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International Musicians Seminar


Masterclasses 2020 - Sunday 29 March to Sunday 19 April

Masterclass Seminar 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. Challenging times are facing us all, and we can only work together and hope to have it all behind us before too long.

"Having been to IMS Prussia Cove as a student and a teacher over the last thirty years, I cannot think of a better place for holding Masterclasses. The spirit that Sándor Végh has instilled has been carried on and I hope we can keep it and pass it on to future generations."
Gerhard Schulz


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 2020


András Keller (29 March - 8 April)
Gerhard Schulz (8 - 19 April)


Kim Kashkashian (29 March - 8 April)
Thomas Riebl (8 - 19 April)


Steven Isserlis (29 March - 8 April)
Steven Doane (8 - 19 April)


Ferenc Rados & Rita Wagner (29 March - 8 April)
Richard Egarr (8 - 14 April) / Kirill Gerstein (14 - 19 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 2020 Masterclasses

The deadline for applications is Monday 25 November 2019. 

The online application form will be available from 1 September 2019. 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.)