Summer Academy

If you are a young, talented violist, violinist, cellist or pianist from 12 – 25 years of age you can register for the annual Summer Academy of the Peter the Great Festival. The chamber music festival with masterclasses, chamber music lessons and concerts takes place from July 26th – August 5th 2017 in Groningen, The Netherlands. About 70 young musicians from all over the world will work intensively and on a high level on their technique and repertoire for 11 days.

Individual lessons and masterclasses

The Peter the Great Festival offers you the opportunity to broaden your horizon. There are daily individual lessons and masterclasses for all instruments. Under the guidance of musicians, with established reputations both as teachers and performers, you will work on your technique and expression. You can apply for lessons with the teacher(s) of your choice. Pianists are available to accompany the masterclasses and for individual practicing.

Chamber music

You can also register for chamber music lessons. Ensembles will be made out of all interested participants and you will be coached by chamber musicians of great expertise. You can also register with your own, existing ensemble.


There are daily lunch concerts where you have the opportunity to perform, both individually and with an ensemble/duo.
A series of chamber music concerts is connected to the Summer Academy. The teachers of the Summer Academy perform on these concerts. Participants of the Summer Academy can visit all the concerts for free.

Specials: Simone Lamsma, Participatory concert, baroque project

Besides the masterclasses and chamber music lessons you can register for a number of special activities:

1. One of the earliest prize winners of the Summer Academy was Simone Lamsma, who now is a world famous violinist. For the festival anniversary Simone Lamsma will return to the Peter de Grote Festival for a concert and a special masterclass in the Summer Academy! A unique opportunity to learn from one of the best violinists in the world.

2. Participants of the Summer Academy will be selected to give a Participatory concert at which ensembles consisting of students and teachers will perform. The teachers of the festival decide which participants will be selected for this. You can choose between:
- Brahms - String Sextet no. 2 op. 36
- Schumann - Piano Quintet in Es, op. 44

3. String instrumentalists can participate in a special early music project with the Conjunt Atria ensemble. You learn to play on your instrument with a baroque bow and together with the ensemble you will perform on one of the concerts of the festival!


- The Labberté-Hoedemaker Scholarschip
There are three prizes of € 1.000,- each, made available by the Labberté-Hoedemaker Foundation.

- Klaas Dijkstra Grant
For the winner of this grant the amount of € 10.000,- has been made available for the
purpose of a four year education at the Prince Claus Conservatoire.

- MooiePlatenMakers Bursary
Three participants will be selected to take part in the Summer Academy of the Peter de Grote Festival 2018 for free.

- Friends of the Prince Claus Conservatoire Award
The Friends of the Prince Claus Conservatoire is granting a scholarschip for one of the participants to study for free at the Prince Claus Conservatoire for one year.


All activities will take place at the Prince Claus Conservatoire in Groningen which offers excellent facilities for festival participants: a wonderful concert hall and there are numerous practice rooms and classrooms. The conservatoire is situated near the centre of the city.


If you want to register for the Summer Academy, please do so before May 1st 2017 with the online registration form. Please send a recording with two different works you have performed, a brief résumé, a copy of your passport and two passport photo’s to the festival office (see below). In order to register you need to make an advance payment of € 100,-. We kindly ask you to remit the amount to account number ING bank (IBAN: NL17 INGB 0677749481, BIC: INGBNL2A), stating “Advance payment 2017 Peter the Great Festival, and your name and instrument”. Only after payment of the deposit of € 100,- your application will be registered. The rest of the full amount of the participation fee has to be remitted before June 1st, 2017. You are enrolled as soon as we have received full payment of the registration fee. Please do not send cash. Payment by cheque, in instalments or cash is not possible either. There is a limited number of places per instrument. We advise you to respond as soon as possible!


Participation fee: € 795,-. This is including all lessons, entrance to all concerts, housing in the Martini Hotel and daily breakfast, lunch and dinner. The costs without housing are € 645,-

More information?

For questions about the festival or registration please contact our festival office:

Festival Office Peter the Great Festival
Harrie de Vries
Veemarktstraat 76
9724 GA Groningen
The Netherlands.
Tel. 0031 50 5951306
Fax: + 31 (0)50 595 1399