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Academia Sighișoara in Switzerland
May 9, 2016

Registration is now open for the 23rd Academia Sighișoara, 1-14 August 2016
Mar 24, 2016

Alexander Technique courses for the third time in Cluj
Mar 10, 2016

We continue our year-round concert series
Nov 13, 2015

Two captivating and creative weeks at Academia Sighisoara 2015
Aug 24, 2015

Final student concerts
Aug 14, 2015

"Academia Sighișoara" is an international festival for young musicians and visual artists from all over the world. A place of encounter and interchange, a platform for contemporary art in the new EU country Romania.

The Festival takes place between the 1st and 14th of August 2014.

Academia Sighișoara in Switzerland, May 9, 2016

The following event of the year-round concert series of Academia Sighișoara will be taking place in Basel at the Zunftsaal Schmiedenhof (Rümelinsplatz 4) on Friday, May 13 at 19:30. Teachers and artists of Academia Sighișoara 2016 – Marie Trottmann (harp), Aurelian Băcan (clarinet), Alexandru Gavrilovici and Andrea Duca (violin), Adelina Oprean and Andrei Harabagiu (viola), Katharina Gohl Moser and Stéphane Giampellegrini (cello) – will perform works by Béla Kovács, Maurice Ravel, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Enrique Granados, Olivier Messiaen, Roland Moser and Johannes Brahms.

This program will also be presented in Neuchâtel at the Salle de lecture, Bibliothèque publique et universitaire (Place Numa-Droz 3) on Thursday, May 12 at 19:30.

We would be delighted to have you at our concerts!


Registration is now open for the 23rd Academia Sighișoara, 1-14 August 2016, Mar 24, 2016

Join our summer academy in Sighișoara, in the heart of Transylvania, between the 1st and 14th of August 2016! Academia Sighișoara is one of the most exciting and unique summer academy and festival for young musicians and visual artists in Europe. Based in the centre of the medieval fort of Sighișoara, in a colourful and creative setting, Academia Sighișoara brings together a handful of internationally acknowledged musicians to work with the participating students, but also to perform at the Baroque Hall of Sighișoara City Hall that will hold concerts every evening during the 14 days of the academy.

This year Roland Moser (Basel) and Adrian Pop (Cluj) will return to Sighișoara to continue working with the composer students. The piano classes will be held by Swiss pianist Benjamin Engeli, Basel based Austrian pianist Anton Kernjak and Romanian pianist Viniciu Moroianu from Bucharest. Students will have the possibility to attend baroque music masterclasses too during the second week: Tobias Schabenberger will lead fortepiano classes, while Chiara Banchini will be teaching baroque violin.

Adelina Oprean, the violin teacher of the Music Academy Basel will be present at Academia Sighișoara for the third time in a row, she will work with the violinists during the first week, together with Ana Török (member of Arcadia String Quartet and concertmaster of the Transylvania State Philharmonics, Cluj) and founder and artistic director of Academia Sighișoara, Alexandru Gavrilovici (Bern). The violists will have the opportunity participate in the classes of Traian Boală (member of Arcadia String Quartet) and the other violin teachers' too. The cello classes at the 2016 Academia Sighișoara will be led by Katharina Gohl Moser (Basel) and Basel based Spanish cellist Guillermo Pastrana. Botond Kostyák (Vienna) will also return to Sighișoara to work with the young double bass students during the first week. Double bass students are welcome to stay during the second week to participate in the chamber music classes. Swiss harpist Marie Trottmann (Neuchâtel) will teach harp, while the singing classes will be held by Irina Gavrilovici (Vienna).

Chamber music courses have a major importance at our summer academy. Vladimir Lakatos (Munich) will coordinate and lead the students in their chamber music activities. The course is intended both for already active ensembles and also new groups that will be formed of the students of Academia Sighișoara. String ensembles will have the opportunity to work with Răsvan Dumitru and Zsolt Török (members of Arcadia String Quartet) on their chamber music repertoire during the first week. On the second week Phillippe Laubscher (Bern) will perform chamber pieces with organ with the students.

This is the third year in a row that the students of Academia Sighișoara will have the chance to participate in the Alexander Technique classes of Angela Schwartz (Basel). Students who are interested in individual instructions, should sign up separately to this class when registering.

Besides documenting the summer academy, a small, international group of talented photographers and visual artists will work on an artistic project that will be presented at the end of Academia Sighișoara 2016.

Academia Sighișoara starts traditionally on August 1, Switzerland’s National Day, master classes, workshops are held between the 2nd and 13th of August, and each day ends with a concert performed by the professors and artists of the summer academy, the last two days end with the final concert of the students (solo and chamber music performances, premier of the composition class’ works).  

For further information about the teachers, masterclasses and registration, please visit our Application page!

Photo credit: Felix Vratny / Academia Sighișoara


Alexander Technique courses for the third time in Cluj, Mar 10, 2016

The professionally trained Alexander Technique instructor Angela Schwartz from Basel, Switzerland will lead an intensive course at the Gheorghe Dima Music Academy between 15th and 21st of March, 2016. The one week course is intended both for newcomers and returning  music students and teachers from the academy and music highschool. Each day will start at 9 am with a one hour open course free to attend by anyone interested in learning about the technique, while private lessons are reserved for the registered participants.

This is the third year in a row (2014-2016) for Angela Schwartz to extend her professional visit in Romania: having the courses at the Music Academy of Cluj as the first leg of her Romanian training sessions in March, and continuing the work during the second half of the year at Academia Sighișoara în August.

“Reactions to the work surpassed all my expectations. Students and teachers alike were completely open to a different approach to playing and teaching, which impressed me very much. I felt that there was a real thirst for new ways of thinking about the challenges of musical performance. At the end of the course we had a round table discussion, and I asked them to voice their thoughts about the Technique. There were comments like, „I think the Technique is a way of life;“ or „In my lesson, my piano teacher asked me what was up—I wasn’t raising my shoulders any more“. I was especially pleased with these remarks, because I hadn’t been certain that I had found an effective structure for this initial encounter.”  - writes Angela Schwartz about teaching Alexander Technique in Romania in an article published by the Swiss music paper Musikzeitung (A Chance Encounter Pilots the Alexander Technique Eastwards, Schweizer Musikzeitung, edition May 2015).


Academia Sighisoara,
a partnership project co-financed by a grant from Switzerland through the Swiss Contribution to the enlarged European Union.

Association Cultura Viva Sighisoara
Bern, Switzerland


"Gheorghe Dima" Music Academy
Cluj, Romania



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