Week-long master classes by internationally renowned musicians will again take place this summer in the beautiful hilltop town of Montepulciano in southern Tuscany. Please register early, as space is limited.

Fees are 400€ for active participants and 200€ for auditors. (Students pay 200€ as active participants and 100€ as auditors.) In addition, all participants must pay a registration fee of 50€ (which includes a complimentary wine tasting). Those who enrol in two classes will receive a 25% price discount of fees for the second course or more.

Affordable accommodation in the town can be booked through our partner Terre Toscane. Accommodation can be arranged both for you and for persons accompanying you. It is also possible to extend your stay longer than the duration of the class. Each master class will conclude with a public recital. Master classes for solo instrumentalists will include a piano accompanist.

26.05. - 02.06.2019

07.07. - 14.07.2019
Oboe, Neue Musik for Oboe, Cor anglais

The course wishes to appeal to the versatility of future oboists and along with the standard works wishes to especially highlight contemporary music and the cor anglais literature.

28.07. - 04.08.2019

Masterclass for young harpists and students.
We work daily on solo repertoire (free choice) and orchestra / audition.
On Saturday there will be a final concert.
Active listening to colleagues, exchange, questions and active participation.
I'm looking forward to all interested harpists!
Goodbye in the summer of 2019.

28.07. - 04.08.2019
Voice, Lied interpretation

Participants in the masterclass may select repertoire from any era and in any language. We recommend that singers and pianists apply as a duo, though we will also try to match singers and pianists who apply individually provided they submit their repertoire lists by May 9th, 2019. Dorothea Wirtz and Pauliina Tukiainen will conduct lessons individually and together.

28.07. - 04.08.2019

This master class adresse pianists of all ages, students and prospective students. It focusses on the artistic and technical development of piano works of all epochs. The course is particularly suitable for the preparation of concerts, exams or competitions.
At the end of the master class there will be a final concert of the participants.

04.08. - 11.08.2019

• Daily private lessons. Repertoire of all ages with a special focus on the contemporary repertoire (also for electric guitar).
• Group work sessions: study of instrumental technique by improvisation.
• chamber music

04.08. -11.08.2019

11.08. - 18.08.2019
Viola da Gamba, Lirone

Ex tempore - From music text and improvisation
Course for viola da gamba / lirone & harpsichord, improvisation & basso continuo, consort & chamber music

The course is aimed at music students, advanced amateurs, after consultation also modern strings (cellists, double bassists ...), who want to engage with historical performance practice.

Solo repertoire: all epochs relevant to the viola da gamba

Repertoire for consort and chamber music: own suggestions and wishes are welcome, for example Music for scored gambas in tablature notation,
Italian, French and English consort music,
chamber music with harpsichord and basso continuo
as well as improvisation exercises (see also: course by Dirk Börner).

11.08. - 18.08.2019
Harpsichord, Figured Bass, Improvisation

Ex tempore - From music text and improvisation
Course for viola da gamba / lirone & harpsichord, improvisation & basso continuo, consort & chamber music

The improvisation in Baroque tonal language is at the center of this course:
General bass and harpsichord lessons are designed to develop the ability of a musical speech "ex tempore".

In a playful way (homo ludens!) basic building blocks such as sentence models, ostinati, cadenzas etc. will be taught.
With the help of which, the first musical movements, paragraphs and musical speeches will be improvised.

The course is also aimed at gambists: we will explore the different types of prelude (solo or dialogue). In addition, the work with three-part sentence models in the Consort and in interaction with the harpsichordists allows a variety of possibilities of interaction on grounds, ostinate basses and Passacaglia basses.

Depending on the level of the participants, the subject of the lessons will be concerti, suites, toccats, preludes, fugues, choral arrangements, standards (such as Romanesca, Passamezzo, etc.).

11.08. - 18.08.2019

Repertoire of all style epochs (also works of the 20th century)
Open private lessons
Content (among others):
Differentiated (based on the respective style) interpretation
(Timbres, dynamization, phrasing, articulation, tempo, intonation ...)
technical aspects of playing
Analysis of musical content and its consequences for the interpretation
The number of participants is limited to 10 (date of registration).
Please name the works you are preparing when registering.

24.08. - 01.09.2019

After the successful "team teaching" course of 2017, Prof. Claudio Martínez Mehner and Prof. Nina Tichman repeat their concept of examining musical and instrumental questions in dialogue and from different perspectives.

01.09. - 08.09.2019

The repertoire is free to choose, but violin literature from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and New Viennese Schools is preferred.

08.09. - 14.09.2019

Please reckon the departure on saturday 14th!

The course includes primarily a vocal training, completely divorced of an intellectual imprint. In the foreground is a primordial organ motion which is, through the joy of making music, brought to life in the repertoire.
To this purpose five opera arias must be prepared by heart!
You are requested to apply by sending your artistic vita as well as a recording of two arias. Please ask for the address in the Academy Office.

29.09. - 06.10.2019

This class features extensive work on vocal technique, musical style, expression, interpretation and presentation. The aim is to achieve a free sound, a personal musical style and a convincing stage presence. Each participant should choose and prepare at least 6 works (arias and/or art songs) from the international opera, operetta, oratorio and lied repertoire. All participants will receive daily instruction.

This course can be combined with the lied course held by Thomas Seyboldt. Participants in courses by Ulrike Sonntag and Thomas Seyboldt have the option of learning the Franklin Method with Helga Seyboldt. This involves daily training to improve posture and body tension.

29.09. - 06.10.2019
Lied interpretation

In the Lied, poetry, melody and piano become one. But it also poses particular challenges to singers, pianists and audiences. It requires musical collaboration, careful listening and coordinated breathing. Words can play and colours sing, which make for a fascinating adventure.

The rich repertoire of piano Lieder – from Schubert to Rihm, Fauré to Britten, Dvořák to Shostakovich – offers many possibilities for lively narrative and animated composition, with each Lied unfolding in its own cosmos. Whether in duo or alone, singers and pianists can explore the lied’s style, form and interpretation. The lied attracts vocal and piano students but also accompanists, conductors and ambitious musicians.
Lied duos will be given priority in admission decisions. Participants who wish to form a duo should submit their repertoire preferences by July 20th so that we can assign them the most appropriate partners from the field of registered participants.

Those who wish to take part in the lied interpretation course should prepare at least six lieder (at least one by Franz Schubert).

The course can be completed in combination with Ulrike Sonntag’s vocal workshop.
Participants in courses by Ulrike Sonntag and Thomas Seyboldt have the option of learning the Franklin Method with Helga Seyboldt. This involves daily training to improve posture and body tension.