Academy
2022

The Academy offers quality education and online learning opportunities for musicians who are motivated and dedicated. Participants can learn from world-renowned musicians who are active in the European music scenes.

The Academy promotes inclusion, diversity and gender equality, as talent is independent of gender, age and background. We also support musicians through scholarships, giving disadvantaged students the chance to receive a quality education.

The New Millennium International 

Academy

has been launched!

Faculty

Violin: Miranda Liu (USA/Hungary)
Course languages: English, Hungarian, German, Spanish, (Russian)

Violin: Orsolya Korcsolán (Hungary, Austria)
Course languages: English, Hungarian, German

Violin: Vlad Stanculeasa (Spain) – only online
Course languages: Romanian, English, Italian, French, Spanish, Swedish

Cello: Bartosz Koziak (Poland)
Course languages: English, Polish, French, (Swedish)

Flute: Noémi Győri (Hungary/UK)
Course languages: English, Hungarian, German, French, Japanese

Clarinet: Csaba Pálfi (Hungary)
Course languages: English, Hungarian

Horn: Gergely Sugár (Hungary, Austria)
Course languages: English, Hungarian, German

Harp: Klára Babel (Hungary) – only online
Course languages: English, Hungarian

Piano: Georgy Tchaidze (Russia/Germany)
Course languages: English, Russian, German

Piano: Josu de Solaun (Spain/USA)
Course languages: English, Spanish

HYBRID* Course

250
  • Three 45-minute one-on-one sessions with our distinguished faculty. Two online and one in-person in Budapest
  • One session with a professional piano accompanist (for students of violin, cello, flute, clarinet and horn)
  • A performance opportunity at a student concert
  • Free VIP entrance to all of the festival’s concerts
  • Certificate of participation

Full ONLINE Course

200
  • Three 45-minute one-on-one online sessions with a member of our distinguished faculty.
  • Certificate of participation

Single ONLINE Course

tuition-free!
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  • A 45-minute one-on-one session with a member of our distinguished faculty.
  • Certificate of participation

EARLY BIRD APPLICATION DEADLINE: 15 MAY 2022:

Discounted application fee: €25

Between 16 May and 1 Aug 2022:

Application fee: €35

Conditions for applying

Please attach the following documents to your application:

 

-Proof of payment of the application fee

-Bio

-Testimonial

-Link to a short recording of your playing

 

The festival reserves the right to close the application period early if the maximum number of participants is met.

 

The admissions committee will inform all selected participants within three weeks of receiving their complete application.

Bank information

The application fee must be transferred to the following bank account:

 

Pista és Társa Bt.

Bank account number: 12010116-01460770-00100002

IBAN: HU 48 12010116-01460770-00200009

SWIFT: UBRTHUHB

Note: Name, NMICMF

Meet the Outstanding & World-Class 2022 Faculty

 “I take delight in every minute of teaching and put the relationship with the student first. My goal is to communicate advice that enlivens the creativity of the student so we can seek efficient technical solutions and express the most refined interpretations together through the voices of our violins, based on the structure of the piece.”

Praised by audiences and critics alike for her “perfect” (Oberbayerisches Volksblatt), “brilliant” (Salzburger Nachrichten), and “amazing” (playliszt.reblog.hu) technique, as well as for her mature and compelling interpretations, Miranda Liu is among the most exciting young violinists performing today.  “Breathtaking” and “wonderful” (New Jersey Arts Maven), her extensive musical knowledge and emotional intensity can be heard in her performances of master works – from the Baroque, Classical and Romantic eras to the fresh new works of present day composers.  She has performed on numerous concert stages throughout Europe (Austria, Germany, Hungary, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Italy, Lithuania, Estonia, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, UK), Asia (China, Korea, Taiwan), and the USA.

Her prodigious talent has resulted in her winning numerous first and top prizes at music competitions and playing in hundreds of recitals and concerts around the world.  Since her first solo appearance with orchestra at age eight, she has gone on to solo with orchestras such as the Concerto Budapest Symphony Orchestra, the New World Symphony in Florida, the Rhode Island Philharmonic, the Las Vegas Philharmonic, the Redwood Symphony in California, the National Radio Orchestra of Romania, the Philharmonisches Orchester Budweis, the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, the Danube Symphony Orchestra Budapest, the Philharmonie Salzburg, the Norddeutsche Philharmonie Rostock, the Orquestra de Cámara Galega, the Ensemble de Cuerdas del Encuentro Santander, the Váci Szimfonikus Zenekar, the Neues Sinfonieorchester Berlin, the Liszt Academy Chamber Orchestra, the Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey, the Anima Musicae Chamber Orchestra Budapest, the Festival Chamber Orchestra of Balassagyarmat, the Starling Chamber Orchestra Cincinnati, the Kraków Philharmonic Orchestra and the Old York Road Symphony in Pennsylvania, among others. She has an extensive repertoire of over sixty works for violin and orchestra, and regularly performs at prestigious music festivals worldwide.

Miranda Liu received her musical training at the Mozarteum Salzburg, the Liszt Academy of Music, and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.  In 2016, András Keller appointed her concertmaster of the Concerto Budapest Symphony Orchestra, one of Hungary’s oldest and leading symphony orchestras.  Ms. Liu is also a founder and 1st violinist of the renowned Central European String Quartet (CESQ).

With her recordings praised as “heartbreakingly beautiful” (Scene Magazine), “a sweeping experience” (Pizzicato), “full of emotions” (Crescendo Magazine), Hungarian-born violinist Orsolya Korcsolan has established herself as one of the most versatile and exquisite violinist and educator of her generation.

Her latest releases ‘Silenced’ on Deutsche Grammophon and Miguel Kertsman’s Concerto for Violin, Horn and Shofar with conductor Denis Russel Davis and the London Philharmonic Orchestra on Naxos are available worldwide as well as her recordings for Solo Musica München.

As a soloist of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra concert series Ms Korcsolan recently performed Kurt Weills Violin Concerto with great critical success. As a soloist, she also gave numerous world premieres of contemporary concertos for violin in Hungary, Austria and the UK. She has performed solo recitals and concertos in Austria, at the Vienna Konzerthaus and Musikverein, at the Raiding Liszt Festival, in the US among other venues at the Washington Stratmore Center, in Canada, Japan, Korea, France, England, Italy and in her native Hungary.  

Ms Korcsolan held regular masterclasses in Vienna at the Vienna Summer Music Festival, in Hungary at the Young Musicians Summer Academy, in Bratislava as Ambassador of the Juilliard School, as well as in Tirana, Albania, Kuala Lumpur and George Town in Malaysia, Seoul and Daenjeon in Korea and Singapore.

Her chamber music partners included clarinetist, Grammy-Nominee David Krakauer, mandolin player, Grammy-Nominee and Echo-Winner Avi Avital. Ms Korcsolan held the position of concertmaster under conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Michael Tilson Thomas and Christoph Eschenbach. She has been recently appointed as artistic director and concertmaster of the Anna Rothschild Ensemble.

Discovered by the late Sir Georg Solti, the Juilliard alumna won numerous awards in New York before settling in Vienna. Ms Korcsolan graduated with distinction from the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest with Eszter Perényi and Géza Kapás, then continued her studies at The Juilliard School in New York with Dorothy DeLay and Itzhak Perlman where she won the prestigious Dorothy DeLay  and the Cornelius Vander Starr Awards.

Romanian/Swedish violinist Vlad Stanculeasa leads a rich musical life as soloist, concertmaster, and chamber musician throughout Europe, Asia and South America.
He’s performed chamber music with some of the most celebrated musicians of today including Maxim Vengerov, Janine Jansen, Alberto Lysy, Maximilian Hornung, Jose Gallardo, Viktoria Mullova, Jeremy Menuhin, and Ana Chumachenco. He received top prizes in the George Enescu International Violin Competition, Renata Molinari Competition, Valsesia Musica International Competition, as well as the 2007 Enescu Prize for the best performance of Enescu’s Impressions d’enfance. As a soloist, he’s performed with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, Basel Chamber Orchestra, Korean Chamber Orchestra, Kammersymphonie Leipzig, George Enescu Philharmonic. He’s collaborated as soloist with many conductors including Kent Nagano, Lahav Shani, Han Na Chang, Konrad von Abel, Joana Carneiro, Min Kim, and Mischa Katz.
Stanculeasa has been Concertmaster of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra since 2010 until 2019. He previously served as Concertmaster of the Spanish National Orchestra in Madrid and as Concertmaster of the Basel Chamber Orchestra where he often led the ensemble without a conductor. He is currently Concertmaster of the Basel Symphony Orchestra, the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, and is occupying the same position in the Gstaad Festival Orchestra, orchestra in residence of the Menuhin Festival.

As an educator, Stanculeasa is currently a teacher at the Superior Conservatory of Music in Barcelona (ESMUC), has served as guest professor at Gothenburg University of Music and Drama and led multiple master classes throughout Serbia, Spain, Venezuela, and Sweden.
He is the founder and artistic director of Accademia Isola Classica & Festival in Italy, a prestigious tuition free international masterclass for advanced students. A chance encounter with Sergiu Celibidache’s assistant, Konrad von Abel, led to the establishment of an intense investigation of the phenomenology of music. This led to a further necessity to develop his means of expression and in 2021, he has obtained his masters in orchestra conducting at the Royal Conservatory in Mons, Belgium, under Daniel Gazon.
Stanculeasa plays a Sanctus Seraphino from 1739, which once belonged to George Enescu and his great pupil Yehudi Menuhin lent to him by the Tharice Foundation in Switzerland.

 “I am excited about coming back to Budapest for the New Millennium International Chamber Music Festival. I am particularly happy and looking forward to meet young cellists with whom we will work during the master classes. It is sure that the atmosphere of one of the most beautiful cities in Europe gives to all of us a lot of joy and inspiration”

The winner of the 3rd Witold Lutoslawski International Cello Competition in 2001 in Warsaw (Poland), 2nd prize winner of the International Cello Competition in Tongyeong (Korea) in 2006 (“Isang Yun in memoriam”), winner of the 2nd prize at the Mikola Lysenko Competition in Kiev in 2007, winner of the International Contemporary Chamber Music Competition in Krakow, and a laureate and winner of a special prize at the Prague Spring Music Festival in 2006,  Bartosz Koziak also received prizes at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 2002 and the ARD competition in Munich in 2005.  In 2003, he received a special prize of the Polish Cultural Foundation awarded by Ewa Podles.

Bartosz performs regularly at venues such as:  Konzerthaus in Berlin, Rudolfinum in Prague, Cite de la Musique in Paris, Khachaturyan Hall in Yerevan, Teatro Politeama in Palermo, and the Warsaw Philharmonic Hall, among others.

As a soloist, Bartosz Koziak has collaborated with the Polish National Philharmonic Orchestra, the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra Katowice, Sinfonia Varsovia, Sinfonietta Cracovia, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo, Concerto Budapest Symphony Orchestra, Armenian State Orchestra, Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, and Radio Orchestras in Warsaw and Budapest, collaborating with conductors Krzysztof Penderecki, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Jan Krenz, Antoni Wit, Gabriel Chmura, Jacek Kaspszyk, András Keller, Tan Dun, Massimiliano Caldi, and Sergey Smbatyan.  In recent years, Bartosz Koziak was invited and participated in numerous concert projects with Krzysztof Penderecki, such as in the first recording of “Concerto Grosso” conducted by Krzysztof Penderecki himself, and several recordings for Polish Radio were also made.

Bartosz Koziak graduated in the class of Prof. Kazimierz Michalik and Andrzej Bauer at the Fryderyk Chopin University in Warsaw, receiving a “Magna cum Laude” distinction.  He completed his studies at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Paris in the class of Philippe Muller. 

Professor Koziak has been teaching cello at the Feliks Nowowiejski Music Academy in Bydgoszcz for many years.

 “Teaching is a very special collaboration. It brings with it a chance to establish a joint laboratory and a safe environment for experimentation. My goal throughout working with students is to develop an in-depth understanding of the technical aspects of flute playing and of the identification process of complex musical coherences, in order to create the most musical, refined and fluent performances!”

 Noémi Győri graduated with honours from the Liszt Academy of Music and completed postgraduate studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna and at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München, studying with Henrik Prőhle, Barbara Gisler-Haase and András Adorján. She is the first flautist to hold a PhD in Flute Performance from the Royal Academy of Music in London.

Noémi has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in 28 countries, and is a recipient of the European Culture Prize for Young Artists (2011), the Career Prize of the Salon de Virtuosi Foundation New York (2012) and the Performers’ Prize of the Artisjus Music Foundation Hungary (2006, 2009). She is the principal flutist of the Jewish Chamber Orchestra Munich and has played as a guest member in the BBC Philharmonic and the Vienna Philharmonic (Vienna State Opera).

Noémi is an Associate Tutor in flute at The Royal Northern College of Music, Tutor at the Junior RNCM and at The University of Manchester. She has given masterclasses in three continents and has recorded for broadcast with the ORF, Deutschlandfunk, BRF, BBC, WQXR New York, Hungarian Radio, Arte and Mezzo TV. Her recordings – Antonio Nava: Flute and Guitar Duos (2011), Glowing Sonorities (2016), Transforming Traditions (2019), Haydn and Mozart Quartets (2020) – received international critical acclaim.

Noémi is a Miyazawa Flutes Artist, performing on a LaFin headjoint and a 14K gold Boston flute, sponsored by the Solti and Philip Loubser Foundations.

“My primary goal as an educator is to help my students to be creative musicians and critical thinkers. Therefore one of the fundamental part of my pedagogical work is to make them think beyond the clarinet and be inspired by the musical approaches of voice and other music instruments. To reach these capabilities we need to establish the technical skills of the performers by doing customized exercises and mental training. Moreover it is very important to me to support talent by sharing practical knowledge about classical music profession and to introduce them to the requirements and realities of classical music industry.” 

Csaba Pálfi received his diploma with honours at the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest in 2011. In the same year Mr. Pálfi has been invited to the Encuentro​ de Música y Academia de Santander Festival ​where he had opportunity to play with remarkable musicians such as 

Wolfram Christ, Hansjörg Schellenberger (members of the Berliner Philharmoniker) and Radovan Vlatkovič. He was member of the Aldeburgh​Winds and Britten-Pears​ Orchestra in 2015 under the guidance of Nicholas Daniel and Oliver Knussen. 

Besides his academic studies Mr. Pálfi expanded his knowledge at numerous masterclasses such as François Benda, Yehuda Gilad, Michael Collins and Laura Ruíz. 

Mr. Pálfi is a founder member of the Weiner​Ensemble with whom they won 3rd prize at the prestigious Orlando International Chamber Music Competition​ ​ in 2016 in the Netherlands. 

Since 2016 he is a member of the Hungarian​ State Opera Orchestra​. Mr. Pálfi received DMA degree with Summa Cum Laude at the Doctorate School of the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music in 2019. Since 2015 Mr. Pálfi is working as Assistant Professor at the Liszt Academy of Music. 

Hornplayer of the prestigious Vienna Symphony Orchestra and professor at the University of Arts in Graz-Institut Oberschützen has been one of the few musicians who had the opportunity to extend his repertoire, recording and other musical activities beyond the scope of an ordinary orchestral musician. 

Performing and recording horn-concertos and chamber music works by composers such as Robert Schumann, Siegfried Karg-Elert, Miguel Kertsman, Frigyes Hidas and Christoph Förster for multiple international labels, as well as conducting orchestras such as the Ambassad Orchester Wien, St.Petersburg Academic Symphony Orchestra, the Malaysian Philharmonic Chamber Players and the Anna Rothschild Ensemble Wien are all part of his divers musical carrier.

Gergely has been active giving masterclasses for hornplayers and conductors alike sharing his knowledge and experinces from both perspectives of the stage. His lectures in London at the International Horn Society Annual Workshop about the double-horn and the vienna-horn earned him an international reputation.

Mr. Sugar studied horn with Hector McDonald at the Graz University, Friedrich Gabler at the University for Music in Vienna, Adam Friedrich at the Budapest Liszt Academy and Michael Hölzl. After a short season at the Budapest Festival Orchestra he became one of the youngest members of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra at the age of 23. Later he studied conducting with Kees Bakels, David Gimenez-Carreras and Jorma Panula.

Gergely Sugar plays exclusively on mouthpieces built by Breslmair Wien.

“Young talents need different kind of support to develop their abilities, including their own paths, required by their personalities. In addition to musical and technical preparation, it is important to note that it is impossible to generalize the curriculum in all cases, just as no two hands are the same, plucking the strings of the harp! Being a teacher or a mentor always helps the talented student to target goals and achieve them. The goals set the direction, the focus and the quality, while the requirements define the desired achievement.” 

Klára Bábel began her musical studies by learning piano, and at the age of twelve she was admitted to the preparatory school of the Franz Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest. While studying the piano, she was awarded the Sári Bíró Memorial Prize, and won first prize at the Agropoli International Piano Competition, and second prize in Bologna. Later she received her MPA. 

She started studying the harp at the age of ten, and was awarded her university degree with honours. In 2007, she was admitted to the Koninklijk Conservatorium in Brussels, and in 2008, she received a special prize at the IV Vera Dulova Harp Competition in Moscow. In 2010 she received the Artisjus award, and in 2010, 2011 and 2013 she was granted the Annie Fischer Fellowship in Performing Arts. In 2009 she was invited to perform with the MÁV Symphony Orchestra, and from 2010 she is the principal harpist of the Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. Currently she is completing her doctoral studies, which she began in 2007, at the Franz Liszt Acedemy of Music. 

She has made a number of recordings commissioned by the Hungarian Radio, including chamber works by Jolivet and Francaix. In 2015 she received the 1st prize at the VII. International Marciel Tournier harp competition in chamber music category with Zalán László Kovács, finalist at the Concorso Internazionale di Musica Marco Fiorindo internetional chamber music competition with the same duo, in 2016 they won Golden Award at the Svirel International Music Competition. In 2017 she reveived the Festival award from Bach Mindenkinek Festival. 

Since 2011 she has been the artistic director of the Sounds of Bábel concerts, which acquaint audiences not only with the classical repertoire for harp, but with forays into the territory of jazz and with the participation of distinguished guest performers present a really wide variety of styles.   

Georgy Tchaidze possesses “fine sensibility and perfectly honed technique” according to The Telegraph in its review of the young Russian pianist’s Wigmore Hall debut.  Since becoming 1st Prize Laureate of Honens International Piano Competition in 2009, Tchaidze has performed throughout Europe, North America and Asia to great acclaim, including debuts at Berlin’s Konzerthaus, Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto, Het Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, Oriental Arts Centre in Shanghai, Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York, and BOZAR and Flagey Halls in Brussels. His performance of Rachmaninov’s second piano concerto with Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra and Pinchas Zukerman was met with praise: “commendable clarity … unusually powerful  for a performance of so little ostentation” (Ottawa Citizen). In the summer of 2015, Georgy Tchaidze was awarded 1st Prize at the 4th Top of the World International Piano Competition in Tromso, Norway, and then asked to replace Sir Andras Schiff with his perfromances at the Lofoten International Chamber Music Festival.

Born in 1988 in St. Petersburg, Georgy Tchaidze began studying the piano and violin at the age of seven.  He studied at the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory with  People’s Artist of Russia, Professor Sergey Dorensky for his undergraduate degree, and earned his master’s degree at the Berlin  University of the Arts with Professor Klaus Hellwig.  Since September 2016, he has been artist in residence at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Belgium, under the direction of Louis Lortie. 

Tchaidze’s reputation as a sensitive collaborative pianist is blossoming. He toured  extensively with Canada’s Cecilia String Quartet and performed with the  esteemed Borodin Quartet.  His latest artistic collaborations include appearances with the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra under direction of Bramwell Tovey, Forth Worth Symphony Orchestra with Leonard Slatkin, Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra under Aleksandre Bloch, with renowned Brentano String Quartet and also with such instrumentalists as Piotr Anderszewski, Stephen Kovacevich, Jean-Efflame Bavouzet, Marc-André Hamelin, Nikolai Lugansky and many others. Tchaidze has three recordings on the Honens label:  a live recording with Cecilia  String Quartet, an all-Schubert album and a disc of works by Medtner, Mussorgsky and Prokofiev. 

Josu De Solaun has been hailed by the international press for his “poetic sense of sound, artistic vision and brilliant virtuoso skills, entirely at the service of the works being performed.” Nikolaus Frey, Fuldaer Zeitung. He is an extraordinarily prolific pianist-composer performing in many of the world’s most celebrated halls as concerto soloist, chamber musician, solo piano recitalist and solo improviser and composer. He is also a published poet.

The opening of the 2020 – 2021 season featured his debut free improv concert, panDEMiCity, in León, in March 2021 – (recorded live for release in July 2021), as well as performances as concerto soloist with orchestras in Spain, Czech Republic and Romania. In 2021, he also received the prestigious ICMA Award (International Classical Music Award) for his recording of French violin Sonatas with violinist Franziska Pietsch. His latest solo album of works by Brahms and Schumann for the IBS Classical label has garnered excellent reviews. This summer he will record both Liszt Piano Concerti as well as Totentanz with the Moravian National Philharmonic.

From a young age, he has performed in France, Georgia, Italy, Russia, Ukraine, Canada, Germany, Japan, China, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Poland, Bulgaria and many other countries around the world.

His repertoire includes rare piano concerti such as Leonard Bernstein’s Symphony Nr. 2 “The Age of Anxiety”, Giuseppe Martucci’s 2nd Piano Concerto, Britten’s Diversions, Hummel’s A-Minor piano concerto, Constantinescu’s Piano Concerto, as well as the complete concerti of Liszt, Rachmaninov, Prokofiev, and Bartok. He is also an avid improviser and frequently plays totally improvised solo piano recitals. 

His creative voice is expressed in a large range of recordings including the incomparably virtuosic complete works for piano of George Enescu for the NAXOS Grand Piano label, Stravinsky’s “Les Noces” with Joann Falletta conducting, two chamber music discs for the German Audite label, the live, improvised León recital and beloved piano music of Schumann and Brahms for the IBS Classical Label. Next season will feature the premiere of his own piano concerto and releases of new recordings of Haydn Sonatas, and Piano Trios, Enescu’s Complete Chamber Music, plus a disc of Czech piano music. His volume of poetry in 2021 titled “Las Grietas” was published by EDICTORALIA. 

He currently resides in Madrid where he helped craft the entire performance curriculum to teach young artists from around the world at the Musical Arts Madrid academy, where he is also Visiting Professor.

Policy

Spaces in all programs are limited, and are offered to deserving applicants on a first-come first-serve basis.

 

The NMICMF is constantly adapting to COVID-19. We are happy to announce that in 2022, the master classes of the NMICMF are offering as many opportunities and as much flexibility as possible to its students.

 

Due to the coronavirus epidemic, applicants have the option of attending a full online course (a total of three lessons) in addition to the face-to-face masterclass. Participants may indicate on the application form if they would like to participate in person in the case that the organizers present the master classes in person as well (depending on the up-to-date situation of COVID-19). Those who prefer the online version may choose to stay online for the full course.

 

Courses online will be offered through the application Zoom and may be live-streamed.

 

*Proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test may be required for participants of the live master classes to ensure a safe learning environment for all. The organizers reserve the right to adjust the Hybrid Course to the situation of the pandemic.

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