Music is a way of life
It’s a path you walk in which your curiosity deepens your skills and inspiration
Wherever you are on your journey – we would like to join you. Our teachers challenge you to develop yourself into a real performer – moved and inspired, who dares and is able to go beyond technical perfection.
During the year we offer several multi-day courses with dedicated teachers – all of them inspired and professional musicians. Become part of our small scale community that will provide you security and will challenge you at the same time.
Monastery #2 - with Viola de Hoog and Jeroen den Herder
The theme of this course is ‘Historically informed’. We regard applied knowledge and practice of classical and baroque music in a way that closely aligns with the historical context. Viola de Hoog and Jeroen den Herder will accompany you this weekend. Hua-Hsuan Lee serves as the collaborative pianist, harpsichordist and study coach.
Open to all students and young professionals.
16 – 18 February ’24
Friday – Sunday
4-days course for cellists and composers
Research Retreat with Xiaoyong Chen, Joachim Eijlander, Jeroen den Herder and Alfian Emir Adytia
This course composers and cellist work together. Cellists also bring their own repertoire for the masterclasses in the mornings. In the evenings we will explore and practice the new compositons.
You will be accompanied by Xiaoyong Chen (compositon), Joachim Eijlander (cello), Alfian Emir Adytia (cello, composition and sound artist) and Jeroen den Herder (cello). who will all be present in Zutphen. This Research Retreat we focus on the exhibition of Ruthi Helbitz Cohen at Dat Bolwerck. The key to her work is the female body.
Including a performance for an audience in Dat Bolwerck
3 – 6 April ’24
Wednesday – Saturday
Final registration cellists: 22 March ’24
Registration composers is closed
Monastery #3 - with Joachim Eijlander and Jeroen den Herder
The theme of this course is ‘How about memory?’ Expect an in-depth exploration of the connection between your mind and body in relation to practice. Joachim Eijlander and Jeroen den Herder will accompany you this weekend. Hua-Hsuan Lee serves as the collaborative pianist and study coach.
Open to all students and young professionals.
19 – 21 April ’24
Friday – Sunday
1-days course and presentation
Masterpiece - with Anna Nyffenegger, Paul Handschke and Jeroen den Herder
Get ready for your exam with a one-day masterclass and a concert presentation in front of a panel of experts. Anna Nyffenegger, Paul Handschke and Jeroen den Herder will accompany you. Sander Sittig and Hua-Hsuan Lee serve as collaborative pianist and study coach.
On invitation of the Cello Academy.
beginning of May ’24
ABOUT THE CELLO ACADEMY
Being a musician is the most beautiful combination imaginable between hands and heart. The artistically unlimited space and unity with the instrument is the source of inspiring ideas that present themselves naturally.
The path to performing art is just as much a path inwards, which needs to be practised. With this inner quest, we hope to invite the artist to express freely, and to give the self-confidence to search the way beyond words.
CelloWercken Zutphen offers in a series of Monasteries the structure in which this practice takes place. We investigate the right inner attitude towards studying. After that we can look at studying as a basis and structure for practicing freedom through cello- meditation.
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“The most sensitive instrument is the human soul. One must purify the soul until it begins to sound” – Arvo Pärt
We provide in an annual program
Our Monasteries will deepen your skills and inspiration
Every year we provide in a number of intensive 3-days courses (Friday, Saturday, Sunday). Besides classes, each Monastery concludes a public concert in Dat Bolwerck.
Make music with dedication
During the Monasteries teachers of the Cello Academy will challenge you to develop broadly, as a cellist, as a musician and as a human being. This will turn you into a real performer, moved and inspired, who dares and is able to go beyond technical perfection.
Make your inspiration tangible
As a participant of the Cello Academy Zutphen, you will discover how to connect with your audience and how to convey the emotions of your music.
Our annual programmes are open to:
- Conservatory cello students (bachelor’s and master’s degrees)
- Post-master’s students who want to explore their profession further
- Professional cellists who feel the need for new challenges
Participants of the Monasteries and Retreats are of various nationalities.
The working language is English.
WHAT IS SPECIAL AT THE CELLO ACADEMY?
The teachers of the Cello Academy Zutphen are all inspired musicians themselves. They are examples for their students. In word, play and performance, they live out why they do what they do. Our teachers have confidence in your development and set the bar high for you. They offer you all the security you need and many challenges to learn, experiment and perform. This is how you will discover your strength as a cellist.
Our participants learn from, with and about each other in small groups. Each Monastery includes individual lessons, private study space, rehearsals with piano, ensemble playing moments and performances. The small scale means that our teachers have all the attention for you and for everyone’s development. Together, we form a close-knit group. Because of the attention and care for each other, you will reach a higher level than on your own.
The home base of the Cello Academy is Dat Bolwerck, a medieval complex in the historic centre of Zutphen. Dat Bolwerck offers an inspiring environment, sober and free of distractions. There are rooms for individual lessons, self-study, group lessons, performances and relaxation. We will host you by families that are related to the Academy. They are used to guests of our Academy and are within walking (or cycling) distance from Dat Bolwerck.
- Ask any questions via firstname.lastname@example.org
- Let us know if you are interested – you can sent your application online
- We contact you as soon as possible – we are happy to have you on board!
- After application we will sent you an invoice. It is possible to pay in installments.
Depending on the amount of days (see the program of your interest for details). It always includes all classes, accommodation, meals and VAT – exluding travel costs
Please contact us if the contribution makes it difficult for you to join. In some cases – depending on your situation and level – we can provide a scholarship.