Frequently Asked Questions

Travel

Ischia is an island in the Bay of Naples.    There are direct international flights into the Naples airport (NAP).  There is inexpensive bus service from the airport to the ferry terminals at the harbor.

Since there are more flights available through Rome, some participants choose to use those airports, then taking the one-hour train ride to Naples.

From Naples to Ischia you must use a ferry service, which have schedules listed here.

By Auto Ferry:

CAREMAR and MEDMAR: provide year-round service from Naples (1h and 15 min.) and Pozzuoli (50 min.) to Ischia. These Ferries can take vehicles to the island and reservations for vehicles are required. Passengers do not need reservations. For information please visit http://www.caremar.it or call (0039) 081-580-5111, or www.medmargroup.it or call (0039) 081-333-4411

By Hi-Speed Ferry:

A state-of-the-art High Speed Catamaran and the high-speed ferries provide year-round service from Naples to Ischia . The ferries depart from the Molo Beverello Pier in Naples and docks in Ischia Pier in under 50 minutes. Please visit www.caremar.it or call (0039) 081-580-5111, or www.medmargroup.it or call (0039) 081-333-4411 for schedules and more information.

Participants flying to Rome

There are hourly high speed trains from Roma’s Termine central station to Naple’s central station.   The trains can be booked here  www.trenitalia.com.

From Naples train central station, use the Metro, of city bus lines to get to the Molo Beverello Pier for the ferry to Ischia.

Note:  traffic in central Naples can significantly delay taxis, so your should include that in our travel plans.


Ischia is a historic island which is famous for its hot springs, beaches, shopping, and interesting cuisine. You can find out more about events on the island at this link.

Tours of Ischia and the neighboring islands of Capri and Procida can also be arranged based on people’s interests.


Besides your instrument, you should bring comfortable clothes appropriate to the mediterrean climate in the Spring.   Some people enjoy wearing nice clothes for dinner in the evening.   However, we encouge casual attire for the workshops during the day.   There is 10 minute walk from the festival site and the hotel and local restaurants, so bring comfortable walking shoes.

 


Accommodations

The workshop is held at a large resort, Residencia Aegidius.  The resort consists of one to three private rooms clustered with a small kitchen and bath.   The resort serves breakfast and dinner each day in its restaurant, which is included in the workshop cost.   There is a service bar, two mineral pools, and some parking for cars.
The resort is located a short walk from Ischia Porto, the main town and port on the island.  There are shopping, sightseeing, and restaurants a short walk from the resort.   Ischia Porto is served by the regular public bus system to reach other points of interest on the island.
 

 

 


Costs

Prices are inclusive of workshop tuition, large international breakfast and very good dinner from Friday May 4th evening to Saturday May 12th morning.

Apartments choice:

  • one bedroom and bathroom  €1,190.00
  • one bedroom, bathroom and large living room  €1,380.00
  • two bedrooms,  bathroom and living room €1,170.00 for each room 
  • three bedrooms, three bathrooms and living room €1,110.00 for each room

Please add € 240 for each non player family member

 

Note:  Workshop costs not covered include airfare to and from Italy, local transit to the island, transport on the island, and food and beverages not included in meals.


Participation in the workshop is included in the annual membership in the Key Largo club.

Key Largo Membership Benefits

Member subscription are entitled to all events sponsored by Key Largo Association and its partners, including:

  • Participation in the Ischia Chamber Music workshop with coaches
  • Free entrance to public concerts
  • Special rates at the workshop resort
  • Short workshop and master classes with experts
  • Discounts other activities including tours
  • Discounts on other Chamber Music workshops sponsored by Key Largo Association and its partners.

Please check the calendar to see the full list of Key Largo Association events.

 

 

 


Yes, thanks to the generosity of our partners, there are  limited number of scholarships for the workshop.   These are intended to support bringing in younger, experienced players who can contribute to learning across the groups.   Qualifications for the scholarship include:

  • Amateur musicians between 18 and 26 years of age;
  • At least five years of experience playing chamber music;
  • Interest in and willingness to help other musicians;
  • Currently working with a teacher.

To be considered for the scholarship, please fill out this form.


In order to hold your place for the Ischia Chamber Music workshop, you need to submit your payment of 500,00 Euros within two weeks of your registration. 

If your payment is not received by that date, your place in the workshop will be made available to others.

 


We accept payment via International Bank Wire transfers.   The information you will need for the transfer is:

To:  Associazione Culturale Key Largo


Bank:  UBI Banca

            2 via Crispi
            Napoli, Italia

IBAN: IT91V0311103417000000011254

Swift code:  BLOPIT22

Please, in the Reason for Payment box to write:”Associazione Culturale Key Largo Membership fee”.


Participants

The festival is welcomes adult musicians at all levels and all classical music instruments.   We usually have a good mix of very experienced played and new players.   We match groups based on their experience and interests and the difficulty of the pieces.

And we have players from all over the world, so you will hear many languages spoken. We generally use English or Italian to communicate in group settings, since those two languages are most commonly understood by all players.   So you should have a basic understanding of musical terms in one of those two languages.

Most of our past participants enjoy making new friends from these diverse backgrounds.   You will get the most for your Ischia experience if you are open to people of different backgrounds.

 

 


Yes, we welcome all instruments.


Yes, we welcome pre-formed groups.


Yes, we can provide quality string instruments at a modest additional cost. If you want to rent an instrument, please check that box on the registration form.   We will contact you about the details.


Coaches

Born and grew up in Jerusalem, Israel, Ruth received a B.A. in music from the Rubin Academy of Music and Dance in 1991. In 1997 Ruth received an Artist Diploma and Master of music from Indiana University, U.S.A

Since 1991 Ruth was a member of the leading orchestras in Israel, including the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.  Ruth performed as soloist with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the Israeli Sinfonietta Orchestra, the I.K.O. and more.  Ruth performs and records regularly with professional chamber music groups such as the “Kaprisma” ensemble, and the Israeli Flute ensemble. Since 2009 she is a member of “Theme” ensemble.

Ruth performed in different festivals including the contemporary music festivals in Buffalo, U.S.A and Seoul, S. Korea, the Red Sea and the Abu Gosh festivals in Israel and Friedberg Germany music festival.

Ruth teaches at the Givatayim conservatory, the Levinsky college and at the Buchman-Mehta school of music. She works regularly with professionals as well as amateurs musicians.

 


Brian Carter is a native of Charlotte, Michigan and received his Bachelor of Music in Horn Performance from Olivet College and his Master of Music in Horn Performance from Michigan State University. Currently Principal Horn of the Marquette Symphony Orchestra, Gaylord Community Orchestra and Alpena Symphony Orchestra, this past year he served as 4th Horn for the Midland Symphony. A very active freelance player, he also performs with the Marquette Symphony Brass quintet, Northern Winds Brass quintet, Canusa Wind Quintet,  Sault Symphony Orchestra, Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra and Midland Symphony Orchestra.

He has been a participant and soloist in the Vianden International Chamber Music Festival in Vianden, Luxembourg, the Ischia International Chamber Music Festival in Italy and the White Lake Music Festival in Montague, Michigan. In addition he has recently performed as soloist with the Sault Symphony Orchestra and Gaylord Community Orchestra and is Music Director of the Tawas Community Concert Band.


keith_bowenKeith Bowen, clarinet, has qualified in musicology since retiring from his scientific career, obtaining an MA in Music (with Distinction) at the Open University (UK). He specialized in classical-period performance practice and in the history of the bass clarinet in A, winning a University prize and two international awards for his thesis. He is an active chamber music and orchestral performer on clarinet, basset horn and bass clarinet, currently with the Spires Philharmonic Orchestra and Ensemble in Coventry, UK, a regional professional-amateur orchestra. Keith is also President of Kammermusik Workshops based in Santa Fe, New Mexico USA, which runs woodwind chamber music workshops for amateur adult players in Santa Fe and Oxford, England, in which he frequently coaches and directs the large woodwind ensembles, often with his own arrangements. He has studied clarinet with Lesley Schatzberger (UK), Lori Lovato (New Mexico Symphony) and Forest Aten (Dallas Opera).


carannante-2After receiving his Clarinet Diploma at S. Pietro a Majella Naples Conservatory under the guidance of M° S. Natale, he was a student of M° G. Garbarino at Accademia Chigiana in Siena where he was awarded with scholarships and a “Diploma di Merito”. He played with the Orchestra of Teatro di San Carlo in Naples, and the Orchestra Giovanile Italiana di Fiesole. He’s also graduated in “Musica Corale e Direzione di Coro”, in “Strumentazione per Banda”, and “Direzione d’Orchestra per l’avviamento al teatro lirico” with M° P. Bellugi. He has conducted some of the most important Wind Orchestras in Italy. He also conducts at Bacau and Arad National Philarmonic, Craiova “Elena Teodorini”, Kharkov and Ivano Frankivsk Theater, Moldau National Broadcast Orchestra, the Camerata Romanica, and Zurich Chamber Orchestra. Recently, he conducted Puccini’s Madama Butterfly at Teatro Maghiaro in Cluj (Romania).


aldo_de_veroBorn and raised in Italy, Aldo de Vero studied piano at the S. Pietro a Majella Conservatory, at the Accademia Chigiana, and with renowned pianist Bruno Canino. He is a dedicated advocate of contemporary music and in particular of American Composers. He has performed many works by American composers in his solo recitals and with the Appalachian Ensemble including music by John Cage, George Crumb, Morton Feldman, Henry Cowell, Ernest Bloch, Samuel Barber and a rewarding first performance in Italy of Three Quarter Tone Pieces” by Charles Ives for the 1994 G7 summit in Naples. His performances often include informative commentary on the composers, their pieces and their place in musical history.

As director and conductor of the Coro Polifonico “S.Leonardo” di Procida, he has released a compact disc recording entitled “Fenesta che lucive” (PoloSud) of his own transcriptions of Neapolitan classic songs sung by the choir accompanied by non-traditional instruments.

Although focusing on his career as a pianist and chamber musician with worldwide performances, Aldo de Vero is also founding member of Key Largo (www.associazionekeylargo.it), an organization that produces musical events and chamber music workshops such as the engaging Ischia Chamber Music Festival (www.ischiachambermusic.org).


Music

There are three coached sessions per day, two in the morning and one in the afternoon.  There is a long lunch break where you can  enjoy the gardens and pool.   An orchestra rehearsal is usually scheduled for around 5p.

Each session has a distinct group players  with an assigned piece to work every other day.   Then new groups and pieces are assigned.

There are concerts and practice time following dinner.

 


We have five pianos available.   When not used by a group, these pianos are available for practice during the day.


You can see a complete description of the ACMP self rating here.


The festival works on pieces from the standard western classical music repertoire, from Baroque through Contemporary composers.   We select pieces based on players abilities and interests.   And the groups range from duets to nonets.   We include at least one orchestral piece for all players.


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