Making Music Together



Making Music Together
July 6 – 26, 2011 • Völs am Schlern, South Tirol, Italy
About the Festival
Imagine a place where students study and perform sideby-side with legendary musicians like Mischa Maisky,
Zakhar Bron, Natalia Gutman, Vag Papian, Abbey
Simon and others, all in the breathtaking beauty of
the Italian Alps, and you have imagined the Schlern
International Music Festival.
Sergey Khachatryan
The Schlern Festival, hosted by the town of
Völs am Schlern, Italy, is unique not only
because of its spectacular location, but
also because it offers a three-week intense
schedule of private lessons, chamber music
coachings, and master classes combined with
over 30 professional and student concerts
presented in the historic halls and castles of the
South Tyrol. This exceptional experience gives
participants an opportunity to significantly
raise their professional level and further
their careers through networking with
established artists, along with gaining
valuable performance experience.
Students attending the festival as conductors study with Alexander Treger, Concertmaster of the Los Angeles
Philharmonic and Music Director/Conductor of the American Youth Symphony Orchestra. Instrumentalists
and singers can take conducting classes in addition to their discipline. Free Italian and German language
classes offered to help you improve your language skills. Additionally, the Schlern Festival presents an
International Competition to its participants in the areas of violin, viola, cello, voice and piano. Competition
winners appear in a special recital in the 14th century castle Prösels and receive following cash prizes:
violin/viola - $1000, cello - $1000, voice - $1000, piano - $1000 as well as two Honorable Mentions $300 each.
A Certificate of the Schlern International Music Festival will be issued to participants who successfully
complete the program. The certificate will include the names of artists the student studied with in private
lessons, chamber music and master classes.
In 2011, Zakhar Bron, teacher of Maxim Vengerov and Vadim Repin, will join star violinist Sergey
Khachatryan and piano maestro Vladimir Krainev in giving master classes and performances, along with
the festival distinguished faculty from around the world.
The Festival program consists not only of intensive training, practicing and performing, but also includes
exciting excursions to Venice, Verona and Cremona, where historical places are reminiscent of Leonardo
da Vinci, Michelangelo, Dante, Stradivari, Paganini and others.
The Schlern Music Festival is the kind of experience that leaves deep impressions upon its participants.
Listening to live performances of outstanding artists and interacting with them daily creates an environment
where ideas, performance and nature unite to bring renewed meaning and understanding to participants’
musical lives. It can also be the beginning of something unimagined as people from around the world meet,
form friendships and make music as evidenced by four young talented musicians who once met here,
worked together, formed a common bond, and became the Völs String Quartet, and are now touring the
United States.
Zakhar Bron, violin (Russia/Germany), guest
Vladimir Krainev, piano (Russia/Germany), guest
Sergey Khachatryan, violin (Armenia/Germany), guest
Yury Airapetian (Russia)
Linda Bustani (Brazil)
Larissa Dedova (Russia/USA)
Slava Gabrielov (Russia/USA)
Tatiana Gerasimova (Russia/USA)
Timothy Hester (USA)
Stanislav Ioudenitch (Russia/USA)
Maxim Mogilevsky (USA)
Pavel Nersessian (Russia)
Abbey Simon (USA)
Natalia Troull (Russia)
Tamas Ungar (Hungary/ USA)
Vlada Vassilieva (Mexico)
Mikhail Volchok (Russia/USA)
Anatoly Zatin (Russia/Mexico)
Liana Isakadze (Georgia/France)
Zuo Jun (China/Singapore)
Dae Hwan Kim (Korea)
Sergei Kravchenko (Russia)
Vladimir Landsman (Russia/Canada)
Alexander Treger (Russia/USA)
Sean Y. Wang (USA)
Grigory Zhislin (Russia/England)
Karine Georgian (Russia/England)
Alexsander Ivashkin (Russia/England)
Lan Jiang (China)
Vagram Saradjian, (Russia/USA)
Daniel Saenz (USA)
Michael Kugel (Russia/Belgium)
Ilan Schneider (Lithuania/ Luxembourg)
Gegam Grigorian (Armenia)
Elena Pankratova (Russia/Germany)
Robert Wells (USA)
Alexander Treger (Russia/USA)
And, you can’t visit such an idyllic town without taking time to enjoy all it has to offer! Völs am Schlern
recreation opportunities range from simply relaxing or walking in Völs and surrounding areas and absorbing
the mountain beauty, to browsing through the town’s shops, to climbing or riding the funicular railway to
the hikers’ retreat atop of the magnificent Schlern Mountain. And, if you like, you can swim in the nearby
lake or relax in a sauna, all followed perhaps by a meal of Italian or Tyrolean fine cuisine at one of the local
In a word, the Schlern International Music Festival is a unique and transforming experience for its
participants. Seldom in the world will you find quite such great artistry blended so perfectly with such
great natural beauty.
Vagram Saradjian, cello; Vladimir Krainev, piano
How to apply
Friends of the Festival
Please submit following documents to SEMPER Music Inc. by
email or mail (see contact information below) by March 1,
• Application: Online Application Form is available at
•Video Recording (DVD or internet link only). The
recording should include two pieces of different styles
with total duration 15 minutes. The recordings will not
be returned to applicants.
• Copy of your birth certificate or other official document
(passport) which proves your date of birth.
• Non-refundable Application fee $130 ($180 after
March 1, 2011)
• Letter of Recommendation
• 2 photos (head-shot) in digital format with a resolution
of 300 dpi or 2 photos in paper form (size 2in×2in/
•If you intend to participate in the Schlern International
Competition, you need to complete the competition
fields in the application form and submit a nonrefundable $100 competition entry fee.
Many talented students are enabled to participate in the
Schlern Music Festival only thanks to generous support
of friends and sponsors of the Festival.
Email: For the Festival period July 6 – 26, 2011 tuition includes:
• 6 private lessons
•chamber music coachings (except conducting students)
• master classes
• concerts
• Italian and German language classes
• excursions to Venice, Verona and Cremona
• hotel accommodation (categories A, B or C)
•full room and board (3 meals a day) except on Saturdays
(excursion days). On Saturdays, only breakfast will be
•Bus transfer from the airports Milan and Munich to the
Festival location, Völs am Schlern, on July 6, 2011 and
back on July 26, 2011
H otel Category
The Schlern International Music Festival is organized
by SEMPER Music Inc., a Texas-based non-profit
organization under the 501(c) (3) section of the
Internal Revenue Code. Individuals and organizations
providing financial support for students participating
in the Festival make tax-deductible contributions.
Find more information about how to become a
Friend of Schlern International Music Festival and
how to make a tax-deductible contribution at
Piano, Violin, Viola, Violoncello, Voice, Conducting, Chamber Music
July 6 – 26, 2011 • Völs am Schlern, South Tirol, Italy
Mailing address:
SEMPER Music Inc.
P.O. Box 79927
Houston, TX 77279
Vagram Saradjian, General Director/ Founder • Tatiana Gerasimova, Music Director
[email protected]
Find more information about the Festival at: •
The admission committee will select participants based on
submitted recordings. Upon acceptance, the full tuition
amount must be paid to SEMPER Music. Inc. by April 1, 2011.
Liana Isakadze
How to pay
Payments may be made by certified check or money order
from a US Bank, credit card or PayPal. All payments must be in
US Dollars, made payable to SEMPER Music Inc. and sent to:
SEMPER Music Inc.
P.O. Box 79927
Houston, TX 77279
Payments by credit card/PayPal may be made at
UNESCO Commissione Nazionale Italiana, Roma
Gemeinde Völs am Schlern/ Comune di Fiè allo
Mischa Maisky
Abbey Simon

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