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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

Autumn Concerts in Cornwall
13-29 September 2019

Programmes have now been announced for the second weekend of the Autumn Concerts in Cornwall. Tickets available on the door for all three concerts this coming weekend, and for later concerts in the series from the Minack Theatre Box Office. The Autumn Concerts are a series of nine chamber music concerts across west Cornwall given by musicians from our Open Chamber Music seminar. Full details, including programmes for the coming weekend, are on our Concert Page.

Autumn Tour 2019
29 September-3 October 2019

Chosen as one of BBC Music Magazine's 'Live Choices' for September 2019!
This year's tour will visit Falmouth, Cedars Hall at Wells Cathedral School - where the concert will be recorded by BBC Radio 3 - Cambridge, Champs Hill and London's Wigmore Hall, featuring a programme of Schumann, Fauré, Kurtág and Mozart. We are thrilled to announce that the young cellist, Zlatomir Fung, a recent IMS Masterclass participant who is taking part in this year's tour, was the winner of the celebrated Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow earlier this summer. A tour not to be missed! Full details on our Autumn Tour page. 


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: 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, Peter Tunstall-Behrens, David Whelton OBE.

General Manager: Rosie Yeatman
Development and Outreach Manager: Hannah Morrow

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20 Carlisle Lane
London SE1 7LG
Tel: 0207 6204405

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