Violoncello instrumental course

This instrumental course for Violoncello is mainly addressed to participants aged over 15 years, who attend violoncello lessons for at least five years now and is equally open to highly gifted young musicians, graduates of a Music University/Conservatory or Violoncello teachers, wishing to “refresh” or further develop their musical, technical and interpretation skills.
Younger participants are can also attend this course with a prior clearance of the organisator.

Besides the classical repertoire this course focuses on contemporary music (20th or 21st centuries) both for soloists and chamber music and can thus be used as preparation for competitions. For repertoire suggestions please contact the organiser via e-mail.

Achieving progress in technique and in music as well as creating a climate which enables the effective study to be pleasant and profitable at the same time, is the main purpose of this course. Pieces of advice about proper body position, a solution to technical problems, development of a finer touch sensibility and a dialectical analysis of various approaches of interpretation are embodied to our teaching pursuits.

The mental planning and discovering of the “suitable”, for each piece, sound, the growing and expanding of personal music horizons, the searching and applying of complex interpreting approaches, an introduction to special techniques used in the Baroque or contemporary music, pieces of advice about quick by heart learning of music pieces and playing without use of score are additional parts of our lessons.

Repertoire knowledge, advice about correct practicing, relaxed playing and further discussions about general musical or specialised cello topics shall complete the course concept.

Participants of this course can take Ensemble as activity, free of charge.

Cello players, preparing an examination, competition or an orchestra audition – tryout are also welcome.

Persons mainly interested in chamber music or ensemble can register either in this course, by choosing Ensemble or chamber music as main subject.

We would kindly request participants wanting to present pieces with piano accompaniment (with our course lecturers, a student participating in piano accompaniment course or with other participants also wanting to attend our chamber music courses) to send us the piano scores, in form of pdf file, at the registration time or, at latest, two (2) months before courses begin.

Cellists are kindly requested to bring along an appropriate end spin or spike holder.

In case you register in order to prepare an ABRSM examination, please define the intended examinations level (grade).

Due to the limited number of participants in every class (15), we strongly recommend as quick a registration as possible.


course available

We still have free places in this course and would gladly continue to accept applications.
We request your understanding over the fact that, higher application fees (+50 €) have to apply for all applications submitted after the official deadline (26.05.2018), according to our general terms and conditions.

Course charges

As 1st main subject: € 500,-. This price includes the registration & lesson fees and up to two activities free of charge.
Additionally overnight & boarding fees € 72 – 620,- (prices depending upon range of services included to the booked package).

As 2nd main subject (in addition to another course of the same period, chosen as 1st main subject): € 350,-.

Please consult our General Terms and Conditions page for detailed information and pricing for auditors and passive participants.

In order to facilitate the participation of as broad a circle of young people as possible to our courses, we have created, with the generous support of our sponsors, a fund for a limited number of scholarships. Here you can find all relative information.

Lecturers 2018

02. – 09.09.2018

Christophe PANTILLON

This course is suitable for

  • Pupils (Music School – private music lessons)
  • Special Course for highly gifted young musicians
  • Students (Conservatories – Universities)
  • Graduates of a Music University / Conservatory
  • Violoncello Teachers
  • Preparation for Music School Exams
  • Preparation for ABRSM Exams
  • Preparation for University entry examinations
  • Competitions – Orchestra auditions

You can also register for

  • A (further) instrumental course
  • Instrumental ensemble
  • Chamber music with or without piano
  • Accompaniment course for pianists
  • Sight reading for Strings
  • Music Theory (also as Preparation to a ABRSM or University entry examination)
  • Ear & Rhythm training