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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


The Violin Project: Launch Concert
12th June 2018, 7pm - Burgh House, London
Doors at 6.30pm

Supporters may remember our Violin Project last autumn. During Open Chamber Music a new instrument was crafted by luthiers Stefan-Peter Greiner and Mark Jennings, with the enthusiastic help of IMS Prussia Cove musicians. In June this year we will officially launch the completed violin at an evening of chamber music and conversation at Burgh House in London. Full details on our concerts page


Open Chamber Music Autumn Concerts 2018
14th to 30th September  - Concerts in west Cornwall

Open Chamber Music brings together over one hundred IMS musicians from all over the world over a period of three weeks to explore the chamber music repertoire. Over sixty pieces are worked on and rehearsed in groups combining experienced players and professors with the outstanding young musicians coming through our Masterclasses. With over thirty of these different works performed each year in this series of nine concerts in venues across West Cornwall, the IMS autumn series has become one of the greatest chamber music celebrations in the world. Full details on our concerts page. Booking opens for Friends of IMS on 11th June and general booking opens on 9th July.


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