Musical Landscapes in Tuscany 2023
Paesaggi Musicali Toscani was founded in 2014 in San Quirico d’Orcia by a group of classical music lovers. The festival is supported by the Municipality of San Quirico, the cultural association Musica Insieme and the Orchestra da Camera Milano Classica. Musica Insieme has operated in the Val d’Orcia for many years as a music school, and as an organizer of cultural events throughout the year. The Orchestra da Camera Milano Classica performs in the prestigious Palazzina Liberty in Milan, and thanks to its decades of experience, offers organizational support to the festival and also performs as the festival’s orchestra in residence. Paesaggi Musicali Toscani counts on the support of numerous Italian and American friends. The artistic directors are Ariana Kim and Steven Slade.
This year is the tenth anniversary of the festival. During the past decade, internationally prestigious artists have performed in the magnificent venues of the Val d’Orcia. A foundation is currently being created under the festival’s name.
Musical Landscapes in Tuscany is a classical music festival which features performances by great artists of international fame taking place in various venues of the Val d’Orcia, an area known as one of the most beautiful destinations in the world. In this part of Tuscany, the landscapes represent the fusion of nature’s incomparable beauty and man’s most inspirational artistic achievements, creating a harmony comparable to a great master’s musical score.
San Quirico d’Orcia is an exceptionally beautiful town, located along the Via Francigena, the route historically used by Christian pilgrims traveling to Rome from the north. San Quirico’s historical center is evidence of a rich artistic and cultural history dating back over a thousand years. The Church of the Collegiata, the Pieve di S. Maria, the Palazzo Chigi, the Horti Leonini gardens and the medieval thermal baths of Bagno Vignoni comprise the splendid venues for our concerts.
San Quirico and its surrounding areas are known for monuments and landscapes of great beauty which have become symbols of Tuscany that are appreciated throughout the world. It is in these places, surrounded by Val d’Orcia’s extraordinary vistas, that we will hold our concerts and accompanying gastronomical events, giving participants the opportunity to taste the excellent local wines and to sample dishes representing the greatest Tuscan culinary traditions. San Quirico is in the heart of an area that produces natural cured meats and cheeses, olive oil of the highest quality in the world and wine renowned internationally such as Brunello di Montalcino, il Nobile di Montepulciano, and l’Orcia D.O.C.
San Quirico is the headquarters of the Parco Artistico Naturale e Culturale della Val d’Orcia (Val d’Orcia Natural Park) which has been named a World Heritage Center by UNESCO.
There is nothing more inspirational than listening to great music in beautiful settings in the world.
Musical Landscapes in Tuscany offers that opportunity. In its tenth year, the 2023 festival will feature music from creative giants such as Bach, Brahms, Mozart, Boccherini, Haydn, Chopin, Dvorak, Shostakovich and Gershwin.
The memorable musical moments of the festival will be created by some of the world’s great artists performing on the stages of San Quirico and throughout the Val d’Orcia in Southern Tuscany. There will be concerts given by musicians who have graced the world’s most illustrious concert halls and recorded for the most important recording labels for decades as well as younger performers who have recently won international competitions. This year’s festival will host musicians from Italy, England, USA, Germany, South Korea, France and Japan.
The 2023 edition of Paesaggi Musicali Toscani will feature two gold medal winners of the world’s prestigious Tchaikovsky Competition. Mario Brunello, the only Italian to ever win the top prize at the Tchaikovsky, will open the festival together with the accordionist Ivano Battiston. The latest and youngest winner ever, the American cellist, Zlatomir Fung, will perform a solo recital. Other concerts of note are the program with one of our ensembles in residence, il Quartetto Indaco, together with the clarinetist Tommaso Lonquich, a piano recital with Mariangela Vacatello; unaccompanied Bach with Amandine Beyer; a program of Asian Music with Ariana Kim, Young-Nam Kim and Kristen Choi; two programs with l’Orchestra da Camera Milano Classica; a performance in Pienza with the Trio Furibondo; the sunrise concert with the winner of the Hudson Valley String Competition and the final concert with the Quartetto Prometeo in collaboration with the Accademia Chigiana.
Musical Landscapes in Tuscany is an event organized by the municipality of San Quirico d’Orcia, in collaboration with Milano Classica and the cultural association “Musica Insieme”.
Paesaggi Musicali Toscani 2023 will be dedicated to the memory of Erica Schewe.