Are we not formed, as notes of music are,
For one another, though dissimilar?

Percy Bysshe Shelley

The Fondation Bell'Arte



Description of the course



General Information


We are pleased to announce a new year of the International Piano Program, designed for a limited number of high-level pianists who wish to perfect their art.

This is a unique program that offers the opportunity of working closely with some of the world's top artist-teachers. The program is organized in collaboration with the École Normale de Musique "Alfred Cortot", the Palm Beach Atlantic University, the Academy of Lituania, Vilnius, ...

Course of study will take place in several locations:the Palm Beach Atlantic University, College of Conservatory Tchaikowsky, Moscow, Schnittke Institute, Moscow, the National Academy of Music, Vilnius, the C.P.M. Cristóbal de Morales,Sevilla, the Conservatory Maurice Ravel, Paris- and the Fondation Bell'Arte in Braine l'Alleud-Brussels, Belgium.

The purpose of this unique program is to provide participants with the benefits of artistic coaching and career guidance from prestigious artist-teachers who represent diverse piano traditions. Students awarded the International Artist Certificate will be presented in several concert opportunities in France, Belgium, USA, Spain, and Italy.
Following the final examinations, the artistic director Nelson Delle-Vigne Fabbri will analyse the opportunity for select students to participate to the recording of a CD.

Ramon Tebar-Chiara Cipelli-Lea Lee-Gen Tomuro

Ramon Tebar, Chiara Cipelli, Lea Lee, Gen Tomuro

Description of the course

The International Certificate for Piano Artists sessions starts at the end of September and finishes in May During that period the participant will have various intensive sessions of instruction, which include a week-long session at the Palm Beach Atlantic University, sessions in Paris, Brussels, Moscow, Vilnius, Sevilla... The program's faculty consists of artist/teachers.

During the school year, the participant can get advice, at any time, Professor Nelson Delle-Vigne Fabbri, the founder and general coordinator of the International Artist Certificate Program as well as a piano teacher at the École Normale de Musique de Paris "Alfred Cortot."

At the end of the year, as detailed further on, an evaluation jury will be organized, upon special request of the participant, to determine the progress of the student during the year of study. The participation to this final audition isn't automatic. The young pianist is expected to have reached a certain artistic level. He also must have attended a minimum of 80 % of the sessions during the academic year, in order to present his/her works at the evaluation jury. During the jury, the student will present works he/she prepared during the sessions, in concordance with the requested ICPA program.

This final jury will be hold at the beginning of July. A compulsory work will be communicated at least 5 weeks before the final jury.

Happy after the final concert at the Palm Beach Atlantic University


Participation in the International Certificate Sessions is highly competitive. A limited number of students from around the world are chosen for the program each year. These students are admitted to a special nine month course during which they are coached by a team of distinguished artists/teachers. In addition to the program's artist faculty, select world-renowned artists will be invited as special guest professors.

Auditions are open to international pianists who wish to integrate the ICPA program. There is no age limit for the International Certificate for Piano Artists.

Philippe Entremont and Nelson Delle-Vigne Fabbri

Nelson Delle-Vigne Fabbri with Philippe Entremont


  • 1 important classic work
  • 1 important Sonata (Liszt, Chopin, Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart, Scriabin, Dukas, Schumann, etc.)
  • 3 pieces of the student's choice including a contemporary work
  • 1 compulsory work
  • 1 Concerto (Chopin, Beethoven, Mozart, Schumann, Rachmaninov, Ravel, Tchaikovsky, etc.)

Repertoire to be studied during the course will be determined through a mutual discussion between the participants, teachers, and artistic director, Nelson Delle-Vigne Fabbri.

Once the participant has obtained a certain level, he may inquire with the Artistic Director. If the level is deemed sufficient, the ICPA will organize a adjudicated final exam. The participant will have to present his program, including a compulsary piece. A minimum of 80% attendance is required during the course of that year for eligibility.

Only those students who reach, in the opinion of the jury, the artistic level expected of International Certificate participants will be awarded the "International Certificate for Piano Artists", which is signed by the faculty, jury, and the delegation of the institutions granting the diplomas.

An International Certificate participant who has not received the "Certificate for Piano Artists" may repeat the program until he/she has passed the exam. Students who have received the "International Certificate for Piano Artists" may also continue.


TUITION: 1975 €/year

In case of partial participation, a minimum tuition of 1150 €/year is due.

Scholarships are available in a limited quantity, through the Lazar Berman Fund and the Roland Bell'Arte Fund.
They are not automatic and will be eventually granted after careful examination of the participant's situation.

As complete a record as possible arguing the reasons of the approach must be sent to the
Fondation Bell'Arte
39bis, chaussée d'Alsemberg
1420 Braine l'Alleud

The Fondation Bell'Arte can help to provide housing for a few students, for the duration of the sessions in Brussels.

Nelson Delle-Vigne & Philippe Entremont

Fondation Bell'Arte

Fondation Bell'Arte

Michel Béroff in a master class at
Fondation Bell'Arte


François-René Duchâble at the
Fondation Bell'Arte

Delle-Vigne & Entremont

Philippe Entremmont &
Nelson Delle-Vigne Fabbri