Smarano International Early Keyboards Academy


Docendo discitur

“Smarano International Early Keyboards Academy” is an eleven 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.

Smarano Academy 2024


The 2024 Academy concludes the three-year cycle dedicated to Vienna, one of the nerve centers of European musical culture. The third year focuses on late Baroque composers, such as G. Muffat and J. Eberlin and their contemporaries, A. and D. Scarlatti, G.B. Platti, J. G. Walther, C.P.E. Bach, J.L. Krebs and, of course, J.S. Bach.

Where and When

The 2024 Smarano Academy will be held from 22. July to 2. August in Smarano (Predaia, TN), a small village in the province of Trento,
in North Italy.
Smarano is a hamlet of the municipality of Predaia, located on the eastern side of Val di Non and nestled in the woods of the Dolomites.

Courses and theacher

The Academy is characterized by an individual and collective work on improvisation and repertoire.
The teachers of the 2024 edition are: Alessandro Albenga, Enrico Baiano, Edoardo Bellotti, Armando Carideo, Hans Davidsson, Ulrika Davidsson, Greta Haenen, William Porter and Joel Speerstra.

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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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, active participants will be required to attend the whole Academy.

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.

After the application's approval, we will send you the list of the accomodation facilities in Smarano 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.

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.

The catalogue of "Tastata"

Take a look at the digital and interactive catalogue of the music series 'Tastata' published by Istituto Storico Organistico Italiano, of which Smarano Academy is an official partner.

Festschrift Smarano Academy: 30 anni di storia in musica

This volume aims to reconstruct the first 30 years of the Academy's history and to analyse, through a scientific-divulgation perspective, the results achieved in terms of didactic training in the field of early keyboard music.