Since 2014, Allegra Festival and Academy has taken place each summer in the beautiful city of Ruse, Bulgaria. Formerly known as International Summer Academy (ISA) Allegra, it has continued to develop steadily and dynamically since its inaugural season, beginning with 3 masterclasses and 35 participants from 13 countries, and expanding to 9 masterclasses with 90 participants from 21 countries in 2018. In the summer of 2019, more than 150 musicians took part in the festival program.
Among the professors and musicians engaged in Allegra and sharing its magic are internationally-renowned pedagogues and artists including Prof. Svetlin Roussev (Bulgaria), Prof. Bartek Niziol (Switzerland), Prof. Rumen Cvetkov (Bulgaria), Piano Duo Genova & Dimitrov (Bulgaria), Prof. Johannes Schlaefli (Switzerland), Prof. Wim Van Hasselt (Belgium), Prof. Andreas Herrmann (Germany), Prof. Fabio Di Càsola (Switzerland), Prof. Andreas von Wangenheim (Germany), James Lowe (Great Britain), Prof. Sebastian Hamann (Germany), Prof. Peter Somodari (Hungary), Prof. László Fenyö (Hungary), Prof. Markus Utz (Germany), and Prof. Denis Rouger (France).
Our masterclasses are open to advanced high school students, college students, and professionals. Participants have the enriching opportunity to engage one-on-one with world-class artists as they focus on solo repertoire as well as their preparation for recitals, solo concertos, auditions, and competitions. Allegra also offers various performance opportunities at different venues throughout the festival.