Outstanding Guest Artist Series/
Outstanding Master Class Series 2017
Nikolaj Znaider, Boris Kuschnir, and Christa Mayer to join SRIMF Outstanding Master Class Series.
Nikolaj Znaider, one of the most sought-after and most accomplished violinists, will be joining the Outstanding Guest Artist Series at the Sulzbach-Rosenberg International Music Festival (SRIMF) this summer. Znaider will be performing in a Déjà Vu Chamber Music Concert that includes his former teacher violinist, Boris Kuschnir, and cellist Misha Quint. The program includes Dvorak’s Terzetto for 2 violins and cello, Op.74 the Kodaly Duo, Op.7 and culminates in Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence String Sextet, Op.70. Then, students will have a rare opportunity to be part of Nikolaj Znaider’s violin master class.
Join InterHarmony International Music Festival this summer in Sulzbach-Rosenberg for a masterclass with Boris Kushnir, one of the world's foremost violin pedagogues. A student of David Oistrakh's at the Moscow Conservatory, Kushnir has been described as a modern-day Leopold Auer. His students include Nikolai Znaider, Julian Rachlin, and Lidia Baich, along with more than 40 other laureates of national and international competitions.
This year in Sulzbach-Rosenberg, InterHarmony International Music Festival announces its first Outstanding Guest Vocalist, world-class mezzo soprano Christa Mayer. A native of Sulzbach-Rosenberg, Mayer has been an ensemble member of the Saxon State Opera in Dresden since 2001, where her interpretation of Erda in Das Rheingold and Siegfried brought her international recognition. In 2007, Mayer took part in the Ring Cycles of Valencia and Florence, and, in 2008, she made her debut at the Bayreuth Festival as Erda and Waltraute, where she has returned yearly since. On August 4, 2017, in Sulzbach-Rosenberg, she will give an open master class, at which students in the Vocal program will then be invited to perform. This rare opportunity to work personally with one of opera’s most acclaimed mezzos should not be missed.
Sulzbach-Rosenberg International Music Festival
The Sulzbach-Rosenberg International Music Festival (also referred to by the abbreviation, SRIMF, by locals) has been around for 12 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 2017 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 Concerts in SRIMF
Session III: August 1 - 13, 2017
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