We, members of the Polish Cello Quartet, being graduates of Polish and foreign Academies, as a result of a number of reflections that followed many conversations with our younger colleagues and fellow professors from all around the World, have come up with a new proposal of music courses. As a cello group, we breathe cello music, we live by the music and we are willing to share our knowledge and experience with all the young musicians who wish to develop their talents and skills. That is why, we have created the International Cello Academy.
The International Cello Academy (ICA) has the form of music workshops for students of second level Music Schools preparing for any entrance exams to Music Academies and for those who already are Music Academy students. The main idea behind the project, is to give young musicians an opportunity to work with distinguished foreign professors as well as the members of the Polish Cello Quartet, which is made up of outstanding, young Polish cellists.
ICA aims at promoting playing chamber cello music among young artists. The tradition of chamber music used to be very popular in the previous century, propagated, among others, by Pablo Casals at Prades Festival (France) and Puerto Rico Festival. Presently, the successors of the tradition in Europe are: Valter Despalij and friends of the PCQ: Giovanni Sollima, Gary Hoffman and Michael Flaksman. By promoting this kind of music in Poland, the Polish Cello Quartet wishes to show the young cello musicians the richness of the cello chamber music and encourage them to reach more frequently for this unique, although not easy, chamber music literature.
At the Cello Academy, its participants will have the opportunity to take part in hour-long individual classes almost daily as well as longer classes of cello chamber music. 4 solo classes and chamber music classes taught by one of the PCQ members are guaranteed to all participants by the organizers.
We also encourage teachers and students majoring in different areas of music to participate in solo and chamber music classes as observers or auditors. You are also welcome to take part in the lecturers of the Second International Cello Academy.
The limited participation means that the participant can take part in the Cello Academy Orchestra's classes and concerts and have free entry to all concerts, lessons and lectures held during the ICA.
Applications, including the link to the video posted on YouTube, Vimeo, Vevo etc., are accepted until April 22, 2019.
The video should be made in the best possible quality (camera, smartphone) and should present the Participant's performance with any program: solo or with piano (etude, selected part of J.S. Bach suites, selected part of sonata, concert, miniature etc.). The video should last from 5 to 10 minutes.
Participants will be informed by email about the list of accepted participants and the list of reserve participants by May 15, 2019.
Before applying, please read the VI ICA Regulations, where you will find all the details about the application and participation in the courses.
Sending the above documents means you agree to give permission to use and process your personal data included in the application form in order to complete the enrolment process (in accordance with Polish Act of Personal Data Protection of 29.08.1997).
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