63rd International Summer Academy
July 11-August 10, 2020
75 musicians are invited to take part in the academy. In order to qualify, applicants must be studying music at a university. A letter of recommendation from their teacher is also required. The age limit is 28. Applications are reviewed in order of their receipt, after which invitations are sent out by the artistic director. It is possible to contact the artistic director by phone or e-mail before sending one’s application. The best participants may be invited back as soloists for future symphonic concerts. The application fee is reimbursed at the end of the summer academy. The students may receive a scholarship to supplement their spending money.
Jenö Nyári, Gartenweg 7, A-8046 Stattegg
Phone and fax: 0043/316/694877
Collegium Musicum – Schloss Pommersfelden
Christian Thielemann, Klaus Thunemann, Marie-Luise Neunecker, Hans-Jörg Schellenberger, Roswitha Staege, Rainer Kussmaul, Othmar Mága, Lutz Herbig, Imogen Cooper…! All these world-famous musicians have taken part in the Summer Academy Collegium Musicum Schloss Pommersfelden, either as students, teachers, or conductors. They all have contributed to the summer academy’s recognized place on the music scene. It is known as the third oldest event of its kind in Europe. Since its inauguration in 1958 by Dr. Karl Count of Schönborn-Wiesentheid, the International Summer Academy has enjoyed an outstanding reputation worldwide.
Every year, young musicians aged 18 to 28 are invited to apply for participation. The selected applicants receive classes as well as room and board, free of charge. The association, also subsidized by the DAAD and the State of Bavaria, covers the cost of their stay. Schloss Weissenstein in Pommersfelden has been turned into a museum, and its owners, the Count and Countess of Schönborn-Wiesentheid, open its doors for the entire duration of the Summer Academy.
The “Music Academy-Orchestra”
At the beginning of the summer academy, a practice session for string and wind instrument players takes place with a piece of their choice to determine the concertmaster, the section leaders and the placement of lecterns. The young musicians have the opportunity to work with experienced conductors and music teachers. The program is not only designed for pleasure, it also carries a pedagogical value and enables the students to experience the life of professional musicians for four weeks.
Every week, a different program is rehearsed and presented to an audience at weekends.
Life at the castle
Schloss Weissenstein was built as a Baroque summer residence for the prince-bishop and archbishop Lothar Franz of Schönborn at the beginning of the 18th century. The castle, a renowned tourist destination, is still used as a private summer residence by Paul Count of Schönborn and his family and hosts the summer academy for four weeks.
The unique atmosphere of the castle, the beautiful park and its deer, and the rural landscape enchant anyone with an eye for beauty and artistic sensitivity. It is ideally situated for daily excursions to Bamberg or Nürnberg. Students can also relax at the local lake and nearby swimming pool.
Room & Board
Participants are accommodated in the castle and its adjoining buildings. They have to pay for their own travel expenses. An enthusiastic kitchen staff is responsible for preparing delicious meals. Free beverages, a washing machine, dryer and iron are at the students’ disposal whenever needed!
Prof. Dimitri Bashkirov, Moskau- Madrid/Klavier
Prof. Eva Bindere, Universität für Musik Riga – Accademia Perosi Biella/Violine
Prof. Wolfgang Esch, 1. Solo-Klarinettist der Düsseldorfer Symphoniker;
Prof. Márta Gulyás, Universität für Musik Budapest – Madrid;
Jenö Koppándi, Konzertmeister der ungarischen Nationalphilharmonie/Violine;
Zoltán Mácsai, 1. Solo-Hornist der Dresdner Staatskapelle/Holzbläser;
Jenö Nyári, Graz/Konzertpianist -Kammermusik;
Prof. Jozef Podhoransky, Universität für Musik Pressburg und Brünn/Violoncello;
Dankwart Schmidt, 1. Solo-Posaunist der Münch-ner Philharmoniker i.R./Blechbläser;
Prof. Jürgen Weber, Univ. für Musik München, 1. Solo-Bratschist des Sinfonieorchesters des Bayerischen Rundfunks i.R. /Viola