The Association Lac Léman Music Masterclasses is a Swiss non-profit organization which organizes masterclasses for highly talented young string musicians. These Masterclasses are given by the very best available string teachers, including members of the world-renowned Michelangelo String Quartet and other worldwide recognized soloists. Founded in 2010, the Association aims to assist promising violinists, violists and cellists to develop their musical and instrumental skillsto the highest level and to prepare them for an international career in classical music.
While the development of a career in music places many different demands on young musicians, the Lac Léman Music Masterclasses focus on what is of outmost importance; the development of musical expression required for a convincing interpretation of the works of great composers. The students are given the utmost attention in the intensive one-to-one tutoring provided by some of the world's greatest teachers of stringed instruments, Mihaela Martin (violin), Boris Kuschnir (violin), Conrad Muck (violin), Nobuko Imai (viola) and Frans Helmerson (cello).
In order to be able to offer this type of training and mentoring, the Lac Léman Music Masterclasses have chosen the Hindemith Music Center in Blonay, Switzerland, beautifully located on a hill looking over the Lake Léman, which is a public yet intimate venue for the masterclasses. The music prepared by the students during the masterclasses is presented to the general public in concerts performed in various towns around the Lake.
Students attending the LLMM Masterclasses are of many different nationalities, come from diverse social backgrounds and are selected purely on musical competence.
The Association Lac Léman Music Masterclasses is governed by an executive board comprising Professor Pierre Tercier Independent Arbitrator, Fribourg, as chair, and Fabian von Schlabrendorff, Of Counsel, Pfitzner Legal, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, Jean-David Pelot, partner of Legentis Avocats, Lausanne, Ms. Liana Georgana-Koch, Geneva, and Ms. Bérénice Waechter, Geneva. All of the board members have volunteered their services on an unpaid basis.
The Association is very grateful for the financial and non-financial support it receives from its members, donors and sponsors. It could not pursue its ambitious goals without the support from music-loving individuals and institutions that recognize the significant contribution music makes to international communication and to the quality of our lives. Please see the "Support us" section for more information on how you can provide your support.