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.

01
10.07. - 17.07
Piano

Students as well as younger participants (e.g. for study preparation etc.) and graduates can register for this master class. If desired, existing chamber music ensembles can also register.
The repertoire can be chosen freely.

02
24.07. - 31.07.
Viola, Kammermusik

03
31.07. - 07.08.
Piano

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
31.07. - 07.08.
Guitar

-Daily private lessons
-Repertoire from all eras, especially contemporary works

05
07.08. - 14.08.
Voice

The master class is aimed at singing students and singers in engagement.
Daily lessons are planned, a public concert will conclude the course.

I would like to give clear impulses for understanding and optimising our "instrument" voice, taking into account aspects of vocal technique, pronunciation and charisma, interpretation, colour and inspiration.
Joint discussions on the topic of "effective practising" complete the offer.

I will be supported by Naomi Schmidt, solo répétiteur at the Nationaltheater Mannheim and musical director of the International Opera Studio there.

Please prepare at least 6 works of your choice from the opera, concert, oratorio and song repertoire for the course.
Admission to the course will be decided on the basis of the documents and the evaluation of two auditions of different character.

06
14.08. - 21.08.
Voice

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.

07
14.08. - 21.08.
Liedgestaltung

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 8th 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.

08
21.08. - 27.08.
Violin

09
21.08. - 27.08.
Violoncello

10
27.08. - 04.09.
Violin

The Professors offer lessons for solo instruments and also for chamber music. Applicants can apply as soloists or as a chamber music group*.
Collaboration among the participants will be encouraged.
Topics like audition preparation and stylistic questions in music will be covered together.

11
27.08. - 04.09.
Violoncello

The choice of repertoire is free, but should include some Etudes and Bach.
The course is aimed at all cellists (also violinists and viola players are welcome) who share affection for beautiful architecture, stunning views and great food to enhance learning experience.
The Professors offer lessons for solo instruments and also for chamber music. Applicants can apply as soloists or as a chamber music group.
Collaboration among the participants will be encouraged.
Topics like audition preparation and stylistic questions in music will be covered together.

12
27.08. - 04.09.
Piano

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.

13
04.09. - 11.09.
Piano

A pianist with lazy fingertips is like a person who wants to speak without the tip of his tongue:

He will not be understood!

The master class is aimed at anyone interested in serious study of the piano repertoire. Pupils are just as welcome as prospective students or students and professional pianists. Repertoire of all styles will be studied, although a focus on the Viennese Classical period is welcome.
The focus can be on preparing for concerts or competitions, including performance training, as well as dealing with basic technical aspects and problems of piano playing (optimal movement sequences, voice balance, pedal, phrasing, etc.).

14
04.09. -11.09.
Voice

This master class is aimed at students, prospective students and engaged singers.
The focus of the course is on intensive work on vocal technique, musical expression, interpretation, a convincing personal performance and daily audition training in the group of course participants.
The goal is a free, personal sound, authentic musical expression and a strong personal performance.
All course participants receive daily lessons. Course participants are asked to prepare at least six works (arias and songs) from the opera/operetta, oratorio and song repertoire.
The course is particularly suitable for preparing auditions, examinations or competitions. A final concert of the participants is planned at the end of the master class.
Admission to participation will be decided after the evaluation of the documents including video recording/ audition.

15
04.09. - 11.09.
Harp

THE MANY ASPECTS OF Harp - COURSE STUDY PROGRAM

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.

16
02.10. - 09.10.
Voice, Lied interpretation

The repertoire for the master class in singing and song composition by Prof. Gerhild Romberger and Prof. Manuel Lange can be freely chosen from all epochs and languages of the art song, taking into account a focus on the German-language song repertoire. If required, concert and opera repertoire can also be worked on in the singing lessons. Lessons by both teachers are offered separately as well as together.
It is recommended to apply as a duo, but individual applications are of course also possible. We will try to find piano or singing partners from the applications received. The course is therefore also suitable for pianists who are looking for an introduction to song accompaniment.
Applications with an artistic curriculum vitae, a repertoire selection of at least five songs and a short, expressive sound recording can be sent by e-mail with attached files. Pianists who apply without a singing partner apply only with the artistic CV and the sound recording. The closing date for applications is August 21st 2022.