august 15 - 28, 2020 cancelled


The Zeist Music Days festival provides two weeks of intensive study and top class coaching.

The masterclasses are open to violin, viola and cello players, both students and graduates from music academies all over the world. Applicants must register as members of an existing ensemble.

Taking part in the Zeist Music Days means two weeks of:

  • Daily coaching sessions by renowned musicians with long-standing teaching experience;
  • Intensive study with your own ensemble in a small setting (max. six ensembles);
  • A student concert tour in the Netherlands, with a final concert in Zeist at the main concert hall of the festival;
  • The opportunity to attend all festival concerts.

The Zeist Music Days have been under the inspiring leadership of Alexander Pavlovsky, first violinist of the Jerusalem Quartet, since 2009. Over the years, the festival has developed into a meeting place for talented international students, renowned string quartets, famous soloists and distinguished teachers. The festival offers an excellent opportunity to benefit from the very best coaching in an inspiring, informal atmosphere.

Since the first Zeist Music Days in 1990, many famous musicians have given masterclasses at the festival, including: Shmuel Ashkenasi, Marc Danel, Rostislav Dubinsky, Valentin Erben, Avri Levitan, Orfeo Mandozzi, Zvi Maschkowski, Alexander Rudin, Alexander Sitkovetsky, Donald Weilerstein, Oliver Wille, the Borodin Quartet, Cuarteto Casals,

the Daniel Kwartet, the Emerson String Quartet, the Jerusalem Quartet, the Pavel Haas Quartet, Cuarteto Quiroga, the Schumann Quartett, the Szymanowski Quartet, the Vermeer Quartet, Quatuor Ysaÿe, and members of the Amadeus, Guarneri, Juilliard and Pražák Quartets. Renowned pianists have incidentally joined our teaching and coaching sessions: Boris Giltburg, Robert Kulek, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Menahem Pressler and Wu Qian.


Participants will stay at Kontakt der Kontinenten, a training and conference centre in the beautiful woodland setting of Soesterberg, not far from the city of Utrecht.


Get a first-hand impression of our masterclasses in this 12-minute documentary by Thomas Sykora.