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54th International Violin Competition Premio Paganini

February 28 to March 8 2015

54th International Violin Competition Premio Paganini
will take place in Genova February 28th to March 8th 2015.

Managed under the artistic direction of Maestro Fabio Luisi, the International Violin Competition is named after the great Niccolò Paganini.

After having graduated extraordinary violinists such as Salvatore Accardo, Gidon Kremer and Leonidas Kavakos, the Premio Paganini turns again to young talents from all over the world and it is ready to crown a new winner.

The International Violin Competition "Premio Paganini" officially began in 1954 with a threefold purpose:
it sought to nurture gifted young violinists, usher them into the international spotlight, and establish the city of Genoa in Italy as a prominent cultural centre.

Over the ensuing decades, it indeed became a virtual hotbed of dynamic talent for young and aspiring classical violinists and definitively put Genoa on the cultural map.

For more info email: staff@premiopaganini.it

Taubman for Strings with Sophie Till 10 and 11 May WEBINAR

10/11th May 2014

Taubman for Strings with Sophie Till 10 and 11 May WEBINAR
The weekend workshop with Sophie Till is available in person and live online.

Please note a recording will be made available for participants on a private YouTube channel for a limited duration after the workshop for those participants who are unable to view the workshops live.

Please note online viewing cost is the same as) in person attendance and the MTAQ Webinar FAQ information sheet.


Session 1 – Saturday 10th May, 9am
Registration Form URL: www.anymeeting.com/PIID=EA53DA8788463C

Session 2 – Saturday 10th May 12.45pm
Registration Form URL: www.anymeeting.com/PIID=EA53DA87894F3B

Session 3 – Sunday 11th May 9am
Registration Form URL: www.anymeeting.com/PIID=EA53DA87894F3C

Session 4 – Sunday 11th May, 12.45pm
Registration Form URL: www.anymeeting.com/PIID=EA53DA87894E39


October 17-23 2014


The Zagreb Concert Management is pleased to announce the 10th International Cello Competition ‘Antonio Janigro’, for cellists under 20, to be held October 17 – 23, 2014 in Porec, Croatia.
The Competition is supported by the Ministry of Science, Education and Sport of the Republic of Croatia, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia, Istarska County, City of Porec and the City of Zagreb.

Details about the competition and the application form are available at www.antoniojanigro.hr
All applications must be submitted by September 15, 2014.

ESTA International Conference

April 2014

Dear ESTA –Colleagues, dear guests and all, who are interseted in string playing;

ESTA Germany wants to host all of You at the forthcoming International ESTA-Conference in Dresden 8th to 13th April 2014. Dresden, very close to the border of Poland and Czech republic inspired our slogan:
Grenzenlos Musik
Music without Limits
Musique sans limites

25 years after the fall of the iron curtain we want to present You a musical and pedagogical programm referring to that slogan: open minded with a fresh, new view on music.
We will have concerts of Youth orchestras and well-known soloists, workshops concerning dance-music or jazz and master classes, music from Tartastan and Albania, lectures about musicology and the latest research on brain function.
You will have the opportunity to move Your body, joining a Workshop of Alexander technique or a Feldenkrais session.
The inspiring site of Dresden with the Frauenkirche, the Semperoper, the river Elbe and its bridges, the countryside with the town of porcelaine, Meißen and the Elbe sandstone mountains will do its best to have an interesting conference.
So we look forward to meeting You in Dresden 2014!

Violin Workshop with Caroline Duffner

30th May - 1st June 2014

International Workshop based on the principles of the Havas New Approach to string playing developed by Kato Havas

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The Carl Nielsen Masterclass

12th October 2013

Tutors from The Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts & The Royal Danish Academy of Music

Tutors: Arne Balk-Møller (violin), Sakari Tepponen (violin), Claus Myrup (viola), Niels Ullner (cello), Svante Wik (clarinet)

Guest tutors: Henrik Goldschmidt (oboe), Tone Sundgaard Anker (french horn), Joel Gonzalez (double bass), Ditte Fromseier Hockings (folk music)

The story
The Carl Nielsen Masterclass has for the last 8 years been a very successful event in Assens, Denmark – as an arrangement for orchestra and chamber music. The Carl Nielsen Masterclass in Assens 2013 will be for Sinfonietta and chamber music. We expect between 40 and 50 participants from Denmark, Scandinavia, Europe and China.

Course fees will be free for Double Bass players. For more information please visit: cnmasterclass.dk/2012/?page_id=753

International Conference

28th August - 1st September 2013

International Conference

ESTA UK celebrate the organisations fourtieth Anniversary by holding the ESTA International Conference in the inspirational setting of Oxford University.

For more information please go to: www.esta2013.org

26th Sommermusik im Oberen Nagoldtal

30th July 2013

26th Sommermusik im Oberen Nagoldtal (before: Altensteiger Sommermusik im Oberen Nagoldtal) – master classes and children’s courses as well as chamber music classes for violin, viola, violoncello, double bass, piano and composition.
You find details under www.sommermusik-nagoldtal.de or www.altensteiger-sommermusik.de (in English, too).

Cellos at Belle Serre, Spring and Summer 2013

From 27th April 2013

Cellos at Belle Serre, Spring and Summer 2013

International cello courses and master classes
Cellos at Belle Serre, Spring and Summer 2013
May Week: 27 April- 4 May
Summer Week 1: 16 - 23 July
Summer Week 2: 27 July - 3 August
Summer Week 3: 7 – 14 August

Set in five acres of gardens and woodland, with magnificent views of the Montagne Noire, Belle Serre offers an idyllic environment for an intensive cello week in south-west France, with international cellist Lowri Blake. Lowri will be giving daily master classes and group tuition in an informal atmosphere. Cello ensembles and chamber music will be coached by guest musicians and there will be a concert given by participants on the last evening of each course. Amateurs, students and professional cellists are all welcome. The cost, to include tuition, meals and accommodation is €870/£710. Non-residents: €700/£560 including lunch and supper daily. Camping at Belle Serre: €780/£630 including tuition and all meals. 10% discount for full-time music students (18-24). 10% reduction in fees if you book two weeks in 2013.

Visit www.cellosatbelleserre.com and www.busyline.blogspot.com for full details. News updates on Facebook: Cellos at Belle Serre. Do join us for what promises to be a most enjoyable week immersed in cello playing in a beautiful and relaxing setting.
Contact: lowri@lowrirecords.com

ESTA International Conference in GERMANY


Germany will host the International Conference in 2014 in Dresden

ESTA International Conference in MALTA


The host country will be MALTA

Lopes-Graça String Quartet and Adriano Agiar Masterclass

3rd August 2013

For the first time at this year's festival, Zêzere Arts is running a masterclass for advanced string players under the guidance of the award winning Lopes-Graça String Quartet joined by double bass player Adriano Agiar. Students will spend one or two weeks studying at an advanced level, playing chamber music and forming the nucleous of the Zêzere Arts Festival Orchestra.

For more information: www.zezerearts.com/strings-masterclass

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