Semper Music International Festival offers to its participants an intensive two-week program in disciplines including piano, violin, viola, cello, and voice. Students study with world famous artists, perform with them side-by-side and meet them in a non-formal atmosphere. All these help students to significantly raise their professional level and further their careers. A Certificate of Semper Music International Festival will be issued to participants who successfully complete the program.
The festival is held in the spirit of “making music together”. During the festival, around 20 concerts are presented by students, guest and faculty artists in historic halls of South Tyrol to full capacity audiences. The festival encourages students to collaborate in a variety of settings such as solo performance, chamber music and accompanying and to take advantage of gaining performance experience important for young musicians. Find detailed information about concert appearances and repertoire at admissions/repertoire.
Each student receives five private lessons. A student may exchange lessons with another faculty member and their assigned professor, by mutual agreement with another student. Students are required to attend all rehearsals, lessons, master classes and performances according to the personal schedule, given to each participant on the first day of the festival. Five additional lessons can be requested in the online application form by checking the box – additional classes. It is possible that you will have your lesson on the first day of the festival – be prepared! Private lessons can only be given by Faculty Artists and not Guest Artists, who only give masterclasses. Please select from the Faculty list when you submit your teacher preferences in the application form.
In addition to private lessons students have an opportunity to participate in masterclasses given by guest artists and our distinguished faculty. Masterclasses are open to the public. Two different masterclasses will be held daily (except on free days).
Students performing chamber music receive chamber music coaching. Participants will be notified of chamber group assignments in May, to be ready for lessons upon arrival at the festival.
In 2020, we offer an exciting day trip to Venice, a cable car ride with panoramic views of Plose Mountain and the Dolomites, a hiking tour, a city tour of Brixen / Bressanone, and a trip to the Augustinian Abbey of Neustift, one of the most important monasteries in Tyrol, as well as opportunities for relaxing at a mountain lake and the Aquarena water park with pools, saunas, steamrooms and a fitness center.
Day Trip to Venice (optional)
In addition to the festival program we offer a day trip to one of Europe’s most romantic cities, Venice. Founded in the 5th century and spread over 118 small islands, Venice became a major maritime power in the 10th century. The whole city is an extraordinary architectural masterpiece in which even the smallest building contains works by some of the world’s greatest artists such as Giorgione, Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese and others (© UNESCO World Heritage Centre). The day trip to Venice is optional (with extra fee), and will only take place if at least 40 and at the most 70 festival participants register for it (first come, first serve basis). A modern comfortable bus will bring you to Venice and back to the festival location, a tour guide will help you to discover the beauty of the city.
Hiking tour – Panoramic Views of the Dolomites
In the leisure time between recitals, master classes, rehearsals and practicing, you will find yourself in the heart of the picturesque Mount Plose nature reserve. On June 26, 2009, the UNESCO Council nominated the Dolomites as a Natural World Heritage Site. This is what the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) says:
“The Dolomites display unparalleled geological, botanical and scenic qualities, which make them stand out among all the mountain ranges of the world. They especially stressed the variety of herbs and flowers that can be found here. The Dolomites feature over 2,400 types of plant and an extended Nature Reserve and National Park area (a total of approx. 142,000 ha).”
You will have an opportunity to discover the beauty of the Dolomites on a hiking tour in the mountains. Even if your fitness level is not too high you will be able to enjoy the tour.