The Kuhmo music courses have been run for more than 50 years now and they have always made an important contribution to the Festival. Over the years, many of the students participating in them have become successful professional musicians and teachers. Quite a lot of them also perform and teach at Kuhmo now. Many are at the forefront of musical life. In addition to some of the faces that are so familiar at Kuhmo, this summer the teaching staff are joined by Mi-kyung Lee, who will be giving a violin masterclass, and the internationally renowned Cremona Quartet, who will be here to enlighten some of the ensembles. Besides the instruction, class participants will have the opportunity to perform alongside artists in chamber music workshops, which this year will be led by Yuval Gotlibovich, Minna Pensola and Antti Tikkanen.
Most of the teachers also have an important role to play as Festival artists. So many teachers are only able to take one or two pupils. When applying, please indicate your preferred choice of teacher and give alternatives where possible.
It is not just ambitious pupils that derive benefit from the music courses. Younger music lovers can also learn and gain experience on them. Kuhmo is also an excellent choice as somewhere the whole family can spend its holiday. Inspirational concerts and music lessons, plus the famous 'Spirit of Kuhmo' , affect the whole atmosphere, thriving, as it does, on the all-embracing energy of music.
On behalf of all the artists and the entire staff, I bid you a warm welcome to the Kuhmo music courses 2022. Together let us make this summer in Kuhmo one to remember!
Course Artistic Director