New Millennium International Chamber Music Festival
Online and Hybrid Master Classes 2021
26-31 August 2021
Online AND in Budapest
Scholarship opportunities for all selected students!
Application deadline: 1 July 2021
The New Millennium International Chamber Music Festival is constantly adapting to COVID-19. We are happy to announce that in 2021, the master classes of the NMICMF are offering as many opportunities and as much flexibility as possible to its students.
Committed to offering generous support to artists and music students during this difficult time, the 2020 edition offered a one-session online full-scholarship masterclass for highly talented participants with our world-renowned faculty.
This year, we will offer the same opportunity PLUS the option to participate in the full course (a total of three lessons) online, or if the situation allows, in person in Budapest. 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.
Piano: Josu de Solaun (Spain)
Violin: Miranda Liu (USA/Hungary)
Cello: Bartosz Koziak (Poland)
Flute: Noémi Győri (Hungary/UK)
Clarinet: Csaba Pálfi (Hungary)
Harp: Klára Babel (Hungary)
Possibilities of participation in 2021:
- 1-session ONLINE Course: FULL-SCHOLARSHIP
Just like last year. Receive a free 45-minute master class with our awesome faculty.
- 3-session ONLINE Course: €200
The fee includes one full-scholarship session just like the one-session course and two additional one-on-one master classes.
- 3-session HYBRID* Course: €200
The fee includes one full-scholarship session just like the one-session course and two additional one-on-one master classes.
Spaces in all programs are limited, and are offered to deserving applicants on a first-come first-serve basis.
*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.
Application by email: email@example.com
- Early bird application deadline: 1 June:
Application fee: €20
- Between 2 June and 1 July:
Application fee: €30
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
Note: Name, NMICMF
Please attach the following documents to your application:
-Proof of payment
-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 by 16 July 2021.
“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.”
Languages: English, Hungarian, German, Spanish, (Russian)
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).
Languages: English, Polish, French, (Swedish)
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!"
Languages: English, Hungarian, German, French, Japanese
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."
Languages: English, Hungarian
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 AldeburghWinds 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 WeinerEnsemble 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.
Languages: English, Spanish
As a First Prize winner of the XIII George Enescu International Piano Competition in Bucharest (founded in 1958 and won by legendary pianists such as Radu Lupu, Elisabeth Leonskaja, and Dmitri Alexeev), the XV José Iturbi International Piano Competition and the First European Union Piano Competition, held in Prague, Spanish pianist Josu De Solaun has been invited to perform in distinguished concert series throughout the world. He is the only pianist from Spain to win the Enescu and Iturbi competitions in their respective histories, and was invited to a private reception with the King and Queen of Spain at the Royal Palace after winning the coveted Bucharest prize.
He has recorded the complete works for piano of George Enescu for the NAXOS Grand Piano label and Les Noces by Stravinsky, also for the same label, with Joann Falletta as conductor. His album “Fantasque”for the label AUDITE has been recently awarded with the prestigious ICMA 2021 award and he has recently released the album “Disgressions” (IBS Classical).
Josu De Solaun is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, where his two main teachers and main musical influences have been pianists Nina Svetlanova and Horacio Gutierrez. He has performed as a soloist with excellent orchestras such as the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg, Orchestra La Fenice Philharmonic in Venice, RTVE Orchestra, Dublin Radio and Television Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra of Colombia, Bucharest National Radio Orchestra, George Philharmonic Enescu de Bucharest, Czech Radio Orchestra, and Mexico City Philharmonic.
"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."
Languages: English, Hungarian
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.