The "Alfredo Casella" Conservatory web site): (in Italian)

Music and New Technologies - Conservatory "A.Casella"

L'Aquila - Italy

Degree in "Composition in Electronic Music" - Department of Music and New Technologies

The recent reform (2003) of the Italian Music Conservatories system made these Institutions very similar to Universities. The "A.Casella" Conservatory - following this reform - set-up several new degrees and departments. This site is devoted to Electronic Music and New Technologies.

L'Aquila Conservatory was one of the main Italian centers for the Electronic Music, where  renowned Italian composers such as Franco Evangelisti and  Domenico Guaccero  were teaching along their life.

October 26, 2009

The L'Aquila Conservatory is waiting for the availability of new temporary headquarters (1.500 square meters) at the end of November or at the beginning of December.

In the meanwhile, thanks to the kind hospitality of the L'Aquila University (Electronic Engineering Department), starting from Saturday October 31 the Electronic Music School will be able to give every Saturday regular classes to its pupils.

This will be in the new, recently opened, Electronic Engineering Department headquarters in Via Campo di Pile.

The site of the new temporary  Conservatory Headquarters in Via Francesco Savini (Colle Sapone):             (Google street view)       (Italian Visual Yellow Pages)


A note for applicants. Please read carefully


L'Aquila, April 7, 2009


On Monday, April 6, 2009, at 03:32 o'clock, an earthquake of magnitude 5.8 Richter devastated L'Aquila and many villages in the surrounding areas.


We, the teachers of this Department, we express our full moral support to our students, to our colleagues, to all the citizens and to the guests in these sad and painful times.

Every town is made by its history, its buildings, its monuments, its culture, and by the complex maze of human relationships which links people, students, visitors, tourists.

Today the appearance of this Town is disfigured and many citizens and guests from other centers in Italy and from all around the world lost their lives; many of them are wounded, and even more are those who are homeless, or got their houses destroyed, unsafe or unusable.

The complex network of human ties which constitutes the life of every Town was frayed and peoples are scattered in countries along the coast and in other centers, being hosted by relatives, by friends, or even by helping strangers.

We wanted to leave intact the original page of this site below, which appears today as absurd and inappropriate, in order to give some testimony of the deep wounds suffered by our Town.

Even the historic Basilica of Collemaggio was hit and suffered serious damage.


We don't yet know at present what is the status of the Conservatory' premises, nor when we will be able to restore the normal life of teaching and learning opportunities. We will work hard to restore them as soon as it will be possible and reasonable.


Please follow this page in order to keep you up to date about.




April, 8 2009


Happily, none of the Electronic Music School pupils is neither missing nor wounded, even if those of them who lived in the earthquake area lost their homes.
Amid the Conservatory pupils, we badly regret the loss of Susanna Pezzopane, 15 years old. She lost her life together with some of her family members in the collapse of their home. She is only one of the many very young people who unfortunately lost their lives in the earthquake. There are no words to express the sorrow of parents who lose a son or a daughter.

Our dean M Bruno Carioti let us know every news in real time on the Conservatory web site  (in Italian).




April, 24 2009


Classes of the teachers Maria Clara Cervelli, Lorenzo Seno, Michelangelo Lupone, Marco Giordano are restarting from now till the end of June, thanks to the availability of the Centro Ricerche Musicali of Rome premises and audio and music studio.

In this way we can regularly conclude the Academic Year without even a hour of classes lost.

Pupils are happy of this return to a quasi-regular life, after the catastrophe and when the swarm of earthquake aftershocks  are still present - even if of declining intensity. 



Some info about L'Aquila

L'Aquila is the regional Capital of the "Abruzzo" Region, in the Central Italy. It is a nice and small mountain town (1000 m. of altitude ), close to the Gran Sasso massif, of ancient origin and with peculiar architecture. In winter, snow is very usual, making L'Aquila ("the Eagle") one of the coldest Italian city. This applies to winter, of course, because starting from spring, L'Aquila benefices of the classical mild Italian climate.

 How to reach us

The Conservatory new venues (dec. 2006) are close to the Collemaggio Basilica, in wide and beautiful premises, at Piazzale Collemaggio. In front, a wide panorama of the Maiella massif.
Reaching L'Aquila by train is not recommended, because railways links are very slow, due to the large altitude drop. You can easily reach l'Aquila from Rome instead, taking a bus from the Rome "Tiburtina" train and underground station (ask for "autobus ARPA", pronounced ARRRRPA). The bus  will leave you at the L'Aquila "Collemaggio" ("May Hill") Bus station after about one hour and half, at five minutes of walk from the Conservatory venues. The Conservatory entrance is on the left side of the Basilica (right side from the front), in which  you can also enter from the Chiostro [have a look].

If you want to come by car, you can take  the Roma-L'Aquila toll road (A24), which in Rome starts  from the "circonvallazione Tiburtina" close to the "Tiburtina" rail station. Please take nevertheless into account that during winter snow is frequent, and you will need tire chains  (compulsory when snowing). During your trip, carefully  follow the "L'Aquila" signposts: the toll road bifurcates close to the mountains, the left arm going to L'Aquila, the right one to Pescara. See the map below.

Useful links about L'Aquila and Abruzzo

Map of the Roma-L'Aquila toll road (A24) link in Rome. The "circonvallazione tiburtina" is the inner ringway of Rome, and it is the usual way to enter the toll road. The "circonvallazione" (ringway) runs along the "Verano", the historical main Cemetery of Rome. The circle marks the Tiburtina rail station.

Map of the Conservatory at Collemaggio.

The ARPA lines Roma-L'Aquila timetable (sorry, in Italian). 

Take please into account that "Orario feriale" means "Weekday Timetable", while "Orario festivo" means "Holyday Timetable". Take also into account that in Italy Saturday is normally a weekday.

L'Aquila Conservatory, devoted to the Italian Composer Alfredo Casella.

Casella at the Cini foundation  | Casella Biography by Naxos

The Domenico Guaccero web site, in Italian and English.

A Biography of Franco Evangelisti, in English 

 L'Aquila University.  L'Aquila has its own University: Clicking on the European flag, you can choose your preferred language.

The renowned Gran Sasso Laboratory (LNGS) is very close to L'Aquila.