Rostock Summer Campus

21th International Master Class Series 18th to 26th of August 2016

The summer campus at Rostock University of Music and Drama offers master classes with internationally renowned artists and teachers. Besides receiving intensive tuition, participants have the opportunity to perform in concerts and to rehearse and perform as soloists with a professional orchestra as part of the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. The Norddeutsche Philharmonie Rostock under the musical direction of Wojciech Rajski is an experienced orchestra placed at the disposal of the master class students. The classes are aimed at music students and musicians from all over the world who would like to undergo advanced training.

All master classes are public, allowing interested listeners to gain an insight into the daily life and work of a musician.

Closing date for application: June 1, 2016

Master class series: 18th -26th August 2016

Vocals | Prof. Rudolf Piernay
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Vocals | Prof. Rudolf Piernay

The renowned vocal pedagogue (coach) and bass baritone Rudolf Piernay, Professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and the State University of Music in Mannheim, has already produced a number of acclaimed vocalists. Among his students are award winners of many international competitions. Graduates of his vocal classes sing on large international stages. Rudolf Piernay studied voice, piano and conducting primarily in Berlin and London under Prof. Harry Gottschalk, Joy Mammen, Walther Gruner, Cornelius L. Reid (New York) and Pierre Bernac amongst others. Several times he has won awards in the competition “Podium Junger Solisten” of the German Music Council, gave concerts in all parts of the world and made numerous recordings for BBC London, Rias-Berlin and Radio Vaticano Rome amongst others. Among his recordings are first recordings of compositions by Poulenc, Milhaud and Sauguet.

Coaching and artistic collaboration: Corinna Korff-Willcox


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

Johann Sebastian Bach
Johannes-Passion BWV 245, 
Matthäus-Passion BWV 244, 
Weihnachtsoratorium BWV 248

Georges Bizet

Gaetano Donizetti
„Don Pasquale”

Antonín Dvorák

Georg Friedrich Händel
„Messiah“ HWV 56

Joseph Haydn
„Die Schöpfung“, 
„Die Jahreszeiten

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
„Elias“ op. 70,
„Paulus“ op. 36

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
„Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor”, 
„Die Zauberflöte”,
„Don Giovanni”,
„Entführung aus dem Serail”,
„Le nozze di Figaro”, 
„La clemenza di Tito”,
„Exultate jubilate” KV 165,
Große Messe in c-Moll KV 427

Otto Nicolai
„Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor”

Giacomo Puccini
„La Bohème”

Gioachino Rossini
„Il Barbiere di Siviglia”,
„La Cenerentola”

Bedrich Smetana
„Die verkaufte Braut”

Johann Strauss
„Die Fledermaus”

Giuseppe Verdi
„La Traviata”,

Peter Tschaikowsky
„Eugen Onegin”

Carl Maria von Weber
„Der Freischütz”

Viola | Prof. Nils Mönkemeyer
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Viola | Prof. Nils Mönkemeyer

Already, whilst studying under Hariolf Schlichtig at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich, Nils Mönkemeyer developed an intensive concert career and received numerous awards. Thus, in 2006 he received the first prize in the International Yuri Bashmet Competition as well as the award of the German Music Competition 2006. Together with Nicholas Rimmer he was awarded the renowned Parkhouse Award in London in 2009. After 2 years as a Professor at the Carl Maria von Weber University of Music in Dresden and an Assistant Professorship at the Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofia Madrid, Nils Mönkemeyer was called, in 2011, to the Munich University of Music and Performing Arts. Among Nils Mönkemeyers concert productions are concerts with the MDR Symphony Orchestra, the Berlin Radio-Symphony Orchestra, the Zurich Concert Hall Orchestra, the Vienna Radio-Symphony Orchestra and many more. He is furthermore, a guest on numerous international festivals and concert stages.

Coaching and artistic collaboration: Henrike Brüggen


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

Franz Anton Hoffmeister

Violakonzert D-Dur

Johann Nepomuk Hummel

Potpourri (Fantasie) op. 94 für Viola und Orchester

Béla Bartók


Carl Stamitz

Violakonzert D-Dur, 1. Satz

Violoncello | Prof. Reinhard Latzko
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Violoncello | Prof. Reinhard Latzko

Reinhard Latzko is among the leading Cellists of his generation. He studied under Jan Polasek, Martin Ostertag and Heinrich Schiff and has won numerous prizes and awards at international competitions such as CIEM Geneve and Concerti per Europa, Venezia. For 18 years he performed as First Solo Cellist at the SWR-Symphony Orchestra and was Professor at the Academy of Music in Basel as successor to Boris Pergamenschikow. He has been Professor at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna since 2003. As soloist he performed, among others, with the Basel Symphony Orchestra, the Zurich Concert Hall Orchestra, the Southwest Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra and the German Chamber Philharmonic under conductors such as Michael Gielen and Yuri Ahronowitsch. Among his chamber music partners are Heinrich Schiff, Christian Tetzlaff, Gustav Rivinius and Christian Altenburger.

 Coaching and artistic collaboration: Kiyoko Wakamatsu


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

Antonín Dvorák
Violoncellokonzert h-Moll op. 104

Robert Schumann
Violoncellokonzert a-Moll op. 129

Joseph Haydn
Violoncellokonzert D-Dur Hob. VIIb:2

Peter Tschaikowsky
Rokoko-Variationen für Violoncello und Orchester op. 33

Richard Strauss
Romanze F-Dur für Violoncello

Dmitri Schostakowitsch
Violoncellokonzert Nr. 1 Es-Dur op. 107

Flute | Prof. Dirk Peppel
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Flute | Prof. Dirk Peppel

As longstanding Solo Flutist with renowned orchestras, chamber musician and university lecturer Dirk Peppel is among the most distinguished flutists of his generation. He graduated from the Hoch’sche Conservatory in his hometown of Frankfurt/M., studied under Matthias Rütters in Essen as well as under Jean-Pierre Rampal and Maxence Larrieux. From 1987 until 2013 he was Solo Flutist at the Baden State Orchestra in Karlsruhe. More than 30 orchestras have since engaged him as a guest. Numerous broadcasting and CD productions are proof of his wide ranging repertoire. His concert trips not only take him into many European countries but also to North and South America, China, Japan and Israel. From 1990 to 2004 he taught at the University of Music in Mainz, in addition he took on a guest professorship from 2001 to 2004 at the Universidad de Ciencias y Artes (Mexico). Since 2004 he has been Professor of Flute and Chamber Music at the University of Music and Dance in Cologne. He has also been teaching at the University for Music and Drama in Rostock since 2013.

Coaching and artistic collaboration: Michael Stöckigt


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

Saverio Mercadante
Flötenkonzert e-Moll op. 57

Carl Heinrich Reinecke
Flötenkonzert D-Dur op. 283

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Flötenkonzert Nr. 2 D-Dur KV 314

André Jolivet

Oboe | Albrecht Mayer
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Oboe | Albrecht Mayer

Albrecht Mayer studied under Gerhard Scheuer, Georg Meerwein, Ingo Goritzki and Maurice Bourgue. He began his professional career in 1990 as Solo Oboist with the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra and moved in 1992 to the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra taking up the same position. As a soloist he is in high demand internationally. In search for his own sound ideal he recently founded his own ensemble “New Seasons”. In 2007 Albrecht Mayer gave his debut at the New York Carnegie Hall accompanied by the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. In 2008 he was “Artiste étoile” at the Lucerne Festival. Albrecht Mayer was awarded three times with the ECHO Klassik. In 2006 he received the E. T. A.-Hoffmann-Kulturpreis of his hometown of Bamberg. In 2013 he was included in the Gramophone „Hall of Fame“, and was awarded the Bavarian Culture Prize.

Coaching and artistic collaboration: Jens Hoffmann

Special feature of the master class oboe

All participants will be taught by Prof. Gregor Witt and will also have one lesson with Albrecht Mayer. As the number of active participants is limited, there might be a selection of participants.

We therefore ask you to attach a link to an audio recording or a video of your performance with your application.


About the repertoire with orchestra please see below (Prof. Gregor Witt).

Oboe | Prof. Gregor Witt
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Oboe | Prof. Gregor Witt

Gregor Witt is Solo Oboist at the Staatskapelle Berlin and since 2015 Professor at Rostock University of Music and Drama. As a soloist he gave guest performances in Germany and abroad as well as with distinguished orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonics. He is also a member of several chamber music ensembles, amongst them the wind quintet of the Staatskapelle Berlin. In addition to classical music his great interest lies in Jazz/Crossover. Furthermore, he runs regular Masters Classes at the New York Juilliard School and in Europe. Many of his students are now Solo 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 University of Music “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 KV3 271

Richard Strauss

Oboenkonzert D-Dur AV 144

Trumpet | Prof. Matthias Höfs
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Trumpet | Prof. Matthias Höfs

Matthias Höfs has been a member of the ensemble GERMAN BRASS since 1986 with which he celebrates worldwide success. Since 2000 he has been teaching with considerable commitment as Professor at the University of Music and Theatre in Hamburg. He received his education at the University of Music and Theatre in Hamburg under Professor Peter Kallensee and at the Karajan-Academy of the Berlin Philharmonics under Professor Konradin Groth. At just 18 years of age he became Solo Trumpeter at the Philharmonic State Orchestra Hamburg and remained with them for 16 years. With musical pioneering spirit Matthias Höfs continuously extends the horizon of his instrument – be it through close co-operation with composers who are inspired by his unique virtuosity and his eagerness to try new things. In addition to extensive concerts as soloist and chamber musician Höfs also produced numerous Solo-CDs and over 20 recordings with GERMAN BRASS.

Coaching and artistic collaboration: Nobue Ito


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

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Oboenkonzert C-Dur KV3 271


Richard Strauss

Oboenkonzert D-Dur AV 144

Piano | Maria João Pires
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Piano | Maria João Pires

Maria João Pires gained international recognition in 1970 after winning the Brussels Competition, which was held in honour of Beethoven’s 200th birthday. Her debuts in London (1986) and New York (1989) were highly praised by the press. She regularly gives performances in Europe, Canada, Japan, Israel and the USA, as well as renowned festivals. In 1990 she made her debut at the Salzburg Festival with Claudio Abbado and the Vienna Philharmonic. In 1996 she performed with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra under Riccardo Chailly in Salzburg and Luzern. Maria João Pires is a highly committed chamber musician. Since the Chamber Music Festival in Baule in 1989, she has had an ongoing collaboration with French violinist Augustin Dumay. The vinyl recording of her Mozart-Sonatas-Cycle is a testament to her esteemed musicianship; when first released in 1990, it was awarded the Grand Prix International du Disque and the CD Compact Prize.

Artistic collaboration: Lilit Grigoryan

Further Information: Music Chapel
Music Chapel Partitura

Workshop with Maria J. Pires

This is a two day workshop which takes place on the 23rd and 25th of August 2016. The active participants will receive instruction on both days. Please attach a link to an audio recording or a video of your performance with your application.

Repertoire with the orchestra please take a look below!

Piano | Prof. Matthias Kirschnereit
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Piano | Prof. Matthias Kirschnereit

Matthias Kirschnereit is among the leading German pianists of his generation. Concert invitations took him to internationally renowned orchestras such as the Zurich Concert Hall Orchestra, the Bamberg Symphony and the St Petersburg Philharmonic. He is an ardent chamber musician, who has performed with musicians such as Christian Tetzlaff, Sharon Kam as well as the Vogler Quaret and Minguet-Quartet. Kirschnereit studied at the Music University of Detmold under Renate Kretschmar-Fischer. He received his formative artistic influences through Claudio Arrau, Bruno Leonardo Gelber, Oleg Maisenberg and Murray Perahia. He has been a multiple award winner of competitions such as the Concours Géza Anda in Zurich. In 2009 he received the ECHO-Klassik for the world’s first recorded performance of Mendelssohns 3rd Piano Concerto. Since 1997 Kirschnereit is professor at the University of Music and Drama in Rostock. Many of his students have received awards in international competitions.


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

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Klavierkonzert d-Moll KV 466

Ludwig van Beethoven

Klavierkonzert Nr. 3 c-Moll op. 37

Klavierkonzert Nr. 4 G-Dur op. 58

Robert Schumann

Klavierkonzert a-Moll op. 54

Frédéric Chopin

Klavierkonzert Nr. 2 f-Moll op. 21

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy

Klavierkonzert g-Moll op. 25

Percussion | Prof. Dr. Peter Sadlo - Does not take place
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Percussion | Prof. Dr. Peter Sadlo

Ever since his first Prize at the renowned ARD-Competition in Munich 1985, Peter Sadlo has belonged amongst the undisputed stars of his future. He was highly honoured with numerous awards whilst still studying and followed his appointment as solo drummer at the Munich Philharmonics at the tender age of 20. He left this position in 1997. Henceforth, his greatest challenges are his activities as soloist and chamber musician, performing on concert stages all over the world. In 1998 the German Phono Academy honoured him with the “Echo Klassik Preis” as Instrumentalist of the Year. Numerous awards have followed. In order to pass on his abilities and knowledge to the younger generation Peter Sadlo has been teaching for many years as a professor at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich and at the University “Mozarteum” in Salzburg.

Coaching and artistic collaboration: Hana Lee


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

Anders Koppel

Concerto Nr. 1 für Marimba und Orchester

Hans Söderberg

Arietta für Vibraphon und Streicher

Stefan Solyom

Concert Piece for Drums and Strings

Ney Rosauro

Marimba Concerto Nr. 1

Emmanuel Sejourne

Concerto for Marimba and Strings

Photo: Bernd Schwarz


The Norddeutsche Philharmonie Rostock (North German Philharmonic, Rostock) is the largest orchestra in Mecklenburg-West Pomerania with something of an extensive history in this Hanseatic and University city. With the establishment of the Rostock City and Theatre Orchestras in 1897 the foundation for the high standard of today’s musical quality and ability was laid. 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.

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 various German cities as well amongst others Denmark, Sweden, the Netherlands and the Czech Republic.

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 with music by Sergei Prokofiev (Sony Korea and Solo Musica), Ernesto Cavallini (cpo) and Carl Weigl were produced.

Conductur | Wojciech Rajski
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Conductur | Wojciech Rajski

Wojciech Rajski studied at the Warsaw Music Academy under Prof. Boguslaw Madey and at the Cologne College of Music and attended master classes with Witold Rowicki in Vienna. In the course of his musical career, he was Kapellmeister at the Great Theatre in Warsaw, Conductor at the Poznan Philharmonic, First Kapellmeister of the Orchestra of the Beethoven Hall in Bonn and Artistic Director of the Poznan Philharmonic. In 1982, he founded the Polish Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Sopot. He has worked as guest conductor with important orchestras in Europe, the Soviet Union and Mexico. Numerous recordings have been released of works he conducted. Since 1993, Wojciech Rajski is also first guest conductor of the Warsaw Radio Symphony Orchestra and in 1997, he became Professor of Conducting at the Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Frankfurt am Main. Since 2008, he has also lectured at the Academy of Music in Danzig.

General Information

Course fees

Course fees

Active participation

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

Application fee

The registration fee of € 50 must be paid on registration and is non-refundable. It will be deducted from the course fee.
The remainder of 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 2016 and "name of the participant", "course" (mandatory)

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 bought during the summer campus in the course office.



The arrival and registration date is Thursday 18th August 2016. Please register in the course office between 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. The first meeting is an orientation course at 5:30 p.m. in the Chamber Music Hall. The courses themselves will take place from August 19 to 26 inclusive; the percussion and piano (Prof. Matthias Kirschnereit) master classes will begin on August 20.

Eligibility requirements

Eligibility requirements

Should more applications be received than we can accept, the respective course teachers will make a choice based on a recording or video of your 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 find the list of the repertoire available to master class participants for rehearsals and performances as a soloist with the orchestra in the details of the individual courses. Please enter your repertoire requirements when booking.

Practice rooms are provided free of charge.

All master class participants are responsible for finding their own accommodation. You can find information about accommodation possibilities in the right column (reasonably priced accomodation in Rostock).

Master courses since 1995

Master courses since 1995

The Summer Campus took place for the first time in 1995 – one year after the foundation of Rostock University.

Since 2005, the Summer Campus has been organised in close co-operation with the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and the Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR). Special support for the Summer Campus is provided by the Ministry of Education, Science and Cultural Affairs of the State of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the association “Friends and Supporters of the Rostock University of Music and Theatre e.V.”, the Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR) and Rostock Port.

You like to get an idea about the Rostock International Summer Campus?

Please watch our video about the master classes in 2015.

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Hochschule für Musik und Theater Rostock
Course Office Summer Campus
Head of the Office Summer Campus
Angelika Thönes
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D - 18055 Rostock

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Brochure 2016

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Impressions from summer campus 2015

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