• About SNS

    The Scuola Normale Superiore is a public institute for higher education that in its two centuries of life has earned itself a special place, both in Italy and abroad, a place characterised by merit, talent and scientific rigour.  Two types of course are available: the undergraduate course and the PhD course.The teaching activity is distributed among three academic structures: the Faculty of Humanities, the Faculty of Mathematical and Natural Sciences, placed in Pisa, and the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, located in Palazzo Strozzi in Florence. 

  • Admission

    The evaluation for entrance to the first year of the undergraduate course does not include the high school leaving certificate, and the bachelor's degree is not taken into consideration in the entrance examination for the fourth year course. For each PhD course, candidates’ level of competence, talent, motivations and aptitudes to scientific research will be assessed on the basis of their qualifications and research project and an interview.

  • Academics

    The Scuola Normale Superiore offers two types of course: the undergraduate course, leading to first and second level university degrees, and the PhD course, the international equivalent of the Italian Dottorato di ricerca.The teaching and research activity is distributed among three academic structures: the Faculty of Humanities, the Faculty of Mathematical and Natural Sciences, and the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences.The first two academic structures, housed at the Pisa site, organize courses for both the  undergraduate course and the PhD course. The Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, situated in Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, deals only with the PhD course.

  • Research

    A highly qualifying feature of the Normale way is the strong link between teaching and research that is a characteristic of both the undergraduate and the graduate programmes of the Scuola. The research structures of the two Faculties welcome students with a relevant study interest, enabling them to collaborate in a mature way with the activities of the researchers.

  • International

    The Scuola Normale is an institute of a decidedly international nature. Examinations for admission to the undergraduate degree course and for the PhD course are open to all citizens worldwide. A certain number of places on the PhD course are reserved for students from other countries. During the pre laurea and  post lauream teaching courses, study and research programmes are made available at overseas universities and research centres with which the Scuola forms an intense network of collaboration.  The doctorate course in particular is taught in a veritable graduate school in line with the highest international standards. 

Concerts

Classical music became part of the Scuola Normale almost forty years ago, when the presence of music in universities was practically unheard of.

Gilberto Bernardini, then Director of the Normale, considered music an integral part of scientific and humanistic culture and intellectual enrichment and thought that as such it should also be part of the Scuola Normale.

Thanks to the synergy between Bernardini and Maestro Piero Farulli – who wanted to open the university to musical culture – in 1967 the Concerts of the Normale were inaugurated by the Quartetto Italiano, an ensemble which has left a profound mark on the history of musical interpretation.

From 1967 to today – under the management first of Piero Farulli, followed by that of Andrea Mascagni (1987-1993) and of Carlo de Incontrera (1993 – 2013) and currently of Jeffrey Swann – the concert season has become a tradition at the Scuola Normale. This tradition includes a choir, the Coro Vincenzo Galilei, also introduced by Farulli some 30 years ago as an integral part of his musical programme.

These forty years of activity have always been characterized by both tradition and innovation: on the one hand there has always been space reserved for music from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance, up to the Baroque period, and on the other hand attention has always been given to modern and contemporary productions.

Another relevant element has been the importance which has been given from the beginning to young musical talent. Initially the concerts included a young string quartet from the Music School of Fiesole; subsequently every season has included concerts by students from the Music Academy of Imola.

The variety of each season’s repertoire ensures that students and public alike are encouraged to develop good taste and sensitivity towards music.

The Concerts of the Normale provide a season of varying musical periods and styles, of instrumental interpretation and shifting composition genres – even by the same composer – which help participants better assess and understand the innovative and experimental expression of contemporary music.

All the material you can find in the “Further information” section is written in Italian; we apologize to you for any inconvenience.

We are defining the upcoming concert season, which we will be happy to present to you as soon as possible on these pages.

 

Most recent appointment:

martedì 23 febbraio 2016, ore 21.00
Teatro Verdi, Pisa

Quartetto Voce

Sarah Dayan | violino
Cécile Roubin | violino
Guillaume Becker | viola
Lydia Shelley | violoncello

 

18
October
2015
Concerto Hesperion xxi
Ortiz, Guerau, De Murcia, Guerrero, De Cabezón, Pasquini, Martín Y Coll, De Arauxo, Valente, Anonimo
25
November
2015
Concerto Werba e Baillieu
Fauré, Debussy, Ravel, Schumann
09
December
2015
Concerto Nordio e Bellucci
Bach, Busoni, Schumann, Bartók
20
December
2015
Orchestra Auser Musici
CATONE

Händel

22
December
2015
Orchestra della Toscana
CONCERTO DI NATALE

Bach, Respighi, Maxwell Davies , Dvořák

19
January
2016
concerti finazzer flory
GRAN SERATA FUTURISTA

Stravinskij, Casella, Cilea, Cowell, Sakamoto, Antheil

02
February
2016
Trio Metamorphosi
Schumann
09
February
2016
Orchestra della Toscana
CONCERTO DI CARNEVALE

Gershwin, Anderson, Rota, Musorgskij

20
February
2016
Progetto LTL Opera Studio
LA VEDOVA ALLEGRA

Lehár

23
February
2016
Quartetto voce
Mozart, Turina, Beethoven
29
March
2016
Dindo e De Maria
Schumann, Brahms
05
April
2016
jeffrey swann
FAUST E LE LOTTE DEL GENIO ROMANTICO, primo concerto

Schumann, Beethoven

08
April
2016
Jeffrey Swann
FAUST E LE LOTTE DEL GENIO ROMANTICO, secondo concerto

Liszt, Schubert

19
April
2016
Zimerman
Schubert