About Us

AmiCa (Associazione musicale internazionale del Calatino), was founded in September 2010 due to a vital urge to spread musical culture in Sicily, in particular in the so-called Calatino: a breathtaking area that can be the perfect frame for the high-profile artistic activity that we propose.

AmiCaFest is a varied reality that embraces additional activities such as exhibitions, book presentations, cultural classes, etc. AmiCaFest places the student in a full-Sicilian-immersion environment, surrounded by a total experience of everyday life, from the lodging to the authenticity of worldwide-loved food. The spirit of AmiCaFest is to provide international students with an unforgettable experience, through many opportunities, including piano lessons and masterclasses with renowned artists, and the chance to perform with the Bellini Symphony Orchestra at the Teatro Massimo Vincenzo Bellini in Catania, the historical Opera House named after the composer Vincenzo Bellini. The theater, which seats 1,200, was inaugurated on May 31, 1890 with a performance of the composer’s masterwork, Norma.

2018 Piano Faculty

Ji-Hyun Cho

Ji-Hyun Cho

Dankook University

Korea

Enrico Elisi

Enrico Elisi

University of Toronto

Canada

Thomas Lanners

Thomas Lanners

Oklahoma State University

USA

Tian Ying

Tian Ying

University of Miami

USA

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the dates of the Festival?

AmiCaFest will be held between the 13th (arrival date) and the 26th (departure date) of June, 2018.

Where does AmiCaFest take place?

AmiCaFest takes place in Grammichele, a very unique hexagonal town in the province of Catania, in Sicily (southern Italy). Grammichele was built in 1693, after the violent earthquake that destroyed the old town of Occhiolà. It is part of the historical area called Calatino, a perfect frame for the high-profile artistic activity that we propose.

What’s the tuition cost?

The Tuition cost for Festival Participants is extremely competitive: €1,450.00. If you apply by January 31 you will get a 5% (€70.00) discount on the tuition. Go to the Tuition page for more details.

What does the tuition cover?

Three individual lessons, one masterclass, chance to win a scholarship, Concerto Competition admission (if requested in the application), participation in a shared solo recital, admission to any of AmiCaFest activities, housing in a family environment, transportations and tours, etc. Check the complete list for Festival Participants here.

When are the application fee and tuition due?

The Application Fee will be paid after filling out the application form (due March 10). If you are accepted, the Tuition can be payed in two installments: Deposit by March 30 and Balance by April 10. You can also pay the Tuition in full by March 30. If you apply by January 31 you will get a 5% discount on the Tuition, which will have to be paid in full by March 30.

How do you match families with students?

We consider very carefully the affinities we are able to catch through the forms we make fill out to both hosts and guests.

What is the cancelation policy?

The Application Fee is non-refundable. Tuition Fee refunds for cancellation will be honored upon receipt of written notification according to the policy stated in this page.

How many hours of practice do I have?

You have at least 4 hours of practice per day guaranteed!

May I apply as an auditor or bring somebody else with me?

Definitely! We offer an Auditors & Guests program: explore it here.

What’s the age range for AmiCaFest?

We are a no-age-limit festival.

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Comune di Grammichele

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