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2019 International Chamber Music Academy in Budapest - AMFH

30 July, 2019 to 9 August, 2019
International Chamber Music Academy in Budapest - July 30 to August 9, 2019

Registration for the 2019 International Chamber Music Academy (located in Budapest, Hungary), Isabelle Oehmichen, Artistic Director, is open until April 30, 2019.  This workshop, for good amateur adults and young professionals, is sponsored by the Association Musicale Franco Hongroise and is held from July 30 (opening concert) through August 9 (closing concerts).  Registration is open to individual string players, as well as some wind players and pianists, and pre-formed chamber music ensembles, by arrangement with the artistic director.  The workshop is held at the conveniently located Szabolcsi Bence music school in the city center.

This is a wonderfully warm and supportive workshop for chamber musicians who want to work hard, study well, and grow musically with accomplished master musicians.  In addition, the workshop includes cultural exploration including a cruise on the Danube and outings to local sights and events.  Each participant is assigned two chamber music works (portions) several months in advance, and they come with their parts prepared to learn and grow by working with the finest master teachers in Budapest, many from the world-famous Franz Liszt Music Academy.  Ms. Oehmichen tailors each program to the participants to enrich the experience.  In addition, participants often get together informally to share additional works during an "open" concert night (optional).

Ms. Oehmichen is an active and highly talented performing artist, and former student of the Hungarian virtuoso Georges Cziffra.  The workshop is now several decades in existence, with many participants returning year after year.  A variety of languages are spoken in the workshop, including French, English, Hungarian, and German.  English is widely spoken and understood, both in the workshop and in the local area.

Violinists and violists are especially encouraged to apply at present.

Additional details, including a short video, are available on the workshop website at  

Budapest is a thoroughly modern city with excellent accommodations, restaurants, shopping, night life, walking mall in the city center, and public transportation - including a fully modern airport.  Easy connections from the U.S. through Amsterdam, London, Paris, Vienna.  The summer home of Franz Joseph Haydn, the Esterhazy estate, is a short drive away.

Participants from the U.S. who are less familiar with international travel will find this to be highly accessible, with extra personalized help as need to help facilitate making all arrangements.  English is widely spoken.