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Sulzbach-Rosenberg International Music Festival

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The Sulzbach-Rosenberg International Music Festival (also referred to by the abbreviation, SRIMF, by locals) has been around for 10 years in Sulzbach-Rosenberg, Bavaria, Germany. The summer of 2016 will be the 11th year of SRIMF. In addition to the intensity of InterHarmony in musical studies for aspiring musicians, the people of Sulzbach-Rosenberg and their enthusiasm for classical music and the festival are what make this session of InterHarmony so unique.

The ambience is not just the hardy German cuisine or European splendor, but the people who are so welcoming to the participants of SRIMF and to their music. Concerts are typically packed, with an average of 800 people in the Final Orchestra Concert each year. The newspapers are very active in writing about the festival and getting the word out there about concerts and stories about individuals performing at the festival from around the globe.

Christl Pelikan-Geismann

Mother of SRIMF

Students will get to know Christl Pelikan-Geismann, called the "Mother of SRIMF", originally by local newspapers, and then adopted by everyone else. Her toil and perseverance are what helps this festival to prosper on the Germany side.

Students will also get to know Mrs. Sperber from the Brauerei Gasthof Hotel Sperber-Bräu, where many of the artist faculty stay, or Mrs. Eberwein, the owner of Hotel-Gasthof Bayerischer Hof Hotel, where some faculty and students stay and that houses the restaurant where participants take meals. The cultural integration and setting of the Medieval town are what makes SRIMF a prime experience for musical learning and growth.

  • Christl Pelikan-Geisman

    Mother of SRIMF

    Germany, Music Festival, Audience
  • Michael Goeth

    Welcome from Mayor Michael Göth

    As Mayor of Sulzbach-Rosenberg, I am very proud and happy to welcome the 2015 Sulzbach-Rosenberg International Music Festival to our medieval town. We are located in Bavaria on the so called "Golden Street" between Nuernberg and Prag. Music has always played an important role in our town going back as far as the 17th Century, where at the court of Duke Christian August in the legendary "Gymnasium Illustre" Music was being taught and cultivated. This tradition is being continued at our two excellent Music Schools, the Municipal "Sing- und Musikschule" with its more than 700 Students and at the Professional College for Music, the Berufsfachschule fuer Musik.

    We are looking forward again to host this remarkable Music Festival, with its renowned Music Professors, their Master Class Students and the many Visitors from near and far. The Sulzbach-Rosenberg International Music Festival has opened a new chapter in the history of our town and is turning into one of the important music festivals in Germany. I am also looking forward to the chance it offers to expand our local tourism industry and to introduce our beautiful Bavarian region to many new visitors.

    We wish the Festival much success and all participants new experiences, wonderful memories and a good time in our town as well as the enjoyment and appreciation of one of the most beautiful things in the world: MUSIC. Viva la musica!

    About the Music Festival

    What is InterHarmony?

    InterHarmony International Music Festival invites you to study with its internationally renowned faculty of soloists and chamber musicians for up to six weeks of string, piano, woodwind, brass, percussion, or vocal instruction in one of its gorgeous European settings. IIMF's piano and string professors bring together decades of pedagogical and performance experience, offering an international outlook with an edge honed in the famous Russian school. The woodwind, brass, and percussion tracks combine unique chamber music opportunities and starring orchestral roles, while the vocalists can specialize in either art song or opera. All students will enjoy a life-changing opportunity to develop their musical abilities, grow artistically, network with fellow musicians and perform in concert. Through our Outstanding Guest Artist Series, participants will be brought together with some of classical music's brightest lights. Past guests include Vadim Repin and Alfred Brendel.

    This summer's festivals will be held in Arcidosso, Tuscany, Italy & Sulzbach-Rosenberg, Germany. Each session offers master classes on various instruments and numerous public concerts. Students will receive four one-hour private lessons, ample practice facilities, and the possibility to perform in orchestra and chamber ensembles following intensive coaching. Weekly excursions will take participants to a variety of stunning destinations in each locale.

    InterHarmony Concert Series at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall

    Some of our students will be chosen to perform at the InterHarmony Concert Series at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, either solo or with the experience to play alongside our faculty in serious chamber pieces. In May of 2015, young artist violinists Maithena Girault and Matthew Madonia, violist Amber Reed, cellist Caitlin McConnell and pianist Kristie Janczyk perfomred Schumann's Piano Quintet in E-Flat Major, Op.44, and artist faculty violinist Andrzej Grabiec, violist Hong-Mei Xiao, cellist and Music Director Misha Quint, pianist Tatjana Rankovich, and young artist violinist Matthew Vincent performed Shostakovich's Piano Quintet in g minor, Op.57. This tradition began in 2012, when we had a performance at the German Consulate General in NYC. We hope to continue to provide more opportunities for InterHarmony alumni in the future. Visit past events to see our past concerts, and Upcoming events to see future concerts.

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    Guest Artist
    Alfred Brendel, piano

    2016 Outstanding Guest Artist Series Updates Coming Soon!
    This summer, join the Sulzbach-Rosenberg International Music Festival in welcoming its third Outstanding Guest Artist, Alfred Brendel.

    Regularly cited as one of the instrument's greatest practitioners, Brendel enjoys a reputation unequalled among living pianists. Despite his improbable, largely self-taught beginnings in a non-musical family, he began concertizing at 17. After a breakthrough program of Beethoven brought him international recognition, he embarked on a recording and performance career which would reinvent the Austro-Hungarian tradition for modern audiences. His discography, one of the most extensive ever recorded by a pianist, includes the complete piano works of Beethoven and all of Mozart's piano concerti. He has been recognized with honorary doctorates from Cambridge, Oxford and Yale, as well as the Lifetime Achievement Awards of Edison, MIDEM Classical Awards, the Deutscher Schallplattenpreis and Gramophone Magazine, the recording industry's highest accolade. Since retiring from the stage in 2008, he has concentrated on lecturing, teaching and writing, and is the author of several books on music.

    Mr. Brendel will hold a lecture, on August 10th, in the town hall of Sulzbach-Rosenberg. Students will be invited to listen to the ideas, insights and advice of one of the most reflective and articulate musicians of our times.

    Upcoming Concerts in SRIMFView Concert Schedule »

      Session III: August 4 - 16, 2015

    • Davidov, Franck, Schnittke, Bruch, Rodion Shchedrin, Prokofiev, Rimsky-Korsakov

      Cello, Misha Quint, Piano

      Misha Quint in Recital: An Evening of Cello Music

      Program and Performers TBA: Misha Quint, cello
      Davidov (1838 – 1889): Romance sans paroles, Op.23
      Franck (1822 – 1890): Sonata for Cello and Piano
      Schnittke (1934 – 1998): Suite in the Old Style
      Bruch (1838 – 1920): Kol Nidrei, Op.47
      Rodion Shchedrin (b 1932): "In the Style of Albeniz" for cello and piano
      Prokofiev (1891 – 1953): Adagio, Op.97bis
      Rimsky-Korsakov (1844 – 1908): Flight of the Bumblebee from The Tale of Tsar Saltan

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      Student Showcase I

      Prizewinners, Summer Festival Concert, Classical Music

      Student Showcase I

      Talented young prizewinning artists will perform in the Sulzbach-Rosenberg International Music Festival Student Showcase concert. Program TBA.

    Quick Facts

    For InterHarmony

    • Students: 250 students total from 20 different countries, and 388 participants

    • Artist Faculty: 70 total from 20 different countries

    • Sulzbach-Rosenberg, Bavaria, Germany was founded in the 8th Century

    • Concert Venues: Rathaus (Gothic City Hall) built in 1446, Berufsschule, Christuskirche (modeled after Munich's Matthaueus Kirche)

    • Lessons and Rehearsals: Sulzbach Castle (Sing-und-Musikschule), Rathaus (Gothic City Hall) built in 1446, Berufsschule, Christuskirche (modeled after Munich's Matthaeus Kirche)

    • Elevation: 411 m = 1348 ft above sea level

    • Average Temperature in Summer: 74.5 degrees Fahrenheit