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.

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 Camerata Belliniana, a chamber orchestra of leading musicians from the Catania Teatro Massimo Bellini Orchestra.

AmiCaFest is also 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.

2017 Piano Faculty

Enrico Elisi

Enrico Elisi

University of Toronto

Canada

Sofya Gulyak

Sofya Gulyak

Royal College of Music / Conservatory of Bolzano

United Kingdom / Italy

Yoonie Han

Yoonie Han

Bilkent University

Turkey

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 June 23 and July 1, 2017. Arrival and departure dates are June 22 and July 2.

Where does AmiCaFest take place?

AmiCaFest takes place in Grammichele, a town in the province of Catania in Sicily, southern Italy. The hexagonal town was built in 1693, after the destruction by an earthquake of the old town of Occhiolà.

What’s the tuition cost?

The participation to AmiCaFest costs $1,350.00 ($1,300.00 + $50.00 Application Fee). Go to the Tuition page for more details.

What does the tuition cover?

Three individual lessons, one masterclass, chance to win a scholarship (audience award) and the Concerto Competition, 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 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 ($600.00) by March 30 and balance ($700.00) by April 10. You can also pay the Tuition 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 both hosts and guests fill out.

What is the cancelation policy?

The Application Fee is non-refundable. Refunds for cancellation will be honored upon receipt of written notification. Read here the details.

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 and guests program: explore it here.

What’s the age range for AmiCaFest?

We are a no-age-limit festival.

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Credits

Comune di Grammichele

Comune di Grammichele

Patronage

comune.grammichele.ct.it
Associazione Terravecchia ONLUS

Associazione Terravecchia ONLUS

Institutional Partner

fondazioneterravecchia.it
Paolo Toscano & Figli Pianoforti

Paolo Toscano & Figli Pianoforti

Corporate Partner

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Locauto-Enterprise Car Rental

Locauto-Enterprise Car Rental

Corporate Partner

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Grammichele.eu

Grammichele.eu

Corporate Partner

grammichele.eu
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Piacíri

Corporate Partner

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