General Information

Founded in 1985, the Accademia Stauffer is one of Italy's most prestigious music institutions, an international reference point for string players (violin, viola, cello and double bass) looking to study chamber and orchestral music, as well as solo performance, at an advanced level.

The academy selects young musicians of exceptional talent from all over the world, offering them the opportunity to embark on an exclusive path of artistic and professional growth.

The academy's teaching staff brings together highly recognized Italian and international artists with chamber groups and specialized ensembles, all covering a range of styles, from baroque to contemporary music.

Stauffer offers an integrated and diversified curriculum based on the excellence of the great Italian music tradition and in connection with the best international programs.

The Academy offers annual, high-level specialization courses held by Salvatore Accardo (violin), Bruno Giuranna (viola), Antonio Meneses (cello), Franco Petracchi (double bass) and by the Quartetto di Cremona. There is also an annual professional course for concertmasters held by lead violinists from Europe's most important orchestras, as well as masterclasses and residency programs carried out in collaboration with prestigious international academic institutions.

All Stauffer students are supported by a full scholarship program, a unique opportunity in the system of higher music education.

The Academy counts among its alumni numerous internationally renowned soloists, established chamber ensembles and concertmasters from some of the world's most reputable orchestras.