For decades the artist couple Christos and Katherina Polyzoides has been organizing annual summer courses. Over the years their very personal approach and their compassionate engagement on one hand, and the intimate setting in a small village on the other, where participants and tutors live and work under the same roof, has created a most unique atmosphere, making these events as sought after as they are. Since 1998 the course found its home in Bad Leonfelden.

The course is open for anybody regardless of skills and age. There are only active participants without preselection by the instructors.

Due to the friction free collaboration of the ten tutors, it is also possible to play for and work with more than one teacher during the course (preferably different pieces). For example it is possible for pianists to study with a string teacher and vice versa!

Chamber music lessons will be taught by all tutors, in order to be able to also address specific instrumental questions. The participants are also cordially invited to take advantage of the possibility to listen to the lessons of all the teachers!

The podium of the concert hall at the "Leo-Kultursaal" is almost daily at the disposal of those, who want to take advantage of the possibility to try out their newly acquired skills in an uncompetitive atmosphere.

To commemorate Martin Hornstein’s extraordinary musicality and his personality, which was primarily focused on artistic expression, the council of these masterclasses created the

Martin Hornstein Interpretationspreis

in 2010. This honorary prize is awarded at the final concert for excellent interpretations by remarkably artistic young musicians; the jury reserves the right to withhold the award.

The Viennese cellist Martin Hornstein (1954-2009) worked as a teacher for violoncello at the Internationale Musiktage Bad Leonfelden from 2002 until his sudden death in 2009.

teachers, accompaniment and organisation:

Christos Polyzoides violin & viola; Graz
Margherita Marseglia violin; Alicante
Elisabeth Polyzoides-Baich violin; Cologne
Demetrius Polyzoides violin & viola; Cologne
Georg Hamann viola & violin; Vienna
Michael Polyzoides violoncello; Frankfurt
Katherina Polyzoides-Sourvali piano; Graz
Janna Polyzoides piano; Vienna
Li-Fang Su accompaniment; Tainan
Nikolaos Zafranas accompaniment; Thessaloniki

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