th of August.
The 31st of August and 1st of September will be entirely dedicated to the concert performances of the students of the Academy.


All the students will be entitled to four individual lessons of 60 minutes each, two of them being accompanied by a collaborative pianist.

Number of students accepted for each class:
Mi-Kyung Lee, violin: 4 students.
Vlad Stanculeasa, violin: 4 students
Ettore Causa, viola: 4 students
Antonio Lysy, cello: 4 students


Saturday 31st August, 11.30 am at Buon Gesù Church (Isola Maggiore).
Sunday 1st September, 11.30 am at Buon Gesù Church (Isola Maggiore).


Prior to the beginning of the masterclass, the teachers will form five chamber music groups.
Each group will have at least 4 preparation sessions. The length of each session will be determined by the tutor.
Each teacher will be a tutor and will perform as part of a chamber music group, in preparation to the final concerts.


Saturday 31st August, 4 pm at San Salvatore Church (Isola Maggiore).
Sunday 1st September, 4 pm at San Salvator Church (Isola Maggiore).



Mi Kyung Lee - Violin

Me-Kyung Lee

The violinist Mi-kyung Lee came to Europe in 1975 and studied in Gstaad, Switzerland with Alberto Lysy, in Colone with Igor Ozim, at the Mozarteum in Salzburg with Sandor Vegh and privately with Ana Chumachenko.
Her major awards included the first prize at the whole German music university (Hochschule)Competition in 1982, the silver medal at the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussel(1985) and she won at the ARD Competition in Munich(1988).

As a soloist she has performed among others, Symphony orchestra of the bavarian Radio Symphony, Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin, Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, Wuerttemberg Chamber Orchestra, Camerata Academica Salzburg, Radio Orchestra and Philharmonic Orchestra in Helsinki, English Chamber Orchestra, BBC Scotland, KBS, Korean Chamber Orchestra. As a soloist and chamber musician she has played at the Berlin-, Casals-, Salzburg-, Napoli-, Aldeburgh-, Kuhmo-, Helsinki – and Menuhin Festival.
From 1994 to 2003 Mi-kyung Lee was the artistic director of the Lemi-Lappeenranta Music Festival in Finland. She gave master classes in many european countries, including England, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, France, Finland, Sweden as well as in Korea.
Mi-kyung has been teaching as a guest professor in Udk, Berlin and had a Professorship in Sibelius Academy Helsinki.
She was appointed professor of violin at the Hochschule Fuer Musik und Theater in Munich in 2005.

Vlad Stanculeasa - Violin


Young Romanian violinist Vlad Stanculeasa leads a rich musical life as soloist, concertmaster, and chamber musician throughout Europe, Asia and South America. He’s performed chamber music with some of the most celebrated musicians of today including Maxim Vengerov, Janine Jansen, Viktoria Mullova, Jeremy Menuhin, and Ana Chumachenco. He received top prizes in the George Enescu International Violin Competition, Renata Molinari Competition, Valsesia Musica International Competition, as well as the 2007 Enescu Prize for the best performance of Enescu’s Impressions d’enfance.
As a soloist, he’s performed with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, Basel Chamber Orchestra, Korean Chamber Orchestra, Kammersymphonie Leipzig, George Enescu Philharmonic. He’s collaborated as soloist with many conductors including Kent Nagano, Han Na Chang, Lahav Shani, Konrad von Abel, Joana Carneiro, Min Kim, and Mischa Katz. Stanculeasa has been Concertmaster of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra since 2010 aswell as Concertmaster of the Gstaad Festival Orchestra in Switzerland. He previously served as Concertmaster of the Spanish National Orchestra in Madrid and as Concertmaster of the Basel Chamber Orchestra where he often led the ensemble without a conductor. He has been recently appointed Concetmaster of the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra.
He studied with Alberto Lysy and Liviu Prunaru at the International Menuhin Music Academy in Gstaad, Switzerland and in the Lausanne Conservatory under the tutelage of Pierre Amoyal. As a member of the Tharice Virtuosi he has appeared on Claves Records with a recording of string octets by Bruch and Svendsen. He released his debut album in 2013 on the RCA Red Seal/Sony label with a program dedicated to Romanian concert music performed with pianist Thomas Hoppe. The Strad Magazine review stated that “Stanculeasa is never in doubt in this very demanding program – his picture-painting in the Impressions d’enfance, in particular, is both subtle and brilliant. A warm tonal quality, born out of a wide vibrato, perfectly captures… gypsy element[s]…”.
2017 brought the release of “Pyramids” recording where together with pianist James Maddox he performs music by Nielsen, Messiaen and Enescu. As an educator, Stanculeasa is currently a guest teacher at the Castilla-La Mancha Superior Conservatory, he has served as guest professor at Gothenburg University of Music and Drama and has led multiple master classes throughout Serbia, Spain, Venezuela, and Sweden. A chance encounter with Sergiu Celibidache’s assistant, Konrad von Abel, led to the establishment of an intense investigation of the phenomenology of music. Maestro von Abel’s guidance remains a constant source of inspiration and knowledge. Stanculeasa plays a Pietro Guarneri from Venice 1730, which was kindly lent to him by the Göteborgs Symfoniker Vänner Society in Gothenburg, Sweden and a Sanctus Seraphino from 1739 which once belonged to George Enescu and his great pupil Yehudi Menuhin lent to him by the Tharice Foundation in Switzerland.

Ettore Causa - Viola


Italian-born violist Ettore Causa is considered one of the most brilliant violists performers and pedagogues of our time. Awarded both the “P. Schidlof Prize” and the “J. Barbirolli Prize” for “the most beautiful sound” at the prestigious Lionel Tertis International Viola competition in England in 2000, he is praised for his exceptional artistry, passionate intelligence and complete musicianship.
He has made solo and recital appearances in major venues around the world, such as Carnegie Hall, Zurich Tonhalle, Madrid National Auditorium, Salle Cortot (Paris), Tokyo Symphony Hall, Teatro Colon, etc., and has performed at numerous international festivals, such as the Menuhin (Gstaad), Salzburg, Tivoli (Copenhagen), Prussia Cove (England), Savonlinna (Finland) Launadire (Canada) and Norfolk (USA) Festivals. Also a devoted chamber musician, Mr. Causa is a former member of the Aria Quartet (2004-2009) and a currently member of the Poseidon Quartet, and has collaborated extensively with internationally renowned musicians such as the Tokyo and Elias String Quartets, Pascal Rogé, Boris Berman, Peter Frankl, Thomas Ades, Natalie Clein, Ana Chumachenco, Ani Kavafian, Alberto and Antonio Lysy, Liviu Prunaru, Thomas Demenga, Anthony Marwood, Ulf Wallin, William Bennett and others. Having studied at the International Menuhin Music Academy with Alberto Lysy and Johannes Eskar, and later at the Manhattan School of Music with Michael Tree, then having taught both viola and chamber music for many years at the International Menuhin Music Academy, Mr. Causa joined the faculty of the Yale School of Music in 2009. His highly praised recordings include two Claves CDs, one featuring the Brahms Viola Sonata and the other his transcription of romantic pieces, which was awarded a prestigious “5 Diapasons” by the French magazine. Mr. Causa performs on a viola made for him by Frederic Chaudiere in 2003.

Antonio Lysy - Cello


Antonio Lysy, an artist of international stature and dedicated pedagogue, has performed as a soloist in major concert halls worldwide. He has appeared with such orchestras as the Royal Philharmonic and Philharmonia Orchestras of London, Camerata Academica of Salzburg, Zurich Tonhalle, the Zagreb Soloists, Orchestra di Padova e il Veneto, Israel Sinfonietta, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and Les Violions du Roi. He has collaborated with distinguished conductors including Yuri Temirkanov, Charles Dutoit, Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Sandor Vegh, and Kees Bakels, and continues to perform regularly both as a solo, and chamber music artist. Lysy enjoys exploring the versatility of the cello’s voice, from Baroque to electric, and is committed to projects which enrich his diverse interests in music.
Lysy has recorded extensively for CBC Radio, BBC Radio, Classic FM, and other European radio networks. His live recording of solo cello repertoire by Bach, Berio, Henze, and Walton, released on the Pelléas label, is “…some of the most beautiful Bach ever heard” (– La Presse, Montréal). In addition, he has recorded for the Claves, Dinemec Classics, and Fonè and Yarlung labels. In January 2012, he recorded and premiered the reworked Eric Zeisl cello concerto with the UCLA Philharmonia, directed by Neal Stulberg.
In the summer of 2003 Lysy accepted the position of Professor of Cello at University of California, Los Angeles. Prior to moving to the United States, he held a professorship at McGill University in Montréal. He was also, for a number of years, visiting professor at the International Menuhin Music Academy in Switzerland.
He now resides with his family in Los Angeles.

Lorena Tecu - collaborative pianist


Pianist Lorena Tecu was born in Craiova, Romania. She graduated from the Conservatory of Music in Bucharest, Romania, where she received her Bachelor and Master Degree in Piano Performance. Lorena completed her Artist Diploma in Collaborative Piano at Boston University, where she studied with Shiela Kibbe. She is a prize winner of the International Piano Competition Citta di Catanzaro and the International Piano Competition Citta di Marsala in Italy. She was awarded the Special Prize for Best Romanian Collaborative Pianist. Mrs. Tecu has been an assistant professor at the Music Academy in Bucharest, Romania. While holding this position, she was the pianist of many acclaimed artists. Lorena was selected by Lord Yehudi Menuhin to be the pianist for the famous International Menuhin Music Academy in Switzerland, where she performed concerts and toured with the Camerata Lysy Orchestra. She has been invited to perform at major festivals including: Mozarteum Festival in Salzburg-Austria, Menuhin Festival in Gstaad, Switzerland, Festival Lysy in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Dinu Lipatti Festival in Brasov, Romania, Music Festival in Estoril, Portugal, Tanglewood Institute in Lenox, M.A., Musicians for Europe in Sibiu, Romania and International Heifetz Music Institute in Wolfeboro, NH. Lorena performed a private concert with Camerata Lysy at the Castel Gandolfo, Italy for the Pope John Paul II.
Her CD with violinist Alberto Lysy, “Romantic pieces for violin and piano” was released under Dinemec Geneva, Switzerland. Since September 2009, she has been the official pianist at the International “George Enescu” Violin Competition in Bucharest, Romania. During the summers of 2011-2017 she has been invited to perform in Maxim Vengerov’s master classes during the “Rencontres Musicales” in Coppet, Switzerland. Since 2013, she is the pianist of the String Academy at the Menuhin Festival in Gstaad, Switzerland. At present, Lorena is a staff pianist at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston and the Boston University College of Fine Arts.

James Maddox - collaborative pianist


Australian pianist James Maddox studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with Nikolai Evrov and in Italy with Alexander Lonquich and Edoardo Strabbioli. He performs chamber music, accompanies vocal recitals and appears as soloist across Europe, in Asia and Australia.
He has wide experience as an orchestral pianist and has played regularly with the Beethoven Orchester Bonn, the Gürzenich Orchester Köln and the Bochumer Symphoniker. He has worked with composers such as Krysztof Penderecki, Jörg Widmann and Peter Eötvös and has given many premiéres.
Chamber music partners of recent years include the violinists Christian Altenburger, Mihaela Martin and Jose Blumenschein, violist Matthias Buchholz, cellists Christoph Richter and Maria Kliegel, clarinettists Patrick Messina and Jörg Widmann, the Mannheimer Streichquartett and the Alinde Quartett. Tours with violinist Vlad Stanculeasa have taken him to Switzerland, Rumania and Sweden, which led to the release of the CD “Pyramids” in 2018. A series of productions for the West German Radio with members of the WDR Symphony Orchestra focussed on late romantic chamber music. He has lieder recitals with mezzo-soprano Susanne Blattert and baritone Konrad Jarnot, and soprano Ingrid Schmithüsen joined him on his double CD of Anna Magdalena Bach’s Notebook on Coviello Classics. His recording of Brahms’ violin sonatas is a document of a 20-year collaboration with Ida Bieler encompassing much of the duo-sonata repertoire as well as trio, quartet and quintet literature.
James Maddox has been a regular guest at the Schleswig Holstein Festival, the Beethovenfest Bonn and the Klavier-Festival Ruhr.
James Maddox has taught at the Robert-Schumann-Hochschule in Düsseldorf since 1996. In 2008 he founded the Brahms-Tage in Bonn-Endenich, an annual chamber music festival of which he is artistic director.

The Island

Isola Maggiore is the second largest island (at approximately 4 hectares - 10 acres) on Lake Trasimeno, in Umbria, central Italy. It is under the jurisdiction of the commune of Tuoro sul Trasimeno, and is the only inhabited island on the lake, with a current population of 15. With only one main street and no vehicle traffic, it stands out as a unique location for personal development and cultural activities.


Deadline for inscriptions: 15th of April 2019!


The Academy will make available a limited number of scholarships that will guarantee access to the masterclasses to the selected students.
Each student must be responsible for his/her own travel expenses. No fees are given for the concerts.

Selected students will have to pay 200 euros to cover their expenses for board (lunch and dinner) and lodging.

Number of students accepted for each class:
Mi-Kyung Lee: 4 students
Vlad Stanculeasa: 4 students
Ettore Causa: 4 students
Antonio Lysy: 4 students

The Commission of the Academy will choose the students and that selection is final.
Interested musicians must send the following materials to
1) Good quality, unedited video (link) recorded in the last 6 months; the candidate can choose any repertoire
2) Curriculum Vitae / Résumé
3) Copy of his/her ID.
The subject of the email must have the applicant’s surname and instrument.


Auditors will have free access to all the masterclasses and concerts during the entire period of the course. Trip and lodging will be at their expenses. The Academy is offering special price conditions for board and lodging. It can also provide assistance and information regarding hotels and transport.
In order to have access to the masterclasses, the applicants must send a copy of their personal details and ID to
The subject of the email must have the applicant’s surname and the word “Auditing”.

2018 Events

Opening Concert September 9th 2018, Isola Maggiore, 5 pm

The Accademia Isola Classica will be officially inaugurated on the 9th of September with a special opening concert that will take place in Church of San Salvatore on Isola Maggiore.
The concert will be free and local authorities, partners, the local community, students from nearby music schools and conservatories (Tuscany and Umbria), celebrities and local press will be invited to the event.

Program of the concert:

Claude Debussy, Sonata for violin and piano

Vlad Stanculeasa, violin
Lorena Tecu, piano

Jean Sibelius, String Trio

Adelina Oprean, violin
Ettore Causa, viola
Antonio Lysy, cello

Johannes Brahms, String Sextet Op. 18

Ana Chumachenco, violin
Adelina Oprean, violin
Ettore Causa, viola
Silvia Simionescu, viola
Antonio Lysy, cello
Pablo de Naveran, cello

Final Concert September 13th 2018, Arezzo, 8:30 pm

The protagonists of the evening’s concert will be the most talented students chosen to perform as soloists. The Academy String Ensemble, consisting of the professors and students, will be conducted by the conducting students.


We believe the new generation of musicians need proper conditions and knowledge to be able to explore the complex architecture of the musical material which we perform every day. We are convinced that the mastery of our pedagogues, combined with the philosophy of the association and the extraordinary characteristics of the location, will be a point of reference for future generations of musicians.
The Academy is working on the premise of permitting students, selected from around the world, to have access to a unique and prestigious learning environment, for free.
Partners supporting our association in this prestigious project will have a dedicated space on this website, as well as benefitting from our social media platform and all promotional materials such as brochures, concert posters, and programmes.

Collaborating with us to this project together would be a tribute to the future of arts and youth.

Support Accademia Isola Classica!

For informations:
Donations: IBAN IT35Y0842514100000031234792 SWIFT: CRACIT 33

Associazione Musicale Seraphino

Codice Fiscale: 94167190548
Address: Via Guglielmi 60 - 06069 Tuoro sul Trasimeno (PG) - Italia
Administration office:
Dott. Riccardo Rossi via Calamandrei 54 - 52100 Arezzo - Italia
Bank details: Banca Cambiano 1884 S.p.a - Filiale di Arezzo
IBAN: IT35Y0842514100000031234792 SWIFT: CRACIT 33

Friends of the Academy

Associazione Musicale Seraphino

Associazione Musicale Seraphino (AMS) is a non-governmental, non-profit organization founded in Umbria, Italy, by its directors Vlad Stanculeasa and Natalie Dentini to establish the premises of an international, exclusive, and cost-free educational environment that can fulfill the high demands of researching and performing classical music: Accademia Isola Classica.

Its objectives include cultural and artistic programs for professional musicians and the general public, with a special emphasis on young people. The mission of the organization is to support the development of society through culture, using music as a communication vector.

Rencontres Musicales - Camerata Lysy

Rencontres Musicales - Camerata Lysy logoThe “Rencontres Musicales - Camerata Lysy” association was founded by Alberto Lysy in 2009 in the spirit of promoting excellence in string instruments practice.
Since its origins it has been rooted on the philosophy and pedagogy of Maestro Alberto Lysy’s rich musical experiences and distinguished international career both as a violinist and as a teacher. The programs on which the Association works involve a combination of performance related workshops, masterclasses, seminars, individual lessons, string ensemble coaching and concerts.

The association “Rencontres Musicales - Camerata Lysy” is based in Château-d’Oex, Switzerland, but also seeks different inspiring locations worldwide in order to extend the scope of the Association’s mission and to provide further opportunity to the young generation of string players.

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ARTISTIC DIRECTOR - Vlad Stanculeasa

tel.: +34 656 344 041

PROJECT MANAGER – Natalie Dentini

tel.: +39 338 4823736