Zêzerearts Strings Masterclasses 2018

Zêzerearts runs a masterclass for advanced string players and chamber ensembles under the guidance of Eliot Lawson and Luís Pacheco Cunha (violin), Jorge Alves (viola), Catherine Strynkx (cello) and Adriano Aguiar (double bass). Students will spend one or two weeks studying at an advanced level, playing chamber music and forming the nucleous of the Zêzere Arts Festival Orchestra. We are delighted to welcome Ilya Grubert (violin) and Ophélie Gaillard (cello) who will give classes for selected advanced students.

Strings Masterclasses run from 14th - 29th July 2018

Week 1: July 14th - July 22nd
Week 2: July 22nd - July 29th

Advanced Violin Masterclass with Ilya Grubert: July 14th - 15th

Advanced Cello Mastercalss with Ophélie Gaillard: July 24th - 26th

Masterclasses in Violin, Viola, Cello and Double Bass

Masterclass for existing Chamber Ensembles including coaching, intensive rehearsal time and performance opportunities.

The orchestra and chamber ensembles will have the opportunity to perform throughout the Zêzerearts Festival. There will be opportunities for advanced players to study and perform concerto repertoire with orchestra in main festival events. There will also be performances of chamber music and string ensemble works with the whole event taking place in the exciting festival atmosphere that has become the ZêzereArts tradition.

Zêzerearts Festival Orchestra - Convento de Cristo 2014 Zêzerearts Festival Orchestra - Alcobaça 2014

Orchestral Repertoire:

Repertoire for the 2018 Festival will include:
Concertante works by Vivaldi adn Corelli
Tchaikovsky - Serenade for Strings

Selected students will have the opportunity to study and performance solo repertoire with orchestra.


Almourol Castle

Tomar - View to the Castle from the Old Centre'Home' for  your time here will be the charming, historic towns of Vila Nova da Barquinha, Ferreira do Zêzere and Tomar. The area is steeped in Knight's Templar history and is dominated by spectalcular scenery and buildings like Almourol Castle, the village of Dornes on the Zêzere river and the Convento de Cristo. This is a unique opportunity to experience these historic buildings not merely as tourist attractions but as living, working spaces.


  • Individual lessons in Violin, Viola, Cello and Double Bass
  • Chamber Music masterclasses for existing groups choosing the Chamber Music only option
  • Chamber Music masterclasses for groups formed at the festival
  • Study and performance of solo repertoire with orchestra (audition tape required)
  • String ensemble and orchestra rehearsals
  • Daily relaxation workshop
  • Concerts

Daily Schedule (provisional)

  • 9:00 -9:45 – Daily relaxation workshop
  • 10:00 – 13:00 – Individual Masterclasses
  • 13:00 – 14:00 - Lunch
  • 14:30 – 16:00 – Chamber Music masterclasses
  • 16:00 – 18:00 – Orchestra rehearsals
  • 18:00 – 19:30 – Individual practise
  • 20:00 Dinner
  • Evenings – Concerts and other activities

Dates and Fees

July 14th- July 29th

Cost - €320 (one week) €480 (two weeks)
(A special two week scholarship / incentive rate of €380 is available to Portuguese students on application, made available due to the kind support of the local councils of Ferreira do Zêzere, Tomar and Vila Nova da Barquinha.)

Fees include all tuition and full board. Transport to the festival not included.

Fees for local students who do not require accommodation or food are €240 (one week) and €320 (two weeks)

Fees for the Chamber Music option for existing groups (which may include piano) are €200 per player (one week) and €340 per player (two weeks)

Fees for students participating in advanced masterclasses are €600 (one week) and €800 (two weeks). These fees include full-board as well as lessons and chamber music coaching with our festival teaching staff following in addition to your classes with Ilya Grubert's and Ophélie Gaillard.

Players who are under 18 will need to provide a letter of permission from a parent or guardian and will be asked to pay a €10 insurance supplement.

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