Early Keyboards


Festschrift Smarano Academy: 30 years of history in music

This volume aims to depict the first thirty years of the Academy's history and analyze, through a scientific-informative perspective, the results achieved in the field of educational training for early keyboard music.

Smarano International Early Keyboards Academy


Docendo discitur

“Smarano International Early Keyboards Academy” is a twelve days summer course in northern Italy, where multiple interconnected masterclasses about the art of keyboard music from the 16th to the 18th century are held by internationally renowned musicians and experts. During the course, based on historical methods of teaching, the participants can have four hours a day of scheduled practice time and private coaching on multiple keyboard instruments (organ, harpsichord, clavichord, and fortepiano).

That is why Smarano’s motto is a quotation from Seneca: Docendo Discitur, meaning “it is learned by teaching”. The Smarano Academy is a true meeting platform where people in our field gather to learn from one another and teach one another about a valuable European cultural heritage.

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Why choose Us

The catalogue of "Tastata" series

Read the digital and interactive catalogue of the "Tastata" series curated by the Istituto dell'Organo Storico Italiano of which the Academy is official partner.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, active participants will be required to attend the whole Academy which will be held from 25 July to 6 August 2022 in Smarano (IT) and Vienna.

No, non-active participants will not be required to attend the whole Academy.

Each active participant is due to prepare a repertoire that will published by the end of January 2022.

After the application's approval, we will send you the list of the accomodation facilities in Smarano and Vienna affiliated with us (hostels, B&B, hotels). We will take care of the reservation.

The admittance will be confirmed upon payment of the application fee that is due within 15 days from the confirmation.

The fee includes the courses, 3/4 hours of individual practice/coaching per day, tuition materials, certificate of attendance, accident insurance, trip A/R Smarano-Vienna (by bus and train).

No, but practising instruments may be available for a limited extent.

Yes, when you will complete the Academy, you will receive a certificate of attendance.

What people say about us

One of our students

Very high academic level. Exceptional teachers. Inspiring classes. Friendly atmosphere. Wonderful collegiality between students and faculty.

one of our students

Smarano International Organ Academy was the best summer academy that I have ever attended, and I have attended a lot! Full of good teachers and great people.

one of our students

The greater strenght of Smarano Academy is the wide diversity of available instruments and teachers who are each experts in a particular field.