Master Classes for String Soloists

16-27 August 2023

  • Teachers

  • Target Group, Course Structure, Repertoire and Course Language

    Graduate and postgraduate students or highly advanced undergraduates with performing experience.

    Arrival: 16 August
    Departure: 27 August
    Welcome meeting & Commencement of activities: 17 August
    Every participant will receive at least 4 lessons of 45 minutes each.

    The master class repertoire ranges from baroque to contemporary music. Previous years have always seen special attention paid to Viennese Classicism, to works by Central and Eastern European Composers, and to the music of the Second Viennese School. isa also encourages all students to bring along repertoire that has to do with the current year’s theme or is linked to it in terms of music history.
    Learn about the background of your works, and use the power of your imagination!


  • Workshops, Lectures, 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.

  • Awards and Audition

    As part of the concerts and auditions during the isa23, prizes will be awarded for outstanding interpretations of certain works (Prize money € 1,000 – € 2,000 , master class-specific “Challenge” and isa-wide “Competition”).


    On 17 August there will be auditions for the benefit concert for „Licht ins Dunkel“ on 22 August in Baden, where you can perform as a soloist with orchestra.
    The following work has to be prepared:

    Erich Wolfgang Korngold: Concerto for violin and orchestra D Major op. 35: 1st movement

    Édouard Lalo: Concerto for violoncello and orchestra d minor: 3rd movement

  • Concerts

    The isaFestival is the presentation platform for all isa participants, providing the opportunity to perform in public as part of its concerts.
    Exceptionally high artistic quality (soloist-level) is required.
    Selection and final decisions regarding invitations to perform are made by isa’s artistic director.

  • Application and Application Requirements

    A prerequisite for participation is having attained a high artistic level.

    Following files are required:
    Two demo recordings (video)
    2 movements or pieces (one slow, one fast):
    One from the context of Viennese Classicism (Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven) or by a related composer
    One from a stylistic era of your choice.
    (Upload video links)

    Application deadline: February 15- May 15, 2023

  • 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 15, 2023, at the latest.

    From July 15, 2023 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 Accommodation

    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.

    Accommodation for String Soloists:
    Hochstraße 37
    2680 Semmering

    Accommodation includes
    Full board (11 overnight stays and 3 meals daily)

    Accommodation costs (per person/ night)
    Twin Room € 60,00
    Dorm (3-4 beds) € 55,00