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Altalena Summer Academy – 10th Anniversary – Coming soon…

Altalena X. Summer Academy

25th July - 4th August 2023

Telki, Hungary

Soloist participation: €480
Chamber participation: €600-€800
Application fee: €40 (active) or €10 (passive)

– 4 solo lessons in 60 mins duration with one or two chosen professors
– Performing on our concerts
– Chamber music coaching (+€80)
– Orchestral workshops and choir
– Everyday sports (yoga, running, table tennis) and mindfullness workshops
– 3 hours of bookable practice
– Optional second instrument (3+3 lesson bundle: €650)
– Chamber music prices: Duo: €600, Trio: €700, Quartet: €800

Passive listeners: €110

– unlimited access to any masterclasses
– Unlimited access to concerts and events (+€50)

Application deadlines:
Early bird: 25th March — 20% off all course fees!
Regular: 30th April
Late applications: 15th June
For Hungarian Nationals there is a 30 % discount on all fees except for accommodation and meals at Globall Hotel



Even before completing her studies with Prof. Jean-Claude Gérard and
Prof. Aurèle Nicolet, Wally Hase became principal flutist of the Staatskapelle Weimar at the age of 22, a position she held until 2009.

In 2000, Wally Hase was appointed full professor of flute at the University of Music FRANZ LISZT Weimar, and from 2014 – 2018 she also held a visiting professorship at the University of Music Krakow.

Since October 2018, Wally Hase has been Univ. Professor of Flute at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna.

She continues her orchestral activities as a solo flutist with the Camerata Salzburg, the Cappella Andrea Barca, conducted by Sir András Schiff, the Staatskapelle Dresden, and the SWR and WDR Symphony Orchestras, among others.

Wally Hase has a rich concert life with recitals, solo concerts as well as chamber music and gives master classes in Europe, Australia, Asia and South America.

Numerous recordings with various radio stations, CD recordings with solo and chamber music and an international jury activity complete the picture of her musical activities.

Wally Hase is Haynes Artist and plays on a silver flute by Wm.S.Haynes/Boston.

Anna Garzuly-Wahlgren (31st July-4th August)


The Hungarian born flautist Anna Garzuly-Wahlgren is a valued international soloist, chamber musician and educator. She has been a long-time member of the Gewandhaus Orchestra (as Associate and Acting Principal Flutist). Since 2017 she is appointed Professor for Wind Chamber Music at the Hochschule für Music Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy in Leipzig, since 2019 she is also Professor for Flute at the Hochschule für Music Franz Liszt in Weimar.

Anna studied in Budapest, Munich and New York, her mentors were Lóránt Kovács, György Kurtág, Paul Meisen and Jeanne Baxtresser. Already during her studies, she won several prizes in a number of major international music competitions like in Geneva, Scheveninge, Kobe, Markneukirchen and Budapest. She was a winner of the East & West Artists competition for a New York debut concert in Carnegie Hall and received the “Musikförderungspreis” of the Konzertverein Ingolstadt. As a member of the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra, she assembled her first orchestra experiences under the lead of Claudio Abbado. She financed her studies with numerous scholarships, from the Soros Foundation, the Rotary Club of Munich and the Hungarian State Eötvös Scholarship.

Her solo performances include concertos with the Gewandhausorchestra under Herbert Blomstedt and Riccardo Chailly. As a chamber musician she is a frequent guest artist on international festivals, she worked with the Sabine Meyer Ensemble, the Linos Ensemble, the Gewandhaus Octet, the „Armonia“ Ensemble, the Neues Bachisches Collegium Musicum, the Munich and Leipzig Chamber Orchestras and the Budapest Festival Orchestra among others.

Anna is a founding member of the renowned Leipzig Flute Ensemble „Quintessenz“, who in 2021 will celebrated their 25th anniversary.

In great demand as a teacher, she is passing on her knowledge at the Music Universities of Leipzig and Weimar, at the Mendelssohn Orchestra Academy of the Gewandhaus orchestra and on masterclasses in Europe and Asia.

Her versality in music styles and the colourfulness of her playing is recognised internationally, she appears on several rewarded orchestra and chamber music recordings.

Anna Korondi (31st July-4th August)


Born in 1969 in Budapest, Hungary
From 1987 vocal studies at the Bela Bartók Conservatory in Budapest, then from 1989 at the Conservatory in Vienna in the subjects of solo singing with Prof. Margarete Bence as well as song and oratorio singing with Prof. David Lutz, 1993 diploma with distinction
During her studies, she was a member of the ORF Choir in Vienna from 1989 to 1993, where she performed as a soloist with focus on contemporary music. She was subsequently a member of the ensemble at the Komische Oper in Berlin until 1997 and at the Bonn Opera until 1999.
Guest collaborations at renowned festivals such as the Salzburg Festival (“Die Fledermaus”), the Schwetzingen Festival (“Figlio del selve”), the Bayreuth Festival (“Parsifal” directed by Christoph Schlingensief), the Budapest Wagner Days (Ring), the Herrenchiemsee Festival (“Falstaff”) and the Vienna Schubert Weeks (“Alfonso und Estrella”) as well as at numerous theaters such as the Bavarian State Opera (premiere of “Bernada Albas Haus” under Zubin Mehta, “Arabella”), the Städtische Bühnen Münster (“Der Rosenkavalier”), the Konzerthaus Turku (“Don Giovanni”), the Komische Oper Berlin (most important Mozart roles) and the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples (“Parsifal”)
Regular guest at major European orchestras such as Chapelle Royal, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Rundfunkorchester des WDR und HR, Concentus Musicus Wien, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Royal Flemish Philharmonic, etc.
Extensive concert and song performance activities in Europe, Asia and South America
Collaboration with directors such as Christoph Schlingensief, Harry Kupfer, Christine Mielitz, Hans Neuenfels, Manfred Beilharz and Andreas Homoki as well as with conductors Zubin Mehta, Pierre Boulez, Phillipe Herreweghe, Helmut Rilling, Nicolaus Harnoncourt, Adam Fischer, Peter Schneider, Herbert Blomstedt and others
Numerous radio, television and CD productions with the labels Farao Classics (“Vineta – Ein Liederabend” by J. Brahms, “Requiem” by W.A. Mozart, “Matthäuspassion” by J.S. Bach), Hungaroton (first recording “Il Gelsomino” by G.F. Händel with solo cantatas, “Z. Kodály – Complete Edition for Voices and Piano”), Capriccio (“Athalia” by F. Mendelssohn Bartholdy, “Die letzten Dinge” by L. Spohr), BIS Records AB (“Forest of the Amazon”) and others.
Awarded the 3rd prize at the Erkel-Kodály Singing Competition Budapest 1990, the International Prize at the Mary Garden Singing Competition Aberdeen 1991, the 2nd prize at the Grand Prix Franz Schubert Vienna 1991 and winner of the International Music Competition of the ARD 1996
Lecturer at master classes in Stavanger 2004, Sao Paulo 2007 and at the University of MusicFranz Liszt Weimar 2012
From 2007 lecturer at the Berlin University of Arts and since 2010 also at the University of Music Franz Liszt Weimar
From winter semester 2013 Professor of Voice at the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music Berlin, where she leads the contemporary course in addition to her voice classes.
From 2017 establishment of a close collaboration between the Franz Liszt Academy of Music Budapest and the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music Berlin with Andrea Meláth (the head of the voice department), which provides the opportunity for exchange of ideas and joint programs/projects through courses, concerts and opera performances for voice students.

Noah Max (31st July-4th August)

Composition, Conducting

Composer, Conductor, Creative Director: Echo Ensemble

In a time of narrow specialisations, Noah Max is an exception to prove the modern rule: he began his musical life as a cellist and is now active as both composer and conductor. Either activity would be enough for most young musicians in their mid-twenties, but Max is also a poet, filmmaker and a remarkably accomplished artist. His paintings are explosions of colour and
energy; though they range from the representational to the abstract, they are linked by their sense of spontaneity. My guess is that this spontaneity allows the multiplicity of these talents to blossom and enables Noah’s creativity and relentless productivity to function without inhibition.

Noah Max was born in 1998 and grew up in a household of musicians in North London. His music has been performed at the Royal Festival Hall, Wigmore Hall and the Elgar Room of the Royal Albert Hall in London as well as the Musikverein in Vienna, Uilenburgersjoel Synagogue in Amsterdam and the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music in Poland. His works have featured in concerts curated by Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and Riot Ensemble. In 2021 his string trio Sojourn won The Clements Prize and was performed by members of the Piatti Quartet. Noah’s music is published by United Music Publishing and his debut album Songs of Loneliness was released on Toccata Classics in 2022. World premieres in 2023 include a Flute Concerto entitled Radical Severance (Anna Kondrashina and Echo Ensemble) and his String Quartets No. 2 (Tippett Quartet) and No. 3 (Brompton Quartet, Strad Magazine Premiere of the Month). He will be Composer-in-Residence at Thaxted Festival throughout 2023 and 2024.

Noah Max’s Jewish background forms an important part of his outlook. He has spent the last five years bringing his first opera A Child in Striped Pyjamas to the stage. This undertaking has strengthened his sense of Jewish identity and community. Noah was interviewed about the opera by The Sunday Times Culture, BBC Radio 4’s Today programme and RTE Radio 1; the premiere production sold out six weeks in advance and the piece was excellently-reviewed in the national press.
As a conductor Noah Max has championed contemporary repertoire with Endymion Ensemble at Wigmore Hall, Divertimento Ensemble on tour through northern Italy and with his own Echo Ensemble which – pandemic notwithstanding – gave more than 50 world premieres in 2021.

Noah was a Britten-Pears Young Artist mentored by Marin Alsop, a London Sinfonietta Academist, Assistant Conductor to Jonathan Cohen and Arcangelo for their production of Handel’s Theodora at the BBC Proms in 2018 and Young Associate Conductor of Sir Matthew Bourne’s Oliver-winning ballet The Red Shoes in 2019–20.

Noah’s artwork has displayed at the National Portrait Gallery. Fellow composers who have set his poems to music include Ronald Corp OBE, Sarah Frances Jenkins and Zeo Fawcett.

Biography by Martin Anderson

Ian Fountain (25th-30th July)


In 1989 Ian Fountain became the youngest winner of the Arthur Rubinstein Piano Masters Competition in Tel Aviv at the age of nineteen. He was educated as a chorister at New College, Oxford and later at Winchester College. He studied piano under Sulamita Aronovsky at the Royal Northern College of Music. Since that time he has enjoyed a wide-ranging and varied career, performing extensively throughout Europe, the USA, the UK and the Far East, with orchestras such as the London Symphony and Sir Colin Davis, the Israel Philharmonic and Zubin Mehta, and the Czech Philharmonic and Jiri Belohlavek. He has also performed with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Philharmonia, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Hallé, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Singapore Symphony and Utah Symphony amongst many others. In Moscow he was invited to open the 1992/3 season of the Moscow Conservatoire and in Poland he marked the 150th anniversary of Chopin’s death by playing both Chopin concertos in Krakow.

As recitalist, he has performed in major centres such as New York, Chicago, Paris, Berlin, Madrid, and Jerusalem. He is a regular guest of international festivals such as Prague Spring, Berlin, Schleswig-Holstein, Enescu (Bucharest) and Kuhmo. He has performed an extensive repertoire of over 60 concertos, including the complete cycle of Mozart concertos.

As a chamber musician, he enjoys many long-standing collaborations with musicians such as David Geringas, Ulf Hoelscher, and the Mandelring and Emperor Quartets, performing in concerts and festivals throughout Europe, Japan and Korea. He has also in recent years embarked on performances as a conductor, in which role he has developed a close relationship with the Israel Chamber Orchestra. Ian Fountain has made several critically acclaimed recordings, including for EMI (20th Century Piano Sonatas), CRD (Beethoven Diabelli Variations), and for Sony and Haenssler Classics the complete works for cello and piano of Beethoven, Chopin and Mendelssohn and Rachmaninov with the cellist David Geringas.

In 2008 he collaborated in the preparation of the present editions of Beethoven Sonatas and Variations for Piano and Cello published by Henle Verlag, Munich. Since 2001, Ian Fountain has been a piano professor at the Royal Academy of Music, London. He holds an annual summer masterclass at the Accademia di Cervo, Italy, and further masterclasses around the world. He has served on the juries of international piano competitions, including at the Arthur Rubinstein Competition in 2011.

István I. Székely (25th-30th July)


”István I. Székely is a truly wonderful pianist and musician. He has a poetic touch at the keyboard giving every note and phrase an artistic and symbolic
meaning. With an outstanding technical command of the instrument he takes you by the hand to the inner meaning of the works that he interprets” Graham Jackson, Madrid

“István has acquired a flawless technique of the highest professional standard, as well as a superb sound control which he was able to show at an impressive performance of Liszt’s Totentanz for Piano and Orchestra last autumn. Additionally, he has a unique talent for shaping musical structures in the most natural way, understanding and projecting the composer’s intentions with empathy and clarity. In my view, there is no doubt about István I. Székely’s qualification to become one of the most successful representatives of our profession. ”

Achim Holub, conductor, London

“Following an impressive curriculum, the young Hungarian pianist István I. Székely left us speechless thanks to a dazzling performance of technical prowess. His performance shone splendidly in virtuosity and he moved his hands with incredible dexterity, delivering clean and clear passages of orchestral sonority. The two works by LISZT that closed the program were the ideal vehicle for István I. Székely to show off his wide range of virtuosic capabilities, which, as we said before, left the faithful audience of the ADOC Auditorium wanting more. They applauded with a standing

“…what struck me the most was the intimacy and connection, it was as though every note was speaking from the essence of his soul. Wow! “

Christina Cooper, London

Professor at the Katarina Gurska conservatory in Madrid and Franz Liszt Centre for young talents in La Nucia (Spain). István is a concert pianist and internationally recognised teacher: he has been invited to give Master Classes in the Bartók Béla Faculty of Arts in Szeged, Ádám Jenő Conservatory in Budapest (Hungary), the Kunstuniversität of Graz, the Gustav Mahler Universität in Klagenfurt (Austria), in Tel Aviv Conservatory, in Jerusalem Hassadna Conservatory, the World Teachers Conference in Novi Sad (Serbia), the Katarina Gurska Conservatory in Madrid, Forum Musikae (Madrid), in the International Piano Festival “UIS” in Bucaramanga, in Manizales (Colombia), Special School of Music in Apatin, Sombor, Senta, Backa Topola (Serbia), Conservatory in Alicante and Dénia, in the International Music Festival in Valencia (Spain) etc.

He is frequent jury member in international competitions such as the Franz Liszt International Competition in Rome, Giulio Rospigliosi Competition (Italy), the Takács International Competition in Oberschützen, The Bartók Béla International Competition of Graz (Austria), the Scherzo International Piano Competition in Tel Aviv, National Competition of Israel in Ashdod, Orbetello International Piano Competition, Bucaramanga (Colombia), the IMFV Valencia competition, the Ibiza International Competition, the “Villa de Xabia” International Competition etc. Winner of several awards in national and international competitions.

Since the age of 15 he has given recitals in Europe, the United States, South America and Asia. To name a few: Concerts in Russia with the Symphonic Orchestra A. Safonov, Gothenburg Piano Festival Sweden, Subotica Philharmonic Orchestra in Serbia, San Juan and Orihuela Orchestra in Spain, in Alexandria and New Harmony (Indianapolis, USA), the Hungarian Academy in Rome (Italy), in the International Piano Festival in Bucaramanga and International Piano Festival in Barrancabermeja, cycle “International Season in Manizales” in Colombia, “Kolarac” in Belgrade (Serbia), Zagreb, Ljubljana, Reunión Island, in the “Kodály” Institute, “Kodály” School, in the “Béla Bartók” Museum, in one of the most important festivals “Zsidó Kulturális Fesztivál” in Szeged (Hungary), recitals in Sweden, Greece, in the festival “Midis-minimes”, in “Muziekacademie de Berchem-Sainte-Agathe in Brussels (Belgium) and in Spain in important auditoriums such as the Palacio de Cibeles in Madrid, Palau de la Música in Valencia, Teatro Principal de Alcoy, congress center” Victor Villegas “in Murcia, in the” Adoc “, in the University of Burgos, in the International Chamber Music Festival in Calpe, in” Dénia Classics “, Aula de la Cam in Alicante, Teulada Auditorium, La Beneficencia in Valencia, in the Auditorio de la Diputación, “ADDA” in Alicante, Auditorium Mediterrania in La Nucia among others. He has performed in private concert for the Princess of Thailand S.A.R. Chulabhorn Mahidol.

His teachers were Aleksandar Madzar, Daniel Blumenthal, Orsolya Szabó, Benjamin Oren, Michael Boguslavski, Mátyás Molcer, Valéria Utasi, Milica Dundjerov at the Brussels Royal Conservatory, Jerusalem Rubin Academy, Kodály Institute of Kecskemét, Conservatory of Subotica and Music School in Sombor.

István has performed with international artists such as Yaron Traub, Clara Novakova, Joaquin Palomares, Joan Enric Lluna, Jovan Bogosavljevic, Susanna Gregorian, with the soloists of the Orchestra of Valencia etc. In 2017 István I. Székely the recording of several Chopin etudes of exceptional virtuosity for the sounding of the animated short film Impromptu, directed by María Lorenzo and produced by Enrique Millán, with the participation of Cultur Arts (Generalitat Valenciana) and the A Punt Media network . Impromptu has been one of the most relevant Spanish animation shorts of the last year, being shortlisted for the Goya 2018 Awards. It was premiered at the emblematic Alcalá de Henares Film Festival, and so far it has been screened in more than 50 events in 20 countries, such as the Animation Festival of Annecy (France), the Bristol Encounters (United Kingdom), Anima Mundi (Brazil) or the Animation Nights (New York).

Prizes won: Best Art Animation at the Expression Art Movie Festival (Los Angeles, USA), Best Short Film (exaequo) at the Animaze Animation International Festival (Montreal, Canada), Best Experimental Animation Short at the International Animation Cardboard Festival – La Tribu (Buenos Aires, Argentina), Best Animation Short Film at the Astorga Film Festival (Spain), Best Valencian Animation at the Cortoons (Gandía) István I. Székely is the Founder and the Artistic director of the Franz Liszt Center Piano Competition, the Great Piano Masters Competition, the Denia International Piano Festival, the Alicante International Piano Competition and the Sombor Philharmonic.

Nicholas Walker (28th July-2nd August)


Hailed by the London Evening Standard as a ‘prodigy, of awesome technical fluency backed by exceptional artistry’, Nicholas Walker possesses a rare combination of talents combining sensitivity with ‘the flair of a full scale virtuoso and a sparkling intelligence’ (BBC Music Magazine).

He studied at the Royal Academy of Music, where he won all the major awards for both piano and composition, and subsequently at the Moscow Conservatoire.

While still a student in Moscow, he won the First Newport International Piano Competition and has since played with many British Orchestras, including the City of Birmingham and National Symphony Orchestras, the Royal Philharmonic, London Mozart Players, the London Festival and New Queen’s Hall Orchestras, the Philharmonia and the BBC National Symphony Orchestra of Wales. As well as performing in all the major London concert halls, he has played in North and South America, France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Scandinavia, Australia and Russia. He has recorded for BBC Radio 3, Cirrus, ASV, BMG Arte Nova, Chandos, Toccata Classics and Naxos Grand Piano. Equally at home in chamber music, he is sought after as an imaginative and sensitive accompanist, and his CD with Lydia Mordkovitch of Russian violin music was Daily Telegraph CD of the week.

Although Walker’s performances of Beethoven have brought him special notice, and his performances of the lyrical and late romantic piano music have also been singled out for the highest praise, it is for his championing of the cause of the neglected leader of ‘The Mighty Handful’, Mili Alexei Balakirev, that he is best known. Described by the Financial Times as ‘the nearest thing to a natural Balakirev performer’, Walker’s two discs of Balakirev piano music for ASV (CD DCA 940 & 1048) received great critical acclaim, and he has also received high praise for his performances of other Russian composers, including his live recording of the Liapunov Sonata on Danacord (DACOCD 539), described by Jeremy Nicholas as ‘thrilling… a tour de force’

His now complete series for Naxos Grand Piano is however unique, in that it introduces music that has never before been performed or published, including a substantial sonata and works that Nicholas has finished off himself. All the CDs garnered enthusiastic reviews, and CD3 was CD of the week on Musiq3. James Harrington of the American Record Guide has called them the “reference set”; Damian Thompson, writing in the Spectator, said that the series “has to be heard to be believed”, while Jeremy Nicholas in the Gramophone described the playing as “bravura with integrity”.

Nicholas’s next recording project is a double CD of all the Liszt etudes and the Sonata in B minor.

Bertrand Giraud (31st July-4th August)


Born in 1971, Bertrand GIRAUD obtained his Piano Diploma and his Chamber Music Diploma in 1995 with “Mention Très Bien” at the Conservatory of Geneva in Dominique MERLET ‘s Class. He also obtained a Vocal Accompaniment Diploma from the Paris Conservatory. Since 1995, his main teachers have been maestro Bruno CANINO, Colette ZERAH, and Aquiles DELLE VIGNE, all of which were paramount in his artistic evolution. Under their supervision, Mr. Giraud studied chamber music, accompaniment, composition, musical analysis, and improvisation.

Mr. Giraud has won numerous national and international musical contests, such as the Flame Competition and the Chopin Piano Competition (Texas, USA), in which he was awarded the second prize. Mr Giraud has performed not only in Europe (France, Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, England, Germania, Greece, Italy, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Lebanon, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugual, Rumania, Russia, Spain, Serbie Switerland, Turkey, Ucrainia), but also Morrocco in the two Americas, China, Japan, Singapur, South Korea, Taiwan, and Thailandia.

An experienced soloist, he has worked with numerous conductors and orchestra (Lodz philharmonic, North Czech Philharmonic Teplice, Lublin philharmonic Orchestre symphonique du Sodre, Orchestre provincial de Rosario, … ) and played in several duets with other well-known musicians and chamber groups, such as Pierre AMOYAL, Bruno Canino, Bruno Pasquier, Henri Demarquette, Ami Flamer, Philippe Pierlot, Benoit Fromanger and L’Octuor de France, among others. Also, he played with some orchestra’s of Paris or Cleveland soloists in the season of the orchestra. Many players of the frenchs orchestras ask his collaboration for concerts in the official season. In 2000, he did his debut at New York, city where he is now invited on a regular basis.

The acknowledgement of his craftsmanship lead him to work with France-Musiques, as well as the American TV, Italian TV and Thai TV. In this last instance, he had the pleasure to perform for the Queen of Thailand. He is jugde for many nationals and internationals competition (Audition of Sydney, Porto, Premio Zanfi of Parma/Liszt , Marsala, Safonov, AMA CALABRIA, Palma D’Oro, Bitola…) In addition to possessing a wide solo and chamber repertory including the main works of the tonal repertoire, Mr. Giraud has championed new music written by composers like Francaix, Pessina, and Kutnowski. He has also commisioned and premiered a new work written for him by composer Jean Louis PETIT. Since 1998, he is the artistic Director of the Jean FRANCAIX ‘s competition. Mr. Giraud has recorded 17 cds for Erol, Maguelone and Anima-Records. All of these releases were received with acclaim in the especialized press. He gives many masterclass in Serbie, Germania, Kazakhstan (Academy of music of Astana), Lebanon, (conservatoire supérieur du Liban), DMBUC Ilija Nikolovski Luj Skopje, Université of music (Pristina/Kosovo), USA, Yonsei University of Seoul (South Korea), Gnessin School of Moscow.

Pablo Galdo (31st July-4th August)


“Pablo Galdo is an excellent musician and a brilliant pianist, with whom I shared the stage. In addition to his pianistic capacity, I highlight his great musical intuition” (Martha Argerich, 2020)

“Pablo Galdo is an exceptional pianist of great technique, with the musicality of a real artist, that additionaly has the capacity to communicate to the audience with great facility, which makes him a complete pianist.” (Tamás Vásáry, 2018)

“I was lucky enough to listen to the remarkable pianist Pablo Galdo. His technical abilities are excellent and he is able to move any audience musically.” He is a first class musician.” (Cyprien Katsaris, 2020)

He was born in Ferrol (La Coruña). He studied at the “Vigo Superior Conservatoire”, where he graduated with special distinction and extraordinary prize, at the “University de Alcalá de Henares”, at the “Zoltán Kodály Institute”, at the “Franz Liszt Academy of Budapest”, at the “Mozarteum University in Salzburg”, where he obtained his Postgraduate Diploma, and at the “Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Moscow” (Russia). His professor included Nicasio Gradaille, Ferenc Rados, Rita Wagner, András Kemenes, Imre Rohmann and Elisso Wirssaladze.

Besides he has received classes and advices from many renowned and prestigious international masters, including Alicia de Larrocha, Zoltán Kocsis, Tamás Vasáry, Dimitri Bashkirov, Várjon Dénes, Heinz Kämmerling, Marta Gulyás, Haewon Song, and Almudena Cano, among others.

He has performed in France, Greece, Portugal, Costa Rica, Australia, Spain, United Kingdom, Iceland, China, South Korea, Russia, Slovenia, Australia, Ukraine, Croatia, Finland, Latvia, Estonia, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Hungary, Poland, Oman, Kuwait, Italy, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Palestine, Israel, Jordan, Cyprus, Lebanon, Republic of Iran, Lithuania, Turkey, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and the United States. He has performed with different orchestras in Spain, Hungary, Germany and Austria, and he has been finalist and awarded in various piano competitions.

He has represented Spain abroad on numerous occasions, being invited to inaugurate the “Aula Cervantes Reykjavik”, performing for the President of Iceland, performing within the “Spanish Language Week” in Slovenia, to celebrate the National Day of Spain in Hungary, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Spain and Kazakhstan, and to celebrate the 40th anniversary of new relations between Spain and Russia.

He has played 4 hands and 2 pianos with pianists such as Martha Argerich (2019), Zoltán Kocsis, Stephen Kovacevich, Lilya Zilberstein, Tamás Vásáry, Cyprien Katsaris, Jorge Luis Prats, Imre Rohmann, Sergio Tiempo or András Kemenes, with cellist Asier Polo and violist Rocío Gomez, and baritone Luis Alberto Llaneza, among others.

Also he was selected to participate in concert cycles and festivals such as “Jeneusses Musicales” (1997-1998), “Teresa Berganza Association”(1999), “Young talents of Budapest in the Buda Castle” (2001) “Pedro Barrié de la Maza Foundation” (2004) and the “Juan March Foundation” (2007), Izmir Festival (2018), Kharkiv Musical Assemblies (2018), Costa Rica Piano Festival (2019), among others.

He has currently recorded a DVD (produced by IRIS), of works by Albéniz, Liszt and Rachmaninoff, a CD produced by MANS with works of Bach, Chopin and Liszt, and other CD produced by the same discography with works of Albéniz. He has also recorded for the Spanish Television, Galician Television and Hungarian Radio. The composer Saúl Chapela has dedicated him his piano composition “22 variations on two cells”.

Pablo Galdo has given masterclasses at the “Tchaikovsky Conservatory” in Moscow, “Frederick Chopin University” in Warsaw, “Academy of Arts of Iceland”, “Buchmann-Mehta school” in Israel, “Istanbul State Conservatory”, “Tbilisi State Conservatory”, “Music Academy of Baku”, at ESMAE University in Porto, at the “Baremboim-Said Foundation” in Palestine, at the the “National Conservatory of Jordan”, “National Conservatory of Lebanon”, “Verona Conservatory of music”, at the “Academy of Music and Theater of Vilnius” (Lithuania), “Yahsar University in Izmir” (Turkey), “Macedonian University in Thesalonika” (Greece), “Kharkiv National University of Arts”, “National Music Academy of Estonia”, “Sydney Conservatory of music”, “National University of Kazakhstan”, “Costa Rica National University”, “Superior School of Music of Neuquén” (Argentine), “University of Music and Theatre of Timisoara”, and in different Music institutions across Spain. He is regular guest professor at the International Music Academy “Forum Musikae” in Madrid, International Piano Festival in Costa Rica, Talent Music Summer Courses and festival in Brescia, Malta Classical Music Academy in Malta, or Altalena Music Festival in Hungary, among others. He is jury member in several international competitions (Spain, China, Germany, USA, Costa Rica, Norway). Among his students are prize winners of national and international competitions.

He is artistic director, since January 2016, of the Galician Classical Music Association, founder of “Vigo International music Festival” and artistic director and president jury at international Vigo competition “City of Vigo”. Either, he is artistic director of Ferrol International Piano Competition. He is also the founder and artistic director of Online Piano Masterclass Academy, an online academy which includes some of the most renowned piano professors in the world.

Recently, he was awarded with the “Gregorio Baudot prize” to his artistic career (2016), with the Gold Badge of Ferrol (2018), the silver medal at the Global music awards to the category of classical pianist and instrumentalist (years 2017 and 2018). In 2020, he was awarded as Galician of the year.

He currently combines his concert activity with his position as piano professor at the “Superior Conservatory of Music in A Coruña” (Galicia, Spain), at Superior Center Katarina Gurska in Madrid, and at the “Alfonso X the Wise University”, also in Madrid.

Erika Geldsetzer (25th-29th July)


Born in 1975 into a family of musicians, Erika was accepted at the music academy in Cologne as prestudent with Prof. Gerhard Peters and went on to study in Karlsruhe with Prof. Ulf Hoelscher, in London at the Royal Academy of Music with Erich Gruenberg and finally in Vienna with Prof. Gerhard Schulz.

As chamber music was always her passion, in 1995 she founded the Fauré Quartett (piano quartet). Since then, the quartet enjoys a highly successful career , produced award winning records and has played in all major concert halls as well as various festivals around the globe, such as the Schleswig Holstein Musikfestival (Germany),Festival de Radio France Montpellier (France),Musikfestival Mecklenburg Vorpommern (Germany), Mänttä Music Festival (Finland),Martha Argerich Festival Buenos Aires (Argentina) and Enescu Festival Bukarest (Romania),as well as the main concerthalls such as Wigmore Hall London, Philharmonie and Konzerthaus Berlin, Lincoln Center New York, Teatro Colon Buenos Aires, Toppan Hall Tokyo , Alte Oper Frankfurt and Snape Maltings Concert Hall Aldeburgh.

On various occasions, Erika Geldsetzer was invited as guest professor to teach at the Royal Academy of Music, London (England) where she is also an associate (ARAM) and also gives violin masterclasses in Cervo (Italy), Boszok Music Festival (Hungary) , AIMS Foundation Solsona (Spain) and at the Academy of Music and Dance Jerusalem (Israel) . Since 2014, Erika Geldsetzer has a teaching position at the Universität der Künste Berlin (University of the Arts, Berlin).

From 2009 until 2012 she taught at the german chamber music association “Villa Musica”, where she was also a member of the Ensemble Villa Musica as well as one of the founding members (2001) of the “String Quartett Villa Musica”. As part of the Fauré Quartett , which is also “Ensemble in Residence” in the Musikhochschule Karlsruhe (Music Academy Karlsruhe,Germany) she gives masterclasses regularly in Germany as well as abroad, for example in Melbu (Norway),Tulsa (USA), Manchester (England) and Bogotá (Colombia).

As a soloist, Erika is in great demand and played with orchestras such as the South West radio orchestra Germany (SWR),the University Orchestra Heidelberg, Landesjugendorchester Rheinland-Pfalz,the Bodensee chamber orchestra, the Capella Classica Betzdorf and the Philarmonia Romania. As well as the most famous violin concertos Erika enjoys playing the lesser known masterpieces such as violin concertos by Richard Strauss, Wolfgang Erich Korngold and Edward Elgar.

In 2011 she formed a duo together with the well known english pianist and conductor Ian Fountain. They have been invited regularly to play in major concert halls in Germany and abroad. Together with the world famous cellist David Geringas they branch out into the world of piano trio.

Erika is a regular guest on various chamber music festivals, where she played together with musicians such as David Geringas, Nicolaus Chumachenco, Ulf Hoelscher, Latica Honda-Rosenberg, Miriam Contzen, Nils Mönkemayr, Marianna Shiriniyan and many more.

Richard Ireland (25th-30th July)


London-born into a musical family, Richard is one of the UK’s leading chamber musicians and has been a regular performer at London’s Wigmore Hall, South Bank Centre, Kings Place, and at all of the major chamber music venues across Europe playing alongside many great international artists.

Richard is Professor of Violin at the Royal Academy of Music in London with 25 years experience teaching violin at this level – his ex-students hold principal positions in top orchestras and chamber ensembles across Europe. He is sought after as a performance coach by musicians at all stages of their careers. Richard is on the faculty of the Académie Internationale de Musique in France, the International Summer Academy of Chamber Music in Germany, Altalena Music Festival in Hungary, and Airas Nunes in Spain. He is a visiting professor for the Chamber Music in Residence series at Snape Maltings, has been Artist in Residence at Musica Mundi in Belgium, and is a guest professor at the Netherlands String Quartet Academy. Alongside his chamber music career Richard has also been Guest Leader of orchestras such as the City of London Sinfonia, the Royal Northern Sinfonia, and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

Richard was lucky to study the violin with Sheila Nelson throughout his childhood, and then with Yossi Zivoni, and finally with Eli Goren and Shmuel Ashkenasi, both eminent string quartet leaders. He was Teaching Assistant to Shmuel Ashkenasi in the USA for three years, Professor of Violin at the Royal Northern College of Music for thirteen years and also Professor of Chamber Music at the Royal College of Music.

In 2010 Richard founded and is now Artistic Director of ChamberStudio which provides high-level coaching and support to professional chamber groups in the early stages of their careers. In 2017 he launched a new organisation Offstage which provides ongoing mentorship for post-study performers.

In his free time, Richard is a keen mountain walker and wild camper together with his cellist wife and their 850 gram 2-man tent! He was a passionate rock climber until he broke a knuckle on his left hand and was told in no uncertain terms by Yossi Zivoni, his violin teacher at the time, that he had to decide whether he wanted to be a climber or a violinist! He holds a first-class Pure Mathematics degree from the Open University which he studied part time in his 30’s. He has two children aged 27 and 25 who studied Physics and History and now both live and work in London.

In recognition of his teaching and his work creating ChamberStudio, Richard was awarded the 2014 Cobbett Medal by the Worshipful Company of Musicians. Previous recipients include Emanuel Hurwitz, Hugh Maguire, Pablo Casals, Yehudi Menuhin, Dame Myra Hess and even Sir Edward Elgar in 1928! In March 2017 he was awarded Honorary Associateship of the Royal Academy of Music (Hon ARAM) for special contribution to the institution.

György Pauk (28th July-2nd August)


Recognised as one of the leading violinist of his generation, Gyorgy Pauk was born in Budapest, Hungary and received his musical education at the renown Franz Liszt Music Academy. Before settling in London in 1961, he already won First Prize of the PAGANINI Competition in Genova, The Premier Grand Prix of the JACQUES THIBAUD Competition in Paris, First Prize of the MUNICH Sonata Competition and gave numerous concerts all over Eastern Europe.

He made his London debut in the Wigmore Hall in 1962 receiving outstanding reviews in the press, followed by his orchestral debut in the Royal Festival Hall, with the London Symphony Orchestra under Lorin Maazel.

He made his U.S. Debut with the Chicago Symphony at the invitation of Sir George Solti. He performed on all five Continents giving an average of 90 concerts a year with most of the major orchestras, collaborating with conductors like Haitink, Dorati, Barbirolli, Solti, Kondrashin, Boulez, Rattle, Dutoit, Rozdestvensky, Dohnanyi, Colin Davis, etc. He has appeared, among others, at the Edinburgh, Luzern, Cheltenham, Bath, Hollywood Bowl, Ravinia, Santa Fe, Aspen, Dubrovnik, Prague Spring Festivals. He was a regular soloist at the Henry Wood Promenade Seasons at the Albert Hall and made innumerable broadcasts for the BBC. His exceptional rich repertoire, also for chamber music, includes several master pieces of the 20th Century, he gave world-and national premiers of Lutoslawski, Penderecki, Schnittke, Maxwell Davies, Tippet Violin Concertos under the baton of the composers. His numerous gramophone recordings include several award winners: Cecielia Prize, Grammy nomination, Record of the Year, etc. Gyorgy Pauk is considered one of the most authentic Bartok interpreter and expert of Bartok’s music worldwide. He retired from the podium, after over more than five decades, playing his last farewell concert with the Budapest Festival Orchestra under their conductor Ivan Fischer in Budapest in 2008.

Gyorgy Pauk is now professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he conducts a “Performers Class” with selected young talents from all over the world. His guest Master Classes included visits in the US at Curtis, Peabody, Yale, Cleveland, Oberlin, Manhattan School, San Francisco, and Juilliard School in New York as well as in China, Japan, Israel and all over Europe. He is often invited to Juries of the major International Violin Competitions.

Gyorgy Pauk has received several public honours in Britain and Hungary and is Honorary Professor of the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest.
He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of London in 2016.
He has been playing on his MASSART Stradivarius violin, of 1714, the Master’s Golden Period.

Adrian Justus


Born in Mexico City, Adrian Justus began playing the violin at an early age, taking lessons from Prof. Vazka, Yuriko Kuronuma and Stanislav Kawalla. Quickly winning numerous competitions in his native country.

He then studied with Zvi Zeitlin at the Eastman School of Music (USA), where he was awarded a Performer’s Certificate for his exceptional musicality, unanimously recommended by the string faculty.

One of only four violinists enrolled in the prestigious Pinchas Zukerman Performance Program at the Manhattan School of Music, where he obtained his Masters Diploma in Music.

Adrian has performed at world-famous venues, including Carnegie Hall, New York, Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, Muziekgebouw Hall in Amsterdam, Prohibited City Concert Hall in Beijing, The Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Prague Castle Spanish Hall, Bellas Artes Hall, Sala Nezahualcóyotl in Mexico City, and in London’s Wigmore Hall and the Barbican Center as part of the Janacek Festival.

As a virtuoso soloist, has performed with numerous orchestras, including The Philharmonia Orchestra in London, The Kyoto Symphony in Japan, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonica Nacional de Mexico, and the Prague Festival Orchestra, among others.

Adrian has also studied composition, having written several works for his instrument, including original cadenzas for the Mozart Concerti.

His several CD’s include a Carlton Classics release of the Sibelius Violin Concerto with the London Philharmonia Orchestra, the Brahms, Mozart and Manuel Enriquez Concerti with the Querétaro Philharmonic, a CD including violín and piano music called ‘Obsesion’ as well as así como un disco para violín y piano llamado “Obsession” as well as a CD of contemporary chamber music entitled “Tapestry”.

Blerim Grubi (28th July-2nd August)


Started his first viola classes in his birthplace (Skopje-Macedonia), where he went on to “Ilija Nikolovski Luj” music school. His mentor there was Prof. P. Nikolov. His further studies were at the Faculty of Music Arts in Skopje, where his mentor was Prof. L. Gospodinov. He graduated in 1989. He continued his postgraduate studies for viola at the same faculty, finishing in 1999. Except his postgraduate classes he also had a master class course in the Chigana Academy in Sienna, Italy in 1994/95 in Juri Basmet’s class. After finishing his studies, he started working in the Macedonian Philharmonic Orchestra. During the 80’s he was the leader of the viola group in the Orchestra of Youth Music Room in Skopje, which was conducted by A. Surev.

Blerim Grubi had many appearances as a soloist and member of all kinds of chamber music ensembles. In doing so, he was active in Kosova and Macedonia’s cultural life. Some appearances that are worthwhile mentioning are: recitals in the “Days of Music” festival and the FAM festival in Skopje in 1989. In the same year, Blerim Grubi was the representative from Macedonia in the young string instrument player’s meeting that took place (at the federal level, of ex-Yugoslavia) in Osijek at the “Franjo Krežman” concert. He took part in the concert dedicated to UNICEF in Skopje, with a recital. He also had recitals in the “Summer of Skopje” and “Summer of Ohrid” international festivals.

1999 meant a special year in Grubi’s involvement in music (as it was for all other artists of that region) as culture life of the region was stabilized. During that time, Grubi had solo concerts with Tirana’s String Orchestra in Tetovo and Skopje, which were conducted by A. Leka, and another one in Prishtina, which was conducted by R.Tiseo.

During the last few years, Grubi had some solo concerts, among others with the Chamber music Philharmonic Orchestra (Skopje), conducted by B.Canev and String Orchestra of Kosova’s Philharmonic (Prishtina), conducted by Le Fi Fi. In Detmold (Germany) he had a concert with Detmold’s Chamber music Ensemble and soloist E.Fischer. This year he performed as a soloist with Macedonia’s Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by B.Canev. In the “Days of Music of Macedonia” he had another solo performance with the Philharmonic Orchestra, which was conducted by C. Van Alphen. Blerim Grubi took part in important music activities in Kosova, especially after 1999, when the cultural life took off. In cooperation with S.Badivuku, From 2000’—2018’, Grubi worked with some outstanding musicians in chamber ensembles and String Trio Kosova such as: Pavel Vernikov, Boris Previsic, Kevin Kenner, Roland Xhoxhi, Lejla Haxhiu-Pula, Xhevdet Sahatçiu, Arian Paqo, Antonio Gashi and Aristidh Prosi,Derek Han, Matthew Barley, Dino Mastroyiannis, Boris Previsich, ,Pierluigi Camicia,Francesco de Zan,Bertrand Giraud, Alfredo Oyaguez, Desar Sulejmani ,Driton Gaxha,Yesim Gokalp, Stephen Prutsman, Frank S.Dodge Naomi Niskala Alexander Sitkovetsky(Spectrum Concerts-Berlin)

He recorded two album cd’s for viola and piano (2006 and 2013). He was invited by the University of Colombo in Paris-France (2012/2013), he is invited to teach at the masterclass for viola. He has also interpreted in the famous concert hall of the Berlin Philharmony with the organisation of Spectrum Concerts, and the hall of Ankara at the Philharmony of Turkey.

From 1989—2004 was violist/leader of Macedonian Philharmony.He is also a member of the Kosova’s “String Trio”, one of the founders of Kosova’s Philharmonic Orchestra andVice -president of the ArsKosova foundation- a foundation that promotes new talents and organizes musical activities in Kosova as well as board member of Kosova KamerFest(2000-2016)& ArsKosova Music Competition for youth(2003—2016) founder of the Albanian Music and Ballet Artists’ Society in Macedonia as well as founder & president of the Multi Kulti festival in Skopje.

Blerim Grubi is also the co-founder and member of the Committee for the scholarships for Albanian students in Macedonia.

From 1994 is Viola professor at University of Prishtina .Porfessor of Viola in State University of Tetova from 2004, as well as Viola leader of Kosova philharmony form 2000—2012.

In 2016 he receives the “Presidential Medal of Merit” from the President of Kosovo, for the contribution given to Kosovo for Culture and Education.

Penny Driver (25th-30th July)


Penny performs as recitalist and chamber musician in festivals and series throughout Europe and the UK. With Ostara Chamber Players she plays regularly in a series in London collaborating with musicians such as Richard Lester and Sacha Rattle. She performs all over the world with a wide variety of ensembles and orchestras and has had a long association with the London Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Earlier in her career she was Co-Principal with Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra from 1990 to 1995 and a member of London Mozart Players. Penny has recently recorded Bach suites 1-3.

Penny teaches at Wells Cathedral School, one of the UK’s five specialist music schools, attracting students internationally. Many of her students go on to win scholarships to the major conservatoires in London, Europe and the USA. She is regularly invited to give Performance Classes to undergraduate and masters students at the Royal Academy of Music in London and was for many years Professor of Cello at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff. She coaches on the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment Academy scheme for young professional musicians.
Penny is also a dedicated chamber music teacher, both as part of her work at Wells and in London where she co-directs con spirito chamber music Sundays ( together with pianist Tamar Andrusier.
Penny studied the cello with Ralph Kirshbaum, whilst taking a degree in Russian at Cambridge University, and as a postgraduate at the Royal Northern College of Music. She was awarded a Countess of Munster scholarship to study with Marc Johnson of the Vermeer Quartet in the USA where she was a finalist in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s concerto competition. She completed her studies in Moscow with legendary Russian teacher Natalya Shakhovskaya.

Wen-Sinn Yang (FULLY BOOKED)


Enthusiasm for the unknown and constant research distinguishes Wen-Sinn Yang as one of the most versatile cellists of the present day. His performances not nly revive the music of nineteenth-century cello virtuosos such as Adrien François Servais and Karl Yulievich Davydov, but also introduce his audiences to such modern composers as Aribert Reimann and Isang Yun.

Alongside his activities as an internationally renowned soloist under conductors including Sir Colin Davis, Lorin Maazel, Mariss Jansons, Shiao-Chia Lü, Grzegorz Nowak, Daniel Klajner, Yukata Sado and Michael Hofstetter and with such orchestras as the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra the Shanghai Symphony, the NHK Tokyo, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Russian State rchestra of Moscow, Wen-Sinn Yang is also a highly sought-after chamber music partner.

His mastery and technical skill is not only strongly expressive but also articularly
sensitive, which continues to open up ever-new listening perspectives.

Wen-Sinn Yang’s wide-ranging repertoire is documented on more than 30 CDs. These include not only the principal works for violoncello by Boccherini, Haydn,
Beethoven, Schubert, Saint-Saens, Lalo, Tchaikovsky and Dvořák, but also compositions by Henri Vieuxtemps, Frank Martin, Leonid Sabaneev and Sofia Gubaidulina. Many of these are distinguished as premiere recordings.

Yang, in cooperation with Bavarian Television, recorded the six solo suites of J.S. Bach in 2005. This DVD, released by Arthaus, was praised by critics for its profound awareness of historically informed interpretation performed on modern instruments.

Yang has been Professor of Violoncello at the Academy of Music and Theatre in Munich since 2004 and also regularly conducts international master courses.

István Varga (31st July-4th August)


István Varga studied at the Liszt Academy of Music (László Mező), the Belgrade Academy of Music (Viktor Jakovcic) and the Paris Conservatoire (Maurice Gendron). Until 1999 he lived in Yugoslavia, where he taught at the Belgrade and Novi Sad Academies of Music.

He founded the chamber orchestra Camerata Academica and the Goldberg String Trio, considered the leading ensembles in Yugoslavia. He has performed at all the major festivals and with all the major orchestras in the former Yugoslavia. He has been awarded the Prize of the Yugoslav Composers’ Association and the Gold Medal of the Serbian Cultural Association, the highest professional award in the country.

In 1999 he moved to Hungary, where he is currently a cello teacher at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music. He is a member of the Auer Trio with Balázs Fülei and Péter Kováts, and a regular chamber partner of pianist Gábor Csalog.

He has performed as a soloist at the Budapest Spring Festival, the Budapest Autumn Festival, the ‘Arcus Temporum’ Pannonhalma Arts Festival, the International Bartók Seminar and Festival, and with the Hungarian Radio, Telekom and Weiner-Szász orchestras. He has also performed in France, England, the Netherlands, Austria, Turkey, the United States and Russia in major concert halls such as London’s Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Paris’ Salle Gaveau and Moscow’s Rachmaninov Hall.

As a chamber musician, he has performed with artists such as Valery Affanasyev, Konstantin Bogino, Zoltán Fejérvári, Ian Fountain, Erika Geldsetzer Keller András, Imre Rohmann, Aleksandar Madjar, Albert Markov, J.M.Philips-Varjabedian, Pavel Vernikov, Marine Yashvili, among others.

Chamber orchestra & choir


Possibility to participate in a chamber orchestra between the 30th of July – 4th August with the conductor, Noah Max and his students at the festival. You might indicate your intention of participating in the chamber orchestra on our application page. We will be able to confirm about the orchestra and publish more details as soon as the application deadline is passed.

Morning choir

As a community event where all musicians can join, a morning choir will be held between the 30th July – 4th August. We believe it is great to start our day together! Duration shall be 30 mins for each morning starting at 9 am.

Concerto competition for soloists

We would like to offer the opportunity for an outstanding student of the festival to play an entire concerto with a chamber orchestra/group at our final concert on the 3rd of August. Please prepare the 1st two movements from the works listed below for the preselection round!

Opera aria competition for singers

For singers, there will be a separate aria competition. The winner can choose any aria from the baroque or classical period to be performed at the final concert on the 3rd of August. The aria will be accompanied by the chamber orchestra of our festival. Please prepare one Mozart aria and any one Schubert or Schumann Lied!

Conductors’ competition

The winner of the conductors’ competition will have the chance to conduct one work at our final concert. The number of people in the chamber orchestra will be confirmed after the application deadline is passed. Please prepare any movement from Beethoven symphonies op. 21, op. 36, op. 55!

Composers’ competition

One composition completed over the period of the festival will be premiered at our gala concert played by musicians from the Altalena Ensemble. We are expecting solo works, duos or trios to enter our competition. Written or completed works during the festival shall be submitted by the 30th July. A jury made of three professionals will evaluate the compositions.


Mozart: piano concerto in c minor  K. 491
Beethoven: piano concerto in G major Op. 58 No. 4
Chopin: piano concerto in e minor Op. 11 No. 1


any Mozart violin concerto
Mendelssohn: violin concerto in e minor Op. 64


Telemann: viola concerto in G major TWV 51:G9
C. Stamitz: Concerto in D major Op. 1


J. Haydn: Cello concerto No. 1 in C major, Hob. VIIb: 1
J. Haydn: Cello concerto No. 2 in D major Hob. VIIb: 2
Boccherini Concertos: in G major G. 481 or in D major G. 479 or in B flat G. 482
C. Ph. E. Bach – any concerto
Tchaikovsky: Rococo Variations Op. 33
Schumann: Cello concerto (string orchestra version)


C.P.E. Bach: Flute concerto in d minor Wq. 22
C. Stamitz: Concerto for flute and orchestra in G major Op. 29
Mozart: Flute concerto No. 1 in G major K. 313


any baroque or classical aria in maximum 12 minutes


Mozart: any Divertimenti
Mendelssohn: String Symphony No. 10 in B minor
Tchaikovsky: Serenade for strings Op. 48
Janacek: Suite for strings
a contemporary piece of your choice – our suggestion: Noah Max: Cherished voices 2020, Op. 28


A piece composed/completed over the festival period will be premiered at our gala concert. Maximum length: 15 minutes

Date for competition rounds: 29th and 30th of July.

The competition rounds will be open to the public. The gala concert for the winners will take place on the 3rd of August at 8 pm .

All competition rounds will be accompanied by piano. (There can be an exception for the movements of the 2nd symphony by Beethoven for the conductor’s preselection: this will be played by a trio of the Altalena Ensemble.)

Hotel Globall Telki

Single room: 51 EUR/night/person
Twin room: 32 EUR/night/person (64 EUR/room)
Triple room: 28.33 EUR/night/person (85 EUR/room)
You can use the spa and wellness centre in the hotel during your stay.


buffet breakfast: 11 EUR/person
buffet lunch: 19 EUR /person
buffet dinner: 19 EUR /person
The meals are varied and delicious in the hotel.
For lunch or dinner outside the Hotel, we recommend the Csehülünk Restaurant which is located 1 min. walk from the school.

Other options

You may search for other accommodation in the region or in Budapest. There is a regional bus coming every 20-30 mins to Telki from Széll Kálmán Square.
Duration of travel: 30 minutes.

Margaréta Panzió, Budakeszi
Zöld Relax Apartment, Budakeszi
Keszi Panzió, Budakeszi
Pergola Panzió, Budakeszi

In case of cancelation by the participant, 50% of the course fee will be reimbursed. The fees for accomodation is only due on arrival to the Hotel.