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 17th - 27th 2019 in Groningen, The Netherlands. About 60 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.

Participatory concert

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:
- Svendsen - String octet op. 3
- Shostakovich - Piano quintet op. 57


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

- 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.

- Hanzevast Young Talent Award
Hanzevast grants a prize of € 1.000,- for one of the young, talented participants of the Summer Academy.

- Emmy Verhey Festival Award
One of the participants/ensembles will be invited to perform on the
Emmy Verhey Festival.



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 2019 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 2018 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, 2019. You are enrolled as soon as we have received full payment of the registration fee. When you cancel your participation after June 1st we can not reimburse the participation 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
Meeuwerderweg 1
9724 EM Groningen
The Netherlands.
Tel. 0031 50 5951306
Fax: + 31 (0)50 595 1399

Contact information

Peter de Grote Festival

Meeuwerderweg 1
9724 EM Groningen
Harrie de Vries


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