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International Musicians Seminar


Welcome to IMS Prussia Cove

"Some of my most satisfying musical experiences have been at IMS. The combination of the glorious setting, the close personal friendships that one forms there while living in such close proximity, and the sense of pure musical idealism that has been the chief aim of the seminar since it began, produces a sort of magic that is unique. IMS is an important part of my life and, I believe, an important part of the lives of most people who attend the seminars." Steven Isserlis, Artistic Director


Forthcoming Events

Spring Concerts in Cornwall 2018. 
A series of 6 concerts in south west Cornwall between 31st March and 14th April.
General Booking now open from the Minack Theatre Box Office. Box Office Tel: 01736 810181 (Mon-Fri 10am-4pm) .Our Professors in residence will be performing in Marazion Community Centre on both Saturday 31st March (Gidon Kremer, Gerhard Schulz, Thomas Riebl, Ralph Kirshbaum and Thomas Adès) and Saturday 7th April (Philippe Graffin, Hariolf Schlictig, Steven Isserlis and Ferenc Rados). The other concerts are given by the outstanding young musicians taking part in the seminar, many of whom are already enjoying busy international careers. Full details on our concert pages. If you would like to take advantage of the advanced booking period for future concert  series, please see details about Joining the Friends of IMS on our Support Us pages


Annual Review 2017

We've completed our Annual Review for 2017 - read about our busy year here!  


Masterclasses 2018

The professors have selected the participants from the many applicaitons that we received. The list of participants will be posted on the website soon.


How an inspiring Hungarian violinist created a musical community in Cornwall. 

Read Jonathan Gaisman's article from Standpoint Magazine on the history, founding and ideals of the IMS seminars, published in September 2017. 


The International Musicians Seminar, Prussia Cove is one of the premier short course seminars in the world. It offers musicians from all over the world the opportunity to participate in seminars which are unique in both their approach and environment. They attract maestri of world standing who encourage traditional values of musicianship and develop the artistic potential of tomorrow’s leading musicians. IMS Prussia Cove was awarded the 2008 Chamber Music Prize by the Royal Philharmonic Society.


IMS Founder: Sándor Végh

Artistic Director: Steven Isserlis

Artistic Advisers: Ralph Kirshbaum and András Schiff

Co-Founder and Programming Director: Hilary Tunstall-Behrens

Patron: HRH The Duke of Kent KG 

President: Sir Simon Rattle OM, CBE

Board of Directors: Tessa Gaisman MBE (Chairman), Robert Boas, David Cairns, Jonathan Gaisman QC, John Gilhooly OBE, Maria Lucas-Tooth, Frank Mampaey, Alexandra Maund (Chairman of the Friends of IMS), Gilbert McCabe, Haakon Overli, Sir Martin Smith, David Whelton 

Administrator: Rosie Yeatman

Development Officer: Hannah Morrow

*Please note our new contact details*:

Unit 6, Old Paradise Yard
20 Carlisle Lane
London SE1 7LG
Tel: 0207 6204405

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Registered Charity Number: 270204

Registered office: 32 Grafton Square, London SW4 0DB