ICM and other initiatives of the Fondazione Accademia di Musica


The “Pinerolo e Torino – Città Metropolitana” International” Chamber Music Competition was created in 1994 thanks to the passion and planning of Laura Richaud and Giorgio Bresso, respectively President and Artistic director in charge and honorary president of the Fondazione Accademia di Musica Pinerolo and Torino.

From its inception, the Accademia has always supported highly talented young musicians, providing them with teachers of international renown to perfect their musical training and creating pre-professional and professional opportunities for them to perform in public. For 20 years the school has been operating in Pinerolo, holding annual music courses, master classes, workshops, summer schools, concert seasons, musical events and exhibitions. Since its founding, it has organized no less than a thousand concerts and has created an orchestra and a choir.


In the field of music education, our school, the Fondazione Accademia di Musica, is undoubtedly considered to be one of the most important centres of advanced music training in Italy, equal in prestige to the Accademia Pianistica di Imola (dedicated to piano studies) and to the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole (which specializes in training for orchestra), different as these schools may be, given their specific artistic focus.

With the beginning of the 2019/2020 academic year the Accademia is launching its absolutely new 2-year postgraduate courses in advanced music studies3rd cycle qualificationrecognised by the MIUR – Italian Ministry of Education in solo piano, solo piano for contemporary music, violin, viola and cello. In the 2024/25 academic year the Accademia will launch the 3rd cycle also for opera singing.

The Fondazione Accademia di Pinerolo ranks among the most respected centres of advanced musical education (university level), offering courses and masterclasses for students of piano, violin, viola, cello, orchestra and chamber music, opera singing with teachers of international renown, who generously concentrate their efforts on growing the talents of their students as the future generation of professionals.

All of our teaching methodology is student-centred, solidly based around the student and his/her needs: each teaching programme is aimed at enhancing the personal strengths and developing the skills and expressivity of each individual musician. Standard curriculum, specific personal curriculum, formative tests, performance training: all these factors are combined together, creating opportunities for enrichment, exchange and collaboration between the various strands of musical culture.

Under the guidance of our President and Artistic director Laura Richaud, the Fondazione Accademia di Musica aims to provide training that is complementary to the music education provided by the Conservatoires, and, with this goal in mind, creates teaching programmes that take into consideration our students’ needs and the skills they must develop in order to embark on a professional career in music.


Apart from the money prizes awarded by the eminent jury, there is also an award decided by the audience, as well as a prize for an audience member.

giuria jury icm competition chamber music


We have always been proud of the distinguished panel of musicians who judge our competition, assessing ensembles coming from all over the world.


Since 1994 some of the best young musicians on the international music scene have performed in the competition, before our prestigious jury.


The elimination rounds and the finals offer the general public the opportunity to hear live performances from some of the most talented young musicians on the international music scene.


Find out how our competition has changed over more than two decades, from the original Pinerolo Città della Cavalleria contest to today’s ICM Competition.

International Chamber Music Competition


The competitors admitted have been selected from the over 125 musicians from 18 countries all over the world