Schloss Kirchberg an der Jagst, Germany

July 30 - August 12, 2019


The International Music Workshop and Festival is a unique, rewarding, and intensive chamber music festival for advanced instrumentalists, pianists, and vocalists. Participants work with fellow musicians and our world-class faculty in the beautiful Schloss Kirchberg an der Jagst castle. In our small and intimate program, participants will have numerous lessons and coachings from all faculty members, and the opportunity to work on both chamber music and solo repertoire at a high level.


Kyoko Hashimoto

Piano - McGill University

The legendary pianist and a teacher, Gyögy Sebök described Kyoko Hashimoto “extraordinary musical talent” “one of the finest of her generation.”

She has been regularly performing throughout the world, so far in more than 30 countries, including many major cities and halls such as the Wigmore Hall in London, the Lincoln Center and the Carnegie Hall in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, etc. She has been invited to many important festivals including the Prague Spring Festival, the Lockenhaus Chamber Music Festival, the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival, the Pacific Music Festival and the Saito Kinen Festival.

Kyoko Hashimoto was born in Tokyo and began to study the piano at the age of three. After graduating from the Toho-Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo, she studied at the International Menuhin Music Academy, Indiana University and the Juilliard School. She received full scholarships from the Menuhin Academy and the Juilliard School. Among her teachers were György Sebök, Menahem Pressler, György Janzer, William Masselos, György Sandor, Felix Galimir, György Kurtág and Ferenc Rados.

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Martti Rousi

Cello - Sibelius Academy

Martti Rousi is one of the leading cellists of his generation. He is internationally know both as a soloist and a pedagogue. After playing piano for 2 years Martti Rousi begun his cello studies inspired by the strong finnish cello school.His early teachers were Timo Hanhinen and Seppo Kimanen. In 1979 he moved to the Sibelius- Academy to continue his studies with Prof Arto Noras. At age of 21 he won the first prize at Turku cello competition and was invited as a soloist by all major Finnish symphony orchestras. In 1985 he received Fulbright scholarship to study with Prof Janos Starker at the Indiana University winning the annual cello competition there. Between 1977 and 1983 he regularily had masterclasses with William Pleeth and Valter Deshpalj and took private lessons with Natalia Gutman.

In 1986 Rousi won the silver medal at the VIII Tchaikovsky competition in Moscow. Since that he has been performing with leading Scandinavian and European orchestras like Helsinki, Stockholm and Oslo Radio symphonies,Copenhagen philharmonic,CBSO in Birmingham, Mariinsky orchestra,Moscow symphony, Polish and Hungarian national orchetras, Statsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfaltz, Shanghai and Johannesburg philharmonic working with conductors like Esa-Pekka Salonen, Valeri Gergiev, Okko Kamu, Osmo Vänskä, Sakari Oramo, Olli Mustonen, Ari Rasilainen, Leif Segerstam, Emmanuel Krivine, Bernhart Klee, Joseph Swensen and Muhai Tang. Rousi has an extensive repertoire with smaller orchestras from baroque to modern appearing with Moscow, Munich , Ostrobotnia,, Tallinn and Toulouse chamber orchestras.

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Helge Slaatto

Violin - Hochschule Münster

The Norwegian violinist Helge Slaatto (born 1952), since 1993 professor at the Musikhochschule in Münster, Germany, before that concertmaster of the Odense Symphony Orchestra in Denmark, has given concerts throughout Europe, often with works composed specially for him.

He made his successful debut in Oslo in 1977 with a pure solo violin programme, a rarity at the time.

In London in the 1970'ies - together with pianist/conductor Jan Latham-Koenig and the Koenig Ensemble - he championed works by Janacek, Poulenc and Szymanowski, and the encounter with Hans Werner Henze and the Cantiere Internazionale d'Arte in Montepulciano, where Helge Slaatto was a regular guest for many years, was of lasting importance.

His teacher, the late Sandor Vegh, was a great influence, not only as far as the classical repertoire was concerned. Veghs collaboration with Bartok was a decisive inspiration: Helge Slaatto's recording of the Bartok solo sonata (2002, ambitus 96847) was highly praised by the press. Berlingske Tidende wrote: ”Rarely has a work for solo violin sounded so convincing!” and other corner stones in the 20ieth century repertoire, like the works by Berg and Schoenberg, in particular the latter's string trio, are among his favourites (e.g. Schoenberg String Trio recorded by Trio Slaatto).

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Festival History

The 1st International Music Workshop
Mariánské Lázně, Czech Republic, 2004
Faculty: Kyoko Hashimoto (Piano), Laurentiu Sbarcea (Cello)

The 2nd International Music Workshop
Schloss Kapfenburg, Germany, 2005
Faculty: Kyoko Hashimoto (Piano), Matthias Lingenfelder (Violin), Mick Stirling (Cello)

The 3rd International Music Workshop
Schloss Kirchberg, Germany | August 14-27, 2006
Faculty: Kyoko Hashimoto (Piano), Ellen Jewett (Violin)

The 4th International Music Workshop
Beja, Portugal | August 10-26, 2007
Faculty: Kyoko Hashimoto (Piano), Ekkehard Hauenstein (Flute)

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By the end of the festival, I had changed as a musician; I left the festival with a more diversified sound palette, and with a more mature interpretation of music. It was very satisfying to be able to perform our pieces in their entirety for such warm audiences as we had at Schloss Stetten and Schloss Kirchberg. The best part of IMWF was meeting musicians from all over the world – snippets of at least five languages could be heard at dinner table conversation, and there were many intercultural discussions, regarding music or otherwise.

Alissa Cheung

The Workshop was one the most rewarding musical experiences of my life – intense coaching, rehearsing and practicing plus good opportunities to play, all in a friendly atmosphere. Precious advice from Ms. Hashimoto and the other professors made me progress greatly and broadened my musical understanding.

Ricardo Sa Leao

This is the perfect workshop for the real hardcore chamber musicians – a unique opportunity to collaborate with high caliber musicians from around the world!

Tomoko Inui

The Workshop was one of the most magical musical experiences of my life. The combination of a world-class faculty, intense lesson schedule, friendly atmosphere, and wonderful, talented colleagues made for the perfect summer music program. I have never heard of a workshop that offers such a generous schedule of instruction. Professor Hashimoto is the ideal teacher–unflaggingly demanding yet encouraging, serious yet whimsical, utterly brilliant yet down-to-earth. She is a true inspiration.

Dory Hayley

Tuition and Fees

The cost of tuition is 810 euros. Accommodation (shared room and three meals a day) is 30 euros per day. Participants are welcome to bring guests for 40 euros a day, per guest.


About the location:

More information about the town (German)
More information about the castle (German)

Getting there:

DB BAHN (Train to Crailsheim)
BUS (From Crailsheim to Kirchberg an der Jagst)

Apply or Contact

Applying is free and easy! To apply, contact Artistic Director Kyoko Hashimoto at kyokopiano@gmail.com

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