Master Class for Composition

18-28 August 2022
in Semmering

  • Teachers

    Detlev Müller-Siemens

    Ensemble in residence: Fractales, Belgien

    Ensembleleitung: Jean-Bernard Matter

  • Target Group, Course Structure and Course Language

    Graduate and postgraduate students or highly advanced undergraduates.

    Arrival: 18 August
    Departure: 28 August
    Welcome meeting & Commencement of activities: 19 August

    Participants are taught individually and in groups.

    The participants will work to finish the compositions they have brought with them to the course; these works will be prepared for their première performances under the guidance of Jean-Bernard Matter and leading specialists as part of the workshop “Just composed!”.

    1–5 instruments in any combination chosen among the following instruments: Strings (violin, viola, violoncello, contrabass), Winds (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn), Piano


  • Workshops, Lectures and Coaching Sessions

    Alongside the master classes given by well-known, leading artistic personalities, isa also offers participants additional learning opportunities in the form of workshops, lectures, and coaching sessions.
    All supplementary workshops and lectures are accessible only in combination with a master class and are included in the course fee.

    Workshops for composers >

  • Awards

    Auditions during the second week, prizes will be awarded for outstanding interpretations of certain works (Prize money € 1,000 – € 2,000 , isa-wide competition).


  • Application and Application requirements

    A prerequisite for participation is having attained a high artistic level, to be certified.

    Following files are required:
    1. Two demo recordings (video)
    2 compositions: recordings (video link) and scores (.pdf)
    (Upload video links)

    2. Letter of recommendation
    A letter of recommendation from a renowned professor or a recognised personality of international musical life that addresses one’s artistic qualification for this master class is required
    (Upload .doc or .pdf file)

    Application deadline: February 15- June 15, 2022

    Registration >

  • Fees

    Application fee € 100
    Course tuition fee €350

    Master class including practice opportunities
    Participation in workshops, lectures, and competitions
    Free admission to all concerts of the isaFestival

    The course fee is to be paid after confirmation of participation by July 1, 2022 at the latest.

    From July 1, 2022 the course fee can only be reimbursed in proven cases of force majeure (e.g. illness, accident, death in the family, etc.). In no case will the registration fee be refunded!

  • Travel and accomodation

    Participants are responsible for making and paying for their own travel arrangements.
    We do offer a shuttle service at each course location that runs between the local train station and the hotel on the arrival and departure dates, as well as to concerts and by special arrangement.

    Hochstraße 37
    2680 Semmering

    Accommodation includes
    Full board (10 overnight stays and 3 meals daily)

    Accommodation costs (per person/ night)
    Twin Room € 47,00

  • Contact person on site (as from the beginning of the course)

    Andreas Trenkwalder
    +43 660 963 16 65