Rostock Summer Campus

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23rd International Masterclasses at the Rostock University of Music and Drama

23 - 31 August 2018

Our Summer Campus offers masterclasses with internationally renowned artists. In addition to intensive tuition, each course arranges its own concert. One of the highlights for several participants is the opportunity to rehearse as a soloist with a professional orchestra and to play in a concert that is part of the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. By collaborating with the Norddeutsche Philharmonie Rostock, the Summer Campus provides a large symphony orchestra for the orchestral work. The musical direction has been given to Marcus Bosch for the first time.

Bodily fitness and good health play an important role for professional musicians. Therefore, along the lines of “Keep Fit - Perform Fit”, daily preventive and specialised physiotherapy will be on the programme.

Our masterclasses that change every year are aimed at music students from across the world. Young talents who are preparing to take an entrance examination for a university music degree or have just started their training, as well as professional musicians who would like to enhance their skills, are also welcome to attend the courses.

All of the masterclasses are open to the public and provide those interested with insights into daily life within the realms of music.

We are very much looking forward to an exciting Summer Campus with you!


The registration on our website will be possible from the beginning of January 2018 up until the 1st of June 2018.

Master class series | 23 - 31 August 2018

Singing: Concert - Cantatas - Lied | Sibylla Rubens

The soprano, concert and lieder singer, Sibylla Rubens, studied at the Trossingen University of Music and the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts, as well as under Elsa Cavelti in Basel and in Irwin Gage’s class for lied interpretation in Zurich.

Sibylla Rubens has documented her talent in more than 90 CD recordings, not only as an outstanding Bach performer, but also surprising her audience with songs dating well into the Romantic period.

She is a sought-after guest at international music festivals and on concert stages together with international baroque ensembles, chamber orchestras, the Munich Philharmonic, the Berlin Philharmonic, with radio orchestras, their choirs and conductors such as Philipp Herreweghe, Helmuth Rilling, Sir Roger Norrington, Michael Gielen, Christian Thielemann, and Kent Nagano. Furthermore, she particularly enjoys giving lieder and chamber music concerts and performing together with ensembles.

From 2014 to 2016 Sibylla Rubens led the oratorio class at the University of Augsburg’s Leopold Mozart Centre and when she is not singing in concerts, she is a committed teacher and supporter of young singers.

Coaching and artistic collaboration: Markus Kreul

The repertoire which is available in rehearsals and concerts with the orchestra please find in the following list:

Singing | Prof. Jan-Hendrik Rootering

At the beginning of the masterclass of Prof. Jan-Hendrik Rootering there is going to be an audition on Friday, 24th August 2018 at 9:00 am.

Your audition will determine whether you will be an active or passive participant of the masterclass.

Registering is still possible.

The bass-baritone, Jan-Hendrik Rootering, can look back at an international career that has spanned more than 30 years and includes performances in nearly all of the world’s most important opera houses, e.g. in Milan’s La Scala, the Opéra Bastille, the Vienna State Opera, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and the opera houses in San Francisco, Washington, New York, Sydney and Berlin. He is also in demand as a lieder and concert singer. His comprehensive repertoire has been documented on several radio, video and television productions and CD recordings.
Jan-Hendrik Rootering is dedicated to teaching singing as well. He taught at the universities of music in Munich and Cologne. From 2007 to 2014 he taught as Professor of Singing at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen. He also gives masterclasses at home and abroad. Rootering received a Grammy Award on two occasions. In 1986 he received the title “Bayerischer Kammersänger”.
Jan-Hendrik Rootering received lessons from his father, the Dutch tenor, Hendrikus Rootering, and studied Singing at the University of Music and Theatre Hamburg.

Coaching and artistic collaboration: Christoph Stöcker

The repertoire which is available in rehearsals and concerts with the orchestra please find in the following list:

Violin | Prof. Mark Gothoni | In replacement for Benjamin Schmid

Finnish Violinist Mark Gothoni started his musical training at the age of six at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and subsequently became a pupil of Ana Chumachenco in Munich. Additionally, he received important impulses from Shmuel Ashkenasi in Chicago and Sandor Vegh in Salzburg. Winner of several international competitions, Gothoni was honored in 1991 as "Debut-of-the-Year" at the Jyväskylä Arts Festival in Finland. Since then he has performed as a soloist and as chamber musician around the globe, including major festivals in Europe, Israel, the United States, and the Far East and concert halls like the Berlin Philharmonie, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Lincoln Center New York, Library of Congress Washington, Wigmore Hall London and Kioi Hall Tokyo. He served as concertmaster of the Zurich and Munich Chamber Orchestras amongst others and in 2004 to 2008 he was the leader and musical director of the European Union Chamber Orchestra. He is the first violinist of the Orpheus Quartet and member of the Mozart Piano Quartet. As professor of violin at the University of the Arts Berlin he is giving master classes all over the world and he is head of the chamber music department of the Savonlinna Music Academy in Finland. He plays a 1709 A. Stradivari that belongs to the University of the Arts Berlin.

Coaching and artistic collaboration: Yukako Morikawa


The following repertoire is available to participants as soloists in rehearsals and concerts with the orchestra:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Violinkonzert D-Dur KV 218
Violinkonzert A-Dur KV 219

Ludwig van Beethoven
Violinkonzert D-Dur op. 61

Johannes Brahms
Violinkonzert D-Dur op. 77

Jean Sibelius
Violinkonzert d-Moll op. 47

Henri Wieniawski
Violinkonzert Nr. 2 op. 22

Alban Berg

Double bass | Frank Thoenes

Frank Thoenes studied double bass under Prof. R. Heister at the Folkwang University in Essen and attended masterclasses by Prof. W. Güttler (Berlin Philharmonic). After studying, he was principal double bassist at the German Chamber Academy, since 1996 he has been principal double bassist of the Norddeutsche Philharmonie Rostock. He has played in orchestras such as the WDR, NDR, the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra, the Essen Philharmonic and as principal double bassist in the German Chamber Academy with conductors including Abbado, Metha, Haiting, Oue, Sanderling, Goritzki, Leonard, Willén and Zuckermann.

Frank Thoenes was awarded an interpretation prize at the “International Summer Course for New Music” in Darmstadt. His solo and chamber music exploits have been recorded on numerous CD productions. In the past he has been invited to the Festival Internacional Cervantino in Mexico, to Ascona and Salzburg, to the Pablo Casals Festival in Prades and to the Richard Strauß Festival in Garmisch. Several of his tours took him to Australia, South America and Asia. Frank Thoenes also gives masterclasses at home and abroad (Double Bass Kaleidoscope, China and Japan). He has taught as a lecturer at the Rostock University of Music and Drama since winter semester 2005/06.

Coaching and artistic collaboration: Aya Matsushita


The following repertoire is available to participants as soloists in rehearsals and concerts with the orchestra:

Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf
Kontrabasskonzert E-Dur

Johann Baptist Vanhal
Kontrabasskonzert D-Dur (Viennese classical instrumentation)

Giovanni Bottesini
Kontrabasskonzert Nr. 2 h-Moll                                                                 

Sergei Koussevitzky
Kontrabasskonzert fis-Moll

J. M. Sperger
Kontrabasskonzert Nr. 15 D-Dur

Oboe | Prof. Jean-Louis Capezzali

Participants of the Oboe Course will receive instruction from Prof. Jean-Louis Capezzali and Prof. Gregor Witt.

Jean-Louis Capezzali studied at the Conservatoire National de Région de Versailles, which awarded him with the gold medal in 1977 and an honorary award in 1978. At the young age of 20 he became professor and principal oboist in the concert orchestra Lamoureux in Paris. He won awards at important competitions, such as the competitions in Geneva (1982) and Prague (1986).
In 1984 Jean-Louis Capezzali became principal oboist of Radio France’s Philharmonic and from 1988 to 1998 he was professor at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris.  He has taught at the Conservatoire National Supérieur Musique et Danse de Lyon since 1998. In 2009 he was appointed professor at the Haute École de Musique de Lausanne.
Jean-Louis Capezzali is an exceptional soloist and chamber musician. He performs with leading orchestras and ensembles and gives concerts at music festivals all over the world. He regularly provides masterclasses and recitals in Europe, the USA and Asia. In his masterclasses, Capezzali teaches his students the French school of oboe playing.

Coaching and artistic collaboration: Anna Kirichenko


The following repertoire is available to participants as soloists in rehearsals and concerts with the orchestra:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Oboenkonzert C-Dur KV 314

Richard Strauss
Oboenkonzert D-Dur AV 144

Oboe | Prof. Gregor Witt

Participants of the Oboe Course will receive instruction from Prof. Jean-Louis Capezzali and Prof. Gregor Witt.

Gregor Witt is principal oboist at the Staatskapelle Berlin and has been professor at the Rostock University of Music and Drama since 2015. As a soloist he has given guest performances in Germany and abroad, as well as with distinguished orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic. He is also a member of several chamber music ensembles, including the wind quintet of the Staatskapelle Berlin. In addition to classical music, he is particularly interested in jazz/crossover.

Furthermore, he holds regular masterclasses at the New York Juilliard School and in Europe. Many of his students are now principal oboists with major orchestras and award winners of international competitions such as the ARD–Competition in Munich 2008 and 2011, and the International Music Competition in Markneukirchen 2010. Gregor Witt studied oboe under Professor Gerd Albrecht Kleinfeld at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin.

Coaching and artistic collaboration: Jens Hoffmann


The following repertoire is available to participants as soloist in rehearsals and concerts with the orchestra:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Oboenkonzert C-Dur KV 314

Richard Strauss
Oboenkonzert D-Dur AV 144

Clarinet | Prof. Matthias Schorn

The class starts on 26 August.

Matthias Schorn is a particularly versatile musician with endless interest for everything that has to do with music creativeness. His position as principal clarinettist at the Vienna State Opera and the Vienna Philharmonic constantly gives him the opportunity to collaborate with the world’s best singers, soloists and conductors. He has founded various classical formations as a chamber musician (“Trio Marc Chagall”, “Theophil Ensemble Wien” and more), and gave concerts as a soloist under the conductorship of Lorin Maazel, Gustavo Dudamel, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Yuri Bashmet, Kristjan Järvi, Michael Sanderling, Ivan Fischer, Hans Graf, HK Gruber, Dennis Russel Davies and many others. His roots in the folk and brass-band/wind music of the Alps still continue to influence his work. With his bands “MaChlast” and “Faltenradio” he not only plays on pub stages, at open-air festivals and clubs, but also in the large concert halls from Vienna to Hamburg. On top of this, Matthias Schorn lectures as a professor at the Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna and holds masterclasses all over the globe.

Matthias Schorn was born in Salzburg, first studied under Alois Brandhofer at the Mozarteum University Salzburg and then under Johann Hindler at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna.

Coaching and artistic collaboration: Nikolaus Wagner


The following repertoire is available to participants as soloist in rehearsals and concerts with the orchestra:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Klarinettenkonzert A-Dur KV 622

Claude Debussy
Première Rhapsodie


Carl Maria von Weber
Klarinettenkonzert Nr. 1 f-Moll op. 73
Concertino Es-Dur op. 26

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
Konzertstück für zwei Klarinetten und Orchester Nr. 2 d-Moll op. 114

Luigi Bassi
Fantasia di concerto “Rigoletto”


Trumpet | Pacho Flores

Capable of managing classical or popular styles instinctively, Pacho Flores adds to his captivating interpretations a great deal of energy tinged with the most beautiful instrumental colors. Acting as soloist, he has performed with a long list of reputable orchestras all over the world. He has also given recitals in concert halls such as the Carnegie Hall in New York, Pleyel Hall in Paris, and the Opera City in Tokio. Serving as one of the founding members of the Simón Bolívar Brass Quintet, he has taken part in numerous tours around Europe, South America, the United States, and Japan.

As an experienced orchestral musician, Flores has held the Leading Trumpet position in the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, the Saito Kinen Orchestra of Japan, and the Symphony Orchestra of Miami, under the musical direction of maestros such as Claudio Abbado, Sir Simon Rattle, Seiji Ozawa, Giuseppe Sinopoli and many others. As Founding Director of the Latin-American Trumpet Academy in Venezuela, he fosters a promising generation of young talents.

Pacho Flores was trained in the marvelous orchestra system for youths and children in Venezuela and was awarded First Prize in the “Maurice André” International Competition, the most renowned trumpet competition in the world, as well as First Prize at the “Philip Jones” and “Cittá di Porcia” International Competitions.

Coaching and artistic collaboration: José Gallego/Wakana Yamazaki


The following repertoire is available to participants as soloists in rehearsals and concerts with the orchestra:

Johann Nepomuk Hummel
Trompetenkonzert E-Dur, Fassung Es-Dur

Joseph Haydn
Trompetenkonzert Es-Dur

Georg Friedrich Händel
Suite D-Dur HWV 341

Georg Friedrich Telemann
Trompetenkonzert Nr. 1 D-Dur

Leopold Mozart
Trompetenkonzert D-Dur

Alexander Arutiunian
Trompetenkonzert As-Dur

Henry Purcell
Sonate für Trompete und Streicher D-Dur

Henry Tomasi

Johann Baptist Georg Neruda
Konzert für Jagdhorn, Streicher und Basso Continuo Es-Dur

Piano | Lilit Grigoryan

6-Day Workshop
25 – 30 August

The workshop will be conducted jointly by Maria Joao Pires and Lilit Grigoryan.

Piano | Lilit Grigoryan

Lilit Grigoryan studied at the Yerevan State Conservatory under Prof. Sergey Sarayan and in the class of Prof. Matthias Kirschnereit at the Rostock University of Music and Drama, where she graduated from her studies with the highest distinction. She was also Artist in Residence at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Belgium, under the direction of Maria-João Pires. Lilit Grigoryan received further musical inspiration from Menahem Pressler, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Steven Kovacevich, Zoltán Kocsis and Gabor Takács-Nagy to name just a few. In 2009 and 2010 she took part in the Verbier Festival Academy and won the Tabor Prize as best newcomer pianist. In addition, she has won several awards at national and international competitions.

Lilit Grigoryan has played at famous international music festivals. Meanwhile she has given concerts in 27 countries all over the world. Apart from piano evenings, she has also played as soloist with several orchestras. Her concerts have been recorded by radio and television broadcasters in Germany, France, Mexico and Armenia. Lilit Grigoryan has lectured at the Rostock University of Music and Drama since autumn 2010.


The workshop focuses on piano recital repertoire for two and four hands. Rehearsals and concerts with the orchestra are not intended.

Piano | Maria João Pires

6-Day Workshop
25 – 30 August

The workshop will be conducted jointly by Maria Joao Pires and Lilit Grigoryan.

Piano | Maria João Pires

Maria João Pires, born in Lisbon, gave her first public performance at the age of 4 and began her studies of music and piano under Campos Coelho and Francine Benoît, continuing later in Germany, under Rosl Schmid and Karl Engel. In addition to her concerts, she has made recordings for Erato for fifteen years and Deutsche Grammophon for twenty years. Since the 1970s, she has devoted herself to reflecting on the influence of art on life, community and education, trying to discover new ways of establishing this way of thinking in society. She has searched for new ways which, respecting the development of individuals and of cultures, encourage the sharing of ideas. In 1999, she created the Centre for the Study of the Arts of Belgais in Portugal. She broadened the reach of this philosophy to Salamanca and Bahia in Brazil. In 2012, in Belgium, she initiated two complementary projects: the Equinox project which creates and develops choirs for children from disadvantaged backgrounds, and the Partitura project, the aim of which is to create an altruistic dynamic between artists of different generations by proposing an alternative in a world too often focused on competitiveness.


The workshop focuses on piano recital repertoire for two and four hands. Rehearsals and concerts with the orchestra are not intended.

Orchestra | Norddeutsche Philharmonie Rostock

The Norddeutsche Philharmonie Rostock is the largest orchestra in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern with an extensive history in the Hanseatic and University city. With the establishment of the Rostock City and Theatre Orchestra in 1897, the foundation was laid for the high standard of the orchestra’s musical quality and ability of today. Since the end of the 1990s, the concert culture has been shaped by musical directors and principal conductors such as Michail Jurowski, Wolf-Dieter Hauschild, Peter Leonard, Niklas Willén and Florian Krumpöck. Marcus Bosch will assume the artistic responsibility for the Norddeutsche Philharmonie Rostock as Conductor in Residence from August 2018 onwards.
The Orchestra’s presence can be experienced through its comprehensive and multifaceted range of concerts, including philharmonic concerts, chamber music concerts and children and youth concerts, as well as through its involvement in music and dance theatre. Guest performances regularly take the orchestra to Berlin and other German cities as well as international locations such as Denmark, Sweden, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic and Austria.

As a member of the European Film Philharmonic, the Norddeutsche Philharmonie Rostock has recorded music for a number of films, including the music for the film “Buddenbrooks” in 2008. In recent years, CDs were produced with music by Sergej Prokofjew (Sony Korea and Solo Musica), Ernesto Cavallini (cpo) and Carl Weigl (Capriccio).

Conductor | Marcus Bosch

Since 2011 Marcus Bosch has been General Music Director of the State Theatre and State Philharmonic Nuremberg, and since 2016, Principal Guest Conductor of the Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie Konstanz. Since 2010 he has managed the Heidenheim Opera Festival as artistic director and he is co-founder and conductor of the festival orchestra Cappella Aquileia. In 2016 he was appointed as permanent Professor of Conducting at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich.

After his debut at the age of 24 with the Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, the German conductor of Brazilian and Italian descent chose to pursue the traditional German “Kapellmeister” career path, which took him to the State Theatres in Wiesbaden and Saarbrücken and to the State Orchestra in Halle. Between 2002 and 2012 Marcus Bosch enjoyed great success as General Music Director in the city of Aachen and launched his international career.


“Keep Fit – Perform Fit” | Prevention and Physiotherapy | Angela Gebler

Alongside the masterclasses we offer all participants warm-ups, compensatory and corrective gymnastics and relaxation techniques as well as specialised physiotherapy for musicians with physiotherapist, Angela Gebler.

Angela Gebler has been a physiotherapist for 30 years and has been specialising in the work with musicians for the last 15 years. In 2010 she successfully completed her training in Musician’s Medicine in Freiburg.

She has been teaching at the University of Augsburg’s Leopold Mozart Centre for Music and Music Education since summer term 2017. Alongside individual treatment and coaching with the instrument, Angela Gebler supports masterclasses throughout Europe and offers instrument-specific workshops for all instruments.

General Information

Course fees

Active participation

€ 320,00 per course
Students of the hmt Rostock pay a reduced fee of € 160,00.

There is no registration fee.
The course fee must be paid immediately after your active participation has been confirmed.

Course fee payable into account below

Bank account of the Rostock University of Music and Drama
BIC: NOLADE21ROS, Ostseesparkasse Rostock
IBAN: DE 57 1305 0000 0201 0189 26
Reference: Course fee SC 2018 and "name of the participant", "course" (must be indicated)

Passive participation

€ 110,00 all courses and the entire duration
€ 16,00 day ticket
€ 10,00 half-day ticket

Tickets for the passice participation can be purchased during the Summer Campus in the Course Office.


The arrival and registration date is Thursday 23rd August 2018. Please register in the Course Office between 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
The first joint meeting is the welcoming event at 5.30 p.m. in the Chamber Music Hall.
Courses will usually take place from 24 – 31 August. The two exceptions are the piano workshop from 25 - 30  August and the masterclass for clarinet from 26 – 31 August.

Eligibility requirements

If we receive more applications for active participation than we can accept, the respective course teachers will make a choice based on a recording or video of a performance, or an audition.

The course teachers will decide who is to receive the opportunity to work with the Norddeutsche Philharmonie Rostock as a soloist. Participants are not automatically entitled to work with the Orchestra.

Please indicate your desired repertoire when registering. When selecting your choice of orchestral works, you can only choose from the listed repertoire. Your choice of orchestra repertoire as stands on the application deadline will decide which works are available for the orchestral work.

Practice rooms are provided free of charge.

All course participants are responsible for finding their own accommodation. You can find information about accommodation possibilities on our website.

Master courses since 1995

The Summer Campus first took place in 1995 - one year after the founding of the University. We have worked closely with the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern since 2005. Special support for the Summer Campus is provided by the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, cultural funding programme from Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR), the University's friends society “Freund und Förderer der Hochschule für Musik und Theater Rostock e.V.” and Rostock Port.

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Hochschule für Musik und Theater Rostock
Course Office Summer Campus
Head of the Office Summer Campus
Angelika Thönes
Beim St.-Katharinenstift 8
D - 18055 Rostock

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Brochure 2018

Impressions from the Summer Campus

Orchestra rehearsel with W. Rajski. Photo: Ulrike Bals
Master class Fauré Quartett. Photo: hmt
Master class with Máté Szücs. Photo: hmt
Prof. Tanja Becker-Bender. Photo: Ulrike Bals
Master class with Prof. Thomas Quasthoff. Photo: hmt
Group photo Summer campus 2015. Photo: Ulrike Bals