Chaya Czernowin


Rand Steiger



ensemble Suono Giallo



Schallfeld ensemble

guest ensemble


Chiara Franceschini

guest performer|violin


Città di Castello, Italy

 ilSUONO 2021

July 17-25, 2021


Gianni Maestrucci

guest performer|percussion a rigorous new music forum assembled by contemporary musicians,

celebrating excellence in composition, performance, and computer music.

"Such devoted musicians and faculty... open and healthy environment for discussion and exchange of ideas... very affordable tuition fees... very well organized in many details... attractive location."

Joungbum Lee (2017 Participant)

"The strongest point for me was the human aspect. Everyone there was so kind and natural that it seemed we were a group of friends discussing and learning from one another. Very efficient teachers, hard-working performers and really involved directors."

Juan Batanero (2017 Participant)



International ilSUONO Contemporary Music Week is a grassroots new music collaborate initiative between Italian ensemble Suono Giallo and Greek composer Theocharis Papatrechas. Shaped as a rigorous summer assembly of emerging contemporary musicians, ilSUONO celebrates excellence in composition, performance practices and computer music. It was founded in 2016 and takes place annually in Città di Castello, Italy during the summer season.


ilSUONO’s core objective is to provide emerging composers with a unique forum in which participants polish musical skills through private instruction and composition seminars with renowned composers from elite institutions, and have performance opportunities by highly skilled new music instrumentalists for quality portfolio built up.


Τhe course has been formed to support "young" emerging composers:  ilSUONO participant composers are of all ages and walks of life, who are in the early stages of their compositional career. Most likely, they are currently enrolled in or have recently graduated from an academic institution (either undergraduate, or graduate), and are in search for community.


In ilSUONO, participants: work intimately with renowned composers from elite institutions; participate in academically and artistically challenging lectures and organized discussions on composition, electronic music, and performance; write new works to be premiered by the resident ensemble; work closely and extensively with instrumentalists of the resident ensemble; have additional performance opportunities by guest ensembles.


Ultimately, ilSUONO celebrates the art of contemporary music. Instrumentalists and ensembles from around the globe are invited to Città di Castello to present their performative perspectives and artistic aesthetics and work side-by-side contemporary composers, producing the music of our times.

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Theocharis Papatrechas


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ensemble Suono Giallo


Città di Castello, Italy

Il Centro

Piazza Matteotti

Duomo Cathedrale

Città di Castello


Città di Castello is a city located in north Umbria, in the province of Perugia. The town's location in the valley of the Tiber River, and surrounded by the Apennines, is picturesque to say the Città di Castello is a city located in north Umbria, in the province of Perugia. The town's location in the valley of the Tiber River, and surrounded by the Apennines, is picturesque to say the least. When visiting Città di Castello one can't help but imagine how the twon of all-brick buildings would have looked at the time of the town's founding, which is thought to date back to the Iron Age and the Etruscans.

The city has long been internationally renown for its high standards in musical offerings, and ilSUONO intends to advance this trend further by spearheading a vanguard contemporary music dimension to the extant cultural fabric

How To Get There:

By Car:

-Highway E45: Cesena-Orte

-A1 Autostrada del Sole: exit to Arezzo. Then continue on H.W. 73 and 221, H.W. 73 and 221

-From Rome: Autostrade del Sole A1 exit to Orte, Highway E45 with direction to Perugia-Cesena, exit to Città di Castello (south, Santa Lucia, or north)

-From Bologna-Firenze: Autostrada del Sole A1 exit to Arezzo. Then continue on H.W. 73 and 221

-From Fortì-Cesena: Highway E45

-From Rimini-San Marino: H.W. 258 of Marecchia

-From Pesaro-Urbino: H.W. 423 and H.W. 73

-From Sano: Highway Flaminia and H.W. 257

By Train:

-Line F.S. Firenze-Roma: Stop in Arezzo. Then continue by bus to Città di Castello (Autoline SITA)

-Line Ferrovia Centrale Umbra (F.C.U.) Sansepolcro-Terni: coinciding with the State Railways, it runs through the entire Alta Valle del Tevere with the possibility of stopping in various localities in the area.


By Bus:

Bus links with Rome, Arezzo, Firenze, Urbino, Fano, Pesaro, Gubbio

-Città di Castello-Todi-Roma with Autoline SULGA

-Città di Castello-Arezzo-Firenze with Autoline SITA

-Città di Castello-Acqualagna-Pesaro with Autoline BUCCI

-Città di Castello-Gubbio with Autoline APM


By Plane:

-Regionale di Sant'Egidio (Perugia) Airport [45km]

-Fiumicino Airport (Rome) [220km]

-Pisa Airport [130km]

-Forlì Airport [110km]

-Bologna Airport [200km]


More information about Città di Castello and getting to the city:

2021 Sponsors


The 5th edition of the International ilSUONO Contemporary Music Week is proud to be sponsored by the:

Ernst Von Siemens Music Foundation


With its support, the foundation is contributing to the accomplishment of two of our forum’s core missions; the provision of multiple performance opportunities within the same context by inviting this year the members of the Graz-based ensemble Schallfeld to perform works by our participant composers and the supply of ideal equipment and technically advanced personnel for the best possible operation of the electronic component of our program. 

This support is a confirmation of our long-term commitment to the art of new music and encourages us to continue with our vision towards the exploration of the endless potential of the musical sphere by creating a special and inspiring setting for research, artistic challenge, experimentation, and growth. 


Municipality of Città di Castello

Scuola Comunale di Musica "Giacomo Puccini"