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International Musicians Seminar


Masterclasses 2021 - Sunday 28 March to Sunday 18 April

Masterclasses 2021

First session: 28 March – 7 April 2021

Violin – Gerhard Schulz

Viola – Thomas Riebl 

Cello – Steven Isserlis 

Piano – Ferenc Rados & Rita Wagner 


Second session: 7 April – 18 April 2021 

Violin – András Keller 

Viola – Hariolf Schlichtig 

Cello – Ralph Kirshbaum 

Piano –Robert Levin


The Masterclasses are held each spring for three weeks, and over one hundred participants are involved every year. The classes have been running since 1972, when Sándor Végh first invited his students to come to Cornwall and study with him. The seminars provide a totally professional atmosphere and aim to foster the highest level of advanced study, drawing inspiration from the central-European tradition. String players predominate, with solo and string quartet classes, but also an important part of the course is the "Piano in Chamber Music" class, encouraging established ensembles ranging from duo to quintet.

Professors 2021


Gerhard Schulz (28 March - 7 April)

András Keller (7 - 18 April)


Thomas Riebl (28 March - 7 April)

Hariolf Schlichtig (7 - 18 April) 


Steven Isserlis (28 March - 7 April)

Ralph Kirshbaum (7 - 18 April)


Ferenc Rados & Rita Wagner (28 March - 7 April)

Robert Levin (7 - 18 April) 

NB - the piano and chamber music classes are open to applications from solo pianists AND ensembles with piano. If you apply as a solo pianist, you will not receive chamber music lessons - the chamber music lessons are for pre-formed ensembles applying to the masterclasses. The classes will be made up of some solo pianists, some ensembles with piano, and some string quartets. Contact the office if you have any queries.


There will be six public concerts during the seminar, two Maestri concerts enabling students to hear their professors perform, and student concerts at the end of each session giving selected students an opportunity to perform in public. Concerts are in local churches and halls in West Cornwall.

Application deadline for 2021 Masterclasses

The deadline for applications is Monday 23 November 2020. 

The online application form will be available from 1 September 2020. Please see our application information for further details on how to apply. 

Age limit: 16-30
(For ensembles, the average of the ensemble should be 30 or under.)