Summer Academy
Summer Academy

If you are a young, talented violist, violinist, cellist or pianist from 12 – 25 years of age you can register for the annual Summer Academy of the Aurora Festival. The chamber music festival with masterclasses, chamber music lessons and concerts takes place from July 20th - 30th 2022 in Groningen, The Netherlands. About 60 young musicians from all over the world will work intensively and on a high level on their technique and repertoire.

Individual lessons and masterclasses

The Aurora Festival offers you the opportunity to broaden your horizon. There are daily individual lessons and masterclasses for all instruments. Under the guidance of musicians, with established reputations both as teachers and performers, you will work on your technique and expression. Pianists are available to accompany the masterclasses and for individual practicing.

Chamber music

You can also register for chamber music lessons. Ensembles will be made out of all interested participants and you will be coached by chamber musicians of great expertise. You can also register with your own, existing ensemble.


Participatory ensembles

There is also a concert where the Participatory Ensembles will perform. These are ensembles which are made of both participants and teachers. Together you will work on repertoire (to be announced) and these will be performed on the special Participatory concert. You can register for the following repertoire: 

- A. Dvorak - Dumky trio for piano, violin and cello 

- J. Brahms - String sextet op. 18


Festival string orchestra

You can also register for string orchestra lessons. The teachers of the Summer Academy will work with the participants on string orchestra repertoire (Arensky - Variations on a theme of Tchaikovsky) and this will be performed on one of the concerts.



There are daily lunch concerts where you have the opportunity to perform, both individually and with an ensemble/duo.
A series of chamber music concerts is connected to the Summer Academy. The teachers of the Summer Academy perform on these concerts. Participants of the Summer Academy can visit all the concerts for free.


- The Labberté-Hoedemaker Scholarschip
There are three prizes of € 1.000,- each, made available by the Labberté-Hoedemaker Foundation.

- Friends of the Prince Claus Conservatoire Award
The Friends of the Prince Claus Conservatoire is granting a scholarschip for one of the participants to study for free at the Prince Claus Conservatoire for one year.

- Hanzevast Young Talent Award
Hanzevast grants a prize of € 1.000,- for one of the young, talented participants of the Summer Academy.

- Emmy Verhey Festival Award
One of the participants/ensembles will be invited to perform on the
Emmy Verhey Festival.

- Crescendo Fonds Award
One of the participants receives the Crescendo Award, which covers the costs for the first year of study at the conservatoire.  



All activities will take place at the Prince Claus Conservatoire in Groningen which offers excellent facilities for festival participants: a wonderful concert hall and there are numerous practice rooms and classrooms. The conservatoire is situated near the centre of the city.


If you want to register for the Summer Academy, please do so before May 1st 2022 with the online registration form. Please send a recording with two different works you have performed, a brief résumé and a copy of your passport to the festival office (see below). In order to register you need to make an advance payment of € 100,-. We kindly ask you to remit the amount to account number of the Peter de Grote Festival, NL40 RABO 0329636278 stating “Advance payment 2022 Aurora Festival, and your name and instrument”. Only after payment of the deposit of € 100,- your application will be registered. The rest of the full amount of the participation fee has to be remitted before June 1st, 2022. You are enrolled as soon as we have received full payment of the registration fee. When you cancel your participation after June 1st we can not reimburse the participation fee. Please do not send cash. Payment by cheque, in instalments or cash is not possible either. There is a limited number of places per instrument. We advise you to respond as soon as possible! 



Participation fee: € 795,-. This is including all lessons, entrance to all concerts, housing in the Martini Hotel and daily breakfast, lunch and dinner. The costs without housing are € 645,-.

You will get a 100% refund if the Summer Academy will be cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

More information?

For questions about the festival or registration please contact our festival office:

Festival Office Aurora Festival
Harrie de Vries
Meeuwerderweg 1
9724 EM Groningen
The Netherlands.
Tel. 0031 50 5951306
Fax: + 31 (0)50 595 1399

Contact information

Aurora Festival

Meeuwerderweg 1
9724 EM Groningen
Harrie de Vries


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