Prof. Alexander Zemtsov • Viola • Universität der Künste Berlin
International Music Festival

Course Details

Course Dates
April 1st, 2018 – April 7th, 2018

International Music Festival "Buchenau Spring 2019"

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Praised for his intense and innovative interpretations, Alexander Zemtsov is one of the most versatile and sought-after musicians in the music world today. He has received acclaim as a soloist, conductor, professor and chamber musician. Zemtsov was born in 1978 in a family of musicians. In Moscow he attended the Gnessin Academy of Music, a renowned school for gifted children, where he studied under Professor Elena Ozol. He continued his studies with Professor Michael Kugel at the Hogeschool in Maastricht and post-graduate studies at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin (class of Professor Tabea Zimmermann). Since the age of fifteen Zemtsov has been extensively performing as a viola soloist with renowned orchestras in Europe, the USA, Asia and Australia. He regularly performs as a soloist with conductors such as Alexander Vedernikov, Vladimir Jurowski and Neeme Järvi among others. Zemtsov’s musicianship and artistry have brought him numerous prizes and awards including at the International Competition Classical Legacy in Moscow (1st prize 1995), the Elise Meyer Competition in Hamburg (1st prize 1997) and the VIII Brahms Competition in Pörtschach, Austria (1st prize 2001). At the age of twenty-three Zemtsov was appointed Principal Violist of the London Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2011, after nine years of collaboration with the LPO, Zemtsov left the position and dedicated himself entirely to his demanding career as a soloist, conductor and chamber musician. Alexander Zemtsov is a professor at some of the finest music universities of Europe – Viola Professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, University Professor at the Vienna’s Konservatorium Wien Privatuniversität and Guest Professor the Haute École de Musique de Lausanne in Switzerland. His students include members of leading orchestras throughout the world as well as award and prize-winners at international competitions. Pörtschach regularly records for the Naxos, LPO Live and Chandos labels.

Course services

– accompanist
– public performances
– closing concert
– career counselling
– concert engagements for the best participants

Course fee

from 449 €, passive listener 200 €, day pass 50 €

Performance with symphony orchestra (incl. one 20-min. rehearsal, 10-min. warm-up rehearsal and a public concert during the masterclass week) 490 €

Professional multi-angle video recording of your performance 150 €

Performance with orchestra

You have an opportunity to perform with the symphony orchestra during the festival for the fee of 490 €. This includes one 20-minutes rehearsal, one 10-minutes warm-up rehearsal before the concert and the public performance itself. The piece of your choice can be up to 15 minutes long. Additionally, you can book a professional multi-angle video recording of your performance.

Preliminary schedule

Mon. - Sat. 10:00 - 13:30, 14:30 - 18:00

Orchestra academy – More than just playing in an orchestra

Young musicians have the opportunity to get to know the work of an orchestra from the inside. They participate in our symphony concerts and conducting master classes with world-famous maestros.

The commitment is aimed at the promotion of young up-and-coming artists in the field of stringed instruments, who would like to join the great Georgian Symphony Orchestra of the Tbilisi Conservatory with 60 musicians, in order to aim for music together with our great soloists and conductors while still serving the educational purpose. The Orchestra Academy offers prospective musicians the opportunity to gain the orchestral experience and to develop an attractive repertoire of orchestral literature. Academics can take their first steps in a young professional symphony orchestra. The broad spectrum of the festival program, which includes symphony and chamber music concerts, poses a very different challenge for a musician than training in a music institution. Playing a changing repertoire at a high level is one of the challenges facing the academics. New experiences for prospective orchestral musicians include playing under changing conductors and harmonizing personal rhythms with the orchestra. The participants of the orchestra academy are supported by our lecturers with words and deeds. The academics can take part in rehearsal workshops and are taught by experienced orchestral and orchestral rehearsals and chamber music teachers. Under the guidance of mentors, they get to know orchestral life from the inside by playing rehearsals and concerts, working with international conductors and soloists. Young musicians and students from all over the world can apply for the Orchestra Academy of the International Festival "Buchenau Spring 2018". With a curriculum vitae and possibly a video link or a short audition, the musicians qualify for a one-week orchestral academy period (25-31 March or 01-07 April 2018) and are one step closer to the profession of orchestral musician. We look forward to welcoming you to our International Festival "Buchenau Spring 2018"!

Instrument groups: violin, viola, cello and double bass.

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