Words cannot express the sadness and grief we feel today…
Ivry was our mentor, our guide, our dear friend !
His teaching of music and of life, his jokes , his unique spirit and the poetic sound of his violin playing will remain in our hearts forever !
The Musica Mundi Family
Official Movie of our 2020 SPECIAL EDITION
Thank you. You may have not been physically with us this year, but we could feel your presence!
You may not have been able to applaud and shout “Bravo” this summer but we could nevertheless hear you!
Your warm messages, phone calls and emails surrounded and encouraged us during these 2 weeks of our very special musical program!
Knowing that you are there, behind your screens, listening to our young talents and artists made it easier for them to perform in front of empty halls!
Thank you, in the name of our artists in residence, faculty members, staff members and young talents for being there, always, by our side!
18 July - 1 August, 2021
The course is open for violin, viola, cello, double-bass, piano, harp & clarinet players aged 10-20.
MUSICA MUNDI COURSE & FESTIVAL…since 1999
The mission of Musica Mundi is to develop the musical and human potential of young talents from all over the world. By putting these already highly gifted young talents in direct contact with other young talents from around the world, and with some of today’s greatest pedagogues and artists, the impact on their lives, in terms of development, stimulation and personal enrichment, will be immeasurable.
Driven by this philosophy, every summer for the last 22 years Musica Mundi has been holding an international chamber music course and festival for young musicians aged 10 to 20.Each year, the course is attended by some 70 participants from all corners of the world: 30 countries were represented in 2019 !
Musica Mundi is aware that many talented young musicians come from underprivileged backgrounds and countries and as such do not have access to schemes of a similar nature. This is why Musica Mundi believes helping them is a priority. In practice, numerous talented young musicians attending the course over recent years have received support in covering their tuition fees and accommodation costs.
The Musica Mundi Festival is an integral part of the course. This is why the choice of the Artists is vital to complete the educational idea.
Among the artists who are already members of the big Musica Mundi family: Ivry Gitlis, Maxim Vengerov, Mischa Maisky, Joshua Bell, Menahem Pressler, Nicholas Angelich, Gidon Kremer, Martha Argerich, Evgeny Kissin, Steven Isserlis, The King’s Singers, Jordi Savall, Fazil Say...
In summer 2001, His Majesty King Philippe honoured Musica Mundi with a visit. In 2003, 2008, 2013 and 2018 Her Majesty Queen Mathilde granted Musica Mundi her High Patronage and in 2011 visited herself the course together with Princess Elisabeth.
Since its creation, Musica Mundi has been a source of inspiration for many journalists and media partners. In summer 2013 a full length documentary was filmed by the RTBF and the VRT and broadcasted all over the world. MEZZO TV, RTBF, VRT, L’ECHO, LA LIBRE, L’EVENTAIL, LE SOIR, TV COM, BOZAR, MUSIQ’3, KLARA and others have all been faithful partners of Musica Mundi since its creation.
Musica Mundi could not exist without the generous support of private patrons, foundations and public and private companies. Martin’s Hotels, La Loterie Nationale, Delen Private Bank, Robus Foundation, GBL, TOTAL, Piano’s Maene, Chemitex, Axis Parc, Fond Baillet Latour, Fee Foundation, Fonds Jean Praet, Anade Foundation, Celio, Eastbridge, Goldwasser Foundation, Rotary Atomnium, EJC, Alvo – to name but a few… These faithful friends are key to our success – a success now well recognized.
The “Musica Mundi School” opened September 2018 !!!
Goodwill Ambassador - Maxim Vengerov
With the increasing success of the course and festival over these last 2 decades, and through numerous encounters with musicians from all over the world, the co-founders of Musica Mundi became increasingly aware of the urgent need to offer young talents a structure where they could receive, a combined, harmonious high-quality programme of musical and general education. Hence Musica Mundi School - a primary and secondary school for young musicians.
There are very few schools in the world offering an education comparable to that which Musica Mundi provides. Like the Course & Festival, the mission of Musica Mundi School (MMS) is to develop the musical and human potential of young talents from all over the world, exposing them to a wide range of cultures and teaching methods, giving them access to an in-depth understanding of the different facets of music in tandem with a high quality programme of general education.
This takes place in a nurturing atmosphere of mutual respect and dialogue intended to support the development in these young people of an attitude of care, trust and respect within the school and wider communities. In addition, MMS aims to become a stimulus for artistic activity, offering itself as a centre of musical excellence to the local and global Community. From the outset, students will receive intensive individual instrumental training in parallel to class lessons in music and general education.
These two branches ofthe students’ education are:
integrated, so as to ensure that the young musicians’ personalitiesdevelop in a harmonious and balanced way.
given regardless of their socio-cultural origins and financial situation.
designed to equip students with the skills and attitudes they will need to excel when pursuing their advanced musical education and/or careers.
In music this means :
finding the specific strengths of each young musician, whether as a soloist, or for chamber music, composition, etc
harnessing the educational power of chamber music, which requires musicians to be flexible and listen to other musicians with care andrespect.
regularly bringing in the best master pedagogues from all over the world and giving each student a chance to work with them individually, in addition to daily teaching and masterclasses by guest artists.
bringing them to a level where they will be sought after by the best conservatories in the world.
Professional music education is provided by all the artists who are already part of the “Musica Mundi Family” - Maxim Vengerov, the school’s Goodwill Ambassador, Jérôme Pernoo, Jacques Rouvier, Vladimir Perlin, Ronald Van Spaendonck, Sivan Magen, Julia Dinerstein, Aleksandr Khramouchin and many others...
In General Education, this means :
recruiting high-quality and dedicated teachers who understand the special needs of young talents
creating a challenging and exciting educational programme designed to enable students to become the driving force behind their own learning, to develop critical thinking skills, as well as a global perspective on the world and acquire the enthusiasm for Learning which will make them lifelong learners.
as a Cambridge school, enabling our students to get excellent, internationally-recognized academic results.
enabling students who do not choose music as a career to move successfully into an appropriate path of further education.
Teaching young talented musicians requires specific skills which the founders of Musica Mundi have acquired through more than twenty-five years of experience in teaching. Young musicians generally achieve results at school that are above average, because of their increased ability to concentrate and the discipline they have acquired from learning music. For such talented pupils, excellence is usually what they aim for and is the primary source of their motivation. Musica Mundi School will be deliberately limited to 70 students, so that it provides individual, personalized teaching. Pupils are auditioned and are accepted on the basis of their merits. To support talent, and talent alone, it is essential to overcome financial barriers. Families contribute to their child’s education in accordance with their means. Scholarships are available thanks to generous donors. Students are encouraged to live in school to optimize their time for practice and study. With the small groups and high staff/ student ratio, supervision and support levels are high.
The school uses English as its vehicular language and offers a complete general education from the 5th primary year to the 6th secondary year. Students leave the school at the end of their secondary education equipped with Cambridge qualifications at IGCSE and A Level and a high-level music diploma delivered by the school.
Musica Mundi School is the only “ALL STEINWAY SCHOOL” in this part of Europe, providing its young talents with these Majestic pianos and excellent practicing and performing conditions.
The school opened in September 2018 with 25 young musicians accepted after an important selection process. Students arrive from countries such as Australia, Malaysia, China, Ukraine, Albania, Slovenia, Georgia, Russia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Poland, Germany, Spain, Italy, Luxembourg, Belgium, France, Turkey and Holland. 5 classes were created, from the 1st to the 5th secondary with 3 up to 9 students per class. For the academic year 2019-2020, school has accepted ,after auditions, 11 more students to reach a total of 36 and 10 more students joined for the academic year 2020-2021.
Come and visit us and witness for yourself the life in this unique institution !
Under the Patronage
of Her Majesty
granted in years
2003, 2008, 2013, 2018
Thanks to its players, who play responsibly and for small amounts, the Belgian National Lottery can pay out a substantial part of its income to society in the form of subsidies for projects and organizations of a scientific, sporting, social nature and/or cultural, as the acoustic transformations of the Musica Mundi School.
WITH THE SUPPORT OF
Have granted their esteemed patronage
Mrs. Sophie Wilmès
Belgian Minister of Foreign Affairs
Mr. & Mrs. Herman Van Rompuy
Former President of the European Council
The European Parliament
Madame Florence Reuter
Bourgmestre de Waterloo
His Excellency Mr. Martin Kotthaus
Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany
His Excellency Mr. Artur Orzechowski
Ambassador of the Republic of Poland
Her Excellency Mrs. Alison Rose
British Ambassador to Belgium
The Honorable Mr. Ronald J. Gidwitz
Ambassador of the United States of America
to the Kingdom of Belgium
Her Excellency Mrs. Maria Christina Lundqvist
Ambassador of Sweden in Belgium
Son Excellence Mr. Emmanuel Nahshon
Ambassadeur d'Israël auprès du Royaume de Belgique
The Russian Embassy
With the presence of
Mr. John Martin
Madame Evelyne Bruckner
Madame Viviane Grossmann
Madame Mathy Kandiyoti
Monsieur Jean-Pierre Derue
Monsieur Alexandre Lipski
Monsieur Raphaël Lipski
Monsieur Carlo Schreiber
In memory of our dear friend, Yves Vander Cruysen,
Echevin de la Culture, Commune de Waterloo
MUSICA MUNDI ASBL
Mr Leonid Kerbel - Mrs Hagit Hassid-Kerbel
21, avenue des Marnières
1410 Waterloo - Belgique
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