Masterclass with Alfred Brendel

10-11-12 September 2019 Modica


With the presence of a true legend of music like Alfred Brendel, the Mozart Italia Association in Modica begins a program in 2019  of high-level annual dedicated masterclasses, which will become possibilities to show the way to musicians: reference figures of this profile, in fact, always illuminate the thoughts of those who meet them .

For the first edition Alfred Brendel, will hold three days of Masterclass from 10 to Next 12 September, becoming the protagonist of an extraordinary musical event in the Italian classic scene.

Consistent with the historical strengths of his repertoire, strongly linked to the Vienna school, Brendel will prefer a program focused on Beethoven and Schubert for string quartets and, in the opposite order, on Schubert and Beethoven for the trios and quartets with  piano.  

An opportunity not to be missed for the formations coming from all over Italy.

“Let it shine” will be the title of the masterclass program, from a quote by Brendel himself, who launched this invitation to his young students during one of his music lessons, about the intimate and open confidence to be sought  with each piece to be performed, to achieve the goal of leaving it – in fact – to shine.

The Austrian pianist Alfred Brendel has been an international reference point for musical performance for the last half century.
Of Beethoven and Schubert, but also of Haydn and Mozart and, reaching the European musical twentieth century, in particular Schönberg, Brendel was the most important interpreter for over sixty years, not only through an intense concert activity on the stages of everything  the world, but also through a monumental discography, which has nourished not only the scrupulous and devoted study of the compositions but also the eclecticism of a more general love for art, poetry, painting.

At the age of 77, Brendel decided to interrupt his career as a pianist, dedicating himself from that moment exclusively to the didactic one and deepening his special relationship with the  authors: the work with the quartets, indeed, continues today to underline the particular inclination of Brendel to fully grasp the nuances of each score, through each instrument.

Brendel is dedicating these years of his life to working in the education of young people, putting his great experience at the disposal especially of work with quartets. In addition to his unparalleled competence, it will be the energy, the curiosity, the vivacity of the intellect and on the other and also his great humanity that makes this experience of confrontation truly unique for the musicians who choose to arrive in Modica for the occasion .

The first project “Let it shine” arises from the trust of the Modica headquarters of Associazione Mozart Italia in the good future of classical music and in the ever-increasing need for deepening and seeking awareness.
The goal is to create high-quality annual meetings for talented musicians and young professionals, offering a confrontation capable of illuminating their path.  Opening the lessons also to interested listeners who can take advantage of the educational and educational value of these comparisons.
  • Projects are dedicated to young musicians;  both in career and in the Conservatories.  Already graduates or still students.
  • Al termine della masterclass si rilascerà un attestato di partecipazione riconosciuto.


Registration is open until June 28, 2019. Places will be assigned in order of delivery of the personal data form and payment of the enrollment, subject to evaluation of the curriculum that must be sent along with the video of at least one musical performance

  • COSTS Registration fee: Euro 50.00 (to be paid by July 15th)
  • Cost of the solo instrument course: Euro 250.00 per person (to be paid by August 30th REGISTRATION Mozart Italia Association seat MODICA)

The amounts and will be paid by bank transfer to the coordinates:

Associazione Mozart Italia Sede di Modica –  Banca Agricola Popolare di Ragusa
Causale: Iscrizione Let it shine 2019 – Brendel
IBAN: IT74V0503684480CC0181157613 | BIC: POPRIT31018


The cost of the accommodation will be borne by the students. Below you will find the contacts of some B & Bs and hotels affiliated with the master and the Associazione Mozart Italia.

  • Old Town Rooms +393278522377
  • Caleidoscopio +39 3929404876
  • Al Vicoletto +393665475133