Founded in 2004, the Alba Music Festival has brought hundreds music enthusiasts to its acclaimed concerts in Piedmont, a beautiful region of Northern Italy. Alba, the home to this International music festival is famous for its natural beauty, wine, truffles, chocolates, and typical cuisine. It is a magical place where one can encounter international musicians and artists while enjoying the singular bounty of this extraordinary place. The Alba region (Langhe-Roero and Monferrato) has received the UNESCO World Heritage designation in 2014.
The Alba Music Festival is a highlight of the Northern Italian cultural season and has been hailed as the "Spoleto of Piemonte" by the Italian national newspaper La Repubblica. The Festival has also been featured on Maryland Public Television and in Maryland Magazine.
From its inception the Alba Music Festival was created as an international music festival. The festival has grown to include important institutions including St. Mary's College of Maryland, Roger Williams University and the additional participation of Stanford University, Lehigh University, University of Colorado-Boulder, and Garfield High School of Seattle, Washington.
In 2015, the Chesapeake Orchestra and the Maryland Youth Symphony increased their presence at the Alba Music Festival and, along with its cohort of professional musicians from its Orchestra, brought to the Alba Music Festival students selected from The Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, San Francisco Conservatory, Cleveland Institute of Music, State University of New York - Stony Brook, University of Maryland School of Music, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and University of Michigan School of Music-Ann Arbor.
On the European front, the Alba Music Festival has an institutional partnership with the Conservatoire de Musique, Danse et Théâtre di Montbéliard and the Multimedia Department of the University of Franche-Comte and with the Accademia Chigiana di Siena Global Program.
The Alba Music Festival features an important institute for talented young composers as well, and has organized master classes by distinguished composers including Scott Wheeler, Robert Gibson, David Froom, Jeffrey Mumford, Lou Karchin, George Tsontakis and since 2015 it hosts the International Composition Program directed by Elliott Mckinley. Concerts are presented in the most prestigious venues of the city and region, such as the Teatro Sociale, the ancient church San Domenico, the imposing Temple of St. Paul, and the refined Ferrero Foundation Auditorium. The concert settings range from the magical atmosphere of the Cathedral to the intimate spaces of the Baroque churches San Giuseppe and Coro della Maddalena, Sala Beppe Fenoglio, and throughout the region in its many majestic castles, churches and squares.
Since its foundation, the Alba Music Festival has hosted hundreds of renowned artists, orchestras and chamber groups. Among those many artists have been Vladimir Ashkanazy, Ning Feng, the Solisti della Scala, the Solisti Veneti, the Salzburg Chamber Soloists, the Romanian State Symphony, the String Quintet of the Berlin Philharmonic, the National Symphony Orchestra-RAI chamber ensemble, The Turin Teatro Regio ensembles, composer Sylvano Bussotti, pianist Bruno Canino, flutist Maxence Larrieu, actor Arnoldo Foa, trumpeter John Wallace, violinist Jose Cueto, pianist Brian Ganz, violoncellist Suzanne Orban, harpists Catrin Finch and Gwyneth Wentink.