Students from all over the world have been celebrating this festival of chamber music every year for more than 40 years. In the historical walls of the Frenswegen Monastery, surrounded by idyllic countryside on the German-Dutch border, the participants work on well-known and unknown masterpieces of chamber music under the direction of internationally renowned lecturers in a wide variety of instrumentations.
studied in Berlin with Werner Scholz and in St. Petersburg with Michael Waiman. Since 1963 he is teaching chamber music at the University of Music Hanns Eisler Berlin. Additional he has an excellent reputation as teacher for masterclasses in Europe and in the USA. He was longtime mentor of string quartets like Vogler, Kuss, Faust, Atrium, Calder, Ebène and soloists like the cellist Nicolas Altstaedt.
Eberhard Feltz works at the academy from August 30th to September 19th 2021.
is a member of the Linos Ensemble and has played in various other formations such as the wind ensemble Sabine Meyer, with Frank-Peter Zimmermann, Christian Zacharias and Christoph Eschenbach. He was solo oboist of the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra under the direction of Claudio Abbado. Frömbgen was also professor for oboe at the University of Music in Saarbrücken and at the Robert Schumann University of Music Düsseldorf. Since 2018 he holds a professorship at the University of Music, Theatre and Media in Hannover.
Kai Frömbgen works at the academy from August 30th to September 8th 2021.
played with several orchestras such as the Staatskapelle Dresden, the Symphonic Orchestras SWR Freiburg-BadenBaden and the Royal Orchestra Antwerpen. She played chamber music i.a. with the guitarist Thomas Müller-Pering and the Mandelring Quartet. She started teaching as a professor for flute at the Hochschule für Musik Weimar in 2000. From 2014 to 2018 she was visiting professor at the University of Music in Cracow. Sind 2018 she es professor for flute at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna.
Wally Hase works at the academy from September 9th to 19th 2021.
is the cellist of the Faure Quartet. He studied with M. Ostertag and F. Helmerson. As soloist he played with renown orchestras. The Fauré Quartet, one of the leading chambermusic ensembles since 20 years with concerts all over the world, is his main topic in musical life. He is professor at the University of Arts in Berlin and since 2017 artistic director of the festival “crescendo”.
Konstantin Heidrich works at the academy from August 30th to September 19th 2021. He also is the artistic director of the academy 2021.
studied at the University of Music in Detmold with Jost Michaels and Hans Klaus. He was solo clarinetist in the radio-symphony-orchestra in Frankfurt and in the Staatsorchester Stuttgart. From 1995-1998 he studied conducting at the University of Music in Weimar. He worked as a conductor at the Staatsoper Stuttgart and worked with the youth orchestra of Thüringen. Since 1999 he is professor for clarinet at the University of Music in Stuttgart. He is juror in international competitions.
Norbert Kaiser works at the academy from August 30th to September 8th 2021.
Flute player, orchestra musician, music pedagogue and teacher of the F.M. Alexander Technique was born in Dublin, Ireland and studied at the Royal College of Music London and at the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg with Aurèle Nicolet. After many years of orchestral work, he completed a three-year training course as a teacher of the Alexander Technique. Since 1994 he has successfully taught the Alexander Technique at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt, in private practice and at music seminars in Germany and abroad. Since 2008 he has been professor for Life-Skills at Kronberg Academy.
Valentin Keogh works at the academy from September 6th to 11th 2021.
studied in Mainz and Detmold and with Herman Jung at the Nordwestdeutsche Musikakademie. He was solo bassoonist of the Bamberger Symphoniker and member of the Sabine Meyer wood wind ensemble. Klütsch was a professor at the University of Music Weimar, the University of Music Hanns Eisler Berlin and the University of Music and Dance Köln.
Georg Klütsch works at the academy from August 30th to September 8th 2021.
has been a member of the Tetzlaff Quartet ever since it’s been established and has performed on international stages such as the Berlin Philharmonie, the Vienna Musikverein, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Wigmore Hall in London and the Carnegie Hall in New York. Elisabeth Kufferath has been a guest at the Berliner Festwochen, the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, the Schwetzinger Festspiele, the Helsinki Festival, the Lucerne Festival, the Heidelberger Frühling and the Norwegian Rosendal Festival. She holds a professorship for violin at the University of Music, Theatre and Media Hanover.
Elisabeth Kufferath works at the academy from September 09th to 19th 2021.
studied with Prof. Steurer and at the University of Music in Munich with Prof. Schilde. With a fellowship she studied at the Indiana University in Bloomington with Prof. Hokanson. She is prizewinner of several international competitions and played concerts all over the world. Since 2003 she is professor at the University of Music in Frankfurt, teacher at the foundation Villa Musica and since 2014 Artistic Director of the “Festeburgkonzerte”.
Angelika Merkle works at the academy from September 9th to 19th 2021.
is the pianist of the Fauré Quartet. He studied with André Boainain and Lev Natochenny and had concerts as a soloist i.a. with the Philharmonic Orchestra Hamburg and the MDR Symphony Orchestra. After teaching activities at the University of Music Karlsruhe, the Folkwang University of Arts Essen and the University of Music Nuremberg, he started being professor for chamber music at the University of Music and Theatre Munich in 2015. Until now he has concerts with the well known Fauré Quartet.
Dirk Mommertz works at the academy from August 30th to September 8th 2021.
has appeared as a chamber musician and/or soloist at notable festivals: the Salzburg Festival, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the Aldeburgh Festival, the Rheingau Music Festival, the Marlboro Music Festival, the Risör Festival and the Vienna Festival Weeks. György Ligeti wrote his Horn Concerto “Hamburgisches Konzert” for Marie-Luise Neunecker, which she premiered in January 2001. Marie-Luise Neunecker was professor for horn at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin.
Marie-Luise Neunecker works at the academy from September 9th to 19th 2021.
teaches at numerous master classes and is a member of the jury at national and international competitions. He regularly performs with the Trio Jean Paul, the Bartholdy Quintet and with the pianists Stephan Imorde and Jan Philip Schulze. Schneider also arranges music & word programs in collaboration with actors and actresses (for example with Martina Gedeck, Gudrun Landgrebe, Stephan Kurt and Rufus Beck). His CD productions have been released by Rubicon Classics, Ars Musici, CAvi, Membran and ECM. Schneider holds a professorship at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien in Hannover.
Ulf Schneider works at the academy from August 30th to September 8th 2021.
studied in Hannover with Hans Deinzer and was principal clarinetist from 1988 to 2003 of the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra. Longtime he was the Artistic Director of the “Jeunesses Musicales” International Chamber Music Course and lecturer for the National Youth Orchestra of Germany. As soloist and chamber musician he is international successful. He was prize winner of the German Music Competition and is the conductor of the ensemble m18. Since 1997 he was professor at the University of Music in Weimar and since 2013 he is professor of clarinet at the University of Music Hanns Eisler in Berlin.
Martin Spangenberg works at the academy from September 9th to 19th 2021.
To be admitted to the monastery, you must be able to present a negative test, a vaccination certificate or proof of your recovery. In the premises of the monastery, the regulations according to the hygiene concept of the monastery apply. We will inform you about them in time. Please note that you may be obliged to undergo quarantine if you are travelling from abroad!
In order to fulfil our responsibility towards all participants, we will also ask the entire team and all participants, regardless of whether they have been vaccinated or have recovered, to be tested regularly during the academy. For this reason, a mobile testing station will be regularly ordered by the academy in front of the monastery building. We ask for your understanding and cooperation to ensure that the academy is a safe and enjoyable experience for all.
The academy stands for a philosophy that is rarely found these days. Whilst people aim for more and more in less time, the academy focuses on detailed and intense work. Over three weeks the participants get the chance to concentrate on what really is important: To truly dive into the music.
The academy gives the opportunity to focus for three weeks on intense chamber music work. Numerous internationally renowned lecturers work on a daily base with the participants and give support during the whole course. The infrastructure at the monastery with various rooms to rehearse and practice make sure the participants have all they need to improve.
Settled in a beautiful monastery in the countryside the participants enjoy an ideal working atmosphere. The historical ambience invites to slow down and gives space for joint activities. The course is highly recommended as a preparation for competitions, gives the best opportunities to work on new repertoire and helps ensembles create their own musical identity.
Two months before the academy starts the participants will be informed about the works that need to be prepared. The chamber music work in the academy starts immediately which is why the pieces have to be well prepared. Each participant has on average 1-3 classes per day with different pieces. The schedule is coordinated daily with the lecturers and will be published in the evening for the next day.
There will be several concerts during the academy. The academy starts traditionally with an Opening Concert in the chapel of the monastery. Furthermore participants get the chance to present their works in workshop concerts, a concert in the Theater Oldenburg, festival concerts and many more.
The fee includes accommodation with full board. For further information about the monastery Kloster Frenswegen click here www.kloster-frenswegen.de