Cello | Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia

Course Teacher

Giovanni Sollima

The cellist and composer GIOVANNI SOLLIMA was born in Palermo in 1962. He studied cello with Giovanni Perreira e Antonio Janigro ancd composition with his father Eliodoro Sollima and Milko Keleman. He...

Regulations 2022-2023


Admission requirements

  • The three-year course is open to musicians of any nationality who are no more than 28 years of age.
  • Candidates must possess a 1st or 2nd Level Degree or Conservatory Diploma (old Italian system) earned in the discipline for which they are applying. If the degree was obtained abroad, it will be considered valid if it has been declared equivalent to a Conservatory diploma; it is the responsibility of any student admitted to a course to obtain the equivalence of the foreign qualification, pursuant to applicable Italian laws.

Exceptions to these requirements may be permitted only in exceptional cases, in the event of special, recognized artistic qualities and subject to the evaluation and approval of both the teacher and the President of the Accademia.

Provided that the above requirements are met, admission to the course is subject to an entrance examination.


Applications for admission

Applications for admission must be submitted online (form https://santacecilia.it/en/master-courses/form-di-iscrizione-corsi-di-perfezionamento) by no later than 15 July 2022.

Proof of the application being successfully sent will consist of the e-mail notification sent by the Accademia.

The following documents must be attached to the online application:

  • diploma certificate
  • artistic CV and list of studied repertoire;
  • examination programme at the candidate’s choice;
  • photocopy of passport or other identification document;
  • proof of payment of the examination admission fee.


Entrance examination procedures and programme

  • a Bach Suite;
  • the first movement of Haydn’s Concerto in D major;
  • another Concerto or relevant piece chosen by the applicant.


Entrance examination

Entrance examinations will be held in two phases:

  1. Pre-selection based on video recordings sent by applicants and made according to the following criteria:
  • fixed-camera, unedited, uninterrupted filming of at least one movement of each piece of the entrance examination programme;
  • each piece of the submitted programme must be recorded separately (1 file 1 piece);
  • only files in MP4 format shall be accepted;
  • the individual files must be named with SURNAME and name of the candidate, author, title of the piece (e.g. ROSSI Mario _Beethoven_Simphony n ° 5.mp4). In order to facilitate indexing, please follow the indicated order.

Registrations that do not comply with the aforementioned technical requirements will not be considered valid for admission to the pre-selection.

Video recordings must be forwarded via WeTransfer to didattica@santacecilia.it by no later than 15 July 2022.


Final live exams: the candidates who will have passed the pre-selection will be asked to hold a live audition in Rome, at the Academy’s headquarters, Via Vittoria, 6. The audition date will be communicated at least 3 (three) weeks in advance.


The Examination Panel may ask the candidates to perform all or part of the programme (also of the recorded pieces or parts of them). The pieces shall be prepared in full and performed from memory. The Panel may ask the candidates to describe the motivations and objectives connected to attending the course. The candidates shall appear at the examination bearing a valid identification document, as well as the musical material for their examination programme.


Every course year is organized in twenty-five days of lessons held by the teacher, in which each student must guarantee attendance of at least 12 individual lessons, as well as participation in the collective and artistic activities included in the course curriculum.

The student shall organize his/her attendance schedule in accordance with his/her teacher.

Inability to attend one or more scheduled lessons shall be communicated to the teacher and to the academic office (segreteria didattica) as far in advance as possible, in order to allow re-scheduling of the other lessons. In the event of sudden inability to attend, this must be promptly communicated to the academic office (segreteria didattica) by sending an e-mail to didattica@santacecilia.it.

Repeated and/or unjustified absences may result in the exclusion from the promotion or diploma examinations.

In the event of interruption of the course for health-related reasons, the student shall be entitled to repeat the interrupted course year during the subsequent academic year, upon submitting a medical certificate.

Attendance cannot be suspended on educational or artistic grounds; in the event of voluntary interruption of the attendance, a new admission application will have to be submitted for the subsequent year, and the corresponding examination will have to be taken.

For each student, the overall duration of attendance will be determined by the teacher, and cannot exceed three years.

Students are required to inform their teacher of any educational and/or artistic activities outside the Accademia that are planned during course attendance; in this regard, students enrolled in other courses are asked to submit a certificate of enrolment of the attended courses (2nd level / master programmes, etc.).

Complementary Chamber Music Examination

To access the Diploma examination, students enrolled in solo instrument courses must also take, during the second year of attendance, a Chamber Music examination.

The examination will consist of the public performance of a trio, quartet, or quintet, working with other students in the courses.

This examination shall be prepared in the course of a Master Class held by Maestro Andrea Lucchesini and organized in five lessons.

Exemption from the obligation to take this exam shall be allowed only in the following cases:

  • students who already hold a diploma from the Santa Cecilia Academy Chamber Music course;
  • students who are enrolled on and currently attending the Santa Cecilia Chamber Music course;
  • students in instrumental courses who collaborate with a Chamber Music ensemble for the preparation and performance of the diploma examination.

Chamber Music courses attended at other Institutions shall not be considered for the purposes of exemption.

Promotion examinations

At the end of each year of attendance, students shall take an examination for promotion to the subsequent course year, with the programmes indicated below:

Promotion from course year I to II

Performance of a programme composed of three pieces, one of which from the Classical or Baroque repertoire, one from the Romantic repertoire, and one from the modern/contemporary repertoire.

The programme shall be prepared in full; concertos and solo pieces shall be performed from memory.

The Panel may request the performance of all or part of the submitted programme.


Promotion from course year II to III

Performance of a programme composed of three pieces, different from those presented the previous year, one of which from the Classical or Baroque repertoire, one from the Romantic repertoire, and one from the modern/contemporary repertoire.

The programme shall be prepared in full; concertos and solo pieces shall be performed from memory.

The Panel may request the performance of all or part of the submitted programme.


Should a student fail to pass a promotion examination, he/she shall be entitled to re-apply for admission to the course only after one academic year has passed after the one during which he/she was not confirmed.

Diploma examination

Public performance of a concert programme, of the duration of about one hour, composed of the following pieces, at the candidate’s choice:

  • a piece for solo instrument or another virtuoso piece with or without piano accompaniment;
  • a Sonata;
  • a Concerto.

The student shall submit to the President of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, by no later than the date established and announced at the start of the academic year, three entirely different programme proposals, approved by the teacher. The diploma examination programme shall be chosen by the President of the Accademia and made known to the candidate 30 (thirty) days prior to the diploma concert. The concert programme shall also include a brief piece that shall be assigned by the President of the Accademia 30 (thirty) days prior to the examination date. The programme shall be performed in full. Concertos and solo pieces shall be performed from memory.


Decisions made by Examination Panels for admissions, promotions and diplomas are final and indisputable.


Examination and attendance fees

  • € 50.00 entrance examination;
  • € 950.00 yearly attendance (for students enrolled at the same time in the Chamber Music course, one of the two fees is reduced to € 800.00);
  • € 100.00 promotion examination;
  • € 250.00 diploma examination.

Students in arrears with their course tuition and examination fees will not be admitted to lessons or to examinations.


All payments, specifying as reason “Cello Course,” may be made via:

  • postal account payment
    no. 30406003, made out to Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia – Fondazione
  • wire transfer
    c/c n. 9872, made out to Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia – Fondazione
    Banca Nazionale del Lavoro (BNL) Agenzia n. 6340 di Roma, Via del Corso, 471
    IBAN: IT31 I 010 0503 2400 0000 0009 872
  • Paypal on Fondazione’s website at this link https://santacecilia.it/alta-formazione/paypal

The receipt of the payment for attendance must be sent to the academic office (segreteria didattica) by no later than 15 days after the date of admission to the course. Students may pay the attendance fee in two instalments of equal amount, the second of which is to be paid by no later than 01 March.


Withdrawal from the course shall not entitle the student to be refunded what was paid.

Information and contact

Informations and contacts
Academic office (segreteria didattica)

Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
Via Vittoria, 6 – 00187 Roma
Tel: +39 0632817.348 – 321 – 305
Fax: +39 0632817366
E-mail: didattica@santacecilia.it

All requests and communications to the academic office (segreteria didattica) shall be e-mailed to didattica@santacecilia.it specifying the purpose of the request for quicker handling.