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In 1994 the “Fondazione Academia Montis Regalis Onlus” in Mondovì initiated training “Corsi di Formazione Orchestrale Barocca e Classica” (courses for a baroque and classical orchestra), with the aim to offer to young talented musicians, both Italian and foreign, the possibility to do an experience, unique in its kind in Italy, in the field of 17th and 18th century repertory, expressed according to the historical criteria and performed on historical instruments.

From this enterprise was born the Academia Montis Regalis’s orchestra which has been conducted by the most important international specialists in the field of ancient music, and has taken part in a lot of important concerts and Italian and European Festivals since then.
Thanks to the numerous concerts and the flourishing discography in the last years, the orchestra has become a professional activity and not only the result of the Academia’s courses.

As these courses are always an important aim for the foundation, it has decided to continue the formative experience for the young musicians making up a second orchestra: “I Giovani della Montis Regalis”. They who obtain a scholarship take part in five cycles of lessons which are given by teachers of international fame.
The Academia has an excellent replacement of elements for its professional orchestra: in fact, at the end of the five cycles of lessons, the best of these young musicians becomes part of the professional orchestra.

The Academia Montis Regalis also performs with smaller ensembles without a director, having acquired the "Astrée" ensemble, a prestigious instrumental group that represents the chamber version of the Orchestra.

The Fondazione Academia Montis Regalis Onlus organises “Armoniche Fantasie”, an important festival of 17th and 18th century music that has come to its 11th edition in this year.

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