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Academy for piano chamber music | 18 - 29 August 2021

Montecastelli Pisano, Tuscany, Italy

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Chamber Lab aims to help young musicians establish new ensembles for piano chamber music demonstrating great artistic promise.

During the 10-day Academy, participants will join a number of chamber music partners in a variety of ensembles.

They will have the opportunity to establish professional and private contacts, and to lay the foundations for permanent future ensembles.

Chamber Lab is a versatile concept, comprising chamber music tuition, sight-reading sessions, concerts and scientific lectures.

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12 chamber music works will be rehearsed and performed by 12 different combinations of players. Every participant will prepare three pieces for the academy, including:

• a piano trio from the Viennese Classical period,

• a piano quartet from the Romantic period and
• a work from the 20th/21st century.

The viola repertoire may vary from this in certain circumstances. Pieces will be assigned after the application deadline has passed. Repertoire requests will be considered whenever possible.

The chamber music groups will receive a minimum of two 90-minute lessons for each work.


Selected pieces will be performed at two final concerts. Sight-reading sessions are also scheduled, in order to foster the spirit of the Academy.

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Boris Kusnezow

Professor of Piano Chamber Music University of Music and Theatre
“Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy” Leipzig

www.boriskusnezow.com

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Hanna Weinmeister

Principal Concert Master, Zurich Opera House

Tetzlaff Quartet

www.scienceandmusic.com/weinmeister

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Sebastian Bonhoeffer

Professor of Theoretical Biology ETH Zürich / Collegium Helveticum

www.collegium.ethz.ch/ueber-uns/personen/prof-dr-sebastian-bonhoeffer/

„communication-language-music: lessons from the animal kingdom“

Philipp Bonhoeffer

Professor of Cardiology

Science & Music Montecastelli

www.philippbonhoeffer.com

„the biological importance of beauty“

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Located in the centre of Tuscany, Montecastelli provides the ideal setting for Chamber Lab.
The tastefully renovated complex includes a concert hall, practice rooms and communal areas, as well as a violin-making workshop.

Participants will be provided with on-site accomodation and meals.

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Chamber Lab is one of the activities of Science & Music. The key idea behind this initiative is to create an interdisciplinary exchange between these fields. It has become a meeting place for well-known scientists and artists, including professors from Harvard University and Nobel Prize winners.

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