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Carl Flesch Academy 2024

19 May 2024: The Participants Have Been Selected

After a long selection process, this year's participants of the Carl Flesch Academy have been chosen:

Violin: Lewin Creuz (21, Germany), Marley Erickson (21, Hungary), Marie Helling (18, Germany), Dániel Hodos (19, Hungary), Liepa Jurgutavičiūtė (17, Lithuania), Jelin Lee (26, South Korea), Youjin Lee (28, Österreich), Sara Schlumberger-Ruiz (22, Germany), YoEun Seol (12, South Korea), Sean Takada (23, USA) Grégoire Torossian (23, France), Lauren Yoon (16, USA) as well as Eun Che Kim (26, Germany, winner of the Carl Flesch Competition in Hungary).

Viola: Felicitas Frücht (22, Germany), Joelle Hsu (23, Singapore), Elena Küssner (22, Germany), Eva Lacárcel Gómez (17, Spain), Kevin O'Loughlin (21, Ireland) and U Chon Wong, (26, Macau/China).

Cello: Amelia Zofia Chmielewska (20, Poland), Nagyeom Jang (23, USA), Jinseok Jeong, (18, Hungary), Heddi Raz Shahar (22, Germany), Lynn Renouil-Hata (16, France) and Yi-I Stephanie Yang (23, Taiwan).

Double bass: Mikhail Aharodnikau (23, Germany), Zipeng Dou (21, China), Harald Edin (20, Sweden), Junha Moon (19, South Korea), Shun Nawa (31, Japan) and Ariane Thomann (20, Switzerland).

03 April 2024: Again a Record-Breaking Amount of Applications

Today is the last day to register and we can already report new record numbers!

With the new academy team and academy concept, in 2023, the Carl Flesch Academy attracted twice as many applicants as ever before in the accademy's history – in this year even more than three times as many, with applicants from over 50 countries.

Our professors now have the difficult task of selecting, from the high-caliber applicants, the final 30 participants who will take part in the Carl Flesch Academy 2024. The announcement will be made in May when all details have been sorted out.

07 Mar 2024: Scholarships Worth 10,000 €

Thanks to our generous sponsors, we will be able to award additional scholarships with an overall value of around 10,000 € to the participants of the Carl Flesch Academy 2024. For more details visit the awards page

27 Jan 2024: New Sponsors on Board

We are happy and proud to announce that the Carl Flesch Academy 2024 will be generously supported by our new partners Wackenhut, the Luxury Hotel "Maison Messmer" and the Booster Club for Art, Media & Science.

24 Jan 2024: Now Open to Applications

You will now find all details about this year's master classes as well as the application form here

Four Decades of Carl Flesch Academy in Baden-Baden

with a fresh wind in the sails and a new program

Novelties in 2023/2024:

New master-class concept with international instructors. Read more

Soloist performance with the Baden-Baden Philharmonic and its principal conductor. Read more

Professional video recording of the orchestra concerts – free of charge! Read more

Chamber music projects and chamber music concerts with the instructors. Read more

Awards and scholarships worth over 25,000 €. Read more

Unique living and working in the Lichtenthal Abbey during the academy week. Read more

... and a new team with plenty of energy:

New Team

Photo: Tyron Montgomery

Inspiration, Interaction & Innovation

Heiko Mathias Förster (right), Overall Director:
Almost a century ago, Carl Flesch began holding summer master-classes here in Baden-Baden, giving world stars such as Henryk Szeryng, Ida Haendel and Ginette Neveu decisive musical impulses. As principal conductor of the Baden-Baden Philharmonic, I consider it a great honor and an inspiring pleasure to be able to lead the Carl Flesch Academy, which is not only one of the most successful, but also one of the most modern master-classes in the world.

Kirill Troussov (left), Artistic Director:
Records and CDs have given way to streaming services, and our concert culture is undergoing changes. In addition to an excellent musical education, it has become more and more important for aspiring classical musicians to market themselves with good websites, professional online videos and social-media channels with quailty content, in order to stand out from the crowd. We want to equip tomorrow's musicians with tomorrow's tools, to lay the foundation for the best possible development of their careers. I am delighted to have my long-time partners Pirastro, Gewa Music, The Violin Channel and G. Henle Verlag as generous supporters and prize sponsors of this unique academy!

Arndt Joosten, Managing Director:
The Carl Flesch Academy focuses on the qualified integration of course participants into a professional working environment. This refers not only to the instrumental lessons, but also to the opportunities to work as an intensively observed soloist with a first-class professional orchestra. The Carl Flesch Academy also offers its participants a look behind the scenes of the professional orchestra and concert business in lectures and coaching sessions. The soloists in our orchestra concerts take a live recording of their performance in the master concerts with them into their professional lives. In the evening chamber music rounds, contacts and networks are created that open up a new world for the young virtuosos. Numerous awards and scholarships facilitate course funding. Four decades of experience have gone into this course concept.

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