Master Class

International Master Classes in early music

The international Master Classes organized by Fondazione Paesaggi Musicali Toscani in collaboration with the municipality of San Quirico d’Orcia, Milano Classica, and Associazione Musica Insieme will be held from September 1 through September 4  in San Quirico d’Orcia, at the beautiful Palazzo Chigi in the center of the town.

The classes will be directed towards both individual instrumentalists and chamber music groups who wish to deepen their studies of early music. The professors of this musical full immersion count as some of the most prestigious specialists in early music.
Both teachers and students will doubtless be inspired by the unrivaled beauty of the Val d’Orcia. In addition to daily individual lessons, there will be the opportunity for each participant to explore chamber music repertoire with other students. This will be made possible by the presence of a harpsichordist in residence in collaboration with Piccola Accademia di Montisi.

This summer, in addition to the violin, flute and Alexander technique classes we will also accept a small number of students who play other instruments who would like to be coached in chamber music by Amandine Beyer and Manuel Granatiero. The possible instruments are: harpsichord, recorder, oboe, cello and tiorba.


VIOLIN – Amandine Beyer

Amandine Beyer has been recognized for years as a point of reference in the interpretation of the Baroque repertoire. Her recording of the Sonatas & Partitas by J. S. Bach in 2012 received plaudits and consensus from the most prestigious international critics, including Diapason d’or de l’année, Choc de Classica de l’année, Editor’s choice de Gramophone, Prix Academie Charles Cros and Excepcional de Scherzo. Her rendition of Bach’s second Partita was choreographed and performed by Anne Theresa Keersmaeker and Boris Charmatz.
She performs regularly in the world’s most important concert halls and festivals (Théatre du Chatelet, Festival de Sablé, Innsbruck Festwochen, Konzerthaus of Vienna…). She divides her time between performing with various music ensembles : les Cornets Noirs, duos with Pierre Hantai, Kristian Bezuidenhout and Laurance Beyer as well as her own ensemble, “Gli Incogniti” (their CD’s devoted to Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and Corelli’s Concerti Grossi have been lauded by international critics as new high points in the performance of this repertoire).
Her other great passion is pedagogy. She teaches at ESMAE of Porto (Portugal, and also holds masterclasses worldwide (France, Taiwan, Brazil, USA and Canada). Since 2010 she has taught baroque violin at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Switzerland.

FLUTE – Manuel Granatiero

After studying modern flute with R. Guiot (Accademia del Flauto Italiana), I. Grafenauer (Mozarteum Salzburg), A. Persichilli (Accademia Nazionale di S. Cecilia), and A. Marion (Academie de perfectionement de Nice), Manuel Granatiero decided in 1998 to devote his energies to the study of historically informed practice.
In 1999, he was admitted to the Koninklijk Conservatorium in Brussels where he studied baroque and classical flute with Barthold Kuijken, Marc Hantai and Frank Theuns, graduating with distinction in 2004.
He presently works as principal flutist (and the only official wind player) of the ensemble Gli Incogniti conducted by A. Beyer, and collaborates with some of the most important orchestras (specializing in historical performance on period instruments both in the role of soloist and principle part) such as Les Talens Lyriques (C. Rousset), Capella Cracoviensis (J.T. Adamus), Ensemble Pygmalion (R. Pichon), Accademia Bizantina (O. Dantone), Le Concert de la Loge (J. Chauvin) and Orchestre des Champs Elysées (P. Herreweghe),  just to name a few.
He has recorded for many labels, such as Deutsche Grammophone, Decca, Sony, Naive, Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, Outhere-Music (Alpha, Zig Zag Territoires, Arcana), Glossa, Virgin Classique, Atma Classique, Radio3, Tactus and Stradivarius.
In 2004, he founded the ensemble Accademia Ottoboni in Rome.
The album Boccherini, recorded with the aforementioned ensemble, dedicated to the chamber music of L. Boccherini and published with Zig-Zag Territoires Outhere-Music, was awarded best recording of the year 2015 in the “baroque instrumental” section by the renowned French magazine Diapason.
Light and Darkness (2022), his first solo album dedicated to the flute sonatas of C.P.E. Bach, published by Arcana Outhere Music, received widespread critical acclaim, including the Diapason D’or in March 2023, top disc of the month for MusicPaper Magazine and disc of the week for the Berlin radio station Rbb-Kultur.
He currently teaches baroque, classical, and romantic flute in Italy at the conservatories of Cesena and Brescia and he is regularly invited as a professor of historical flute to several international masterclasses, such as Urbino Musica Antica (FIMA) and Paesaggi Musicali Toscani.


Aingeala De Burca is a classical and baroque violinist who teaches musicians how to improve and enhance their performance standards.
She has a degree in music from Trinity College, Dublin, a degree in baroque violin performance from Kungliga Musika Högskolan (KMH), Stockholm, anda master’s degree in violin performance from the University of Limerick, Ireland.
She has performed with top Irish professional orchestras, prominent Irish rock bands, and in theatre productions. She has used her improvisational and compositional skills for creating music projects in educational, community and outreach settings.
In addition to drawing upon her extensive and varied performance experience, Aingeala uses her training as a music therapist and an Alexander Technique teacher to teach lessons that are specifically designed to bring out the best in every student.
Committed to the education of musicians and the development of their performance practices, Aingeala travels frequently throughout Europe to work with musicians.
Her unique classroom collaboration with Amandine Beyer focuses on helping violinists realise greater freedom of expression thereby achieving higher standards of mental and physical performance



Nonrefundable entrance fee: € 200

€ 300 to be paid before the start of the classes.

Because of the high number of requests for entrance into the class of Amandine Beyer we ask prospective students to wait for a confirmation e-mail from us before paying the deposit of 200 euro. As soon as the e-mail is received, the student will have 10 days to complete payment.


30 euro for each lesson or 70 euro for the right to be present at any or all classes

N.B.: the tuition includes free accommodation in dormitories in the center of San Quirico d’Orcia. We ask participants to report upon enrollment if they wish to use them or not. For those wishing different accommodations, please contact the festival for help in finding the most convenient solution.


In order to sign up and reserve a place in the master classes it is necessary to
– Complete the FORM ONLINE (name, last name, place and date of birth, address, telephone number, tax ID number, short biography)
The resulting e-mail will constitute the official confirmation of entrance to the classes and the commitment to pay the tuition.

The deadline to enroll in the classes is July 7.

Information for wire transfer:

Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena
IBAN: IT41Y0103072020000000881380

Information to be included on wire transfer: ENTRANCE FEE – MASTER (name of teacher) – FIRST AND LAST NAME OF STUDENT