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International Summer Music Academy in Spetses to Include Xenakis Exhibition

The National Herald

The late composer Iannis Xenakis. (Photo: TNH File)

ATHENS – The Anargyrios and Korgalenios School of Spetses (AKSS) will launch its first edition of the annual International Summer Music Academy on July 6, to be held yearly on the cosmopolitan island of Spetses. The Music Academy (MAAKSS) will provide an educational platform for musical encounters, where young musicians across the globe will be able to attend master classes by internationally renowned professors and musicians in the unique facilities of the historical School of Spetses, with admissions for students open until June 20.

The first day of the Academy will host an inaugural concert performed by its teachers, followed by a series of masterclasses for ten days. Active participants will have the opportunity during the Academy to perform in a series of concerts to the wider public of Spetses and its visitors.

“We are delighted to see that many admissions have been received so far with musicians from Europe, South America, the Middle East and the USA, all showing their strong interest to take part in this first edition of the Academy. We hope the exceptional premises of the School will offer an ideal surrounding for students to discover Greece through the Music Academy,” said Leni Konialidis, Head of the Music Academy of the Anargyrios and Korgialenios School of Spetses.

In addition to the masterclasses and performances taking place on the premises of the School and throughout the island, this year will see a special exhibition dedicated to the famous composer Iannis Xenakis, a former student of the Anargyrios and Korgialenios School, to commemorate twenty years since his passing. The retrospective exhibition, organized in collaboration with the Music Library “Lilian Voudouri” of The Friends of the Music Society, will showcase rare items from his life and his groundbreaking musical works. The exhibition will run July 10-13. Opening: Sunday, July 11 in Greek and Monday, July 12 in English.

“With the establishment of MAAKSS, we hope to inspire the local community and the wider region whilst promoting the Spetses heritage and Greece, internationally,” added the President of the Anargyrios and Korgialenios School of Spetses, Petros Petrakopoulos.

This year the Music Academy will host master classes for Voice, Violin, Violoncello, Flute, and Trombone. International tutors will be from Switzerland's renowned Universities of Bern and Geneva, as well as Germany's exceptional Stuttgart and Rostock Universities. Greek professors will be from the Athens Conservatoire whilst Alexander Technique sessions will be hosted in collaboration with the Holistic Awareness Center.

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The Anargyrios and Korgialenios School of Spetses. (Photo: Annita Spithaki)

Academy dates: July 6-15

Admissions: www.maakss.com/admissions.

Last admissions June 20, 2021

Professors: https://maakss.com/tutors/

General Academy information: https://maakss.com/

Master Classes Fees/Costs

Active Participants:

660 € for early birds until June 10, 2021

860 € for standard registration from June 11-21

Both of the above options include course fee, piano accompaniment, lodging, half board and a non-refundable registration fee of 200 €

Auditors: 80 € (10 days attendance)

Single Day Visitors: 10 €

There is no application deadline for Auditors.

How to Apply

Applications are to be submitted electronically to the Academy at www.maakss.com/admissions.

Once submitted the Academy will contact participants and direct them to the remaining registration process. In order to evaluate the admission of the participant, the interested parties should send a video recording excerpt of their choice to the following address: musicacademy.akss@gmail.com.