The International Musicians Seminar (IMS) at Prussia Cove near Marazion was founded in 1972 by the renown Hungarian violinist, Sándor Végh and Hilary Tunstall-Behrens. Hilary had invited Sándor Végh to Cornwall to attend a small music festival and Sándor Végh, understanding the fruitful relationship between nature and music, immediately realised that this remote place on the Atlantic coast could offer sustenance and inspiration to musicians.
Since then annual Masterclass Seminars have taken place which offer outstanding musicians from all over the world the opportunity to broaden their musical horizons and to make new contacts; stimuli which are vital to a developing artist. The Masterclasses are held each spring for three weeks, and over one hundred participants are involved every year. The seminars provide a totally professional atmosphere and aim to foster the highest level of advanced study, drawing inspiration from the central-European tradition. String players predominate, with solo and string quartet classes, but also an important part of the course is the "Piano in Chamber Music" class, encouraging established ensembles ranging from duo to quintet.
Many of the world's leading soloists have attended the seminars, and acknowledge how much their playing owes to the magical influence of time spent in Cornwall. Former students and participants of the seminars are to be found among the leaders of the great orchestras of the world. IMS Prussia Cove gives 16 public concerts a year in different churches and venues throughout west Cornwall. The Maestri concerts in the spring enable students to hear their professors in concert, and the outstanding students are given an opportunity to perform in public. Two of the Maestri concerts take place at Marazion Community Centre offering an incredibly rare opportunity to hear world class musicians of the highest standing perform locally.
Saturday 31 March, 7.30pm - Marazion Community Centre
Maestri Concert with Gidon Kremer, Gerhard Schulz, Thomas Riebl, Ralph Kirshbaum and Thomas Ades.
Programme to include:
Shostakovich Viola Sonata
Beethoven Piano Trio in E flat Op.70/2
Saturday 7 April, 7.30pm - Marazion Community Centre
Maestri Concert with Philippe Graffin, Hariolf Schlichtig, Steven Isserlis and Ferenc Rados
Boccherini Cello Sonata in G major
Mozart Duo for Violin and Viola in G major K423
Beethoven 12 Variations on Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen
Brahms Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann Op.9
Poulenc Violin Sonata
FREE tickets are available for all IMS concerts in Cornwall for children and young people aged 25 and under. Tickets are available on the door but can be ordered in advance at: http://www.i-m-s.org.uk/concerts/