About Istituto Monteverdi


Istituto Monteverdi is situated in a beautiful old building in the centre of Cremona. Our students receive a first-rate musical education in small class sizes which promote a friendly, tight-knit atmosphere at the conservatoire. Here in the city of Stradivarius and Monteverdi, music is at the heart of the community, and students have access to world-class expert teachers, as well as diverse opportunities to attend concerts and performances, whether here, in nearby Milan or elsewhere in northern Italy.


Recently, our students have performed in cities including Trentino and Lugano, Switzerland; while we have exchanged masterclasses and concerts with conservatoires ranging from Lille to Tallinn, Estonia and Goryeong, South Korea. We also hold regular concerts here in Cremona, a town whose rich musical heritage continues to draw attention from musicians worldwide. International students are a very important part of our community, making up as much as a quarter of the student population. Whether you are interested in an Erasmus placement of a few months to a year, or in studying here for a full degree, we hope you will find Istituto Monteverdi a welcoming place to further your musical education, under the tuition of internationally respected experts.



The Institute for High Music Studies “Claudio Monteverdi” (Istituto Superiore di Studi Musicali – ISSM Monteverdi) is a public Higher Edutional Institution (HEI) with related research activities and artistic production.
The Institute pursues the musical education at Professional level, the diffusion and growth of musical culture, the disclosure of the musical and artistic culture in all its forms through modern educational and cultural paths. It provides music education at Bachelors (1st Cycle – Level 6 EQF) and Masters (2nd Cycle – Level 7 EQF), as well as youth education (pre-academic courses), including a large number of foreign students.
Inserted in a rich context of musical tradition famous all over the world (fatherland of Monteverdi and Stradivari, Cremona’s ‘traditional violin craftsmanship’ has been recognized as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by Unesco), the Institute is well established in the territory. It has strong relationships with the University of Pavia – Musicology Faculty in Cremona and it collaborates with Bocconi University in Milan (MAMA Master of Management in Art and Music).
In the artistic production the Institute has involved Teatro Ponchielli, Museo del Violino and the most important institutions in Cremona, featuring projects with Academy of Fine Arts in Venice, Mantua Conservatory, Mondo Musica, Chiusi Orizzonti Festival, FAI Italian Ambient Fund and many others.