Netherlands, Utrecht

Masterclasses in Chamber Music and Violin/Viola Solo

when 3 July 2015 - 9 July 2015
duration 1 week
fee EUR 600

Discover new music and new interpretations of standard repertoire with the Utrecht String Quartet. A chamber music course open to both bachelor and master students of music. Both existing ensembles and individual musicians interested in performing in an ad hoc ensemble are welcome to join. Violinists and violists can also take solo masterclasses. Students will each day participate in masterclasses (solo or ensemble), spend time practicing and either perform in a (public) concert or attend a concert.

The Utrecht String Quartet, one of the most renowned chamber-music ensembles, is internationally known for its versatility and dynamism. Resident in the Netherlands, the musical world of the Utrecht String Quartet is both borderless and boundless. 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.

The Utrecht String Quartet is the ‘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)

The course focuses on both the standard repertoire and new music – either contemporary music or forgotten repertoire. All participants will 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 one week course consists of three basic elements: tuition, practice and performance. Students will each day participate in masterclasses (solo or ensemble), spend time practicing and either perform in a (public) concert or attend a concert.
The course for music students is open to bachelor and master students in performing arts (strings and piano). Both existing ensembles as well as individual musicians wishing to form an ad hoc ensemble can participate. The course is also open to solo violists and violinists, who will be taught by Eeva Koskinen (violin) and Mikhail Zemtsov (viola).

Course leader

Sebastian Koloski

Target group

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

Course aim

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

Fee info

EUR 600: Including housing
EUR 400: Excluding housing


Utrecht Summer School does not offer scholarships for this course.

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