Summer course 2019!!! 12.-19. July

Thank you to all the wonderful musicians and teachers at the International Academy of Musical Excellence in Graz for such an inspiring week of the most honest and supportive music making. Thank you Hartmut Ometzberger, Diana Cummings for all your wisdom and encouragement.
— Matthew Crisp

“The Simplicity of Playing the Violin” by Herbert Whone

This is the motto of this one-week intensive violin and chamber music course set in the beautiful Bildungshaus MariaTrost in Graz, Austria. This is now the third year of this course and violinists have come from all over Europe as well as Asia.

We invite students to spend a very intensive week in Graz. There are two lesson per day as well as time with a concert pianist. There are at least two performing opportunities for each student and the course offers a nurturing environment in which both technical as well as musical issues are worked on. In fact, one doesn’t go without the other.

Another important part of the course focuses on the use of our body while playing the violin. So many musicians face physical issues during their playing life and we work individually with each student to find more natural ways of using the body; of using the body “Simply”.

“The Simplicity of Playing the Violin” is a wonderful book written by Herbert Whone and it offers many great ideas and ways of thinking about technique on the violin.
During the course there is also time to talk about instruments and bows. There will be a talk on strings as well as instrument care.

There are also discussions about pedagogy and how to find better ways of teaching. So there are many elements for all violinists seeking inspiration, whether they have physical issues that they are seeking to relieve, technical questions they want to work on, or musical issues. Or some of all three.....

Thank you SO much for such an opportunity with great company and excellent lovely teachers. I enjoyed every single moment in this sommercourse! Hope to see everyone again soon and have a great rest of the summer holiday
— Kuome Tatsuno

Course Location:

Bildungshaus Mariatrost is set on top of a small hill next to the beautiful pilgramage church of Maria Trost. The surrounding countryside is lovely at any time of year, and participants can enjoy inspiring walks starting directly at the house. The house is located only 15 minutes from the picturesque Graz city center by convenient public transportation or by car, so participants can easily enjoy the beautiful city of Graz.

All participants enjoy modern and comfortable sleeping rooms with en suite bathrooms. Most sleeping rooms and all teaching rooms have a fantastic view of the beautiful countryside. The garden of the house is a very peaceful place where one can rest and find renewed strength. The house takes pride in its kitchen and takes pleasure in using local produce. The standard of the food is very high and all food allergies are accommodated.




HARTMUT OMETZBERGER is recognized as one of the leading Austrian violinists of his generation. He enjoys a varied career as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral leader and teacher. His performances have been described as “an exceptional joy” and “a musical revelation.” It is his extraordinary musicality together with the incredible depth of his sound which distinguishes him from other virtuoso violinists of today. As Emanuel Hurwitz said, “[Hartmut Ometzberger] is a violinist of extraordinary musical talent. At this time of technical perfection, he is one of the few violinists who truly has something to say.”

Mr. Ometzberger has performed in many prestigious concert halls all over Europe, including the Concertgebouw, Bösendorfersaal, Hofburg in Vienna, Schloss Schwetzingen, Prinzregententheater, Gasteig, Grote Kerk in Den Haag, Carrolus Borromeus Kerk in Antwerpen. He’s regularly invited to teach masterclasses in Europe, Great Britain and the United States. 

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DIANA CUMMINGS is one of the best known and most distinguished violinists in Great Britain, Diana was born in London, where she studied at the Royal Academy of Music, subsequently she studied in Rome and in New York, and was a prize winner in the International Violin Competition "Nicolo Paganini.

Her career has developed over a very wide spectrum of musical activities. As a chamber musician she is the leader of the Cummings String Trio and the English String Quartet and is artist in residence of the London Festival of Chamber Music. Diana is also a recitalist and concerto soloist with a very wide and varied repertoire, and is in continuous demand as orchestral leader, guest leading many of the major symphony orchestras. In all these capacities she has made many recordings and CDs, has broadcast frequently and toured extensively throughout Great Britain, Europe and the USA.

Diana is a violin professor at The Royal Academy of Music in London and at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London.


The course includes:

  • All accomodation in single rooms with en suite bathrooms

  • Three meals per day (including vegetarian and vegan options)

  • Two lessons per day as well as time with the pianist

  • Workshops on posture

  • Workshops on instrument and bow upkeep as well as strings

  • Opportunities for chamber music

  • At least 2 performing opportunities

  • Free Wifi

  • SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE, for more information and to apply please contact