Offices and Administration

Office I - Administration
Francesco Bruno (Administration Manager)
Roberto Russo
Vera Vinciguerra
Felicia Capizzi


Office IV - Students Office
Marina Motta
Maria Francesca Romano
Claudia L'Abbate








Office II  - Accounts
Agata Carrubba
Paola Di Costa
Elisa Sciacca


Office V - Artistic Production and National and International Relations sectretary
Giovanni Giuffrida






Office III - Personnel
Lea Marino
Antonietta Zagarella
Nunzio Pappalardo


Office VI - Library Administrative Support
Luciano Buono (Bibliotecario)
Maurizio Fusari


Foto del liceo

The Instituto Musicale Vincenzo Bellini (Vincenzo Bellini School of Music) of Catania is today a provider of higher education for music operating within the European Higher Education Area.


Despite being the birthplace of Vincenzo Bellini, it was not until the middle of the 20th century that Catania had an established music conservatory. The first initiatives for musical training in Catania are recorded at l’Ospizio di beneficenza (an old institution which began as a Jesuit college on 7 April, 1555, in the historical location of via Crociferi 17), but in the city chronicles no traces can be found of any systematic initiatives until  1951. 


Immediately after the war in 1947, the city council of Catania considered regulating the activities of the Bellini Theatre, establishing a delegation and a superintendence dedicated to its development. The new management decided to establish a choir school and an orchestra school, in order to renovate the mediocre choir and build up the orchestra. Within just a few years, the investments made in the Bellini theatre school were to prove fortuitous but also to reveal its limitations, therefore making the question of the need for a musical school in Catania all the more pressing. 


The celebrations for the one hundred-and-fiftieth anniversary of the birth of Vincenzo Bellini will remain a memorable occasion for the city of Catania. In an atmosphere of festivity and on the wave of a great sense of nationhood, on the 3 November, 1951, the people of Catania had a chance to listen to Renata Tebaldi, performing Giuseppe Verdi’s Requiem in the cathedral in the morning, and in the evening Maria Callas, who gave a memorable performance in the leading role of Norma at the Theatre Bellini. The following day, on 4 November, 1951, the Catania City Council, the Province of Catania and the Chamber of Commerce, with the implementation of act 36076 by Notary Eusebio Mirone, set up a consortium for the  establishment of a school of music that would perform the role of  “of providing instruction in the various branches of the musical arts, according to the stipulated regulations, to any person who applies and is admitted to attend courses; for the diffusion and cultivation of the musical arts through public and private events”. The creation of the institute was given exceptional importance in the city, as the comments recorded at the first public assembly by the Consortium testify, held in the Aula Magna of the University. Prefectural recognition arrived the following year with Decree 41583 on 13 September, 1952. Soon the success of the music school was amply demonstrated  by the rapid growth of student numbers and with the establishment of new courses.

The first location of the music school was in an old building that had been purposefully restored in via Vittorio Emanuele 182, near the house where Vincenzo Bellini was born and overlooking the  ruins of the Greco-Roman theatre. In 1979 the school moved to a new location, much larger than the one before, to  via Santa Maddalena, 29, the building of the former notorial archive. Following this, on 19 November, 1984, the council administration acquired the building of the Sacro Cuore college in via Etnea, granting exclusive use to the music school for the purposes of transforming it into a public conservatory of music. The official handing over of what was to become the permanent location of the institute took place on 27 April, 1985.

In the closing decade of the last century the City Council and the Province of Catania implemented changes to the administration of the consortium, naming it the “Istituto Musicale Vincenzo Bellini” the ex “Liceo musicale pareggiato Vincenzo Bellini” and created the right economic conditions for a development of the institute, providing it with the courses that were still lacking and bringing into line all of the courses that had not been standardised by the Royal Decree n. 1170 of 1930, so as to ensure that the provision offered by the institute was as comprehensive as possible. 

At the beginning of the new millennium, a following the introduction of Act 21 n. 508 brought into force in December, 1999,  the Istituto Bellini (like all of the other Italian institutions belonging to the sector of Alta Formazione Artistica e Musicale (Higher Musical and Artistic Education) underwent a  considerable process of reform in accordance with standards drawn up by the European Union education reform agreement known as “the Bologna Process”. As a result of this process,  the Istituto Bellini completed the iter transformation to Istituto Superiore di Studi Musicali in accordance with Act 508, iter, which was initiated on 4 June, 2004  in accordance with the statute, approved by the decree executive M.I.U.R. – A.F.A.M.  n.114 (in application of the D.P.R. 28 February, 2003, n. 132), and was finalized 21 December, 2010 with the enactment of the Minsterial Decree prot. 8847/2010, through which the new teaching regulations were definitively put into place approved by the executive decree M.I.U.R – A.F.A.M.  n. 267 of 16 December, 2010 (under the D.P.R. 8 July, 2005, n. 212). These formal steps, which resulted in the recognition of the status of institution of  higher education at university level in accordance with art. 33 of the Italian Constitution, in conjunction with the acquisition of the Erasmus University Charter and membership of the European Association of Conservatories of Music (AEC), has made the Catania Istituto Superiore di Studi Musicali Vincenzo Bellini today an establishment of high musical training that is perfectly integrated within the international circuit, operating according to the EU recommended guidelines for university level higher education institutions within the Europe 2020 Framework.


The Principal

Prof. Carmelo Giudice
 Ministerial Decree of Appointment 
 Curriculum Vitae and Remuneration


European Perspective 2020 - Programme Guidelines for the Development of the Conservatory

The completion of the process that led to the establishment of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) in 2010 in compliance with Act 508, 21 December, 1999, which transformed Music Institutes into university level higher education establishments, placed the Italian conservatories within a highly competitive European context to which the country of Italy will have to respond in a way that is both convinced and convincing of the requirements put forward in 2011 by the European Commission, which in its strategic plan “Europe 2020”, laid down the guidelines for the  internationalisation  and modernization of all higher education institutions and also announced the destination of budgetary funds aimed at Universities and Research Institutes that are to finance  specific European projects for the period 2014/2020.

In order to face the challenge posed by Europe 2020 Il Conservatorio Bellini of  Catania will use all of its energies to bring to fruition a project of  development and modernization over the course of the 2014/2020 timeframe in accordance with the principles outlined in the five key points outlined in European Commission document. Our highest priority is to equip our graduates with the most important skills they will need to face the challenge of inserting themselves into the international job market. Putting this principle into action involves: a deep reflection upon the contents of the university level course curriculum offered to students; a capacity to develop new and modern  training programmes; an ability to adapt the teaching and training in each of the curricular disciplines that will arise from a close attention to what is required within a continually evolving  world of work within the field of  music; a capacity to self-evaluate the quality of proposed learning programmes; and, finally, a capacity to objectively evaluate  the results achieved by each student, in line with European standards. 

In the light of these considerations it is therefore necessary to implement a monitoring scheme for the existing three year academic degree programmes (for which, upon successful completion, a Bachelor's degree is awarded), and, where necessary, modernise and restructure the curricular contents, stimulate the interconnection between the various disciplines, and logistically organise the lessons, allowing the students a comfortable timetable and adequate time to devote to individual study.  It is also necessary to provide a thorough restructuring of the curriculum for the two-year academic degree (Master's degree), both in terms of identifying new and modern curricula that meet the specialized needs of the international labor market in music, and in terms of deepening and improving the quality of the content of the individual disciplines in the knowledge that student involvement is essential in the practice of live music (whether this involves live performance or high quality recording). In addition, forms of collaboration with other institutions belonging to the EHEA will be stepped up, as will the students' choice to include in its curriculum a period of study in another European musical establishment, which will be facilitated and encouraged as much as possible.

The conservatory will also focus a great deal of its attention on the quality of its Foundation in Music Training programme for those students who show great musical talent at an early age and who wish to dedicate themselves to the professional study of music as early as possible. The Bellini has therefore implemented  a development and restructuring plan for this high quality programme for students who are simultaneously attending middle or high school, fostering their growth through the provision of the highest quality provision possible in musical education. This programme is designed to provide the best training background in order to access the university level courses offered by the Institute, whether in terms of ear training, instrument training, theoretical, historical and analytical instruction. 

Today, the composition of the student body has reached a rational and sustainable programme objective: 70% of students enrolled at higher education academic level, and 30% of students attending the "nursery" pre-academic music courses. 

The recent transformation of  the Istituto Bellini from a music high school to a university level institute of musical studies has called for the establishment of a development project which also demonstrates a considerable awareness of competence and responsibility within the cultural sphere. In this regard, the City of Catania has all the potential to be able to establish close cooperation between the institutions of higher education and artistic training institutions, in order to create a centre of excellence which operates in the arts and performs a function of promotion of specialized projects which may involve the entire area of south-east Sicily. 


In addition, alongside its institutional role as a provider of higher education with music for professional purposes, the Bellini has the fundamental task being a central hub for the promotion of musical culture at basic and intermediate level instruction within the area. With this commitment in mind, partnership agreements are already in place or being established with organizations and institutions with the aim of creating a network of operators whose goal is to set in motion a virtuous cycle of development and dissemination of training and quality music production in the belief that music is a language that should become part of the core assets of the individual and the citizen from an early age, and that the widespread dissemination of musical culture corresponds to a fundamental evolution of society itself.


Our Identity

Since December 2010, as a result of the reform initiated by Act 21, n. 508, December 1999, L’Istituto Superiore di Studi Musicali Vincenzo Bellini di Catania completed the process of approval as a European university level institution, and became integrated into the European Higher Education Area

The inter-governmental agreement for the establishment of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) was formally signed at the Inter-ministerial conference at  Budapest and Vienna in March 2010. The initiative was launched under the title of Bologna Process during the  Conference of Ministers of Higher Education, which took place in Bologna in June 1999and is based on an idea developed in 1998 by ministers of Italy, France, Germany and United Kingdom. Today, this agreement extends beyond the European Union and has a current membership of 47 countries. The objective of the agreement is to generate quality in education, economic development and social cohesion, considering teachers and students as members of one single European academic community and  encouraging the  free movement and engagement in international collaboration, both within the European system and with other higher education institutions in other parts of the world.

The Conservatory of Catania, in line with the principles that have driven the Europe Agreement, has drawn up a plan for modernization and internationalization based on the operational guidelines set out by the European Commission under the Europe 2020 strategic plan. In addition, the Bellini follows closely and participates in the quality assurance discussions that take place within the AEC - Association Européenne des Conservatoires, of which it has been an effective member since 2004.

The Conservatorio Bellini offers a broad educational provision which includes most of the  musical courses that exist within Europe at university level:

- A three-year first degree level academic course (at the end of which a Bachelor's degree is awarded) related to the study of musical composition, opera singing, musical instruments, classical (Piano, Harpsichord, Organ, Percussion, Harp, Guitar, Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, Trumpet, Trombone), and disciplines related to the Department of New Technologies and jazz (electronic music and jazz);

- A two-year academic degree (at the end of which a Master's degree is awarded) related to the study of musical composition, electronic music, opera singing, musical instruments, classical (Piano, Harpsichord, Organ, Percussion, Harp, Guitar, Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, Trumpet, Trombone);

- Within the area of teacher training, there is a three-year first academic degree course in Music Education and a two-year second level degree for the training of teachers of musical instruments. 

Alongside the university level programmes, the Institute also offers the Bellini Musical Training Foundation for students attending middle school and high school, who aspire to gaining musical skills at a senior professional level at an early age and wish to enrol onto the three-year academic courses mentioned above in order to continue their musical studies. Also in this case, the Institute offers the widest choice to students (alongside composition and singing, it is also possible to study all classical musical instruments).

Today, the composition of the student body has reached the rational and sustainable programme objective of 60% of students enrolled at academic level courses and 40% of students attending the "nursery" pre-academic music courses.

Artistic production is tightly linked and is a natural outlet for the training activities in the field of music, thus Conservatory Bellini in Catania annually produces dozens of shows involving all the musical groups formed by the students, with the support and supervision of the teacher.