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During the Course, students will be able to make an in-depth study of additional pieces of their choice. These pieces should be listed in advance on the Application Form. Throughout the Course itself, solo tuning is preferred.

In the event that the course takes place in-person, active students must provide the collaborating pianist with scores of the pieces being studied in the appropriate key. 

For study purposes during the Course, several modern concert double basses will be made available. These instruments may be used exclusively on Accademia Chigiana premises during open hours and in accordance with turns to be established within Double Bass class.

Modern concert double basses may be rented – pending verification of availability – from luthiers Simone and Damiano Verdiani of Colle Val d’Elsa (tel. 0039 0577 953165 – cell. 0039 335 6095751 /


The entrance examination will be held exclusively by video audition. Candidates must submit the following works: 

  • one movement to be chosen between: Prelude and Allemande from Suite n.1 BWV 1007 by J.S. Bach, or the “Suite im alten Stil” by Hans Fryba for double bass solo;
  • the first movement of a concerto or sonata from the Classical Period without cadenza;
  • the first movement of a concerto, sonata, or concert piece with piano accompaniment from the Romantic Period or later.

Note: The video recording for the entrance examination may be made in either orchestral or solo tuning.

Last updated: 26/01/2021