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Summer School

25th - 30th July, 2024

Registration fee: 60 EUR
Course fee: 230 EUR

  • four individual lessons (30 minutes)
  • morning sing along and Kodály method workshop
  • at least 1 performance opportunity during the masterclass in lunch time concert for kids
  • creative activities during the day (such as handcrafting, painting)
  • participation in the Altalena Summer Academy entitles everyone to attend all Altalena programmes taking place at the same time
  • parents are free to join their kid’s classes, but concert tickets shall be purchased separately

Altalena Young Artists Summer School

This year, for the very first time, younger music students can apply for masterclasses with Altalena Young Artists. We welcome applications from participants aged 8 – 13 years old

Altalena Young Artists – Teachers of the Summer School

Violin (English, Hungarian)

Barbara Toth

Barbara Toth, born on 16 March 1996 in Mako, a small town in Hungary. Her family had no musical ancestors, but her interest in music was evident from a very young age.

At the age of seven she started taking violin lessons from Anita Bíró at the local music school. After a year she was already performing in concerts, playing in chamber groups and after 2 years she was leading the youth string orchestra and became the youngest member of the Makó Symphony Orchestra. Twice she took part in the Zákányszék Regional Violin Competition, where she was awarded third place both times. In 2010 the Margaret Istók Foundation awarded Barbara with a prize for her musical activities.

At the age of 14, she moved to Budapest and began her studies at the Béla Bartók Secondary School of Music. Teréz Pichner was her main subject teacher for the next 5 years and she also worked a lot with Erika Tóth and Géza Kapás. In chamber music, Zoltán Fejérvári was one of her most influential masters during her years at the Conservatoire. Their string quartet played at the opening of the Budapest Metro Line 4 and later performed at the Budapest Spring Festival. The quartet later formed a quintet and gave numerous concerts around the country after being mentored by the Quartetto di Cremona. Barbara has participated four times in the International Masterclass in Tata, where she studied with Katalin Sebestyén, László Baranyai, Ervin Schiffer, Károly Botvay and Marc Tooten. During these years she had the opportunity to play in the Palace of Arts, the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music and in concert halls all over the country.

In July 2019, she received her first degree from the University of Music and Dance in Cologne. His professor at the time was Michael Vaiman and during her four years there she learned a lot from Prof Hans-Christian Schweiker, Prof Skerdjano Keraj, Adriana Sanchez and Prof Anna Freeman. As a member of the Junge Philharmonie Köln she performed extensively in the region, the most memorable of which was a concert at the Kölner Philharmonie. In the summer of 2018, she undertook her next challenge. She participated in a masterclass in Poland with Michael Vaiman and Magdalena Rezler, followed by an international violin competition. She was awarded a special prize at the Third Naleczow International Violin Competition.

Barbara has since graduated with a Master's degree from the Royal Academy of Music in London. She started her studies in September 2019 in György Pauk's class and in December she embarked on a series of concerts in China. In addition to solo and chamber concerts, she has given music recitals, represented our European culture and taught music to different age groups.
After completing her studies, in the autumn of 2021 she began teaching the instrument herself, becoming a teacher at the North London Conservatoire. In addition to teaching, she continues to perform and is open to new opportunities and challenges. Since her stay in London, she has become a permanent member of ALEPH and Resonate Chamber Orchestra, Audentia Ensemble, Piccadilly Sinfonietta and is a Young Artist of the Altalena Music Platform in Hungary. Her duo partner is Krisztina Orvos, with whom she performs under the name Duo Vivante, and Barbara is also a member of Trio Camarasa. In addition to making music, she is also keen to help younger people achieve their goals and is happy to take on the management of the Altalena Music Festival and Summer Academy.

Barbara is still looking for her place in the world. She doesn't want to choose between the many different forms of performance, because she can't. She really enjoys playing in orchestras, playing chamber music, performing alone on stage, and teaching.

Violin (English, German, Hungarian)

János Mátyás Stark

Born in 1997, János Mátyás Stark began playing the violin at the age of seven. From 2012 to 2016 he studied at the School for Exceptional Young Talents at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in Budapest, and also learned composition at the Bartók Béla Secondary School. Since October 2016 he has been studying violin at the Franz Liszt University of Music in Weimar. He completed his bachelor's studies in the class of Prof. Andreas Lehmann. Between 2021 and 2023 he was a master's student of Prof. Friedemann Eichhorn. Currently he is continuing his studies with Prof. Eichhorn in Konzertexamen (postgraduate studies).

He perfected his violin playing at internationally renowned masterclasses, such as the International Summer Academy in Salzburg (2014), the “Encuentro de Santander” Festival (2016), or the Violin Masterclasses of the Kronberg Academy (2019) and attended the masterclasses of world-famous professors such as Barnabás Kelemen, Kristóf Baráti, Gábor Takács-Nagy, Yair Kless, Igor Ozim, Josef Špaček, Friedemann Eichhorn, Kirill Troussov, Zakhar Bron, Nobuko Imai, Krzysztof Penderecki and Mihaela Martin.

He won numerous prizes and awards, including 1st prize at the Béla Bartók National Violin Competition (2006), Gold Medal at the International Gyula Beliczay Violin Competition (2011), 3rd prize at the international violin competition “Talents for Europe” (2012), 2nd prize at the international music competition “Music without borders” (2013), 3rd prize at the National Leó Weiner Chamber Music Competition (2016), and 3rd prize at the international music competition “Rising Stars Grand Prix Berlin” (2019).

As a composer, he won 1st prize at the National Rezső Sugár Competition (2013) and 3rd prize at the international composition competition “Bartók World Competition” (2018). His award-winning piano piece was published by Universal Music Publishing Classical - Editio Musica Budapest and was the compulsory piece of next year's piano competition.

He regularly gives concerts in the most important Hungarian concert halls. In April 2023 he performed at the Palace of Arts Budapest with the Győr Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Martin Rajna. In 2023 he had an own concert series at Budapest Music Center with his piano trio. In December 2022 he made his debut in the Hradec Králové Filharmonie with the Violin Concerto in E minor by Felix Mendelssohn. He performed in many European countries such as England, Spain, Germany and Italy. His violin playing was broadcasted several times by Hungarian radio.

As a committed chamber musician he has made guest appearances at numerous festivals such as the “Kaposfest” in Hungary, the “Wege zu Liszt” Festival in Weimar or the “Encuentro de Santander” Festival in Spain, and has performed with artists such as Gábor Csalog, Tamás Érdi, Nobuko Imai and Lars Anders Tomter, among others.

In 2022 he was awarded the DAAD Prize.


Gergely Devich (English, Hungarian)

Cello (English, Hungarian)

Balázs Dolfin


Arnolfo B&B

VF32 - 50 Colle Val d'Elsa - Ostello Cartiera La Buca

You will also have possibilities to stay at the venue of the masterclass, for 20EUR/Person/Night in 3-4 bed rooms.