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29th August - 6th September 2020

Isola Maggiore


30th August - 4th September 2020

The masterclasses will begin on August 30th and will end on September 4th, 2020.
September 5th and 6th will be entirely dedicated to the concerts of the Academy’s students.


All students will be entitled to private classes of 60 minutes with their own professor, two of them being accompanied by a collaborative pianist.

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


Saturday 5th September, 11.30 am at Chiesa del Buon Gesù (Isola Maggiore).
Sunday 6th September, 11.30 am at Chiesa del Buon Gesù (Isola Maggiore).


The professors and students will be divided into four chamber music groups prior to the beginning of the masterclass.
Each chamber music group will have five preparation sessions. The length of each session will be decided by the professor, who will tutor and be a part of the group for the final concerts.


Saturday 5th September, 5 pm at Chiesa di San Salvatore (Isola Maggiore).
Sunday 6th September, 5 pm at Chiesa di San Salvatore (Isola Maggiore).




The Academy offers tuition-free masterclasses to a maximum of 16 students.

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

Each student must be responsible for his/her own travel expenses. No fees are given for the concerts. The selected students will have to pay € 200.00 to cover for their expenses for board (lunch and dinner) and lodging for the entire length of the courses.


Interested musicians must send the following materials to apply@accademiaisolaclassica.com:

1) Good quality, unedited and recent video or link (maximum 6 month old) of a live performance. The candidate can choose any repertoire;
2) Curriculum Vitae/Résumé;
3) Copy of 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 length of the courses on the island. There is a special price for boarding (lunches and dinners), but travel, lodging and boarding will be at their own expenses.
The Academy will provide a list of partner hotels and will be available for useful information and assistance for traveling and lodging.

In order to have access to the masterclasses, the applicants must send their personal information and a copy of their ID to apply@accademiaisolaclassica.com.
The subject of the email must have the applicant’s surname and the word “Auditor”.



Mi-kyung Lee - Violin

Mi-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 as well 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 Città di Catanzaro and the International Piano Competition Città 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, Romania 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 mission of Accademia Isola Classica is to support the new generation of musicians in an international context offering free advanced music specialization courses of excellence, to promote the values of contemporary art while offering to the public free access to concerts with world-renowned artists.

Bringing together specialists and professors from prestigious academies in Europe and the rest of the world, Accademia Isola Classica is creating an interdisciplinary network to provide tuition-free musical courses for violin, viola, cello and chamber music.
The masterclass offers to the students the unique opportunity to perform as soloists and in chamber music groups next to their maestros, which is a highly educational and gratifying experience.
The project stems from the desire of the Academy’s professors to give continuity and accessibility to the inestimable artistic and pedagogical heritage left by one of the most influential music personalities of the last century: Alberto Lysy.


Guest Artists

  • Adan Delgado Illada

  • Ana Chumachenco

  • Igor Keller

  • Ory Wissner Levi

  • Pablo De Naveran

  • Silvia Simonescu

  • Juan Manuel Gomez

  • Monica Bacelli

Student Yearbooks


  • 2018 Logo

  • Piero Lombardi Iglesias, Spain

  • Euan Shields, USA

  • Andrei Marta, Romania

  • Vsevolod Borzak, Italy

  • Mauro Mariani, Switzerland

  • Jordan Boucicaut, USA

  • Joyce Kwak, USA

  • Giulia Pasquini, Italy

  • Matthew Chin, UK

  • Waka Hadame, Japan

  • Juan Maria Braceras, Spain

  • Tamas David, Romania

  • Nathan Matchin, Germany

  • Rita Nakad, Syria/Venezuela

  • Yuuki Bouterey Ishido, New Zeland

  • Margherita Pasquini, Italy

  • Leonardo Ascione, Italy

  • Jason Pegis, USA

  • Giulia Panchieri, Italy

  • Josip Kvetec, Germany/Croatia

  • Nicholas Algot Swensen, Denmark

  • Julian Enciso, Colombia


  • 2019 Logo

  • SongHa Choi, South Korea

  • Tami Pohjola, Finland

  • Nathalie Schmalhofer, Germany

  • Hani Song, Switzerland

  • Marcus Bäckerud, Sweden

  • Nathan Kirzon, Germany

  • Dunja Kalamir, Serbia

  • Emilia Sharpe, USA

  • Anna Leunis, USA

  • Nicholas Algot Swensen, Denmark

  • Arjun Ganguly, USA

  • Emma Wernig, USA

  • Lara Albesano, Italy

  • Laura Andrade, USA

  • Lea Galasso, Italy

  • Tatsiana Boyarina, Russia

  • Sinéad O’Halloran, Ireland

Isola Maggiore

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.


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.

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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.

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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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email: info@accademiaisolaclassica.com

DIRECTOR - Natalie Dentini

email: n.dentini@accademiaisolaclassica.com

tel.: +39 338 4823736

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR - Vlad Stanculeasa

email: vstanculeasa@yahoo.com

tel.: +34 656 344 041

ADMINISTRATION - Claudia Dentini

email: amministrazione@accademiaisolaclassica.com

tel.: +39 348 2411863