Fee waivers and Scholarships


The Chigiana Academy will waive the attendance fees for one student in each course. Candidates enrolled as active students may compete for the fee-waiver by making a written request declaring whether or not they have an earned income, and including it with their application form,. These waivers will be granted after a merit classification and will consist of a refund of the paid tuition fee.
Each instructor will have the discretion to award the fee-waiver, either at the beginning of the course, on the basis of the results of the entrance examination, or at the end of the course, in consideration of the student’s merit.
Students who have already been awarded a scholarship from other institutions or who arrive late at the entrance examination will not be eligible for a waiver.
No fee waivers are available for attendance of Seminars.


Some scholarships are granted by public Institutions or private Donors to distinguished students of the Accademia Chigiana master classes:

“Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena” Prize
The Bank Monte dei Paschi di Siena is, again in 2019, offering a prize of € 1,500. This year the scholarship will be awarded to a student in the Violin Course held by Boris Belkin. The aim of this prize is to allow the winner to pursue his/her studies without difficulty and to continue to refine his/her promising musical gifts. The Prize will be awarded based on the evaluation of a panel of judges, including a representative of the Bank, Maestro Nicola Sani (the Artistic Director of the Accademia Chigiana), and the instructor of the Course.

Rotary Club Siena
Two scholarships, of € 1,500 (before tax) each, will be awarded in 2019 to students in the Flute Course held by Patrick Gallois and the Orchestral Conducting Course held by Daniele Gatti and Luciano Acocella.
The scholarships will be awarded according to the merit list based on the results of the entrance examinations held at the beginning of the Courses.

Pie Disposizioni
Five scholarships, of € 400 (before tax) each, will be awarded in 2019 to students in the following Courses: Guitar and chamber music, Clarinet, Choir Conducting, Piano and Viola and chamber musica.
Scholarships will be awarded according to a merit list from the results of the entrance examination, based on the evaluation of the instructor and the Artistic Director of the Accademia Chigiana, as well as, on the evaluation of individual needs.

“Giovanna Maniezzo”
Thanks to a generous donation from Professor and Attorney Marcello Clarich, a scholarship has been established to commemorate Giovanna Maniezzo, from the Accademia Chigiana Office of External Relations, who, in 2018, left us too early in life.
The scholarship of €1,500 (before tax) will be awarded to a student from the Accademia Chigiana’s Summer Courses showing exceptional aptitude and ability in nurturing his/her image, in promoting his/her life and artistic work, in engaging with the public, and in communicating with others. The name of the student chosen to receive the scholarship will be announced by the Accademia Chigiana at the conclusion of the summer Courses.

“Emma Contestabile”
Scholarships funded by Emma Contestabile’s bequest to the Accademia Chigiana to be allocated in order to launch students in their professional careers.

Other scholarships
A scholarship for the attendance of the Voice Course, funded by the Accademia Chigiana, is awarded to one of the winners of the“Francisco Viñas” International Singing Competition (on the Jury’s recommendation). The amount of this scholarship consists of € 35 gross per day, in addition to an exemption from the attendance fee.

N.B. Scholarships or any refund of attendance fees paid will be made at the end of the course attended, upon signature of the receipt form provided and submission of the tax code to the students’ office.

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