Netherlands, Utrecht

Masterclasses for Strings and Piano in Solo and Chamber music

when 1 July 2018 - 6 July 2018
language English
duration 1 week
fee EUR 400

A solo and chamber music course open to both bachelor and master students of music (minor/major). Both existing ensembles and individual musicians interested in performing in an ensemble for the masterclass are welcome to join. The course focuses on both the standard repertoire and new music – either contemporary music or forgotten repertoire. Students will have each day the possibility to participate in masterclasses (solo and/or ensemble), spend time practicing and perform in the final concerts of the masterclass.

The Utrecht String Quartet is internationally known for its versatility and dynamism. Its musicians adopt a vibrant, versatile approach to their chosen genre, rejecting traditional “museum piece” interpretations out-of-hand. Even in the most traditional works, they succeed time and again in discovering elements that can be interpreted anew. However, it is their continual search for lost or forgotten repertoire and for their collaboration with contemporary composers that has earned them such an excellent reputation in the music world. International tours to countries such as the United States, Canada, Australia and throughout Europe have demonstrated this versatility.

Utrecht String Quartet is ‘Quartet in Residence’ of the Utrecht Conservatory. They have extensive experience in coaching music students in chamber music. The quartet is formed by Eeva Koskinen (violin), Katherine Routley (violin), Mikhail Zemtsov (viola) and Sebastian Koloski (cello).

Frank Peters studied with Jan Wijn at the Sweelinck Conservatory of Amsterdam. He completed his studies with highest distinction. After having won several prizes in national and international competitions, amongst which the International Prokofjev Competition of Saint-Petersburg, he played in all major concert halls of the Netherlands. Apart from that, he toured to almost all European countries, Russia, China, Australia and the United States.

He is active in the widest range of genres of the piano repertoire. As a soloist, he played with orchestras such as the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, the Residentie Orchestra, the Gelders Orchestra and the Polish National Radio Orchestra in piano concertos by Rachmaninov, Prokofjev, Sjostakovitsj, Schnittke, Ravel, Gershwin, Beethoven and Bach.

Frank Peters is also much in demand as a partner in chamber music. Together with the Quatuor Danel, he played the immensely complex piano quintet by Sorabji. The cooperation led to a close contact with this famous quartet and to renderings of piano quintets by e.g.
Respighi, Fauré, Sjostakovitsj and Schnittke. Frank Peters is a professor at the Conservatory of Amsterdam and regularly leads workshops and master classes in France, Belgium, Italy, Germanyand China. Frank is member of the Hexagon Ensemble since 2007.

The course focuses on both the standard repertoire and new music – either contemporary music or forgotten repertoire. All participants can work both on a piece from the standard repertoire as well as a new or little known work. Participants may suggest the repertoire they want to work on. This 6 day course consists of three basic elements: tuition, practice and performance. String instrumentalists will each day participate in masterclasses (solo or ensemble), spend time practicing and either perform in a (public) concert or attend a concert. All piano students will have each day solo lessons and free choice for chamber music.

The course for music students is open to bachelor and master students in performing arts (both major and minor studies), strings and piano. Both existing ensembles as well as individual musicians wishing to form an ensemble for the week can participate. The various masterclasses will be given by Eeva Koskinen (violin), Katherine Routley (violin), Mikhail Zemtsov (viola), Sebastian Koloski (cello) and Frank Peters (piano).

Course leader

Sebastian Koloski

Target group

Bachelor and master students of music (performing arts) who wish to improve on their performance technique in ensembles and/or solo (violin/viola/cello/piano).

Course aim

For both bachelor and master students of music (major/minor):
- to develop skills in ensemble playing
- to work towards a public concert
- to broaden repertoire knowledge

Fee info

EUR 400: Course + course materials
If you register as an ensemble, a discount applies:
duos pay € 300.- pp
trios and quartets pay € 200.- pp
EUR 200: Housing

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