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.


On Saturday May 11 at 9:30am, participants of Ischia Chamber Music Festival will move to the very close Procida island, for a concert with the San Leonardo Choir, celebrating its 30th Anniversary. The concert will be at 8:30pm in the gorgeous, historical St. Michael Abbey, XII century, overlooking the breathtaking bay of Naples.

At 11:00 there will be a guided tour in English of the historical Abbey.

The Festival will provide for Saturday May 11, lunch, dinner, lodging and breakfast at the Hotel Savoia, a beautiful, clean and quiet 3 stars Hotel on Procida, surrounded by lemon trees, with pool and solarium.

We hope you will include this concert in your travel plans.  It is wonderful opportunity to experience music in a special environment.


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 encourage 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, lunch, and dinner each day in its restaurant.  Breakfast and dinner are included included in the workshop cost.  There is modest additional charge for lunch for those who want to stay at the resort for lunch.   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 include the workshop tuition, daily large international breakfast and daily very good Mediterranean dinner from Friday May 3rd evening to Saturday May 11th morning.

Apartments choice:

  • one bedroom and bathroom  €1,240.00
  • one bedroom, bathroom and large living room  €1,430.00
  • two bedrooms,  bathroom and living room €1,220.00 for each room 
  • three bedrooms, two bathrooms, half bath and living room €1,160.00 for each room

Please add € 280 for each non player family member, and € 14 per person for township tax.

Optional lunch is available for 6€. Every day there will be a different dish, (pizza, bruschette, panini, big salad, pasta or rice salad, etc.,) with water and wine.

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 welcomes adult musicians at all levels and all classical music instruments.   We usually have a good mix of very experienced 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

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).


The Piano Duet Giuseppe Campisi-Aldo de Vero, one piano four hands and two pianos, performs since 12 years.

They play all over Italy for major music organizations (Associazione Scarlatti, Naples, RAI, National Italian Broadcast,  Padua University, Teatro di Marcello, Rome, Milano Tre, etc.,)

The duo plays regularly in Dublin and surrounding Festivals, for the Italian Embassy and Cultural Institute, in Paris(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9SRIoYnnqS4&t=3025s),
Edinburgh (Society of Musicians established in 1887), with the Botosani and Arad State Symphonic Orchestras,in Rumania, etc.,

In 2011 they received a standing ovation in London, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, after playing “The Colours” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3iXfWEKBgBk), a 5-piece Suite dedicated to this duo by the composer Gianfranco Gioia.
They also played in New York and Toronto, for the Italian Embassy.
They released a live Cd.

Mr. de Vero is also founder and Artistic Director of the Ischia International Chamber Music Festival, www.ischiachambermusic.org, at its 16th Edition, on the beautiful Ischia island, in the bay of Naples, Italy.
He also organizes “Grandi Eventi al Palazzo dello Spagnolo” , a concert-series in a stunning historical building in Naples, Palazzo dello Spagnolo.

Mr. Campisi is Artistic Director at the gorgeous, historical Garibaldi Theater, in Avola, Sicily
These organizations bring participants from all over the world to play and visit Italy.


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.


Was born in Ukraine. At the age of 17 moved to study at the Saint – Petersburg Conservatory.Already at the of 20 was a Principal Bassoonist and soloist in State Chamber Orchestra. In 1989 Mr. Fine immigrated to Israel where continued Solo and orchestra duties.
All his life, Alexander teaching music on different instruments: Bassoon, Baroque Bassoon and Oboe, Chamber and Orchestra music.


Four of Scotland’s young professional musicians make up the Argyll String Quartet, founded in 2009 whilst its members were studying at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. The Quartet has performed all over Scotland and has broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland. In 2012 they were the Resident String Quartet at the Aberdeen International Youth Festival, performing a series of recitals across the city. In 2012 they were Highly Commended in the Mabel Glover String Quartet Competition and were finalists in the Governor’s Chamber Music Prize in the same year. The Argyll String Quartet has received coaching from some of the world’s leading chamber musicians, notably the Brodksy String Quartet and Peter Manning of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. For five years they were mentored by Tamas Fejes, Assistant Leader of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and First Violin with the Fejes Quartet. All highly accomplished solo and orchestral performers, each member of the Argyll String Quartet has been taught by many of Europe’s leading soloists and teachers including Nicola Benedetti, Ilya Gringolts and Igor Ozim.


Scottish violinist, Danny Miller is a prize-winning graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where he studied under Head of Strings, Peter Lissauer and Gina McCormack of the Sorrel and Maggini String Quartets. He then studied under the tutelage of Professor Igor Ozim of the Mozarteum Universitat in Salzburg, Austria. Solo and Chamber Music Prizes include the Bette and Willie MacPherson Prize for Solo Violin Playing, the Mabel Glover String Quartet Competition and the Governor’s Prize for Chamber Music. Whilst studying in 2013, he was selected for an apprenticeship with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. He plays regularly with the Orchestra of Scottish Opera. Danny enjoys a busy schedule of chamber, orchestral and solo playing. Solo performances include the concerti of Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Mendelssohn and Vaughan Williams. As Co-Leader of the Argyll String Quartet, he has performed repertoire ranging from Purcell to Faure. As a recitalist, he has been invited to perform at Music Societies and Clubs across Scotland and at notable venues such as Edinburgh Castle and St. Giles’ Cathedral. Danny has performed extensively the core literature for Violin and Piano – including a recent concert series covering the complete Sonatas of Beethoven and Brahms. His recent CD “Remembrances: Music of the First World War” was released in June 2017. As an orchestral musician, Danny has appeared as Guest Leader of Scottish Sinfonia and has led both the Edinburgh Grand Opera and Haddo House Operatic Society orchestras in their respective productions of La Boheme and La Traviata. Danny was Principal Second Violin of the Mediterranean Opera Studio Festival Orchestra during their Sicilian Tour in 2016 where he also performed as a soloist with the orchestra. He nows holds the position of Concert-Master with the orchestra and was recently invited to play for the Concert-Master of the Teatro Massimo, Palermo. Danny has worked with leading names from the Metropolitan Opera, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and the Teatro Massimo Bellini, Catania. He was accepted into the Orchestra of the Varna International Opera Academy, Bulgaria and toured the UK and Italy with Raucous Rossini, the Helios Collective and the New Generation Festival, Florence. Danny has recently completed a tour of Canada and the USA with TransAtlanticOpera, performing at venues including the National Opera Centre in New York City. He has broadcast on both BBC Radio and Television. 

Alison studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland under the tutelage of Andrea Gajic and Gina McCormack, graduating in 2013 with a First Class Honours in Violin Performance. She has participated in masterclasses with Harald Herzl, Greg Lawson, Ilya Gringolts, Leland Chen, The Brodsky String Quartet and Nicola Benedetti. Alison held principal positions in all the Conservatoire orchestras and was awarded the John McInulty Prize for Orchestral Playing in 2013. She participated in apprenticeships with the RSNO, BBCSSO and the Orchestra of Scottish Opera. As a soloist, Alison has performed concerti by Bach, Mozart and Vivaldi in Scotland, Italy, Holland and Belgium. She has performed with the Amadeus Orchestra and appeared as Leader of the Aberdeen Marischal Chamber Orchestra, Scottish Sinfonia and the Edinburgh Bach Orchestra. Alison was recently appointed as an extra musician for the Orchestra of Scottish Ballet and Scottish Opera. In 2016 Alison was Leader of the Mediterranean Opera Festival Orchestra during their tour of Sicily, performing Verdi’s “La Traviata” and Puccini’s “Gianni Schicchi” as well as appearing as a concerto soloist with the orchestra. She returned to Sicily in 2017 to play for the Concert-Master of the Teatro Massimo, Palermo. In the Summer of 2017, Alison toured the UK and Italy with Raucous Rossini, led performances of chamber music and contemporary opera (Helios Collective), performed at the Festival International Giovani Concertisti, Perugia and then worked with the New Generation Festival Orchestra, Florence in their debut production of Donizetti’s “L’elisir d’amore” in the Corsini Gardens. Having previously worked for Sistema Scotland, Alison now holds the position of Associate Violin Teacher at the University of St. Andrews. Upcoming performances include her debut performance of the Saint-Saens Introduction & Rondo Capriccioso, recitals as Associate-Leader of the Argyll String Quartet and continuing her position as Concert-Master of the Mediterranean Opera Studio Festival Orchestra.

Sam grew up in a small village just outside of Peterborough, Cambridgeshire. Music had always been a part of his life as his father is a violin maker and repairer, his uncle is a cellist and both of his grandparents on his father’s side are violin and viola teachers. He began violin lessons at the age of seven and changed to viola aged 17. Sam was offered a scholarship to study for my bachelor’s degree at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Whilst attending, he studied with Andrew Berridge and Stephen Tees, and had masterclasses with world renowned viola players such as Antoine Tamestit, Garth Knox and Rachel Beeston. One of the most inspirational moments of his life came in his third year of studies after he successfully auditioned to be on the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra’s apprenticeship scheme, which for that year included a two week tour of India with the orchestra conducted by Sir James MacMillan, with Nicola Benedetti as soloist. This experience gave him an insight into working side-by-side with a professional orchestra, performing concerts broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 across three cities in India. Since graduating, Sam has been studying privately with Scott Dickinson whilst working as a freelance musician and teacher. He has performed professionally with the Orchestra of the Swan, including tours to both Mexico and Turkey, and also with BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Rogue Orchestra, Cairn String Quartet and the Argyll String Quartet. He is currently a member of Southbank Sinfonia in London.


Katie was born and educated in Glenrothes, Fife and at the age of 9 began studying the ‘cello with Olivia Gray. During her time at secondary school Katie played with the Fife Youth Orchestra and in her final year was the principal cellist. In September 2001 Katie continued her musical studies and accepted a place to study on the BMus (Hons) Degree course at the Ian Tomlin School of Music at Napier University. Katie studied under Mark Bailey of the Edinburgh Quartet. During her time at university Katie performed regularly as an orchestral player and chamber musician and was the principle cellist in many of the university’s orchestras and ensembles. Katie also performed solo recitals at the St Giles Cathedral Series. Whilst at university Katie played in a number of string quartets and received coaching from the Edinburgh Quartet. Memorable performances during her time at the Ian Tomlin School of Music include performing at the presentation of an Honorary Doctorate to the President of the Czech Republic, Vaclav Klaus and in October 2005 performing at the National Museum of Scotland at a dinner to honour the recipients of the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy. In 2003 Katie also appeared at the MTV Music Awards in Edinburgh performing in an orchestra with pop singer Dido. Katie graduated in 2005 with an Upper Second-Class Honours Degree. Katie now lives and works in Fife. Since university Katie has enjoyed playing in various orchestras throughout Fife which include playing with the orchestra for Fife Opera, Kirkcaldy Amateur Operatic Society and Dunfermline Choral Union. She is currently the principle cellist of the Kirkcaldy Orchestral Society and is excited to be the newest member of the Argyll Quartet.


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.

 


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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