August 12 - 26, 2017

General Information



The Zeist Music Days Festival provides two weeks of intensive study and the very best coaching.

The Festival offers its students the unique combination of:

  • Daily coaching by renowned musicians with long-standing teaching experience
  • Two weeks of intensive study with their ensemble; no individual tutoring is given
  • A student concert tour
  • A final student concert at the church in Zeist where all Festival concerts are held
  • Tickets for all Festival concerts
  • Limited number of participants, with a maximum of eight ensembles

Since 2008 the Zeist Festival has been under the inspiring leadership of Alexander Pavlovsky, first violinist of the Jerusalem Quartet.

Over the years, the Festival has developed into an event attended by tutors and students from music academies all over the world. The Festival gives an ideal opportunity to take advantage of the very best teaching and coaching in an inspiring and informal atmosphere.

Since the first Zeist Music Days in 1990, many famous musicians have given masterclasses at the Festival, including Shmuel Ashkenasi, Rostislav Dubinsky, Donald Weilerstein, Menahem Pressler, Valentin Erben, Orfeo Mandozzi, the Vermeer Quartet, the Jerusalem Quartet, Quatuor Ysaÿe, the Szymanowski Quartet, the Borodin Quartet, the Pavel Haas Quartet, the Emerson String Quartet, the Cuarteto Quiroga and members of the Amadeus, Pražák, Juilliard and Guarneri Quartets.

This prestigious event is open to violin, viola or cello students and graduates from music academies in the Netherlands and abroad. Applicants must register as members of existing ensembles. This year there are also a limited number of places available for ensembles of strings and piano or clarinet.

Participants will stay at Kontakt der Kontinenten, a training and conference centre in wooded surroundings in Soesterberg, not far from the historic town of Utrecht.

The 2017 entry fee is €825 per person.

Registration is open till June 2017.