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Hommage à Sándor Veress at Cluj
Mar 21, 2017

Academia Sighișoara 2017 – Masterclasses and workshops 1-14 August 2017
Mar 5, 2017

Fairy tales for children and grown-ups
Nov 30, 2016

The 23rd edition: lookback
Aug 15, 2016

Student concerts
Aug 14, 2016

Synagogue: Vladimir Lakatos and the students of Academia Sighișoara 2016
Aug 11, 2016

"Academia Sighișoara" is an international festival for young musicians and visual artists from all over the world. A place of encounter and interchange, a platform for contemporary art in the new EU country Romania.

The Festival takes place between the 1st and 14th of August 2014.

Hommage à Sándor Veress at Cluj, Mar 21, 2017

We kindly invite you to join our concert dedicated to Cluj born Hungarian-Swiss composer Sándor Veress (Cluj, 1 February, 1907 - Bern, 4 March, 1992) to celebrate the 110th anniversary of his birth on April 4, 2017, 7:30 pm at the conference hall of the National Bank of Romania (Cluj, Unirii Square no. 7).

The event is organised by the Association Cultura Viva Sighișoara, sponsored by the Swiss Sponsors' Fund Romania, our partners are the Embassy of Switzerland in Romania, the Consulate General of Hungary in Cluj-Napoca and the Transylvania State Philharmonic Orchestra.  Please send us a confirmation letter when attending until April 2 to the following e-mail address:


Academia Sighișoara 2017 – Masterclasses and workshops 1-14 August 2017, Mar 5, 2017

Join our summer academy and festival between 1 and 14 August 2017!

Academia Sighișoara is a boundless space, where students and teachers from more than 10 different countries (and even more nationalities), of different age groups and social backgrounds, can work and grow together in a cordial and inspiring environment. It is the perfect place for meeting, exchanging of ideas and knowledge and for personal growth and enrichment.

Photo © Gábor Loránd - Academia Sighișoara 2016

This year we have 12 different masterclasses to offer to the registered students of Academia Sighișoara, 24th edition: piano, fortepiano, violin, viola, cello, double bass, canto, clarinet, harp, composition, chamber music and Alexander Technique.

Basel based pianists Benjamin Engeli and Anton Kernjak will lead the piano masterclasses, together with their colleague Tobias Schabenberger, who will also teach the art of playing on the historical fortepiano. A prior knowledge of fortepiano playing is not obliged for the class. It is possible to gather first experiences with fortepiano at the class at Academia Sighișoara.

Violinist will have the opportunity to work with Adelina Oprean (Basel), Ana Török and Răsvan Dumitru from the Arcadia Quartet (Cluj) and founder-director of Academia Sighișoara Alexandru Gavrilovici (Bern). The violist students can work with the violin teachers during the first week and continue with Traian Boală (Arcadia Quartet, Cluj) on the second. Swiss cellist Katharina Gohl-Moser (Basel) will return this year too for the first week of Academia Sighișoara, and together with Alexandre Foster (Stuttgart/Bern) and Zsolt Török (Arcadia Quartet, Cluj) will lead the cello class. Botond Kostyák (Vienna) will work with the double bass students.

We are honoured to have the maestra Irina Gavrilovici from Vienna leading the canto class. Aurelian Băcan (Cluj) will join also as a clarinet teacher this year; the harp students will start with the chamber music classes and continue to work with Marie Trottmann (Basel) from the second half of the summer academy. Swiss composer Roland Moser (Basel) will be leading the composition class, giving the opportunity to the students to work with him on their piece, together with the students and artists of Academia Sighișoara, and to present their piece in the final student concerts.

Chamber music is one of the most important courses at Academia SIghișoara, coordinated by Vladimir Lakatos (Munich). Currently active ensembles are welcome to join, but each student will have the opportunity to play in different ensembles, formed with the students of Academia Sighișoara 2017. Arcadia Quartet (Cluj) will also work with the chamber music ensembles starting from the second week.

We are delighted to have Angela Schwartz as the Alexander Technique teacher this year too! She will offer individual lessons for 15 registered participants (3 lessons of 30 minutes) and three group sessions (strings/pianist/singers) daily for all participants (45 minutes each). This course is intended as an intensive introduction for newcomers to the Alexander Technique or as a continuation for students who have already attended a course.

Find more details about the masterclasses and schedules on our Application / Info page! Registration will be open starting from April 3, 2017 until May 31, 2017. Visit our Registration page for further information about participation, fees and registering. Join Academia Sighișoara 2017!


Fairy tales for children and grown-ups, Nov 30, 2016

Join our fairy tale concerts in Sighișoara, Reghin and Târgu Mureș between 18-20 December 2016! Clarinetist Aurelian Băcan (Romania), cellist Anastasia Feruleva (Netherlands/Russia) and pianist Anamaria Stamp (Netherlands/Romania) will take you to a marvellous journey with the Sleeping Beauty, The Beauty and the Beast, Hänsel and Gretel, Prâslea the brave, through the music of Maurice Ravel, Camille Saint-Saëns, Leoš Janáček, Antonín Dvořák and Engelbert Humperdinck. 

Sighișoara       December 18, 2016, 5 pm, Sighișoara City Hall

Reghin             December 19, 2016, 6 pm, Eugen Nicoară Municipal House of Culture

Târgu Mureș    Decembrer 20, 2016, 6 pm, Festive Hall, Arts High School


Academia Sighisoara,
a partnership project co-financed by a grant from Switzerland through the Swiss Contribution to the enlarged European Union.

Association Cultura Viva Sighisoara
Bern, Switzerland


"Gheorghe Dima" Music Academy
Cluj, Romania