ECMA Session – Fiesole includes various activities developed independently by the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole:

Execution Time
“Nec manus, nisi intellectus, sibi permissus, multum valent: instrumentis et auxilibus res perficitur.”/ “Human hand and intelligence, alone, are powerless: what gives them power are tools and assistants provided by culture”. -Francis Bacon

Execution time was developed in 2013 and inspired by the above phrase from philosopher Francis Bacon’s Novum Organum (1620). Proficiency can be improved only through practice. Therefore every day there will be musical interludes during which each group can ascertain the progress made during their lessons.

Peer education
Music is an asset to be shared”. -Piero Farulli
The best groups will be asked to hold lessons for young ensembles of the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole in order to share with them the notions and indications they acquired, seeing that all are inspired by the same enthusiasm for music.

Ravenna Festival Concert and scholarship
An ensemble participating in the ECMA Session – Fiesole will be selected by Artistic Director Alexander Lonquich as scholarship recipient. The ensemble will also have the possibility to perform a concert for Ravenna Festival.
2015: Pacific Quartet Vienna
2016: Quartetto Lyskamm
2017: Quartetto Adorno
2018: Simply Quartet
2019: Quartetto Echos
2020: Auner Quartet (concert cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic)
2021: Chaos String Quartet

Music and Ethics Concert
Since 2017, one of the Session events is a music and ethics concert dedicated to a community typically excluded from attending music concerts.

V. E. Rimbotti String Quartet Competition 2022
Every two years since 2003, the Rimbotti Family offers the prize for this string quartet competition named for Vittorio Emanuele, the first President of the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole. Quartets participating in the ECMA Session – Fiesole may compete.
Link Concorso V.E. Rimbotti