Masterclasses

Allegra masterclasses are intended for professional players, undergraduate and graduate students, as well as advanced middle school and high school students. Our partnerships with the Sofia Philharmonic and the Liubomir Pipkov National Music School allow us to provide a rich environment for an intensive and fruitful creative process. Participants focus on solo, orchestral and/or chamber music repertoire, as well as preparation for competitions, recitals, and auditions. In addition to the individual lessons, Allegra Festival and Academy offers various performance opportunities at different venues throughout the festival.

Selected instrumentalists will be invited to perform as members of the Allegra Chamber Orchestra under the guidance of Gregory Ahss — concertmaster of Luzerner Sinfonieorchester, Camerata Salzburg, and Luzern Festival Orchestra.

We fully understand the difficulty of making long-term travel plans in the current COVID-19 pandemic. However, we encourage you to apply as we believe we will be able to host our masterclasses in person and enjoy making music together. In case we are unable to proceed with the in-person plan due to further government restrictions we can assure you that you will be notified instantly and your application fee will be refunded.

PROF. SEBASTIAN HAMANN
PROF. SEBASTIAN HAMANN
VIOLIN
Hochschule für Musik Freiburg

(15.07.2022 – 23.07.2022)

Born into a family whose musical roots date back to the 19th century, Sebastian Hamann grew up surrounded and inspired by music, first in Scandinavia, and later in Germany.

His musical training as a violinist and violist allows him to perform and win international competitions as a soloist, chamber musician and concertmaster around the world since his youth. Parallel to his performance activities, he starts his pedagogical career in his early twenties influenced by his teacher as

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PROF. BORIS GARLITSKY
VIOLIN
Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris & Folkwang Universität der Künste

(14.07.2022 – 23.07.2022)

The intensity and irresistible force of persuasion brought to it by all the skill of Boris Garlitsky was worthy of the work’s first interpreter, David Oistrakh”. Lyon Figaro

“Boris Garlitsky is an extremely lively musician of high intelligence and flexibility, with a wonderfully round tone and solid reliable technique … Concert Master of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Mr. Garlitsky measures up to every Concert Master of the world’s top orchestras such as

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PROF. SERGEY MALOV
VIOLIN, VIOLA, VIOLONCELLO DA SPALLA

Zurich University of Arts
(14.07.2022 – 20.07.2022)

Sergey Malov from St. Petersburg is considered as versatile as he is virtuoso: he plays violin, viola, baroque violin and cello da spalla. His repertoire ranges from early Baroque music to Johann Sebastian Bach, from classical and romantic violin concertos to the world premieres of contemporary music. For his interpretations he deals intensively with questions of style and playing techniques of the respective epoch. On the violin Sergey Malov won prizes at the Paganini Competition in Genoa, the Mozart

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GREGORY AHSS
VIOLIN

Concertmaster of Camerata Salzburg & Luzerner Sinfonieorchester
(16.07.2022 – 22.07.2022)

Making his solo debut under Claudio Abbado and Orchestra Mozart Bologna Gregory went on to perform regularly with Abbado, who appointed him concertmaster of the Luzern Festival Orchestra.
Gregory’s recording of Haydn’s Symphony Concertante with Orchestra Mozart under the baton of Claudio Abbado has won numerous prestigious awards including ICMA the best concerto of the year 2015. As a soloist he also appeared with such conductors as Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Teodor Currentzis,

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PROF. WILFRIED STREHLE
PROF. WILFRIED STREHLE
VIOLA

University of The Arts Berlin
(15.07.2022 – 22.07.2022)

After his studies with Emil Kessinger, Ulrich Koch and Tibor Varga in 1971 Wilfried Strehle, then just over 20 years old, became a member of Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra led by Herbert von Karajan. From 1984 to 2013 he held the position as viola soloist. At the University of Arts Berlin Professor Strehle teaches Viola since 2001 as well as at Barenboim-Said Academie (2017-2020). Moreover for decades he has been teaching at the Karajan-Academy of Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.

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Nimrod Guez
PROF. NIMROD GUEZ
VIOLA & VIOLIN

Hochschule für Musik Wuerzburg
(18.07.2022 – 24.07.2022)

Nimrod Guez was born in Israel in 1977. At the age of seven, he started playing the violin. His teachers were Nahum Liebermann, Ilona Feher, Shlomo Tintpulver and Haim Taub. After meeting Tabea Zimmermann at the age of 16, he decided to shift to viola and started studying at her class at the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts in 1996. After five years, he moved to Luebeck in 2001 and continued his studies at the violin class of Prof. Nora Chastain.

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PROF. LÁSZLÓ FENYÖ
CELLO

University of Music Karlsruhe
(14.07.2022 – 21.07.2022)

The Hungarian cellist László Fenyö, born in 1975, has belonged to the world elite of cellists since he won the 2004 International Pablo Casals Contest in Kronberg, Germany. He is hailed by both audiences and critics as one of today’s most exciting artists, possessing the unique capability of presenting the intentions of the composer but also allowing the music to speak at the forefront, thereby capturing and fascinating his audiences. Through his breathtaking technical skills

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KYRIL ZLOTNIKOV
CELLO

Jerusalem Quartet
(15.07.2022 – 22.07.2022)

Born in Minsk, Belarus to a family of professional musicians, Kyril Zlotnikov began his studies at the Belarusian State Music Academy with Prof. Vladimir Perlin. He continued his studies in Israel with Prof. Uzi Wiesel and Hillel Zori, completing his musical education under the direction Prof. Michael Khomitzer in Jerusalem Rubin Academy of Music and Dance. While a student, Kyril Zlotnikov participated in master classes and courses with such prominent musicians as Isaac Stern, Yo-Yo Ma

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Marcel Becker
PERFORMANCE COACHING

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
(14.07.2022 – 25.07.2022)
“The psychology behind peak performance”

In addition to high class instrumental lessons offered by the Allegra Festival and Academy, performance coaching gives a unique opportunity to look into the psychological aspects of elite performance. Marcel Becker has been working for over 30 year in leading positions with world class orchestras all over the globe. Next to his current position as section leader of the double basses of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra,

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