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 500€ for active participants and 250€ for auditors. (Students pay 250€ as active participants and 125€ as auditors.) In addition, all participants must pay a registration fee of 50€ (which includes a complimentary wine tasting). Those who enroll 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.

We are following a strict hygiene concept so that even under the current conditions it is possible for the masterclasses to take place.

22.07. - 29.07

The course is open to professional pianists without age limits. A repertoire from baroque to modern is expected. The content of the course deals with solving technical problems, relationship with the instrument, handling the text, phrasing principle, sound, balance, style, rubato and much more. In addition, the long experience of the teacher is shared with the course participants.

The course is organized in collaboration with the European Foundation for Support of Culture.

01.08. - 08.08.

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.

Viola, Chamber music

01.08. - 08.08.


Orchestral repertoire:
We will study several passages and "solo" of the lyric and symphonic repertoire, with particular attention to the works of G. Puccini, G. Donizetti, G. Verdi and P. Mascagni.

Chamber music repertoire:
The most significant pieces of the harp literature will be proposed

Solo repertoire for Harp:
Songs from the solo repertoire can also be perfected in anticipation of auditions and competitions.

Each student will have to indicate his preference of repertoire in order to organize a schedule that can be concretized in the time made available during the study week.
The course is aimed at everyone and, based on the individual technical level, a personalized study and practice schedule will be set.
The study program will be chosen based on the age and specific skills of each student.


Violin Technique and repertory with emphasis on the 20th century ...

08.08. - 15.08.

This masterclass is for advanced pre-college, conservatory-level, and postgraduate pianists. Participants are free to select their own repertoire. The aim of the class is to teach players how to prepare successfully for public performances. It will focus on style, timbre, expression, phrasing, fingering, pedal technique, and articulation, among other important interpretative tools.

15.08. - 22.08.

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 9th 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.

15.08. - 22.08.

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.

22.08. - 28.08.

It all starts with a vision.
The course is for at music students and young musicians who are in private or public professional music training.
There is no repertoire restriction. The course focusses on practical performance questions and individual practice methods . Aspects of style, phrasing, articulation, fingering, pedaling, breathing, body perception etc. are discussed as required.

22.08. - 28.08.

This clarinet master class addresses music Students, first year students and young clarinetists, which are aiming for a professional music career.
solo-concert for clarinet and orchestra and literature for clarinet and piano.

22.08. - 28.08.
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 June 27th, 2021. Dorothea Wirtz and Pauliina Tukiainen will conduct lessons individually and together.

28.08. - 04.09.

This course primarily contains vocal training, free of any intellectual influence. In the center of this Master Class is a very own organ movement, which realizes itself with the joy while making music in the Repertoire.
Therefore, you must learn five operatic arias by heart.
There will be up to three classes a day: vocal techniques, repetition and audition-training in the plenum.
Admission to participation will be decided after the Evaluation of the documents including the audition. After the registration you will get all the information to the requested documents for this master class.

28.08. - 05.09.

After the successful “team teaching” courses in 2017 and 2019, Prof. Claudio Martínez Mehner and Prof. Nina Tichman repeat their concept of examining musical and instrumental questions in dialogue from different perspectives. Admission to the course will be decided after evaluating the documents, including video recordings. Registration closes on May 31, 2021


Repertoire is free

05.09. - 12.09.

This master class addresses music students, and in exceptional cases and by arrangement also young students. The Repertoire is freely selectable, but it should contain at least one movement out of one Partiten/Sonaten for Solo Violin by J.S. Bach as well as a piece (or one movement) from the Viennese Classicism.

Baroquecello, Viola da Gamba

The course is aimed at cellists and gambists
The main focus of the course will be the way music is viewed based on historical interpretation practice, whereby the music from 1680 - 1820 in particular is to be considered.