European Youth Music Week is an annual summer course for advanced young instrumentalists aged 16 to 26, offering the chance to play great symphonic and chamber repertoire, whilst meeting like-minded people from across the globe.
Working with top orchestral conductors, students have the unique opportunity to be inspired and develop their instrumental and ensemble skills through experiencing challenging repertoire they would not normally encounter.
A unique feature of EYMW is that seating arrangements are not fixed. A violinist is just as likely to find themselves leading a section as sitting on the back desk; or a flautist playing a challenging solo or doubling second flute. This provides an equal opportunity for everyone to develop their orchestral playing.
European Youth Music Week
30 July - 6 August 2023, Sondershausen, Germany
An American in Paris
Flying Dutchman Overture
Three-Cornered Hat Suite no.2
Cosi fan Tutte Overture
Wind, Brass & Percussion
Volga Boat Song
Two Scarlatti Sonatas
Note: repertoire is subject to change
Where and when
EYMW 2023 will take place in Sondershausen, Germany
Thüringer Landesmusikakademie Sondershausen,, Lohberg 11, 99706 Sondershausen, Germany
The course and all rehearsals will take place at the Landesmusikakademie Thüringen, situated in the centre of the rural town of Sondershausen in Thüringen, Germany. The course will have exclusive use of all facilities in the music academy.
Participants will either stay onsite in the academy’s guesthouse or in a nearby hotel (ten minutes‘ walk).
Breakfast, lunch and evening meals will be eaten at the cafeteria of the academy.
Sunday 6 August – the course officially finishes at 09:00 after breakfast, however participants can leave at any time after the concert to suit their travel needs.
Sunday 30 July – check in between 15:00 and 18:00. First rehearsal will begin at 19:30.
Find out more about the people who run EYMW
Musical Director and Conductor
Meet all our course staff
What to expect
There are many different musical and social activities at EYMW! Each day will be slightly different, but here's a taste of what you should expect from a usual course.