Every two years, Kronberg Academy invites the large international cellist family to come to the “World capital of the cello” (Mstislav Rostropovich) for the Cello Masterclasses & Concerts. This year they are set to take place from 23 to 30 September, and are open to cello students from across the globe up to the age of 29. Registration is now open for all musicians interested in taking part. The deadline for applications is 9 July 2018 and there are a total of 150 places available. This year’s tutors are renowned cellists Frans Helmerson, Gary Hoffman, Jens Peter Maintz and Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt.
Learn from great masters, experience four different cello schools, draw inspiration and meet many other young cellists: students at the Cello Masterclasses & Concerts can play their own part in events as the intergenerational pact between young artists and established musicians comes alive at Kronberg Academy. Interesting talks, workshops and master concerts from the tutors and other artists accompany the daily lessons. After the closing concert featuring selected Masterclass students, two sponsorship awards, the Landgrave of Hesse Prize and the Boris Pergamenschikow Scholarship, are presented to outstanding young cellists.
The Cello Masterclasses & Concerts offer talented young cellists their first opportunity to get to know Kronberg Academy at a personal level and to present themselves in Kronberg. Cello students can apply for places as active or passive participants. Applicants for active participation will attend auditions in Kronberg on 24 September; the active participants selected from this process will receive at least two tuition sessions with their tutor as well as a certificate of participation at the end of the classes. All participants, whether active or passive, are eligible to attend the Masterclasses and will gain free entry to the concerts and other events. Masterclass students selected by the tutors will perform in the closing concert on 30 September.
Registration is open between 9 April and 9 July and costs 225 euros. There is an additional charge of 150 euros for those accepted as active participants. The number of places is limited, and applications will be considered in the order of dates on which payment is received. An online registration form and further information on audition repertoire, accommodation and FAQs can be found on the Kronberg Academy website at
The Masterclasses are accompanied by concerts featuring renowned cellists, including a large charity concert to mark what would have been the 70th birthday of Boris Pergamenschikow (1948-2004). In addition, luthiers, bow makers and string manufacturers will showcase their services in a specialist exhibition, whilst the “Open Workshop” of master luthier Ekkard Seidl from Markneukirchen and master bowmaker C Jochen Schmidt from Dresden will be on hand for any small repairs to instruments and bows.