Ardingly Piano Master Class

Winter Session

13 to 20 December 2014
Ardingly College, Sussex, England

Additional Masterclasses also in 2015 - see below

Master Classes by
international concert pianist

Adolfo Barabino

The fee includes: Piano recital by Adolfo Barabino.
6 intensive days of master classes.

Lessons given on a Steinway & Sons Model D, provided by The Concert and Artist Department, Steinway & Sons, London

Lecture and discussions.

The students` final concert on Saturday 9th August
in the Ardingly Chapel.

Use of practice rooms with grand pianos.

7 nights boarding.

Use of the College's sport facilities.
When: The winter masterclass commences 9.30 am Sunday 14th December. The course ends Friday 19th December following the student concert in Ardingly chapel or at Steinway Hall in London. Accommodation will be provided from Saturday 13th night included.

Ardingly College

Ardingly College is set in over one hundred hectares of glorious Sussex countryside, only 20 minutes from Gatwick Airport and one hour from Heathrow and central London.This is a large private school with full boarding accommodation and facilities. There is a map of the venue available on the following link, together with the location of Ardingly College and directions for travel from London and the major airports:


Students may arrive from 2pm onward on Saturday 13th December at the Chapel of the College. If we are advised of the time of arrival, we will ensure that they are met at the College, shown to their accommodation and made welcome at the Masterclass venue. Checkout is by 11am Saturday 20th December.

The Course

Lessons are held in the College chapel on a Steinway & Sons D model. This is supplied by The Concert and Artist Department, Steinway & Sons, London

The minimum number of individual lessons per student is five. The duration of each lesson is one hour or more, at the discretion of the Maestro.

A certificate of Attendance will be issued to every student.

There is no restriction to the age of students. Students of any standard are welcome to attend, from those taking exams and diplomas to those preparing for major competitions or performances, for example Liszt International Competition 2017 (Utrecht), Chopin International Competition 2015 (Warsaw) or Leeds International Piano competition 2015 (Leeds).

Commercial Recordings

As Executive Producer and Artistic Director, Adolfo Barabino will also consider students showing exceptional talent and ability to participate in commercial recordings on the CLAUDIO RECORDS label. CLAUDIO RECORDS is distributed, worldwide, by Naxos and is internationally known and respected for its extraordinary sound and fidelity to the music and the artist.


Students are encouraged to bring a programme of not more than 30-40 minutes duration. However, there will be flexibility in this regard when students are preparing for specific exams and competitions.


Anyone who wishes to attend the daily Masterclass is most welcome, free of charge.

Observers are also welcome to join the Maestro and his students for lunch between 1 pm and 3 pm. If so, please advise a minimum of three days in advance. There will be a charge for lunch of £ 7 per head.


Residential accommodation is available from Saturday 13th December until Friday 19th December included.

Rooms are those used during term-time by senior school students. Each student will have a private room. Bathroom and toilets will be shared. All bedding is supplied. Students need only bring their own bath towels.

Full board includes three meals per day and use of the College's sport facilities, comprising an indoor swimming pool, tennis courts and a small gym. Special dietary requirements should be requested on the Application Form.


Participation to the Master Class is:

£ 390 for the Master Class and £ 390 for the boarding.

This does not include additional costs incurred e.g. the taxi to/from the airport or any possible visit outside the campus of the College.

The total fee of £ 780 must be paid in advance by bank transfer to:

Adolfo Barabino
IBAN: GB 49 MIDL 402009 71436538

Students travelling from abroad are advised to take out travel insurance as refunds cannot be made for missed sessions.

Application Form

To apply for a place on the Master Class, please complete the Application Form and send it to or

We will then confirm your place.

Applications for the Winter course must have been submitted by 20th November 2014.

Click here to download the Application Form in Word Format

Future dates

The Ardingly Piano Master classes run three times each year. Our following sessions will be:
Easter Session 11th - 18rd April 2015
Summer Session 26th July - 2nd August 2015

If you wish to be advised of future Master classes or have any other enquiries please e-mail or

The Steinway concert piano chosen and hired for
this recital and masterclass is supplied and maintained by Steinway & Sons, London.

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