Foundation
Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana

The Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana Foundation is a private foundation with a public benefit scope, and it runs the University of Music with a public mandate. The Foundation manages three interconnected departments, which distinctively operate in different fields of music education and objectives:

Music School (SMUS): an introductory school for children who want to learn how to play an instrument, and a training centre for young people and adults who want to deepen or broaden their musical skills. The Music School enrols more than 1’200 students, mainly between 5 and 20, coming from 60 different municipalities all over the region.

Pre-College (PRE): a pre-professional department that enrols a limited number of 55 students who are attending high school and intend to prepare for a future musical career.

University of Music (SUM): founded in 1985 and recognised by the authorities in 1988, the original professional department transformed into the University of Music in 1999. According to a new legislative framework and explicit mandate from the State Council of the Cantone Ticino, it obtained recognition and accreditation from the Canton and the Swiss Confederation. Since 2006, it is affiliated with the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI).

The Foundation offers additional services, such as support in selecting musicians for public or private events, and location management: its Aula Magna, for instance, can accommodate up to 220 people for private functions, meetings, and conferences.

The Media-Library lends different media, such as books, magazines, sheet music, CDs, and DVDs, and supports researches.

  • Mission

    The aim of the Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana Foundation is to promote the dissemination of musical culture in Southern Switzerland offering basic and professional education and supporting artistic projects.

    The professional education is internationally renowned and conducted under the Law of the Università della Svizzera italiana (USI), the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI), and research Institutes, of the 1995, October 3rd.

    The Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana Foundation also promotes:

    • continuing education and post-graduate training;
    • research and development;
    • services;
    • cooperation with other national and international institutes; 
    • cooperation with other artistic institutions.

    The Foundation exclusively pursues public benefit purposes and refrains from any profit or private interest.

    (Foundation’ Statute, art. 3)

     

    Vision

    Music embeds our culture, our everyday life.
    It enriches our quality of life and contributes to the development of society. The Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana Foundation considers musical education (as a public school and Music School) and musical training and continuing education (as a University of Music) as something necessary: they both represent its raison d’être.

    The Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana intends to be an institute for education, training, and research, but at the same time a cultural engine for the region and abroad. It aims to be rooted in its community and universally renowned as a centre of reference for all different aspects of music.

     

    Values

    The Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana Foundation most important values are:

    • territoriality, as the Music School and Pre-College Departments are deeply rooted in their communities;
    • internationality, as the University of Music is inevitably internationally-oriented;
    • quality, a guide value for selection of employees, the faculty and the management, and the shared will to keep on improving;
    • effectiveness and efficiency, thanks to its light bureaucracy, proactive orientation, and precise and prudent financial management.

     

    Strategic Projects

    In the short-mid term, the Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana Foundation undertakes five major strategic projects:

    1. A new headquarter: this is the most relevant project. To promptly respond to the architectural and sound needs of a Conservatory (rooms for individual rehearsal, rooms for ensembles, concert halls, recording rooms, an equipped library, etc.), a new and remarkable venue, which will be permanent and well equipped, is mandatory.
    2. Music School funding: as another relevant objective, the School of Music seeks financial stabilization to be able to invest more in quality and innovation, with a direct benefit for the students.
    3. Fundraising for scholarships: this is an increasing activity to financially support the most excellent students from the Music School, the Pre-College, and the University of Music.
    4. Musical instruments acquisition (Renewal Plan): this project includes the purchase of high-quality musical instruments to cover the many and specific specializations offered at the Conservatory.
    5. Support to the Musical Ensembles: the musical ensemble is considered a fundamental activity at the Conservatory. Especially the School of Music and the Pre-College, they both include several youth ensemble programmes, as the Southern Switzerland Youth Orchestra and the Clairière Choir. Those projects run an intense artistic programme, both in Switzerland and abroad, but lack financial support, as the Conservatory can only cover the essential expenses.

     

    Unique Selling Proposition (USP)

    The Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana Foundation adopts high-quality standards and frequently submits to successful external peer-reviews on a volunteer basis. The three departments work with a limited or planned number of students, but usually collect a greater number of qualified applications.

    The Music School (SMUS) is the biggest and the most pervasive music school in the region. Its 85 teachers possess an acknowledged artistic and pedagogic diplomas, and it enrols 1’200 students in 4 locations, and 500 students in summer camps. The Music School offers a complete education programme with a total of 2’000 musical classes, 700 hours of individual, collective, ensemble, and orchestras classes. The Music School is a significant nurturing place for local young talents.

    The Pre-College (PRE) is the only department of classical music that offers students from high schools the opportunity to prepare for a University of music in the region. Students who brilliantly graduate at the Pre-College are almost 100% successful at the entry tests of the University of Music, both in Switzerland and abroad.

    The University of Music (SUM) is a small and richly dynamic department immersed in a familiar but international environment, that attracts high-quality professors and students from over 40 Countries in the world. Quality and excellence-oriented, it boasts an excellent and internationally renowned faculty. Qualified applications are numerous and constantly increasing.

  • Board of Trustees

    The Board of Trustees is the highest body of the Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana Foundation and includes between seven and eleven members.

    The Board of Trustees manages the assets of the Foundation, supervises its activities, and approves the annual financial statements, the annual report, and the budget. The Board of Trustees appoints the Auditing Body, the President of the Executive Board, the other members of the Executive Board, and the Department Managers. It establishes their terms of employment; it also appoints, on the proposal of the Executive Board, one of its members as a delegate to the Board of the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI). On the proposal of the Executive Board, the Board of Trustees adopts a Regulation that governs the organisation, the strategic and operational instruments, the tasks, and the competencies of the Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana. Finally, it ratifies the organisation chart, and the assignment of specific functions to the persons responsible for education and the main services for the activities of the Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana, such as department heads and area managers.

     

    (extract from the Statutes of the Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana Foundation)

     

    Board of Trustees – Members

    Ina Piattini Pelloni, President
    Giancarlo Dillena, Vice President
    Annamaria Albek
    Franco Ambrosetti
    Carlo Donadini
    Giovanna Masoni Brenni
    Franco Mornata
    Elena Maria Pandolfi
    , Delegate of the Republic and Canton Ticino
    Guido Turati

     

    Executive Board

    The Board of Trustees appoints the Executive Board and its President. The President of the Executive Board assumes the position of General Director of the Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana. In principle, the Executive Board must represent the three departments. Its members participate in the meetings of the Board of Trustees, with no voting rights.

    The Executive Board is responsible for the management and administration of the Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana, and for representing its various bodies vis-à-vis third parties. The Executive Board deliberates and decides on all matters, except those assigned to the Board of Trustees by law or by the Statutes.

    The Executive Board collaborates with the Board of Trustees in formulating the strategic objectives in those areas where the interests of the Board of Trustees and those of the Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana are closely connected.

    The President of the Executive Board convenes the meetings. The Executive Board decides by a simple majority of votes. In the event of a tie, the decision is submitted to the Board of Trustees, or to a delegation of the Board of Trustees that is competent in the subject matter of the contested decision.

     

    (extract from the Statutes of the Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana Foundation)

     

    Executive Board - Members

    Christoph Brenner, General Director
    Luca Medici, Member of the Executive Board

     

    Organigram

    (web version)

     

  • Salvatore Abate 

    Information technology and IT services Manager
    Foundation

    Tel. +41 (0)91 960 30 53
    salvatore.abate@conservatorio.ch

    Carlo Balmelli 

    Music School Mendrisio Manager

    Tel. +41 (0)91 960 30 48
    carlo.balmelli@conservatorio.ch

    Federica Basso 

    Communication Office operational Manager
    Foundation

    Tel. +41 (0)91 960 23 61
    federica.basso@conservatorio.ch

    Francesco Bossaglia 

    Delegate for ensemble and orchestral activities
    University of Music

    T +41 (0)91 960 30 40
    francesco.bossaglia@conservatorio.ch

    Stefano Bragetti 

    Head of pedagogy
    University of Music

    Music School Locarno Manager

    Tel. +41 (0)91 960 30 40
    Tel. +41 (0)91 960 30 48
    stefano.bragetti@conservatorio.ch

    Christoph Brenner 

    General Director of the Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana
    University of Music Director
    Head of Pre-College

    Tel. +41 (0)91 960 30 55
    Tel. +41 (0)91 960 30 40
    direzione@conservatorio.ch

    Carlotta Cavadini 

    Collaborator Secretariat
    Music School

    Tel. +41 (0)91 960 30 48
    smus@conservatorio.ch

    Carlo Ciceri 

    Delegate for strategic projects 
    Foundation

    Head of 900presente,
    Head of Continuing Education 
    University of Music

    Tel. +41 (0)91 960 23 67
    carlo.ciceri@conservatorio.ch

    Cinzia Cruder 

    Researcher Research & Development Division
    University of Music

    cinzia.cruder@conservatorio.ch

     

     

    Hubert Eiholzer 

    Head of Research & Development Division,
    Deputy Director
    University of Music

    Tel. +41 (0)91 960 30 57
    hubert.eiholzer@conservatorio.ch

    Fabio Favoroso 

    Vice Director,
    Head of Academic Services
    University of Music

    Tel. +41 (0)91 960 30 58
    fabio.favoroso@conservatorio.ch

    Riccardo Feroce 

    Collaborator Logistical Services
    University of Music

    Tel. +41 (0)91 960 23 62
    riccardo.feroce@conservatorio.ch

    Alessandra Filippi 

    Secretariat Manager
    Music School

    Tel. +41 (0)91 960 30 50
    direzione.smus@conservatorio.ch

    Hernando Florez 

    Scientific Collaborator for Academic Services,
    Quality Management Delegate
    University of Music

    Tel. +41 (0)91 960 30 46
    hernando.florez@conservatorio.ch

    Gabriele Gardini 

    Head of events and services
    University of Music

    Tel. +41 (0)91 960 23 69
    gabriele.gardini@conservatorio.ch

    Giulia Genini 

    Vice Director,
    Co-Head for training and performance
    University of Music

    Tel. +41 (0)91 960 30 40
    giulia.genini@conservatorio.ch

    Angela Greco 

    Philanthropy Manager
    Foundation

    Tel. +41 (0)91 960 23 65
    angela.greco@conservatorio.ch

    Francesco Kliner 

    Administrative Officer
    Foundation

    Tel. +41 (0)91 960 30 42
    francesco.kliner@conservatorio.ch

    Luca Medici 

    Executive Board Member
    Music School Director
    Delegate Head of Pre-College

    Tel. +41 (0)91 960 30 50
    direzione.smus@conservatorio.ch

    Lorenzo Micheli 

    Vice Director,
    Co-Head for training and performance
    University of Music

    Tel. +41 (0)91 960 30 40
    lorenzo.micheli@conservatorio.ch

    Silvia Pancini 

    Collaborator Logistical Services
    University of Music

    Tel. +41 (0)91 960 23 62
    silvia.pancini@conservatorio.ch

    Paolo Paolantonio 

    High School graduation Manager
    Pre-College

    Tel. +41 (0)91 960 23 63
    paolo.paolantonio@conservatorio.ch

    Camilla Papiri 

    Collaborator Didactic Secretariat
    University of Music 

    Tel. +41 (0)91 960 30 40
    camilla.papiri@conservatorio.ch

    Carlo Quirici 

    Librarian
    Library and Archives

    Tel. +41 (0)91 960 30 51
    carlo.quirici@conservatorio.ch

    Alexandra Rossini 

    Assistant Director,
    Delegate for Communication
    Foundation

    Gender & Diversity Delegate
    University of Music

    Tel. +41 (0)91 960 30 55
    alexandra.rossini@conservatorio.ch

    Alan Rusconi 

    Music School Bellinzona Manager

    Tel. +41 (0)91 960 30 48
    alan.rusconi@conservatorio.ch

    Nadia Sangiorgio 

    Collaborator Accounting Office
    Foundation

    Tel. +41 (0)91 960 30 54
    nadia.sangiorgio@conservatorio.ch

    Licia Stocco 

    Head of Didactic Secretariat 
    University of Music

    Tel. +41 (0)91 960 23 68
    licia.stocco@conservatorio.ch

    Chiara Tinonin

    Scientific Collaborator Communication Office
    Foundation

    Tel. +41 (0)91 960 30 44
    chiara.tinonin@conservatorio.ch

    Nadir Vassena 

    Master of Arts in Music Composition & Theory Manager,
    Theoretical subjects Manager,
    Spazio21 Manager
    University of Music

    Tel +41 (0)91 960 30 45
    nadir.vassena@conservatorio.ch

    Martina Verzasconi 

    Collaborator Didactic Secretariat
    University of Music 

    Collaborator Secretariat
    Pre-College

    Tel. +41 (0)91 960 30 59
    martina.verzasconi@conservatorio.ch

    Lara Zanetti 

    Collaborator Secretariat
    Music School

    Tel. +41 (0)91 960 30 48
    smus@conservatorio.ch

    Massimo Zicari 

    Deputy Head of Research & Development Division

    Tel. +41 (0)91 960 30 43
    massimo.zicari@conservatorio.ch

  • 2019
    In December, the Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana Foundation submits the request to the Swiss Association of Schools of Music (ASSM) and the Conference of Swiss Universities of Music (CSUMS) to use the trademark Pre-College Music CH

    2018
    The Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana Foundation voluntarily undergoes a peer-review by the international accreditation agency MusiQuE, for its Undergraduate Degree and the Pre-College Department. It is the first case in Switzerland.

    2016
    The SUPSI Master of Arts (double degree) in Music Pedagogy with specialization in Elementary Music Education, and in Music Education Teaching for Secondary I level is now open. It is a collaboration between the Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana and the Dipartimento Formazione e Apprendimento (DFA) SUPSI.

    The Master's degree is recognised by CDPE, so it qualifies students to teach in the secondary I sector throughout Switzerland. In addition, following a resolution by the Council of State in 2007, it also qualifies to teach music education in primary schools in the Canton Ticino.

    2015
    The new cultural centre "LAC - Lugano Arte e Cultura" is inaugurated. The Conservatory celebrates its 30th anniversary there, shortly before the opening, amidst concerts and sold-out crowds. 

    2010
    The first editions of the Master's courses are completed. The School strengthens its relationships with the rest of the Country gaining the Presidency – run by the director of the CSI – of the Conference of Directors of Swiss Universities of Music (Konferenz Musikhochschulen Schweiz / KMHS), which aims to represent the interests of Swiss professional music education at both, the national and international level. On 20 December, the 4 Master's courses are accredited.

    2008
    The first editions of the Bachelor's degrees are completed. The first Bologna Masters courses begin. The Conservatory gives itself a new internal structure, making the three departments (University, Pre-professional, Music School) more autonomous.

    2006
    The Conservatory's University of Music is affiliated with SUPSI.

    2005
    The Conference of Directors of Public Education (CDPE) grants the Conservatory definitive recognition as a University of Music, and the Grand Council of Canton Ticino sanctions its affiliation to SUPSI. The Conservatory starts with the new "Bologna" Bachelors. 

    2004
    The Conservatory wins the prestigious Lily Wäckerlin Jugend und Musik award from the ACCENTUS Foundation in Zurich, for a project in Elementary Music Education (EME).

    2003
    Introduction of the Diploma in Conducting for the contemporary repertoire.

    First exchanges of students and teachers in the framework of the European project "ERASMUS".

    First joint collaboration between the Conservatory, the Scuola Teatro Dimitri and the Department of Environment, Construction and Design of SUPSI for the production of "Les Mariés de la Tour Eiffel" by Jean Cocteau.

    Mastery Through Imitation, in collaboration with the Royal College of Music, London: the first research project at the Conservatory supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation and the Federal Office for Professional Education and Technology (OPET). 

    2002
    The Services and Post-education department is established.

    The school is a founding member and committee member of the Conference of Swiss Universities of Music (KMHS).

    2000
    The Conservatoire obtains provisional recognition as a University of Music.

    The Research and Development Department (DRS) is established. 

    1999
    The Fondazione Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana (CSI) replaces the former Conservatory Association. On the basis of the recently voted Law on Universities of Applied Sciences and the respective Profile of Universities of Music, the transformation into a University of Music begins, on a cantonal mandate. The Pre-professional section is created.

    The first season of "Novecento e Presente", conceived by Giorgio Bernasconi in collaboration with Rete Due, is launched, arousing enormous interest in the music of the last century.

    1998
    The Conservatory moves to the Centro San Carlo. 

    1995
    The first youth orchestra of the Music School is founded.

    1992
    The Conservatory collaborates for the first time with the Orchestra della Svizzera italiana.

    1988
    Diplomas are recognised at cantonal and intercantonal level.

    The Conservatory becomes a member of the Conference of Directors of Swiss Conservatories.

    1985
    Armin Brenner founds the Accademia di Musica della Svizzera italiana.