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Masterclasses, In-Depth Sessions & Side-by-Sides 
Events: About

We offer a number of educational projects over the course of the season. Applications are accepted from young talents, conservatory and postgraduate students from all institutions, as well as from our own Davidsbündler Academists and regular students. Below you will find the list of projects. For more information about longer term studies at the Davidsbündler Academy, please click here.

We warmly encourage everyone to attend our in-depth sessions or concerts. It adds to the pleasure and excitement of the student performers. Please contact us on to reserve your seat(s): 

March 23 | Day with Liviu Prunaru


Take part in this unique opportunity to take wisdom and inspiration from top violinist, Liviu Prunaru, the concertmaster of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and second prizewinner of the Queen Elizabeth Competition in Brussels.

Four violinists will be chosen to work with Liviu.

Application deadline: February 23, 2024


April 11-13 | Side-by-Side with David Cohen, Dana Zemtsov, Anna Fedorova & Nicholas Schwartz


Principal Cellist of the London Symphony Orchestra, David Cohen is one of the most masterful cellists of today. Dana Zemtsov, concert pianist Anna Fedorova and bassist Nicholas Schwartz in a Side-by-Side chamber music project, including one on one lessons, in-depth, dinner and Side-by-Side concert.


Mahler/Schnittke, Piano Quartet

Schostakovich, Piano Quintet

Tchaikovsky, Souvenir de Florence (string sextet +bass)

Student Positions: violin (4), viola (2), cello (2), piano (2)

Application deadline: March 11, 2024

Application deadline: March 11, 2024

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Apr 22-24 | Viola Madness with Dana Zemtsov, Lilli Majala & Santa Vizine

  • ➢  Winner of numerous competitions, Dana Zemtsov is one of the most promising international viola soloists of her generation. She is 1st Prize laureate of several competitions in Luxembourg, Italy, Austria, Germany, Portugal and the Netherlands.

  • ➢  Viola professor at the Zurich University of the Arts, Lilli Majala is one of the most sought after solo violists and chamber musicians. Former principal violist of the Helsinki Philharmonic, Lilli was a member of the critically acclaimed, fearless quartet-lab with cellist Pieter Wispelwey and violinists Patricia Kopatchinskaja and Pekka Kuusisto. She appears regularly on the top stages of Europe and abroad.

  • ➢  Principal violist of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra since 2022, Santa Vižine is a laureate of many international competitions. Originally from Riga, Latvia, she was principal violist of Gidon Kremer’s chamber orchestra Kremerata Baltica from 2009-2017 until she became a member of the RCO viola section. She has performed in some of the most prestigious music venues, including Carnegie Hall in New York, the Vienna Musikverein, the Royal Albert Hall in London, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, the Sydney Opera House and the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg.

Application Deadline: March 22nd, 2024

Take part in this unique opportunity to have multiple Private Lessons, Chamber Music Workshops, In-Depth Discussions, Dinner and a Concert performance together with three internationally acclaimed violists: Dana Zemtsov, Lilli Majala and Santa Vižine on April 22-24, 2023 at the Davidsbündler Music Academy!

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May 2-4 | Piano Masterclass with Norma Fisher

We are delighted to offer open masterclasses with Norma Fisher, professor at the Royal College of Music in London, and legendary pianist from the UK. 


Norma Fisher was the student of legendary Greek pianist Gina Bachauer and was the winner of Ferruccio Busoni piano competition after which her career and international reputation flourished. She was regularly performing with all the leading orchestras of the UK such as London Symphony orchestra, Philharmonia orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra and many others, was regularly performing at Royal Albert Hall at BBC Proms. Her reputation as a teacher is widely established and many of her prize-winning students are well known on the international concert circuit.  She is regularly invited as a jury member  to such competitions as Gina Bachauer (USA), Sydney Piano Competition (Australia), Young Musicians (Enschede), Newport (Wales) and many others. Norma is also the founder and artistic director of the London Master Classes which were held in London for 30 consecutive years.

Application Deadline: April1st, 2024

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Two 1h lessons with Norma, In-Depth Discussion session, Dinner and Student Concert

May 10 | Day with Daniel Rowland & Maja Bogdanovic

Dutch/English violinist Daniel Rowland’s playing has been acclaimed as “wonderful, ravishing in its finesse” by The Guardian, as “both naked and highly virtuosic“ by NRC, while The Herald praised his “astonishing sound and uniquely single-minded intensity”. Daniel has established himself on the international scene as a highly versatile, charismatic and adventurous performer with a wide-ranging repertoire. He is also a professor at the Royal College of Music in London.

Hailed by The Strad after her Carnegie Hall recital for “an outstanding performance of exceptional tonal beauty, great maturity of interpretation, and technical excellence”, Maja Bogdanovic continues to reward audiences worldwide as one of the leading cellists of today. Originally from Serbia, Maja was the second prize and audience award winner of the Cassado International Cello Competition.

Application Deadline: April10th, 2024

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Daniel & Maja offer a full day with 4-8 students. Instrumentalists and ensembles from all ages and instruments are welcome to apply.

June 7th | Violin Masterclass with Liviu Prunaru & In-Depth Session with Marco Riaskoff

We are delighted to offer open masterclasses with Liviu Prunaru, Concertmaster of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. 

“If a musical paradise exists, it must resemble the violin of Liviu Prunaru…”       -    Le Soir

Concertmaster of the Concertgebouw Orchestra, Liviu Prunaru won the Prix International Eugène Ysaÿe in 1993, as well as the Audience Prize and second prize at the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition. Winning the Juilliard Mendelssohn Competition in 1999 led to his New York solo debut at Lincoln Center with the Juilliard Symphony. Prunaru has since given solo performances with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra. He regularly gives recitals throughout the world.

Marco Riaskoff, long time director and founder of the Meesterpianisten series in the Concertgebouw, is a passionate violin connoisseur. He shares his stories and expertise as a manager of Riaskoff Concert Management.

This event is part of the "Davidsbündler Feest 2024" and takes places at the Studio 150 - Bethlehemkerk in Amsterdam North

Application Deadline: May 7th, 2024

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-1h lesson with Liviu, In-Depth Discussion session, Dinner and Student Concert

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 To obtain the Scholarship application form please send an email to

The Stichting Davidsbündler Foundation is sometimes able to offer partial or full scholarships to talented students from low-income families to help with the cost of any of the programs of the Davidsbundler Music Academy. Scholarships are granted on a combination of financial need & artistic potential and are subject to availability. To be eligible for a partial or full scholarship depends on your or your parents’ or guardians’ financial situation. You will need to provide us with proof of income such as pay stubs, tax returns, (un)employment letter, or bank statements.   Note:  In some cases applying for a scholarship may have an effect on being able to participate in the project. 

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