I have been invited by the Artistic Director, Judith Choi Castro to participate in the International Chamber Music Festival and Academy of Music, Tenerife in February 2018. I will be attending the Augustìn Ponte International Music Competition as a member of the competition jury from 10-13 February, and from February 14-18 I will be giving cello and chamber music tuition and also offering coaching for cellists wishing to play in sessions for cello ensemble.
The festival promises to be a fine opportunity to immerse yourself in listening to, studying and playing music. Whether you are a player or you simply want to come and enjoy the feast of music-making on offer as an observer, it all takes place right on your doorstep in the lovely surroundings of the Aguamarina Golf Hotel. It’s a chance to soak up some winter sun too in a wonderful atmosphere surrounded by musicians and music-making. Everyone is welcome!
The competition is open to pianists and string players up to 32 years old. Last year’s special prize was awarded to cellist Timothée Botbol, who assisted me with teaching at Cellos at Belle Serre in 2016.
There are master classes for a range of instruments taking place throughout the festival. My classes are open to cellists of all levels of experience; whatever your ability, come and enjoy a few days of lessons, coaching and concert-going. If you’re interested in cello ensemble playing, please do contact me via e mail and I will aim to coordinate duos, trios and quartets sessions for you.
In the evenings there are chamber music recitals given by colleagues of violinist and artistic director Judith Choi Castro, (also a regular and highly popular chamber music tutor at Cellos at Belle Serre). There are also informal daytime concerts given by the students taking part in the various master classes.
I would be delighted if you were interested in joining me for what promises to be an excellent festival of music-making, study and superb concerts.
You can choose to stay just for a few days or for the whole festival, it’s up to you. Please book your music holiday directly with the festival via their website at
I hope to see you there!