The Sir András Schiff Performance Programme for Young Pianists is a two-year course of study that focuses primarily on the exploration of duets and chamber music works with the students on the Kronberg Academy programmes for string players (violin, viola, cello). A degree is not required for admission to the programme. However, we recommend that you hold a Master’s degree in order to benefit fully from it.
Regular one-to-one tuition with duets and chamber music works, as well as with the solo repertoire; participation in tuition sessions und internal masterclasses (including those with conductors) with the students on the Kronberg Academy programmes for string players (as appropriate, accompaniment in instrumental concerts), theoretical subjects, German, performances at Kronberg Academy events (festivals, concerts, examinations) and at external events (Kronberg Academy on Tour). Each participant’s study schedule is tailored to his or her individual needs.
Sir András Schiff, Director
Professor Ferenc Rados
Professor Rita Wagner
Applications are invited from outstanding pianists who see chamber music as a vital part of their lives as musicians. They should have substantial experience in chamber music performance and have taken part successfully in key concert events.
The usual age limit for admission to the Sir András Schiff Performance Programme for Young Pianists is 20-27 years.
Applicants must complete the application form and return it to:
Kronberg Academy Study Programmes
The application form must be accompanied by the following items:
- Detailed tabular CV with photograph
- Full list of the repertoire studied to date (chamber music, duets, solo recitals, concerts)
- DVD of a recent performance (one solo work and one chamber music work)
After the applications and the DVD have been reviewed by the examination board, potential candidates will be invited to take an entrance examination in the presence of Sir András Schiff. The date will be set in consultation with the applicant.
Applicants will be expected to prepare the following works:
- One etude
- One solo piece by J S Bach
- One sonata or major work for solo piano from the classical or Romantic period
- One chamber music work (information will accompany the invitation)
- One character piece for solo piano
- One piece for solo piano by a contemporary composer (born within the past 70 years)
*The sonata and the concerto should be selected from different stylistic periods
- With the exception of the chamber music work and the contemporary piece, all music should be performed from memory.
- Applicants may be asked to play only a selection of the prepared works in the entrance examination.
- String players from Kronberg Academy will be available for the chamber music work. A rehearsal is scheduled for the day of the entrance examination.
The first two study places on the Sir András Schiff Performance Programme for Young Pianists are sponsored by Felix Henle and his family’s two foundations. The portion to be paid by the student is €3,500 per annum.
Kronberg Academy students should maintain a place of residence in Kronberg or the surrounding area. Kronberg Academy can provide rooms in its student residence or in shared accommodation.
Kronberg Academy subsidises a substantial part of the rent. Students are required to contribute €250 per month.
A one-time deposit of 150 € has to be paid. It will be used for extraordinary expenses like
- necessary repairs of damaged property or furniture
- replacement of keys (if lost) and locks
- replacement of lost original music
Should the amount of the deposit run low in the course of your studies you will be asked to fill it up again.
Students are required to clean their own rooms as well as jointly and regularly clean the communal areas. However, students will be charged a cleaning fee of 200 € for regular thorough cleaning of shared spaces in the accommodations like bathrooms, kitchens, hallways and – if applicable – practice rooms. Cleaning will be done about once every quarter by cleaning personnel hired by Kronberg Academy.
Should the remaining amount of the cleaning fee run low in the course of your studies you will be asked to fill it up again.
Life in Kronberg
Everyone who enrols at Kronberg Academy is assured of accommodation in the town.
Academy students are required to live in Kronberg or the surrounding area while they are studying here. Kronberg Academy can provide rooms in accommodation shared with other students – or in special cases with host families. Because Kronberg Academy subsidises the accommodation substantially, rents are relatively low in the highly desirable residential area in and around Kronberg.
In most cases students can also practise in the accommodation. In addition, the Academy has practice rooms for use by its students.
Developing a close community among its students is part of how Kronberg Academy sees its role and its tradition. Sharing accommodation in Kronberg opens up many opportunities for students to work, make music and spend time together outside classes.
The picturesque little town of Kronberg is less than 20 kilometres from Frankfurt and can be reached in around 20 minutes via the urban rail link (S-Bahn), with trains running every half-hour. Frankfurt airport and the University of Music and Performing Arts in Frankfurt am Main are also within easy reach by public transport.
Kronberg Academy is located in the heart of the old town beneath the historical castle. A supermarket, various banks, a drugstore, sundry restaurants, a post office and so on can all be reached easily on foot.
There are plenty of leisure opportunities in Kronberg and the surrounding district – hiking, cycling or running in the Taunus hills, for example. The town also hosts a number of popular regular festivals and markets. Kronberg has a cinema and a public open-air swimming pool that is open during the summer months.