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Strings Academy under the artistic direction of Prof. David Grimal and Prof. Hans-Peter Hofmann

When and where

5th to 9th of September 2018, University of Music Saarland


Artistic Direction and Teachers

Artistic Direction

Prof. David Grimal (Violine)

David Grimal works as a soloist with, among others, the Orchestre de Paris, the Orchestre ... Philharmonique de Radio France, the National Orchestra of Russia, the Orchestre National de Lyon, the New Japan Philharmonic, the Orchestra of the Opéra de Lyon, the Orchestra of the Mozarteum of Salzburg, the Symphony Orchestra of Jerusalem and the Sinfonia Varsovia. In 2004 he founded the conductor-less artists' collective "Les Dissonances". David Grimal has been professor of violin at the HfM University of Music Saar since 2009. www.les-dissonances.eu

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Artistic Direction

Prof. Hans-Peter Hofmann (violin)

Hans-Peter Hofmann has been concertmaster of the Bavarian Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra, the ... Bavarian Chamber Orchestra and the Berlin Chamber Orchestra. Since 2006, he has acted as a concertmaster, chamber musician and soloist for "Les Dissonances". Since 2007, he has conducted the European Union Chamber Orchestra. In October 2010, Hans-Peter Hofmann was appointed professor at the HfM University of Music Saar.

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Artistic Direction

Prof. Gordan Nikolic

Gordan Nikolitch began to play the violin at the age of seven. ... He studied at the City of Basel Music Academy under the direction of Jean-Jacques Kantorow. He also worked with Witold Lutosławski and György Kurtág. His great passion lies in contemporary and
baroque music. He took part as a violinist in various competitions and won prizes in the Tibor Varga Competition, the Paganini Competition in Genoa, the Violin Competition in the City of Brescia and the Vaclav Huml Competition in Prague. Since 1989 he has led various orchestras in France, Great Britain and Switzerland. Since 2004 he has been Artistic Director of the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra in Amsterdam. In 2000 he was appointed Prince Consort Professor for string players at the Royal College of Music in London, and has been a professor at the Guildhall School of Music since 2003. He was
appointed professor at the Hochschule für Musik Saar in 2017.

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Lecturer for "Deepening of playing with historical violin bows"

Mechthild Blaumer

Munich-born Mechthild Blaumer studied the violin in Vienna under the direction of Günter Pichler ... and Gerhard Schulz of the Alban Berg Quartett. Having obtained her diploma, she continued her studies at the HfM Saar.
She went on to study historically informed performance and the baroque violin and has been a lecturer in historically informed performance at the Hochschule für Musik Saar since 2001. – Leader of the Via Nova Consort
– Executive Board Member of the Academy of Early Music in Saarland
- Member of the Balthasar Neumann Ensemble (Th. Hengelbrock)
- Busy schedule of concert performances at home and abroad, including with:
Concerto Köln, Le Concert Lorrain, Hassler Consort, Via Nova Consort, Ensemble 94,
- Participation in baroque productions of the Frankfurt Opera, own baroque opera productions, etc.

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Lecturer for "Historical violin bows"

Jérôme Akoka




Program and work schedule of the week

Program Violin Academy

Participants are free to select their own reading material.

The ambitious concept of the Violin Academy combines work on individual musical expression and historically informed performance in an innovative way. In addition to daily instruction and work on the entire violin repertoire, active participants are given the opportunity to try out various historical bows and to broaden their experience of playing under the tutelage of experts. Within
the framework of lectures on performance skills and academic focus classes, one-to-one tuition concentrates on deepening creative work. The aim of the academy is to support participants in the transition from student to professional musician.
• Daily 45-minute one-to-one tuition with a professor (with correpetition)
• Group instruction – team teaching with all three professors
• Introduction to historically informed performance with historical bows and broadening of experience in playing with historical bows
• End of Violin Academy with a closing concert recorded by the public radio and TV broadcaster Saarländischer Rundfunk (only for active participants selected by the professors)


Target group

The Violin Academy is directed at young, ambitious and talented string players at the start of their professional career.


Application procedure

  • Completed application form (web form)
  • CV
  • Letter of motivation
  • Recent video recording of an own performance as a soloist (max. 10 minutes, two pieces from different eras)

Complete application documents should be uploaded here

Application deadline: 30th of June 2018



Selection of participants

The artistic directors will select from among the candidates up to 18 violinists.

Once the artistic direction has selected the participants in the Violin Academy, applicants will be notified in writing.


Active participants:
Active participants will receive an invitation letter along with two forms relating to image and music rights and a form for confirming attendance. All three must be returned completed and signed by the stated deadline. Enrolment is binding after payment of the enrolment fee for the respective academy (see below).

Passive participants:
Passive participation in the Violin Academy is also possible. This must be specified on the application form. Passive participants will receive a form for confirming attendance. This must be completed, signed and returned by the stated deadline. Enrolment is binding after payment of the enrolment fee for the respective academy (see below).



Enrolment fee:
€ 75 (includes the cost of a daily hot lunch as well as coffee, tea and bottled water for the entire duration of the Academy)

The course fee:
600 euros is financed for the selected active participants through a grant from the Peter and Luise Hager Foundation and the ME Saar Foundation. The course fee is waived for passive participants.

The costs for accommodation and meals (apart from those covered by the enrolment fee) are not included in the course fee. We are happy to help you find suitable accommodation.


Contact information

If you have any questions, please contact

Mauro Barbierato

short summary

Application deadline
30. June 2017

Contact information
If you have any questions, please contact:

Mauro Barbierato