About Us

SOLOIST ACADEMY is an annual summer camp, inviting high-level students to participate in 10 days of masterclasses. The Academy is to provoke independent thinking and raise questions in the approach to music making. The “experimental feel” of these courses is due to open-public events, always present concert atmosphere and evening group discussions.

The Academy is situated in a picturesque area of Jura mountains, only 14 km from Geneva International Airport. Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors and partners we have a chance to offer this course for a minimum free to all active an passive participants, therefore commerce should not stand in our way to meet the highest level of musicians. It is only a minor administrative fee, accommodation and meals to be paid by the participants.

We offer three active courses: Clarinet Soloist, Cello Soloist and Piano Soloist. The clarinet course is given by Dmitry Rasul-Kareyev and Michel Westphal, two clarinet soloists of the “Orchestre de la Suisse Romande”. The Cello Soloist course is run by Stephan Rieckhoff, cello soloist of the “Orchestre de la Suisse Romande”. The Piano Soloist course is led by a laureate of numerous competitions and awards, Saya Hashino. All three courses are oriented to making chamber music and making yourself understood, equally by the audience, ensemble partners, as by yourself.

The number of active clarinet participants is limited to 8, active piano and cello participants are each limited to 4. At the end of the course all active participants shall be given a certificate of participation.

Occasionally, students shall be performing at our JAM, Classic Concerts Improvised. It is there, where we intend to make the most of our performing experience. A unique project, inspired by the JAM-Sessions from Jazz tradition. Musicians are invited to prepare a list of standards, the usual chamber music repertoire with clarinet cello and piano trio: Glinka, Brahms, Beethoven, etc.. On the day, we announce the programme and musicians begin to perform without any preparation. The live Jam in a form of a master-class will give us an opportunity to explore together with the audience the aspects of music making and communication.

Whether you have a Concerto to play or an orchestral audition, or just want to keep active through the summer vacation, come and meet the colleagues to share the passion to music. Every musician aims to open up ones emotions and find paths to soloistic playing; we are all here to meet and define these paths, whether in “Concerto” or orchestra/chamber music performance.