In 2015, following a meeting between the town council of Petralia Sottana, the principal local musical entities and different teachers of marked international fame, the annual project - Accademia Internazionale Estiva Strumenti ad Arco "Suoni delle Madonie".

(The International Summer School for strings "Sounds of the Madonie mountains")  was born in Petralia Sottana. Important interpreters, concert soloists and teachers of international fame will hold daily Masterclasses for both elementary and advanced students.

The objective of the project is to create, in a stimulating cosmopolitan environment, an important occasion of growth and refinement for young musicians who, frequenting the Campus, could combine, with concentrated study (intense daily lessons and personal training), a profoundly relaxing rest in the heart of the Madonie mountains, with the opportunity of discovering the naturalistic, historical and cultural treasures of this part of Sicily. Young musicians of every nationality and culture would come to meet in the name of art and nature.


The 2019 edition of this summer school, organized by the town council of Petralia Sottana and by the Cultural Association “Musica Insieme”, will take place from 3nd to 12th August 2019 and is open to students of all ages, nationalities and preparation.

The 2019 summer school provides the realization of a cultural event divided into three parts:

a) four days of Masterclasses with teachers of international fame and the formation of the String Orchestra “Suoni delle Madonie (Sounds of the Madonie Mountains)";

b) three evenings of concertos for the Festival of Chamber Music with the participation of teachers from the summer school;

5th -7th- 9th august:

c) concerts by the Orchestra, of this summer school, “Suoni delle Madonie” made up of students from the course, in tourist locations in the regional park of the Madonie mountains;                                                

There will be a day off, for rest/relaxing/socialization.

At the conclusion of the Course the best students will participate in the Final Concerto Gala, which will be held in the cloister of the ex Convento of the Padri Riformati, on 10th August 2019.

New Edition 2019

On august 10th, 11th and 12th, a preliminary course will be held for young violinist and viola players, maximum age 10 years.

Alessandro Valenza


Vadim Pavlov

     Artistic Director