Cello Academy Zutphen
Music is a way of life, a path that requires regular practice, study and deepening.
The Cello Academy Zutphen is there for cellists who want to walk this path unconditionally. For them we organise intensive yearly and project programmes.
Our annual programmes are open to:
- Conservatory cello students (bachelor’s and master’s degrees)
- Post-master’s students who want to explore their profession further
- Professional cellists who feel the need for new challenges
Participants of the Monasteries and Retreats are of various nationalities.
The working language of is English.
Being a musician is the most beautiful combination imaginable between hands and heart. The artistically unlimited space and unity with the instrument is the source of inspiring ideas that present themselves naturally.
The path to performing art is just as much a path inwards, which needs to be practised. With this inner quest, we hope to invite the artist to express freely, and to give the self-confidence to search the way beyond words.
CelloWercken Zutphen offers in a series of Monasteries the structure in which this practice takes place. We investigate the right inner attitude towards studying. After that we can look at studying as a basis and structure for practicing freedom through cello- meditation.
What makes the Cello Academy Zutphen so special?
The teachers of the Cello Academy Zutphen are all inspired musicians themselves. They are examples for their students. In word, play and performance, they live out why they do what they do. Our teachers have confidence in your development and set the bar high for you. They offer you all the security you need and many challenges to learn, experiment and perform. This is how you will discover your strength as a cellist.
Our participants learn from, with and about each other in small groups. Each Monastery includes individual lessons, private study space, rehearsals with piano, ensemble playing moments and performances. The small scale means that our teachers have all the attention for you and for everyone’s development. Together, we form a close-knit group. Because of the attention and care for each other, you will reach a higher level than on your own.
The home base of the Cello Academy is Dat Bolwerck, a medieval complex in the historic centre of Zutphen. Dat Bolwerck offers an inspiring environment, sober and free of distractions. There are rooms for individual lessons, self-study, group lessons, performances and relaxation.
WHAT does the Cello Academy
do and WHY?
Our annual programme is divided into Monasteries, intensive study blocks of three days each (Friday, Saturday, Sunday). Each Monastery concludes with a public concert, where the participants put into practice what they have learned.
The aim of our annual programme is to stimulate you in such a way that you:
Learn to make music with dedication.
Teachers of the Cello Academy challenge you to develop broadly, as a cellist, as a musician and as a human
being. This will turn you into a real performer, moved and inspired, who dares and is able to go beyond technical perfection.
Making the inspiration tangible for your audience.
As a participant of the Cello Academy Zutphen, you will discover how to connect with your audience and how to convey the emotions of your music.
Jeroen den Herder
Professor violoncello Codarts Rotterdam en Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht, Teaches all monasteries
Professor of violoncello Hochschule fur Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover
Professor Violoncello Codarts Rotterdam, Violoncelle Institute Royal superieure de Musique et de Pedagogie Namur
Piano and repetitor
5 t/m 7 nov – with Joachim Eijlander
10 t/m 12 dec with – Leonid Gorokhov
21 t/m 23 jan with – Joachim Eijlander
4 t/m 6 maart with – Leonid Gorokhov
29 april t/m 1 mei with – Leonid Gorokhov
1 t/m 3 juni – with Joachim Eijlander
The cost are 150,- per student per Monastery. If you apply for the whole year, it will be 600,- per student.
This prices includes housing, breakfast and lunch. You’ll have to provide dinner yourself. Also travel costs are not included.
If you like to register for one of the Monasteries, please send an email to: