Come develop your playing!
Learn in a supportive friendly atmosphere and scenic splendor
For more than 25 years cellist Peter Lewy has run workshops dedicated to helping amateur adult cello players improve their skills. This year he will be offering his highly acclaimed workshop in beautiful Tuscany Italy.
Each day begins with an hour-long group class for all participants at 9:30 AM.
All participants receive daily lessons with the maestro. Housing and most activities will take place in a beautifully renovated convent in the spectacular crown jewel of the Tuscany region, Cortona. Students will be able to practice and play with others up to 12 hours a day! A professional pianist is available for exploring the repertoire.
Other Activities include Master Classes, Faculty Concerts and performance opportunities for those who wish to improve their performance skills. There is no audition and no minimum skill level, the premise is: “Come as you are to enjoy the study, the work and the beauty of one of the worlds most spectacular regions, Tuscany”. Absolute beginners with no previous instruction to professionals and everything in between, all are welcome.
We all learn from each other!
Peter Lewy has been on the cello faculty at the United Nations International School for more then 20 years in addition to various other conservatories. His classical credits include serving as principal cellist and concerto soloist with several NYC metropolitan area orchestras including the Brooklyn Chamber Orchestra, the Westchester Philharmonic, the Bronx Symphony, the Greenwich Village Orchestra, the Bergen Symphony and the Regina Opera Orchestra. In addition he has made numerous recital and chamber music appearances in all the major venues in NYC including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center.
Pianist, teacher, performer and conductor, Fabio Afrune has been with the workshop since it’s inception. He’s the winner of important international competitions and prestigious prizes including Premio Roscini, Prix Gerofi-Baschwitz, UNESCO Special Prize. Afrune shares his knowledge through his teaching activity and the organization of numerous concerts, in which he participates as both performer and speaker. His repertoire ranges from early music to the great romantic works by Schumann, Beethoven, Brahms etc. Afrune is also extremely active in the field of contemporary music having premiered major works some of which were written by the composers for him. He has won competitions in this area as well. He has performed in Italy, Belgium, Austria, Germany, USA and Thailand with great appreciation from audiences and critics. In 2019, he performed Chopin's Variations on “Là ci darem la mano”, op.2 for piano and orchestra under the baton of Carlo Palleschi. He graduated cum laude with special mention at the Conservatory of Perugia (IT) where he carried out an internship as assistant professor, teaching classical and contemporary styles and went on to receive 2 masters degrees in performance including in Brussels under the famed Belgian pianist Johan Schmidt. Fabio is Johan Schmidt’s Assistant Professor at his Italian masterclasses and he himself is regularly invited to give Masterclasses and courses in several regions of Italy. He is also in demand as a choral conductor. He has been clearly recognized unanimously by past workshop participants as a genius.
Participants receive daily lessons with the Maestro
Master and Group Classes
Daily group classes.
Students learn from each other and are encouraged to perform and receive feedback in
2 relaxed master classes and end of week opportunities.
Cellist Peter Lewy
This is from an online concert during the pandemic. Chopin Introduction and Polonaise brillante. Enjoy!
Peter Lewy and Fabio Afrune
Maestros Lewy and Afrune from a faculty concert in Cortona at the workshop in 2023. Enjoy!