Yablonsky Music Institute
in Florence

September 9-16th, 2024
(Deadline for registration — July 15th, 2024;
Deadline for deposit payment — July 1st, 2024)
Villa San Lorenzo al Prato, Sesto Music School
Yablonsky Music Institute
in Florence
September 9-16th, 2024
(Deadline for registration:
July 15th, 2024;
Deadline for deposit payment:
July 1st, 2024)
Villa San Lorenzo al Prato, Sesto Music School

Soon in Sesto Fiorentino!

Yablonsky Music Institute Master Course and Festival to be held
from September 9 to 16, 2024.
The program includes Piano, Cello, Violin Master Courses, Conducting, Singing, Four Hands Piano Ensemble, Chamber Music and Piano Technology Clinic.
Sesto Fiorentino known locally as just Sesto, is a commune in the Metropolitan City of Florence, Tuscany, central Italy
Villa Guicciardini Corsi Salviati in Sesto Fiorentino.
(By sailko - Self-photographed, CC BY 2.5, Wikimedia Commons)
The oldest known human settlement in the area dates from the Mesolithic (c. 9,000 years ago). The Etruscan presence is known from the 7th century BC, but the town proper was created by the Romans as Sextus ab urbe lapis ("Sixth mile from the Town Milestone"). The first churches were built in the early Middle Ages, among which the most important became the Pieve of San Martino. Sesto Fiorentino was subject to the Archbishop of Florence. Later it was under the Florentine Republic, which dried the plain and boosted the area's economy starting from the Renaissance age.

In 1735, Marquis Carlo Ginori founded one of the first porcelain plants in Europe, the Manifattura di Doccia. Now under the name Richard-Ginori, the company is still located in Sesto, and is the largest porcelain manufacturer in Italy. Toward the end of the 19th century, craftsmen who had been trained at Richard-Ginori began to start their own pottery studios, some of which also grew into factories. There are currently over one hundred producers of pottery in Sesto Fiorentino, and a state school for teaching pottery, now called L'Istituto Statale d'Arte.

Sesto Fiorentino was annexed by plebiscite to the newly unified Kingdom of Italy in 1860. The town was a protagonist in the late 19th century workers struggle, and in 1897 it elected the second socialist member ever of the Italian Parliament, Giuseppe Pescetti. In 1899 it was the first town in Tuscany to have a socialist mayor.
Sesto Fiorentino is a part of Florence and it takes only a few minutes by train from Florence to get to the music school.
Participants of the festival and teachers will live in Florence in order to take advantage of the most beautiful city in the world and its history visitings sites, museums during some free time between lessons and concerts.

Festival Dates and Fee

September 9-16th, 2024
(Deadline for registration — July 15th, 2024;
Deadline for deposit payment — July 1st, 2024)
Tuition and Observers packages are available:
  • Lodging with breakfast and lunch in Sesto during musical activity
  • Three individual lessons
  • Visiting all Master Classes
  • Chance to perform during the Festival
  • Lodging with breakfast and lunch in Sesto during musical activity
  • Attendance of lessons and Master Classes
  • Concert tickets
There will be discounts for passive participation and Sesto music school students. For more information, see the Information and Rules section.

The Venue

Villa San Lorenzo al Prato is one of the oldest buildings in Sesto Fiorentino, Florence. Its origins date back to the Middle Ages when, thanks to a system of towers and crenellated walls, it formed a real castle (Castellare de Sexto). The first known owner (1379) was Jacopo di Ubaldino Fastelli, who then, around 1430, sold the property to the Florentine nobleman Francesco Venturi. In this period the old castle was transformed into a stately residence complete with a typically fifteenth-century courtyard. In 1645 the Venturi family sold the villa to Orazio di Francesco di Simone Corsi, a Florentine nobleman of the Marchesi family.

Next to the tower is the small Church of San Lorenzo in Prato, whose origins date back to the 11th century. In front of the villa there is a tabernacle known as the "del Prato" one, inside which one could once admire frescoes from the Botticelli school, which have now disappeared.

Since 1980 it represents the headquarters of “Scuola di Musica di Sesto Fiorentino Bruno Bartoletti”. Within a few years since its foundation, became one of the reference associations for musical education and the organization of concerts and festivals.

In the small but welcoming auditorium there is a Bosendorfer Royal (about 3.30 meters long) recently donated by Filippo Conti. The piano had belonged to the pianist Paolo Conti, who passed away about 2 years ago.


Solo, chamber music.
Professor Emeritus Juilliard School of Music NY, Professor of Piano Faculty Academy of Music and Dance Jerusalem
Professor of Violin Tel Aviv Buchman-Mehta School of Music at Tel Aviv University, Professor of Valencia Music Academy, Spain
Cello/Conducting (realize your dream and study conducting for amateurs)
Professor of Cello and Chamber Music Tel Aviv Buchman-Mehta School of Music at Tel Aviv University, Professor of Valencia Music Academy, Spain, Grammy Nominated Conductor
Piano Technical Clinic
Alexander Volchonok
Master Technician with 45 years of concert piano preparation in worlds renown concert halls.
Professor of Piano, performed in Britain, Denmark, Israel, Italy, Germany, Poland, Croatia, Spain, Bulgaria, Russia, South Africa, Azerbaijan, India, the Philippines, Taiwan, and a number of venues in the United States including Los Angeles, Boston, San Diego, Santa Fe, and Carnegie Hall in NY.
Yoni Gotlibovich is one of the most prominent Cellists to emerge from Israel. A student of Mr. Zvi Harrell and Mr. Zvi Plesser, Gotlibovich holds an active solo career as is often featured in chamber music concerts in Israel and abroad.
Viola/Chamber music
Senior Lecturer of Viola and Chamber Music at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, Head of the Nazarian program for excellence in chamber music.
Opera singing/Performing arts
Her most successful roles go from "Elisir d'Amore" to "Tosca," from "Lucia di Lammermoor" to “Norma”, including"Madama Butterfly," Leonora (La Forza del Destino), Elisabetta (Don Carlos), Abigaille (Nabucco), Mimi (La Bohème), Adriana Lecouvreur, Maddalena (Andrea Chenier).
Cellist Alex Veltman has been a member of Philadelphia Orchestra since 1996. Prior associations included New York Philharmonic, New Jersey Symphony, Hudson Valley Philharmonic, NY Chamber Orchestra and New Haven Symphony.
As an orchestral player, Denis Zhdanov has worked with Staatskapelle Dresden, Münchner Rundfunk, Staatskapelle Weimar, Saarländisches Staatsorchester among others. He is currently Principal Solo Cellist of the Freiburg Philharmonic Orchestra. Denis Zhdanov's rich repertoire includes works from early Baroque until the 21st century.
Currently Uliana Zhdanov serves as the artistic director of „Zhdanov-Konzerte“- Artist Agency and performs as soloist and member of different chamber ensembles. Among her partners in chamber music are Eric Le Sage, Tatjana Masurenko, Roman Patkolo, and Ksenia Sidorova, among others.

Information & Rules
for Participation

By sending the registration form the participant agrees with the general conditions and abides by them.
Registration is only possible online.
The registration form is available below. Click on the button to download it.
The registration form has to be fully completed and sent to our official mail address yminstitute2023@gmail.com together with:
  • Application fee 60 Euros
  • Copy of short curriculum
  • Photo
  • Copy of ID Card (if from EU Country) or your Passport (if not from EU Country)
  • Proof of payment of the registration fee of 60 Euros for the courses
Registration of a participant who is under age has to be made by the parent or legal guardian. Registrations by post or fax will not be accepted and not taken into consideration.

General schedule:
  • September 8th: arrival
  • September 9th-15th: courses and concerts
  • September 16th: departure
Detailed schedule will be provided to all accepted participants after the deadline of July 15th, 2024.
There is no age limit to participation in the master-classes. Practice facilities will be provided for all participants with a minimum of 2 practice hours/day.
The instruments that the festival provides to all the students are only pianos.
The festival does not provide other instruments.
Basic Course:
  • Each student or ensemble will receive masterclasses
2 soloist lessons​ and 2 chamber music lesson*
Or 3 soloist lessons*
*Based on his/her preference and on the number of participants.
  • Housing in an apartment in Florence center
  • Lunch
  • Practice Facilities (pianos and rooms) at “Scuola di musica di Sesto Fiorentino Bruno Bartoletti”
  • Concerts at the auditorium of “Scuola di musica di Sesto Fiorentino Bruno Bartoletti”

Price: 1600 euros
Special price for Italian students (no Housing included): 600 euros
Special price for students of “Scuola di musica di Sesto Fiorentino Bruno Bartoletti”: 520 euros

Double courses:
For people who want to take adjunctive lessons
  • Conducting with M° Dmitry Yablonsky
  • Piano technician introduction course with M° Alexander Volchonok
  • Full solo+chamber music course
  • Other

Price: 2000 euros

Festival Competition:
Winner gets 50% Scholarship and a concert in 2025 Festival.

Passive courses:
For people who want to listen masterclasses and private lessons.

Price: 80 euros
Special price for students of “Scuola di Musica di Sesto Fiorentino Bruno Bartoletti”: 40 euros
The registration fee of 60 Euros has to be paid immediately and the payment receipt must be sent by email with the registration form. All expenses and fees for international transfers are to be paid by the participant and will not be covered by the academy. The participation fee can be payed by bank transfer before the beginning of the course or by cash the first day of the course.

Deadline for deposit payment — July 1st, 2024.

All fees (active and passive courses) must be paid in the exact amount requested in euros to:

BANK: Unicredit Bulbank, 3 Pirin str., Bansko, Bulgaria 2770.
NAME ON THE ACCOUNT: Alexander Volchonok
IBAN: BG39UNCR70001523854236

Any exchange expenses or bank commissions will be charged in full to the student.
In case of written notification of withdrawal before the application deadline as art. 1, the facility and housing costs will be retained; the remaining amount (participation fee) will be reimbursed.
The full participation and registration fees will be reimbursed if the YMI is forced to cancel courses.
A student can join more than a course with an adjunctive amount of only 400 euros.
Participation in the Yablonsky Music Institute (YMI) courses occurs at the participant’s own risk. Participants are responsible for damage which they may cause.
The parent or legal guardian who concludes the contract for participation in YMI courses of the participant who is under age, declares his or her agreement with the fact that the academy cannot assume any responsibility for supervising the participant who is under age. This applies in particular to behaviour immediately before the beginning of the master-class/course or at the end of the master-class/course and outside the rooms where the master-class/course is held. Every registration of a participant who is under age requires a signed declaration by the parent or legal guardian to this effect.
The parent or legal guardian is responsible for damage caused by the participant who is under age. Furthermore, the parent or legal guardian indemnifies the academy concerning all claims to compensation which are asserted by the participant who is under age.
yminstitute2023@gmail.com is the official mail of the festival.
It can be used for all kind of information and questions.
All mail must be written in English or Italian language, no other language will be accepted.