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International Musicians Seminar


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Masterclass Seminar and Spring concerts cancelled

With deep regret, we have to announce that the Masterclass Seminar and Spring concerts in Cornwall have been cancelled due to coronavirus. This is the first time in nearly 50 years that we have had to cancel a seminar, and we are deeply sad but the safety of all our participants, helpers, and the local community have to be our first concern. For those who have already bought concert tickets, refunds will be arranged as soon as possible - please bear with us in the meantime. Challenging times are facing us all, and we can only work together and hope to have it all behind us before too long.

"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


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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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