A view of Agios Nikolaos Church in Spetses. Photo by Αnnita Spithakis, Stratos Yannatsis
ATHENS – The Anargyrios and Korgialenios School of Spetses (AKSS) launches an International Summer Music Academy that will be held annually in the cosmopolitan island of Spetses, this year starting on July 16. The Music Academy provides an educational platform for musical encounters, where young musicians across the globe can attend master classes by internationally renowned professors/ musicians in the luxurious facilities of the historical School of Spetses and its beautiful surrounding landscape. More than half of the admissions have already been filled by musicians / students from France, Switzerland, Brazil, USA, Cyprus, Israel, Serbia, and Greece. Last date for admissions is June 20 at www.maakss.com/admissions.
The International Music Academy of the Anargyrios and Korgialenios School of Spetses (MAAKSS) will launch on Saturday, July 16, with the inaugural concert of its teachers, and masterclasses will follow for ten days, July 16-25. With the establishment of this ten-day International Academy, MAAKSS aims to inspire the local community and the wider region to share the artistic vision (that of the Academy) that will promote the historic island, but also Greece, internationally.
In 2022, the Music Academy schedules master classes for Voice, Violin, Violoncello, Flute, and Trombone. The premises of the school, naturally befitted with an exceptional heritage, will offer an ideal surrounding for the unique Music Academy in Greece.
MAAKSS will organize musical activities for the children of Spetses for free. Children ages 6-12 will have the opportunity to attend music lessons (regardless of music knowledge). In addition the older children of the island will have the opportunity to attend the masterclasses for free.
Professors are: for Voice, Professor Marcin Habela of Geneva University of Music; for Violin, Prof. Bartek Niziol of Bern University of the Arts, Violoncello, Prof. Denis Severin
of Geneva University of Music and Bern University of Arts; Flute, Prof. Natalia Gerakis of Athens Conservatoire and Lecturer at the State University of Music and Performing Arts Stuttgart, Germany; Trombone Prof. Jamie Williams of the University for Music and Theater Rostock, Germany.
It should be noted that due to the considerable efforts of the Academy’s Prof. Jamie Williams, the 2021 MAAKSS student Christos Nikiforos was admitted to the Rostock University (Hochschule fur Musik und Theater) in Germany in the prestigious trombone class.
About the Master Classes
The Master Classes are open to young professionals and music students who are seeking to expand their performance experiences through creative personal growth. Active participants will have the opportunity for lessons with renowned professors, to perform with other talented musicians, to rehearse and give concerts in the beautiful surroundings of AKSS. The classes will include daily warm up, individual lessons, as well as group lessons on technical issues for the instrument/ voice.
Young Musicians Concerts
During the duration of the Academy, the participants in the Master Classes will have the opportunity to perform a series of concerts which will be held in the emblematic ancient theater which belongs to the AKSS, as well as in many other historic venues on the island.
Venue/Access to the Academy
Lessons take place at the historic AKSS, an ideal location for MAAKSS concerts. Located only 179 km from Athens, Spetses Island is easily accessible by bus or by ferry/high-speed hydrofoil from the port of Piraeus (approximately 2 hours). The unique premises of AKSS offer an ideal surrounding for a music academy. No private automobiles are allowed on the island within the town limits. The most common modes of transport are walking, horse-drawn carriages, bicycles, motorcycles, taxi, and water taxis. The island is covered with pines and is famous for its clear waters. Further information: www.akss.gr and by phone: + 30 210 3613751.
Participation fee / Registration deadline: € 690 until June 20, 2022.
The amount includes tuition, accommodation with half board for 10 days, free piano accompaniment and a registration fee of 200 €. Travel expenses are not included.
After having completed and sent the electronic form, the Academy will contact participants and direct them to the rest of the registration process. In order to evaluate the admission of the participant, a video recording excerpt of their choice is required upon inscription.
Anargyrios and Korgialenios School of Spetses President Petros Petrakopoulos, Head of the Music Academy of Anargyrios and Korgialenios School of Spetses Leni Konialidi –
Anargyrios and Korgialenios School of Spetses Vice President Dr. George Kostelenos, Member of the Foundation, Anargyrios and Korgialenios School of Spetses Leontios Portokalakis, and Director of the Foundation Anargyrios and Korgialenios School of Spetses Zoi Papadaki.
AKSS Foundation – Administrative Offices, 39 Akadimias Street, 10672 Athens GR
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