Kammermusik Akademie Vitznau
Our academy participants are young musicians who are already thinking about their futures, both personal and musical.
The Kammermusik Akademie Vitznau (KMAV - Vitznau Chamber Music Academy) is a sponsorship programme aimed at emerging young talents. The course is designed for instrumentalists who want to explore the vast array of possibilities open to them in our diverse modern world, and to understand the impact of these possibilities on the musical realm.
Each year we invite a new cohort of six young musicians to Switzerland to join this classical music sponsorship programme. Our vision is to prepare participants for the challenges of an as yet unknown future in Western art music.
For more information about the KMAV, classes, dates, tuition fee and faculty 2022 - 2024, click here.
Applications must be submitted online. The jury will consider both the musical and technical aspects of the application, but also the applicant’s personal motivation and evident interest in the KMAV.
- Two contrasting works (or individual movements) are to be submitted. Either:
A: Two solo works
B: One solo work, and one work performed with another instrument (a duet, or a piano arrangement). Each of the two contrasting works must be recorded in their entirety in one take, yet may be recorded separately. Video must be taken with a fixed camera.
- Duration: At least 10 minutes, no more than 20 minutes (both recordings combined).
- Format: Video (YouTube or Vimeo). No post-processing of any kind is permitted. If you choose to send private links, please ensure your files are accessible and provide passwords when necessary.
- CV (pdf)
- Recommendation letters when available (pdf)
- A video describing your motivation (5 minutes maximum, in English). This should address and expand on four of the following questions:
- Why do you make music?
- What are you expecting from the KMAV?
- Why do you think music is important for society?
- In your opinion, what are the biggest risks that professional musicians face?
- What is your favourite recording, and why? (This must not be a piece from the classical repertoire).
- Apart from music, what are your hobbies? Tell us what you find fascinating about them.
- Tell us about something you’re involved with at the moment.
Players of the following instruments can apply for the 2022-24 KMAV:
Violin, Viola, Cello, Flute, Clarinet, Piano
- Maximum age: 17 at the time of application
- Classes are taught in English
- It is mandatory to attend all course blocks as advised.
Closing date for applications: 10th April 2022
Decisions on selection will be communicated no earlier than the end of May 2022.
Participants will be selected by a committee comprised of KMAV coaches, external experts, and NMA personnel.
No correspondence will be entered into regarding the judging process or the decisions reached.
The closing date for applications is 05.05.2022.