Oustanding Master Class Series
Nikolaj Znaider, violin; Nicoletta Conti, conductor;
Cosmopolitan String Duo - Elisabeth Kropfitsch, violin and Meehae Ryo, cello
After the sensational success at InterHarmony last year, Nikolaj Znaider will be returning to Sulzbach -Rosenberg. He will perform Brahms' Double Concerto with our Music Director and Founder, Misha Quint and give a violin masterclass. Nikolaj Znaider is the most celebrated performer of our time soloing regularly with such orchestras as the Staatskapelle Dresden, Cleveland Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, and Chicago Symphony. The 2017/18 season sees Znaider continue his Mozart recording project with the London Symphony Orchestra with the second and third concertos directed from the violin. This gives students a chance to perform for and with the master.
The entrance of Italian conductor Nicoletta Conti onto the InterHarmony stage will bring a new dimension the orchestra program in Sulzbach-Rosenberg. After impressive wins of major conducting competitions, her career set off with major orchestras in Japan, UK, Italy and USA. The first Italian musician to be awarded with the Minerva Prize for the Arts and pupil of Leonard Bernstein, Seiji Ozawa and Kurt Masur, Maestro Conti will take on a demanding program of the Brahms Double Concerto with soloists Nikolaj Znaider and Misha Quint. Ms. Conti's tremendous experience conducting not only major orchestras, but also working with young musicians will bring a rare and an invaluable touch to InterHarmony orchestra program in Germany.
The appearance of Cosmopolitan String Duo at InterHarmony Outstanding Guest Artist Series creates an important and long-awaited bridge between Vienna and Sulzbach-Rosenberg. Internationally acclaimed soloist and chamber musicians Elisabeth Kropfitsch and Meehae Ryo spend time with young musicians frequently, giving numerous masterclasses and workshops covering every aspect of playing, from handling an instrument to actual interpretation on stage. Their performance of Handel Passacaglia and Ravel Duos will be combined with cello and violin master classes. This event is important particularly to string player because they will be introduced to the Viennese style of chamber music interpretation.
Sulzbach-Rosenberg International Music Festival
The Sulzbach-Rosenberg International Music Festival (also referred to by the abbreviation, SRIMF, by locals) has been around for 13 years. 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. It is extremely easy to get from Acqui Terme, Italy (Session II) to Sulzbach-Rosenberg, Bavaria Germany (Session III). More information can be found here.
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. Sulzbach-Rosenberg is home to a castle dating from 900 AD, which was later home to Emperor Karl IV, and has now become the SMS music school and police department. There are many other Medieval sights in this safe town, and a police academy where 1500 policeman study to become officers. The cultural integration and Medieval setting are what makes SRIMF a prime experience for musical learning and growth.
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.
Welcome from Mayor Michael Göth
As Mayor of Sulzbach-Rosenberg, I am very proud and happy to welcome the 2018 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 Acqui Terme, Piedmont, Italy & Sulzbach-Rosenberg, Bavaria 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 April of 2016, Olivia Chen (violin), Brennen Milton (clarinet), Nicole M. Rivera-Montanez (mezzo-soprano) performed alongside cellist Misha Quint, and pianists Irina Nuzova and Delana Thomsen with works by Shostakovich, Debussy, Verdi, Paganini, Saint-Saens, and Wieniawski. This tradition began in 2012, with a performance at the German Consulate General in NYC. InterHarmony continues to provide opportunities for InterHarmony alumni. Visit past events to see our past concerts, and upcoming events pages to see future concerts. Visit past events to see our past concerts, and Upcoming events to see future concerts.
Upcoming InterHarmony Concerts
Liszt (1811 – 1886): Ballade No. 2 in B minor, S. 171
Schubert (1797 – 1828): Piano Quintet in D Major, D667, The Trout
IV. Tema con variazione. Andantino
Ferrari (1837-1907): Son figliuola d’una fata
Massenet (1842 – 1912): Pleurez, pleurez mes yeux, Weep, weep my eyes from Le Cid
Saint-Saens (1835 – 1921)/Ysaye (1858 – 1931): Etude en Forme de Valse, Op.52
Beethoven (1770 – 1827): Romance No.2 in F Major, Op.50
Brahms (1833 – 1897): Sonata No.2 for Violin and Piano, Op.100
Brahms (1833 – 1897): Piano Trio in B Major, Op.8
J.S. Bach (1685-1750): Unaccompanied Cello Suite No.6 in D Major, BWV 1012
Schumann (1810-1850): 5 Pieces in a Country Style for Cello and Piano, Op.102
Bargiel (1828-1897): Adagio in G Major, Op.38
Cellist Misha Quint performs a program of contrasts: J.S. Bach’s Cello Suite No.6, a series of baroque dances referred by Rostropovich as a “symphony for the cello” and originally intended for a 5-stringed instrument, celebrated contemporary composer Libby Larsen’s “Juba”, named for the African American dance, Robert Schumann’s imaginative 5 Pieces in a Folk Style that illustrate Goethe’s poetic story-telling and popular romantic songs, and the “Adagio” written by Clara Schumann’s half-brother, Bargiel.
InterHarmony Concert Series
InterHarmony Concert Series
Students: 255 students total from 30 different countries, and 440 participants
Artist Faculty: 93 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