Chamber music workshop


The Cambristi-Milano annual chamber music Workshop will take place on July 14th and 15th, 2017 at Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi of Como. This workshop aims to offer to amateur musicians from Italy and from all over the world the possibility to study and play together in Italy under the guide of renowned international professionals.



What about the workshop?
The workshop is open to amateur musicians of all ages: organized groups, partial groups or individuals looking for a group to play together with. All groups must have a minimum of 3 people. Each working day is comprised of two three-hour shifts, of which ninety minutes will be with a tutor and the other ninety minutes free for independent study. There will be a lunch break, which is included in the workshop fee. On Saturday evening after lessons there will be a party and a chance to meet with other people and possibly read other pieces in a play-in. Finally, on Sunday the workshop will end with a recital open to family and friends.

9.30-12.30 first round of lessons
12.30-14.00 buffet-sandwiches break
14.00-17.00 second round of lessons
18.00-21.00 play in and party
9.30-12.30 third round of lessons
12.30-14.00 buffet-sandwiches break
14.00-17.00 fourth round of lessons
17.30-19.00 final concert
20.00- continuing party…

Each group will be able to work with different tutors, according to the piece they have chosen and the instruments in the group. Lessons are usually conducted in English, but may be translated into Italian, French or German according to the language skills and needs of the group.
Our teachers come from the most important musical institutions in Italy: Teatro Alla Scala di Milano, Scuola Civica di Musica Claudio Abbado, Conservatorio G.Verdi di Milano, Conservatorio G.Verdi di Como, Conservatorio Cesare Pollini di Padova, Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana.
What is more, they have long experience with amateur musicians and enjoy this aspect of their careers: “Every artist was first an amateur”, wrote Ralph Waldo Emerson. And when experience and the skill of the professional are combined with the love of music and sense of enjoyment that amateurs bring, exceptional results can be achieved!

Sergio del Mastro, Clarinet
Silva Costanzo, Piano
Claudio Pavolini, Viola
Bruno Beraldo, Cello

The Conservatorio di musica “Giuseppe Verdi” of Como is located in Via Cadorna, in the central area of the town, inside a prestigious fifteenth century building that was remodelled in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. From 1971 to 1973 the city of Como restored the building, which had fallen into disrepair.
In the spring of 2010, after the complete renovation of the new organ hall, the great three-keyboard organ built by the famous Italian organ builder Gustavo Zanin, Codroipo (Udine) was installed. Today, the Conservatory is a well-established institution that has close relationships with universities and musical institutions in Italy and around the world. This is reflected in its student body, with enrolment from all over Italy and other countries like Switzerland, Germany, the Slovak Republic, Albany, Bulgaria, Russia, Moldavia, Ukraine, Spain, South Korea, China, Mexico, Colombia, Salvador, Jordan and Iran. The Conservatory of Como belongs to the European Association of Conservatories of Music (AEC) since 2009.

Accommodation, food and drinks
The price of the workshop includes coffee/tea breaks in the school, two light lunches and refreshments after the final recital.
Accommodation is not included: each participant must see to his/her own in the city. Upon request, we can provide a list of accommodations in Como.

Registration & Costs
Registration fee: 115€. A discount of 15€ will be made for all the associates of Amateur Chamber Music Players and Tutti i Cambristi.
Registration includes the costs of tutorship, coffee/tea breaks, two lunches, the Saturday evening party, the final recital and all social activities.
Preference will be given to already formed groups. If your group is not complete or if you are a single player looking for a group, we can try to help you get organized or suggest repertory.
Registration forms are available at the following link
A non-refundable down-payement of €50 for each musician will be required to confirm your registration

Clarice Zdanski
Tel +39 366 12 40 654

The most convenient point of entry for Como is via Milan in Italy or via Lugano in Switzerland.

By Plane
The nearest airports to Como are:

  • Milan Malpensa (MPX Tel: 02.74852200) 40-60 minutes drive on the motorway (toll). For further information see
  • Milan Linate (LIN Tel: 02.74852200) 1 hour drive on motorway (toll). For further information see
  • Bergamo’s Orio al Serio (BGY Tel: 035 326323) about 1-2 hours drive away on motorway (toll). For further information see

Airport railways

For rail connections between Como and Malpensa airport, see

Airport coaches
Milano Malpensa

Milano Linate

By Train
Four train lines serve Como: the Italian railway (, which connects Como by train to other major cities in Italy, the Swiss railway ( and the regional trains ( or The most convenient stations for the Conservatory are Como S. Giovanni (Trenitalia, SBB and TI-LO) and Como Borghi-Università (Trenord).

By Car
The E35 motorway (toll) connects Como with Lugano and Switzerland to the north, and Milano and the rest of Italy to the south. Check the Michelin route finder ( or Google maps ( for arrangements that best suit your itinerary.