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Stift Musical Encounters

It is a great pleasure to announce the first edition of the Stift Musical Encounters, which will be held in and around the hub of the Stiftfestival, beautiful Stift in Weerselo, Holland.

You will experience a flexible mix of individual classes and intensive chamber music, side by side with the internationally renowned faculty. The morning will be dedicated to one-on-one tuition and after the communal lunch the focus is on chamber music, with coaching sessions rehearsals well into the evenings.

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Your internationally renowned faculty for this first edition

Daniel Rowland, violin

(soloist, leader Brodsky Quartet, professor RCM London, artistic director Stiftfestival)

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Vladimir Mendelssohn, alto violin

(renowned chamber musician, long time professor at conservatories in Essen, Paris and The Hague, artistic director Kuhmo Festival, composer)

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Maja Bogdanovic, cello

(soloist and chamber musician)

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Nino Gvetadze, piano

( soloist and chamber musician, professor Amsterdam Conservatory)

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Thorsten Johanns, clarinet

(soloist, professor Hochschule Weimar, former solo clarinet WDR Cologne)

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The venues are the gorgeous 15th century Stiftskerk and the Stiftsschool next to it.

Those familiar with the Stiftfestival will know the charming and very pretty setting as well as the famous Twentse hospitality! 🙂

Participation fee

The participation fee is kept low ( €300, € 250 for those applying with a duo/ trio or quartet).  This includes accommodation with host family’s and all meals (communal lunches and dinners). Travel costs are for your own account.


Individual participants as well as existing duos, trios and quartets are invited to apply.

The deadline for applications is 20 March. Please mail your application with your name(s) , instrument(s), individual/ duo/trio/ quartet to our production manager Tobias Behnke on productie@stiftfestival.com

Upon receipt of your application you will get more details on logistics and payment instructions.

For more information, mail our production manager Tobias Behnke on productie@stiftfestival.com or call/ app him on +49 15125118892.

With warm wishes,

Daniel Rowland,

Artistic director Stiftfestival.