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The oldest University College in Italy

Music education has been
one of the leading activities since the XVI century

Background and Experience

Collegio Borromeo, besides academic activities, organizes concerts with international acclaimed artists and young talents, musical lectures and courses with important personalities, based on an interdisciplinary perspective.

Since XVI century, music education is one of the leading activities at Collegio Borromeo, with the Choir and the Orchestra of students and professional mentors from important Orchestras (like Teatro alla Scala) and Choirs (Ars Cantica Choir).

Training students’ soft skills is a core activity of Collegio Borromeo, which hosts students from different university departments. Soft skills represent an added value for students and enhance their future employability.
Since the foundation of Collegio Borromeo’s orchestra and choir, soft skills training has been embedded in musical training, as Collegio Borromeo believes that music can be a powerful tool to enhance transversal competences of students.





Alberto Lolli

Alberto Lolli is the Rector of the Almo Collegio Borromeo of Pavia. An expert on the world of youth and contemporary culture, his research centres on experiences of community life, especially those concerning young people, some of which he accompanies with care and passion.


Alessandro Marangoni

Alessandro Marangoni is one of the leading Italian pianist. He studied with Maria Tipo and he played in important theatres like Teatro alla Scala, Teatro La Fenice, Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome, as well as in Europe, Americas, China and Australia. He recorded more than 20 CD for Naxos, especially the first world recording of Rossini’s Péchés de vieillesse. He studied Philisophy at University of Pavia and he is artistic director of Almo Collegio Borromeo. He won the Abbiati Prize in 2019.


Guido Bosticco

Guido Bosticco

Guido Bosticco, writer and journalist, is Visiting Professor at the University of Pavia, Department of Philosophy. He is co-director of the Vittorio Dan Segre Foundation and member of the Ethics Committee of the Umberto Veronesi Foundation. He is the co-founder of Epoché, a consulting company of cultural development and communication. He is an experienced trainer in creative thinking courses, where transversal skills and key competences are the core of the educational activities.


Jessica Colombo

Jessica Colombo has a ten-year experience in the management of international projects addressing social and educational issues. She has worked with different international organisations, such as the European Commission, the World Bank, Ministries of Education and public institutions of various countries, and UN agencies (e.g. WFP, FAO, UNFPA). She is also an experienced trainer and has participated in a number of research projects.


Denis Zanchetta

Denis Zanchetta is the principal conductor of the Orchestra of Almo Collegio Borromeo: he is a conductor of great experience, especially with student orchestras and first clarinet piccolo at Teatro alla Scala for 40 years.


Marco Berrini

Marco Berrini is the conductor of the choir, one of the most famous and acclaimed choir conductor and teacher in Italy, jury member of international choir competitions.



Davide Griffini

Davide Griffini is the general secretary of Collegio Borromeo and is head of the didactical activities implemented therein. He organises and supervises also all events, conferences and cultural activities held at Collegio Borromeo.