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Academy

The 40th Kusatsu International Summer Music Academy and Festival

The purpose of this Academy is not only to acquire superior playing techniques, but also to pursue for wider musical experiences and knowledge through direct contact with top musicians who are invited from all over the world.

THEME for this year: from Bach to Schubert

MASTER CLASS

Otherwise mentioned, August 18th – 29th, including one or two days off

VOICE: Gemma Bertagnolli
PIANO: Hiromi Okada, Christopher Hinterhuber, Aki Takahashi, Cornelia Herrmann
VIOLIN: Markus Wolf, Paolo Franceschini, Karin Adam
VIOLA: Robert Bauerstatter
VIOLONCELLO: Tamás Varga
FLUTE: Karl-Heinz Schütz (August 19th -29th)
OBOE: Thomas Indermühle
Clarinet: Seiki Shinohe (August 25th-30th)
HORN: Kateřina Javůrková
ORGAN/CEMBALO/BASSO CONTINUO: Claudio Brizi

LESSONS:
Lessons time from 9:00 to 12:00 the schedule may vary depending on the professor’ availability. Professional accompanists will be arranged and practice rooms and pianos will be available. (Piano, Cembalo, and Organ with rental fees)

FEES:
¥98,000 all full-term classes (tax included)
¥57,000  Clarinet class (tax included)

Includes admission to concerts (excluding Popular Concert on August 26th and 40th Anniversary Concert Ⅱ on the 29th), open lessons and lectures for the term enrolled.

LANGUAGES:
Japanese / English / German / Italian 

We are offering more classes and activities for the festival as below. 

CHORAL CLASS

Fumiaki Kuriyama will supervise lessons and Maestro Milan Turković will conduct the concert.  Participation is open to both amateurs and professionals.

Mixed Chorus:
20 participants per part (S.A.T.B)

LESSONS:
August 22nd (13:30-15:30/19:30-21:30), 23rd and 24th (10:00-12:00/19:30-21:30), 25th (25th is the day of Chorus Concert).

PROGRAM:
J.S. Bach Messe in G major BWV236
F. Schubert Messe No.2 in G major D.167

Fee:
34,500 JPY
including admission to concerts from August 22nd through the 25th and sheet music. (30,000 JPY for lesson fee, 4,500 JPY for sheet music)

Additional fee will be applied for delivering the sheet music for overseas.

OPEN LESSON

Certain master class lessons will be open to the public. This will be of special interest to passive students, as well as music lovers in general.

Fee:
¥1,300 (tax included) per lesson / lecture

DATE and TIME:
August 22nd-28th 13:15-15:15

Aug.22nd Prof. Robert Bauerstatter Viola
Aug.23rd Akira Nishimura Tripartite Talk
Aug.24th Prof. Gemma Bertagnolli Voice
Aug.25th Prof. Tamás Varga Violoncello
Aug.26th Prof. Thomas Indermühle Oboe
Aug.27th Prof. Markus Wolf, Violin
Aug.28th Prof. Christopher Hinterhuber Piano

CHAMBER MUSIC CLASS

Other than those enrolling to the master class, participation to the chamber music class will be accepted on the group basis.

LESSONS:
3 lessons will be given from the period of August 18th – 23rd or August 24th – 29th. 9:00-12:00. Students are expected to choose the work related to the theme of the year.

Please inform us the period of either first or latter half when you apply.

FEE:
Quartet ¥46,000 (tax included)
Quintet ¥41,000 (tax included)

(shown as per one person, including the admission of the concerts (excluding Popular Concert on August 26th and 40th Anniversary Concert Ⅱ on the 29th), open lessons and lectures)

AUDITING

It is possible to audit any lessons of master classes as passive students. Full term, half term and per day rates are available.

FEE:
Full term(August 17th-31st) ¥47,000 / Half term (any 6 consecutive days) ¥31,000, including admission to concerts (excluding Popular Concert on August 26th and 40th Anniversary Concert Ⅱ on the 29th), open lessons and lectures for the term enrolled.

Or ¥3,100 per day, only for auditing and open lesson, not including the concert ticket.

APPLICATION

Please contact info@kusa2.jp  to apply.

Application form (PDF) will be sent from Kusatsu Academy Office and should be submitted by the end of July 1st with three photos of Masterclass applicant. The application must be submitted by via regular postal mail. (Full term auditing and Chorus class require two photos.)

Payment for the fee:
Please pay the fee for your class through bank transfer by July 10th:

Name of Bank: THE BANK OF MITSUBISHI UFJ, LTD.
SWIFT code/BIC code : BOTKJPJT (8 digit) BOTKJPJTXXX (11digit)
Branch Name: OMOTESANDO BRANCH
Account Number: 133-0123251
Account Name: GUNMA KUSATSU MUSIC SOCIETY FOUNDATION
(Please note that the applicants bear the handling fee)

Contact information:
Kusatsu Academy Office
Wako Bldg. 2F, 14-3 Moto-Yoyogi, Shibuya, Tokyo 151-0062 Japan
* All fees are non-refundable after payment.

*Letters of recommendation or graduation diplomas is optional as additional information. *Indicate the works you wish to study, so that the accompanists can be prepared in advance. *At least one work should be related to the theme of the year. Please send us the sheet music of accompany if your repertoire is not standard for your instrument.

ACCOOMMDATION

Various types of accommodation are available at reasonable prices. For details, please write to info@kusa2.jp

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