Frequently Asked Questions


Long time friend and supporter of the workshop, Mr. Antonio Longobardi, will be hosting us again this year at his new Hotel Gracia Alla Scannella. He shared this message with us.

“Dear Ischia Chamber Music Festival Friends,
in this terrible moment of worldwide worries and restrictions for Covid-19, I’m extremely pleased to announce the opening of Hotel Grazia alla Scannella.

“La Scannella” is a beautiful, scenic area, west of Forio Town, 100 meters above sea level, with a breathtaking view, as far as the eye can see!
I kept the name “Grazia” to remember the atmosphere and high level service we’re used to. Many of our coworkers will still be with us: the unforgettable Franco from Covo dei Borboni, the maître Stani, Giovanna the secretary, the concierge Michele, the chef Peppino and many others to keep alive the same last years thrill!

Hotel Grazia alla Scannella complete renovation is quite finished! Please, do not consider some negative feedback you could find on the internet about this hotel; of course that belong to the old hotel management. I asked Google many times to delete these feedbacks, they answered…”Yes! we’ll do that in a little bit!!”
So….you’re invited to our 2021 Ischia Chamber Music workshop! …to start again exactly from where we were!
Looking forward to hugging again you all!”

Sorrento is conveniently located for transport from Naples airport and central train station, with several options:

  • Curreri Bus
  • Circumvesuviana railway line from Naples Central station. (Get off at the St. Agnello station on the circumvesuviana train line and walk west. The hotel is on the south or left side of the street. The roads are not marked well. But there is a gate between two high stone walls that has a double-sided staircase and a car ramp look for little placards in the wall for the street number.)
  • Metro del Mare (hydrofoils from Molo Beverello, and also
    a short hydrofoil journey to the famed island of Capri.)
  • We can provide a private taxi from Naples at special rate.  (Please tell us where and when you would like the car.)

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



The workshop will be held at the Hotel La Culla, a magnificent XVIII century building overlooking the sea. The hotel is run by three Catholic Oblate nuns.

The town of Sorrento is famous for its lemon groves and the spectacular scenery of the Sorrentine peninsula. Lying beneath the Lattari Mountains on a gently sloping terrace of citrus groves and olive trees, leading down to high cliffs. For centuries this area has enchanted travellers who have been lured by its mild climate and magical atmosphere. The old city centre hosts a vast array of interesting shops and restaurants, as well as the fishing port of Marina Grande and the panoramic Villa Comunale park.


Workshop tuition : € 550,00

10% discount for pre-formed groups.

Lodging costs: 8 nights, including a large international daily breakfast and tourist tax, with these choices of rooms:

Single room € 600,00
Double room € 450,00 per person
Triple room € 380,00 per person
Quadruple room € 340,00 per person
Room with 5 beds € 300,00 per person

Food costs:  The hotel “La Culla”  has a great Mediterranean restaurant.  All meals are prepared with fresh, local ingredients, and are “family style” including a first course, a second course of fish or meat, a side dish, fruit, water, and wine.

Lunch, 7 days € 120,00
Dinner, 8 days € 160,00

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
            80121, Napoli(NA), Italia

IBAN: IT91V0311103417000000011254

Swift code:  BLOPIT22

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


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.


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).

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.

Ms. Niglio got her violin diploma in 1993 at the Conservatory of Bolzano with Christian Anziger. In 2004 she got her viola diploma. Giuseppina performs internationally in several orchestras and chamber music groups.
Her experiences range from classical to pop music.
Pina had many masterclass with great chamber music players like
Alain Meunier, Cristiano Rossi, Danilo Rossi, Miriam Dal Don and Gabriele Pierannunzi.
Ms. Niglio is the founder of the “Scuola d’Archi Salernitana”, promoting masterclass for young students held by great teachers like Stefano Pagliani, Christian Anzinger, Alessandro Perpic, Ulriche Hofmann. Pina is a violin teacher at music high school De Filippis-Galdi in Cava de’ Tirreni, Italy.


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.

No, it is fine if you prefer to end your participation at the workshops.   The concerts are extras, intended to add to your playing experience in front of audiences.

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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