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Sulzbach-Rosenberg International Music Festival

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The Sulzbach-Rosenberg International Music Festival (nicknamed SRIMF by locals) has been around for 10 years in Sulzbach-Rosenberg, Bavaria, Germany. The summer of 2015 will mark a special celebration of its 10th anniversary. 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, and Mrs. Lotter, the owner of Hotel-Gasthof Zum Bartl, where many students and faculty stay. 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 offers you the opportunity to spend up to six weeks in Europe studying with an internationally renowned faculty of well-known soloists and chamber musicians. The festival faculty combines their experience with elements of the famous Russian School to produce a unique and invaluable environment for learning and growth. This experience will allow students to significantly develop their musical abilities, achieve artistic growth, elevate their professional training, network with fellow musicians and perform in concert.

    This summer festival will be held in Arcidosso, Tuscany, Italy & Sulzbach-Rosenberg, Germany. Each session offers four one-hour private lessons, ample practice facilities, and the opportunity to perform in orchestra and chamber ensembles coached by faculty members. Master classes will be offered on various instruments and there will be numerous festival concerts open to the public. There will be planned excursions to a variety of fascinating 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 March of 2013, Tchaikovsky's Souvenir de Florence as presented with Andrzej Grabiec, violin, Marylene Gingras-Roy, viola, and Misha Quint cello (faculty) and Bora Jeong, violin (student), Matthew Pickart, viola (assistant), and Caitlin McConnell (assistant). 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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    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