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Learn Music in Italian

Italia per Passione has recently become the only centre in Brussel hosting music courses in Italian. The classes are addressed to Italians and non- Italians who wish to learn about music in the language of the music!

We offer lessons for individuals and for couples, for children and for adults.

The teachers are all Italian and professional performers.

Individual lesson

45€ for 1h
25€ for 1/2 h

Group or couple lesson

25€ for 1h
15€ for 1/2 h
Matteo Gemolo - Italia per Passione

Matteo Gemolo: flute 

Born in Venice in 1985, Matteo Gemolo is an Italian flautist, musicologist and Ph.D. candidate at Cardiff University (Wales, U.K.). He has been praised as ‘one of the leading exponents’ in researching and performing contemporary music for period instruments (British Flute Society, 2020). 

Between 2013 and 2015, he worked at the prestigious B. Marcello Conservatoire in Venice, teaching historically informed performance practice for the flute. Since 2016, he has been invited as a lecturer by several institutes in Europe and the U.K., including Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, University of Aveiro, Orpheus Instituut in Gent, University of Huddersfield, and Goldsmith, University of London. He records for internationally renowned labels such as Warner Classics & Erato, Arcana and Glossa. His first solo album La Solitude à deux (Arcana, Outhere Music 2018) has been praised by the critics as a recording of ‘pure beauty, from which emanates rare poetry’ (Laurent Graulus - Musiq3).

His latest recording Affect is no Crime. New Music for Old Instruments (Arcana – Outhere Music, 2019) obtained great recognition from top-ranked magazines including DIAPASON (4 diapason) and AMADEUS (5 stars). Since 2015, he is the artistic director of the Belgian collective Europa Ritrovata.

Davide Picci - Italia per Passione

Davide Picci: guitar

Davide Picci, born in 1998, began studying the guitar at the age of eight.

Under the guidance of M° Gabriella Lubello, he graduated as a private student at the Conservatorio 'N. Piccinni' Di Bari with top marks and honours. In October 2020, at the same conservatoire, he completed the Master in guitar in the class of M° Nando di Modugno with top marks, distinction and honourable mention. He is currently attending a Master in Performance Practices at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in Brussels under the guidance of Maestro Antigoni Goni.

He has attended several international masterclasses with renowned teachers, and won several national and international competitions.

He has performed in solo and chamber music recitals for major national and international music festivals and reviews, most recently making his debut at the Citizens' Garden at the European Parliament in Brussels.

Marco Marcelletti - Italia per Passione
Marco Marcelletti: piano

Born in 1999 in Penne (PE), Italy, he began studying piano at 10 years old under the guidance of Angelo Trabucco, and during his studies he had the opportunity to study and attend masterclasses with: Kenny Barron, Bill Frisell, Benny Golson, Kenny Werner, Philip Dizack, Chris Potter, Otmaro Ruiz, Benito Gonzalez, Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Eric Legnini, Kevin Harris, Diederik Wissels, Piotr Wylezol, Enrico Pieranunzi, Dado Moroni, Ramberto Ciammarughi, Claudio Filippini, Luca Mannutza, Carlo Morena, Angelo Trabucco. In 2013 he joined the "Amadeus" youth orchestra directed by Mike Applebaum, with which he played several concerts around Italy. He attended the "Berklee Music School at Umbria Jazz Clinics" in Perugia in 2016 and, at the same time, he was admitted to the Bachelor of Jazz Piano at the "L. D'Annunzio " conservatory in Pescara, at the age of sixteen, where in 2020 he graduated with 110/110 with praise. In 2019, he moved to Brussels, where in 2022 he completed his studies with a Master in Jazz Piano cum laude at the Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel. He had the chance to share the stage with: Elliot Knuets, Peter Hertmans, Fabrice Alleman, Stephane Chausse, Tolga Bilgin, Manuel Trabucco.

Gabriele Casciano - Italia per Passione
Gabriele Casciano: piano

Gabriele Casciano obtained his Master's degree in Pianoforte in 2023 with top marks, distinction and honourable mention at the Conservatorio 'G. Verdi' in Turin, under the guidance of Marina Scalafiotti. He has participated in numerous musical events as a soloist and in chamber ensembles, playing for the Unione Musicale of Turin, the Camerata Ducale of Vercelli, the Chamber Music Association of Trieste and the Philharmonic Orchestra of Turin. He played in Brescia with the Master Orchestra conducted by Sergio Baietta and collaborates with the CineSymphonyOrchestra.

He has been awarded prizes in several regional, national and international competitions and has taken part in Masterclasses with internationally renowned teachers.

At the same time, he taught piano at the A.g.a.Mus in Grugliasco and the Accademia Arte del Suono in Turin and is currently attending the first year of the Master of music in Piano Performance at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in Brussels in the class of Aleksandar Madžar.

Franco Panizon - Italia per Passione
Franco Panizon: piano

Born in Trieste, he graduated in classical piano in 2016 with distinction from the Conservatory of Trieste, under the guidance of Rita Verardi. During his years of study, he had the opportunity to make stimulating encounters with musicians such as Stefano Bellon, with whom he studied composition for three years, and Paola Erdas, his harpsichord teacher. In 2016, he was admitted to the 'Schola Cantorum' in Paris, where he specialised for a year.

Particularly significant for his career as a musician was the meeting with the Portuguese pianist Maria Joao Pires. Subsequently, he was admitted into Aleksandar Madzar's class at the Koninklijk Conservatorium of Brussels, where he has been living for several years now. In 2020 he obtained his master’s degree in piano in Brussels and in 2021 his diploma in music pedagogy in Mons.

He is currently exploring new languages by studying improvisation: he attends monthly piano improvisation workshops in Siena held by maestro Stefano Battaglia.

He has performed as a soloist and in chamber ensembles in Italy, France, Belgium and Switzerland.

Roberta Mangano - Italia per Passione
Roberta Mangano: history of music

Roberta graduated in classical guitar at the “G.Puccini” Conservatory of Gallarate under the guidance of M. Marco Bonfanti. In 2016 she moved to Brussels where she completed her Master at the Koninklijk Conservatorium with distinction, specializing with Antigoni Goni. Interested in historical instruments, she then studied romantic guitar with Dirk de Hertogh and baroque guitar with Edwin Garcia and Xavier Díaz-Latorre at ESMUC in Barcelona. She also got a Master in musicology at the University of Cremona.

Over the years she has played as a soloist and in chamber ensembles in Italy, Switzerland, Australia, Belgium and Spain. She also collaborates with the Italian Orchestra "Alchimia", with which she played as a soloist in 2016 and 2018. Her musical projects include Italian repertoire played on historical instruments and crossover performances between music and theater.

As a musicologist she writes the concert notes for various Italian festivals and she has published for the magazine Guitart and Sconfinarte editions.

Marco Papadia - Italia per Passione

Marco Papadia: guitar

Marco Papadia has been active internationally for over ten years as guitarist and composer. He counts among his awards the New Italian Jazz Generation - Best Project award in 2017, the New Italian Jazz Generation - Best Album award in 2018 and the first prize at the Tuscia in Jazz European Award.

With two publications to his credit (Sidewalk Cat - Unfit for Rome's Emme Record Label and Les Contes d'Alfonsina - Chapitre I for Lecce's Dodiclune Produzioni Discografiche), he inaugurates an intense concert activity that will see him perform on the stages of important Italian jazz festivals such as the Novara Jazz ; Padova Jazz Festival ; Sile Jazz Festival ; Empoli Jazz Festival ; Barga in Jazz; Fara Music Festival, Sacile Jazz Festival, Valdarno Jazz Festival and European ones such as Brussels Jazz Festival (Bxl), Rmno Gypsy Festival (Ulm), Haus der Sinne (Berlin), etc.

In 2019 he moved to Brussels, starting his studies at the Conservatoire Royale and dedicating himself to teaching.

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