International Summer Academy

Xinlu Zhang spielt Viola | © Christian Schneider

As part of the International Summer Academy, the Mozarteum University annually welcomes musicians from all over the world to the festival city of Salzburg. Founded in 1916 by Lilli Lehmann, it now offers masterclasses with outstanding teachers from the Mozarteum University and many internationally renowned artists. The diverse program offers space for intercultural encounters and musical fine-tuning.

Contact for students & registration
Katrin Meraner
+43 676 88122 327

Contact for faculty & events
Micha Wieser-Hois
+43 676 88122 364

Mirabellplatz 1
5020 Salzburg

Registration 2024
March 1 - April 20, 2024

Course dates 2024
July 15 - August 10, 2024

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General information

The International Summer Academy is aimed at advanced students who are enrolled at universities or similar institutions and/or at musicians who are preparing for auditions/competitions. Our Young Excellence Program is specifically designed for highly talented young musicians under the age of 16. In general, there is no age limit for an active participation.

In a total of four course periods, the International Summer Academy offers intensive one-week masterclasses with renowned lecturers and numerous supplementary additional offerings. Included are:

  • 4 private lessons of 45 minutes each
  • Passive participation in all masterclasses
  • 2 free hours of practice time/day for active participants of a masterclass
  • 3 free hours of practice time/day for participants of the piano masterclasses
  • Free admission to events and performance opportunities
  • Additional program with social events
  • Certificate at the end of the masterclass

Registration fee per person: € 120,-

Course fee: € 480,-

Additional courses
Alexander Technique (3x60 minutes private lessons): € 180,-
Performance Training (3x45 minutes private lessons): € 150,-
Body & Breath (3x45 minutes private lessons): € 150,-

The registration period begins on March 1 and ends on April 20, 2024. We ask for your understanding that late registration is not possible.

Necessary documents for registration:

  • To register, you must upload a video of a piece of your choice (best possible representation of your abilities, no mandatory repertoire).
  • Please submit the chosen repertoire for the masterclass in the field "Repertoire" at online registration.
  • Attention: Registration does not mean a guaranteed admission to the masterclass!
  • Faculty members decide on the basis of the video about the active admission to the masterclass.  

Additional courses can also be booked via online registration:

  • Alexander Technique € 180,- (3x60min private lessons)
  • Body & Breath € 150,- (3x45min private lessons)
  • Performance Training € 150,- (3x45min private lessons)

There is a right of cancellation within 14 days after conclusion of the contract: entire fee will be refunded. If the cancellation is made by April 20, 2024, the course fee will be refunded. If the cancellation takes place after April 20, 2024, the course fee can only be refunded in justified exceptional cases.

The course fee includes 3 hours/day for pianists. All other instruments can practice 2 hours/day. More practice time is available for a small additional fee.

No, accommodation is not included in the course fees. We kindly ask you to book accommodation on your own. You can find a list of private and student housing options in the download area of the online registration.

Numerous concerts take place within the framework of the Summer Academy: Concerts by teachers, studio concerts, guest performances as well as the final concerts of the best participants of the respective course period.

In addition, an extensive supporting program is offered. More information in the ZOOM Cafes. Dates via our social media channels.

The singer Lilli Lehmann began private singing courses in the rooms of the Mozarteum in the summer of 1916, thus establishing the beginning of the International Summer Academy of the Mozarteum University. In 1925 Willy Schweyda added a first violin course to the Academy, and in 1929, with the support of the American Julian Freedman, the Summer Academy was expanded to include courses in piano, composition, conducting and opera. From 1930 to 1937 the institution was run as the "Musical Summer Courses", from 1937 to 1940 as the "Mozarteum Summer Academy" for music, theater and dance, and between 1940 and 1944 as the "Summer Academy for Foreigners at the Mozarteum". After 1945 it was reorganized by Bernhard Paumgartner, and since 1947 it has borne the present name "International Summer Academy Mozarteum University". Its previous directors were Bernhard Paumgartner, Eberhard Preussner, Heinz Scholz, Robert Wagner, Paul Schilhawsky, Rolf Liebermann, Peter Lang, Paul Roczek, Alexander Müllenbach, Reinhart von Gutzeit, Siegfried Mauser and Wolfgang Holzmair.

Since 2019, the International Summer Academy has been directed by Hannfried Lucke.

We would like to express our thanks to those, whose support in the form of scholarships enables numerous students to participate in the International Summer Academy Mozarteum.

  • Federal Ministry - European and International Affairs
  • Province of Salzburg - Department 2 Culture, Education and Society Cultural
  • Fund of the City of Salzburg
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Hannfried Lucke | © Elsa Okazaki
Hannfried Lucke

Vice Rector for Art / Univ.-Prof. for Organ / Artistic Director International Summer Academy & International Mozart Competition

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  • 50 master classes in 13 subjects
  • 3 intensive courses ("Young Excellence" - piano, violin)
  • 14 additional courses (Alexander Technique, Body&Breath, Performance Training, German)
  • 694 bookings by 509 participants* from 50 nations
  • Average age: 21 years
  • more than 10.000€ in scholarships



  • Francesco Papa, Violin (Italy), Class S. Marcovici
  • Zahra Sebnat, Soprano (Germany), Class C. Strehl & P. Tukiainen
  • Shujun Wang, Piano (China), Class J. Margulis
  • Lina Nakano, Violin (Japan), Class P. Roczek
  • Chansong Yang, Viola (South Korea), Class W. Strehle
  • Chinatsu Hatano, Soprano (Austria), Class M. Diaz
  • Victoria Wong, Piano (Canada), Class D. Yoffe
  • Céleste Pinel, Mezzosoprano (France), Class Z. Kushpler
  • Yo-Eun Seol, Violin (South Korea), Class K. Troussov
  • Fangzhou Ye, Piano (China), Class A. Weber
  • Curtis Phill Hsu, Piano (Taiwan), Class A. Vardi
  • Mathilde Reuzé, Violoncello (Frankreich), Class R. Rosenfeld


  • 32 master classes in 10 subjects
  • 4 intensive courses ("Young Excellence" - piano, violin, violoncello)
  • 9 additional courses (Alexander Technique, German, Italian)
  • 538 bookings by 438 participants* from 52 nations
  • Average age: 21 years
  • 6 full scholarships to students from Ukraine through specially established Ukraine Aid Fund
  • Press dossier on the Summer Academy 2022 (PDF)



  • Keona Rose, Piano (USA), Class S. Schwartz and A. Vardi
  • Fabian Egger, Flute (Germany), Class W. Hase
  • Jaime Naya, Violin (Spain), Class K. Troussov
  • Sofia Blându, Violoncello (Rumania), Class V. Radutiu
  • Johann Kalvelage, Voice (Germany), Class C. Strehl & P. Tukiainen
  • Nathaniel Parker, Violin (USA), Class S. Schwartz
  • Andrew Gu, Piano (USA), Class Y.-F. Chuang
  • Xinlu Zhang, Viola (China), Class W. Strehle
  • Dayeon Uhm, Clarinet (South Korea), Class A. Schablas
  • Eugenia Sánchez Durán, Piano (Spain), Class L. Morales