The Early Music Seminars were launched in 1976 by Egida Sartori, a celebrated harpsichordist and teacher at the conservatories in Rome, Venice, and Milan. In these summer seminars Egida Sartori offered not only young harpsichord players but also musicians of other instruments the chance to perfect performing techniques and interpretation by studying with illustrious Italian and foreign masters.
Since May 2007, the seminars have been directed by Pedro Memelsdorff, an internationally renowned musician and conductor, who was invited to direct the seminars after the death of Laura Alvini in January 2005. Memelsdorff aims to continue the historically documented approach to early music, focusing particularly on previously little explored issues of musical propaedeutics. The seminars will be enhanced by two new developments: the extension of the repertoire to include the Middle Ages (previously only the period from 16th to the 19th century was considered); and international musicology studies days to be held at the same time as the seminars.