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[[A1]Wir sagen Moin!

Welcome to the website of the International College of Music Hamburg.

Are you looking for the perfect place getting tuned for entrance examination at a public music university in Germany? Are you interested in rewarding upgrade or postgraduate study programs in classical music?

We help you find answers to your questions.personImage

Renowned instructors in all main subjects, rewarding seminars, excursions, performance experiences, attention given to you in your motherlanguage and a location in the center of the town make sure meaningful study abroad terms and various life experiences.

ICoM Director Prof. Dr. H. Eberhard Schmitz
Professor em. at Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg
Chairman of the Rudolf-Arnheim Institute for Art, Music and Cultural Economics in Hamburg

[A2]imagePictThe free and hanseatic City of Hamburg: a city of music

Ever since the opening of the Elbphilharmonie in January 2017 politicians have been endorsing music as one of the major features of this hanseatic city. While the Elbphilharmonie receives world wide attention and its architectural design is a spectacular sign for Hamburg as a city of music in the present and the future, Hamburg’s musical history is unbelievably rich: Johannes Brahms was born here, just as Fanny and Felix Mendelssohn. Great composers of diverse eras lived and worked here.

Among these masters were Georg Philipp Telemann, Johann Adolf Hasse and Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Gustav Mahler, Alfred Schnittke and György Ligeti. No other city can present a comparable musical inheritance. In order to increase the awareness of Hamburg’s incomparable musical past, a museum-mile in the composer’s district in the Peterstrasse has been erected with the historical sites of the most important composers of Hamburg.

There are many landmarks of music history here: the first public opera house was founded at the Gänsemarkt in 1678. The young Georg Friedrich Händel began his career here, before he moved on to Italy and England. Gustav Mahler, as the conductor of the Stadttheater (City Theater), developed it into one of the major opera houses in Germany, which is today’s Staatsoper (State Opera). A world famous trademark of dance is John Neumeier’s ballet company.

Under the roof of the Norddeutschen Rundfunks, Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt founded the NDR Sinfonieorchester. The musicians now play under their chief conductor Thomas Hengelbrock under the new name NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester. The General Musical Director of the Staatsoper and the Philharmonischen Staatsorchester is the American maestro Kent Nagano. And the Englishman Sir Jeffrey Tate is the chief conductor of the Symphoniker Hamburg. Not just in classical music does Hamburg have world-renowned names to offer. This hanseatic city is considered Germany’s top location for music. The Beatles experienced their breakthrough at the Reeperbahn.

And the International College of Music Hamburg is part of a spirit of music, countless activities and concerts of a vibrating city of music.[B1]ICoM
The International College of Music, Hamburg is a private academy for musicians.
Talented young musicians from all over the world, particularly China and Japan, find ideal conditions for a successful study visit here in Hamburg:

- Study programs from preparation for a music university to mastership.
- Experienced teachers from different music universities and renowned Hamburg orchestras
- Competitions, Master classes and field trips
- Practice and performing opportunities
- First contact and support in the native language
- Experience with questions regarding visas
- Help with acquiring living quarters
- Centrally located in the heart of Hamburg

imagePictStarting at age 16 minors can be eligible for preparation studies. For further study programs there is no age limit.

ICoM stands for quality, sustainability, and individual promotion with the goal of helping students to gain knowledge about coherences in the European culture and ways of thinking. The students are assisted in their native language to assure their comfort and security.

The senate chancellery recognizes the International College of Music, Hamburg as comparable to music university level. The “Basic Study Program” is credited by Board of School and Studies.

The International College of Music, Hamburg cooperates with the Hochschule for Music und Theatre, Hamburg. ICoM is curated by the Ministry of Education and Vocational Education and is listed in the trade register.
[B2]imagePictFaculty: Artistic Competence

Managing Director
Prof. Dr. Heinz-Eberhard Schmitz , College Director / Piano / Chamber Music / Musicology

Prof. Stepan Simonian, Dean of Study Preparation

Olga Bivol
Prof. Manfred Fock
Prof. Matthias Kirschnereit
Mauro Lo Conte
Prof. Stepan Simonian
Prof. Johanna Wiedenbach

Prof. John Lehman
Matthias Minnich
Jale Papila

Sebastian Dunkelberg, Performance training for Singers
Franciska Eisenschmidt, Phonetics for Vocalists
Matthias Husmann, Vocal accompaniment
Matthias Veit, Lied Interpretation

Strings and Guitar
Sven Forsberg , Violoncello / String Chamber Music
Adrian Iliescu, Violin
Bruno Merse , Viola
Prof. Jens Wagner, Guitar

Wind Instruments
Susanne Barner , Flute / Woodwind Ensembles
Dave Claessen , Horn / Brass Ensembles
Asya Fateyeva , Classical saxophone
Christian Ganzhorn , Bassoon
Prof. Hans-Udo Heinzmann , Flute / Woodwind Ensembles
Elmar Hoenig, Clarinet
Sevgi Özsever, Oboe
Joachim Preu, Trombone

Johannes Kreidler, Composition

Prof. Frank Böhme , Musicology
Dr. Silke Ralf, German Language and Conversation / Music Vocabulary (MDA)
George Speckert , Improvisation
Dr. Yijie Wang, Music appreciation, music theory, ear training

[C1]imagePictGeneral information

The International College of Music, Hamburg was founded specifically for students from Asia but welcomes students from all countries, from Europe and Germany. ICoM offers programs from study preparation to master classes.

Instructional emphasis China
The emphasis for our students from China is the Basic Study Program (study preparation). The goal of this program is to make the student fit and ready for the entrance exam of a performance or music education study program of music universities in Germany.

These preparation studies include instruction in the major instrument, technical/musical vocabulary, music theory and ear-training, Performance practice, support in organising college-level studies, and support in applying at a music university in Germany.

An important part of this training is gaining the necessary language skills, which is instructed in cooperation with our language partners.

The faculty is very familiar with the college-level admission requirements. They either are professors at a music university or play in a professional Hamburg orchestra. The record shows: those ICoM students who worked hard and met all requirements have been accepted to a German music university.

Instructional emphasis Japan
The emphasis for those coming from Japan is the postgraduate study programs. A highly qualified faculty consisting of College teachers and professional orchestra musicians guarantees success during your stay here at ICoM. Usually students start with the Senior Study Program to get orientated. With exceptional skills (i.e. admission exam) the Senior Study Program can be credited to the Certificate of Performance Program or the Concert Examination Program. Many students from Japan conclude their studies at ICoM with a public performance and CD recording.

Major subjects:
Vocal – classic and Pop
Violin, Viola, Violoncello, Contrabass
Guitar – classic and pop
Flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone (classic)
Trumpet, trombone, horn and tuba
Composition and music theory
Song and instrumental accompaniment (piano)
Chamber music
Further majors are possible upon inquiry

Instruction times
The winter semester begins on October 1, the summer semester on April1. The lesson plan regulates instruction and vacation phases in detail. The courses and lesson times for the minor subjects are regulated in the semester plan. The lesson plan and the semester schedule are send to all students before semester begin. It also is posted on the info-board at ICoM.

Students from over seas or from European countries can submit a DVD along with the registering documents. Students that are already in Germany can request an appointment for a personal interview and audition. More information see here: Contact and in the detailed description of the various study programs.

downloadAn Overview of the study programs[C2]imagePictStudy preparation

Basic Study Program

Profile: Preparation year for an artistic or an artistic-pedagogical study in a state or private music university in the Federal Republic of Germany.

Goal Setting: Conveying the practical and theoretical knowledge and abilities to enable students to pass the entrance exams for a German music university.

Target Group: Young Musicians with qualified preparatory training, who have at least a 12-year school period and/or a study up to a pre-diploma or can show another 2-year music college experience.

Certificate: This program concludes with a certificate from the International College of Music, Hamburg.

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imagePictJunior Student Program

Profile: Study preparation for a music degree at a German music university

Goal Setting: Learning and developing artistic skills, music appreciation and stage experience.

Target Group: Talented young students 14 years and older who go to school and live with their families in Hamburg or North Germany or are exchange students here in Germany.

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[C3]Postgraduate Studies

Master of Music Performance
Postgraduate Study: Master of Music Performance

Starting in April 2022 the International College of Music Hamburg (ICoM) is offering a national accredited postgraduate degree: Master of Music Performance. The course of study is 4 semesters.

The degree will be issued in cooperation with Kalaidos Musikhochschule Zürich.

The cooperation between the International College of Music Hamburg and Kalaidos Musikhochschule Zürich includes the participation on bachelor/master courses in music with an emphasis on classical music. ICoM is responsible for the practical realization of the studies on the basis of the curriculum of the Kalaidos Musikhochschule. The Kalaidos Musikhochschule is responsible for all exams and quality-control. The diploma will be issued by the Kalaidos Musikhochschule.

Students in will be enrolled in both colleges, the Kalaidos Musikhochschule and between the International College of Music.

The required lectures, instruction and exams will be carried out and evaluated in Hamburg

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Senior Study Program - Advanced Musicianship

Profile: Year of study abroad / graduate

Goal Setting: Conveying of further artistic skills, dealing with European teaching methods and understanding of works, sharing of experience in European cultural understanding.

Target Group: Post-graduate students and professional musicians from artistic practical and educational music professions who want a refreshment of their knowledge and skills.

Certificate: This program concludes with a certificate from the International College of Music, Hamburg.

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imagePictCertificate of Performance - Postgraduate Study

Profile: Two-year postgraduate program for the attainment of artistic maturity.

Goal Setting: Providing practical and theoretical knowledge for pianists, instrumentalists and singers in artistic professions who need to develop literature to craft intellectually and stylistically appropriate aspects to bring to the performance.

Target Group: Music students, working musicians and music educators who have completed a degree, or are already working to demonstrate at least a two-year foundation course at a foreign or German university

Certificate: This program concludes with a certificate from the International College of Music, Hamburg.

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imagePictConcert Examination - High Level Artistry

Profile: 2-year study program in preparation for an artistic profession leading up to stage level and maturity. This study should enable the preparation of a public concert evening and its realization. This program includes a Core Study Program (first study year) and an Advanced Study Program (second study year).

Goal Setting: Conveying of practical and theoretical knowledge, which pianists, instrumentalists and singers need in their artistic professions, in order to work out literary aspects

Target Group: Music students with a completed artistic Bachelor Study or a comparable education, professional musicians and teachers.

Certificate: This program concludes with a certificate from the International College of Music, Hamburg.

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[C4]imagePictIn Between Study Program

Profile: Year of study abroad / Orientation

Goal Setting: Conveying of further artistic skills, dealing with European teaching methodology and understanding of works, sharing of experience in European cultural understanding

Target group: Students currently in a bachelor college program for music that would like to spend a year in a Germany

Certificate: This program concludes with a certificate from the International College of Music, Hamburg.

[C5]imagePictOverview: seminars

Artistic / practical

Correpetition for vocalists
Correpetition for orchestra instrumentalists
Orchestra position training for orchestra instrumentalists
Phonetic for vocalists
Chamber music / Ensemble for pianists and orchestra instrumentalists
Vocal stylistic (Lied interpretation) for vocalists and pianists
Cross Over for vocalists Classic, Musical, Chanson, voice literature
Pedagogy for pianists
Sight reading for pianists and orchestra instrumentalists
Improvisation / music without notes for pianists, vocalists, orchestra instrumentalists
Performance training All ICoM students

Theory / Musicology

German music terminology for foreigners (MDA) All students in the Basic Study Program
Music appreciation and ear training (AM)
Special training for auditions at a German music university Prerequisite: Exam in Music appreciation and ear training, MDA
Counterpoint/Harmony and ear-training
Solfege (sight-reading for vocalists)
Music history and musical form
Musicology / cross-over lectures

Please refer to the individual curriculas for more details
Subject to change - alterations will be posted at ICoM

[C6]Summer Activities

FlyerspacerICoM Piano Award 2020
International Competition Hamburg Composers

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ICoM Piano Summer School 2020
International Masterclass

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Support: Students from Chinese language area and Japan receive special support and have a personal guide. Correspondences are in the native language and all issues – from applying for a visa, reception in Hamburg, help in acquiring living quarters and general help.

Tutor: During all studies a German Sinologist cares for Chinese speaking students. The tutor helps with the organization of the studies, with the routine reviews with the college director or department head and speaks Chinese. Together with former ICoM students the tutor also conducts vocational application training.

Tandem Partner: The Department of Sinology at the University of Hamburg holds an event every semester where Chinese students from ICoM get to know German students and choose a tandem partner.

ICoM has a limited number of practice rooms in the college building, in the student dormitories and in the ICoM operated living quarters. Practice times are regulated so all students have the opportunity to practice. However ICoM is not committed to supply practice rooms. It is also possible to rent pianos at special conditions in cooperation with our partners or to book practice rooms on a hourly basis. Our office will gladly inform you about these and more possibilities.

[D3]imagePictPerformance training

Performance: ICoM offers performance possibilities within the college and in cooperation with external partners. ICoM regularly conducts Studio Concerts, every week Thursday a concert in the neo-Gothic Church St. Johannis Harvestehude, routinly at Pianohaus Trübger, in the Laeiszhalle, in the Audimax of the University of Flensburg, and in the Rudolf Steiner School in Kiel. The ICoM final performances are in the Lichtwarksaal of the Töpfer Stiftung in the historic composer quarter.

Open lessons: With preliminary permission students are allowed to visit other instruction lessons. This encourages new ideas and broadens views.


Every year in May ICoM conducts a study/concert trip to Goslar. This medieval emperor city not only offers the opportunity to do concerts but also to study German history and the architecture of the time. Only selected students are allowed to go. The college director operates the excursion personally. The explanations of the tourist guide will be translated. At Christmas ICoM offers the attendance of the Weihnachtsoratorium or further performances of Christmas music and concerts in a church.

Citywalk: For all new students, ICoM hosts at the beginning of the semester a citywalk. The students can explore interesting things about the area where the college is located. (Hochschule for Music und Theatre Hamburg, library, music hall, music store, Alster-Sea, City hall). The director of ICoM leads the Citywalk personally. All explanations will be translated.

Student pass: With the ICoM student pass the students can buy price reduced monthly tickets for public transportation at the Hamburger Verkehrsbund (HVV). With the student pass the students qualify for reduced admission prices at most concert events, opera and museum and can participate of Hamburg’s rich cultural life.

[D5]imagePictCertificate and Performance monitoring

Performance monitoring: Each semester the college director discusses with the teachers about the progress of the individual students. The results are documented. In conclusion the student will be informed and advised about further studies. The tutor translates the director’s remarks. It is possible that students with outstanding development and through excellent conduct can be awarded with support from the Friend's Association.

Certificate: All study programs conclude with a certificate from ICoM.



Please refer to the Chinese or Japanese version.




In order to register at ICoM these documents are necessary:
- Complete registration form
- Vita
- A certified copy of your study records from the last visited school / college.
- 4 pass photos
- Audio and playing examples (DVD only!) as discribed in the specific study overview
- Certification of language skills (A1 level)

Upon reception of the registration documents and upon indication of adequate musical skills, a study place will be reserved at ICoM and the applicant receives a preliminary letter of acceptance.

After payment of the study fees the applicant will receive a final letter of admission. This document is necessary for applying for a visa.

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Study fees:

Additional costs:
Language course, insurance, housing, living costs, student pass, piano rental, etc.

International College of Music, Hamburg
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fon: +49 (0)40 3571 4753
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Email: office@icom-hamburg.de[I1]Site and legal notice

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In regard to data security: only in the German version official and legally binding. More Info here.[G10]personImageSusanne Barner
Flute / Woodwind Ensembles

Susanne Barner received her education as flutist with Karlheinz Zöller and Aurele Nicolet. She was a scholarship winner of the Study Foundation of the German People and won an orchestral position at the age of 22 with the Frankfurt Radio Orchestra. For many years she has been solo-flutist with the Hamburg Symphony.In addition to her orchestra work, she devotes herself intensively to solo and chamber music activities. She has recorded flute concerti by Antonio Rosetti and Friedrich Witt on CD and has made recordings with the West German, North German, and Frankfurt Radio Orchestras. Susanne Barner knows the flute-scene in Germany very well. Since 2007 she prepared many young flutists for an entrance examination at different music universities in Germany and also successfully directed many flutists to an completion of their graduate studies at ICoM.

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[G11]personImageOlga Bivol

Olga Bivol was born into a family of musicians in Moldova. She received her first training at the Rachmaninoff Conservatory in Chișinău and came to Germany after completing high school. At the College of Music in Lübeck she studied under Professor Manfred Fock and after completing her Bachelor she continued studies with Jacques Ammon. Even before studying, Olga Bivol has won various national and international prizes in her homeland, followed by performances, solo and with the Moldova Symphony Orchestra. She performs regularly in Germany as well, solo and with her partner, Velina Bozhilowa, voice.Olga Bivol lives in Hamburg and teaches at the International College of Music and at Pianostudio Winterhude.

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[G12]personImageProf. Frank Böhme

Frank Boehme was born in 1963. He studied pedagogic and music in Berlin and Leipzig. He teaches at the University of Music and Theatre in Hamburg in the field of Applied Music. He focuses on the interferences between music, art and science. Frank Boehme is well visited regularly since 2010 in his interdisciplinary seminars designed for the students of all graduated study programs at ICOM. He presents his interesting seminars by means of media and computer in an understandable and graphic quality.

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[G13]personImageDave Claessen
Horn / Brass Ensembles

Dave Claessen studied with Prof. Penzel and Will Sanders at the Music University in Maastrich, Holland. In 1966, he went to the Dortmund Philharmonic Orchestra as lst Horn, and played under Claudio Abbado, Bernhard Haitink and Valery Gergiev; and since 1998, he has been 3rd Horn in the NDR Symphony Orchestra. From 2002, he directed the wind rehearsals of the LJO (District Youth Orchestra) in Hamburg and taught at the State Youth Music School and since 2007, at the International College of Music in Hamburg, where he cooperates closely with the Horn Class of Prof. Albert Koster from the Hamburg University of Music and Theater. Fotograf: Gunter Glücklich

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[G14]personImageSebastian Dunkelberg
Performance training for Singers

Sebastian Dunkelberg is an actor, speaker, director and teacher for acting and directing in the voice, opera and directing department of the Theaterakademie of the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg. He studied philosophy and theology in Frankfurt and continued his studies in Hamburg as an actor. Dunkelberg has performed at several theaters in Gießen, Trier, Münster, Bochum and Hamburg and with readings at literature festivals and radio productions. He directs the cross-departmental stage training and the beginning acting course for voice students at the HfMT Hamburg and teaches since 2017 performance training for vocalists at ICoM.

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[G15]personImageFranciska Eisenschmidt
Phonetics for Vocalists

Franciska Eisenschmidt is teacher for speech and phonetics on the Hochschule für Musik und Medien Hannover, in the vocal and drama department. She did her degree in Sprechwissenschaft und Phonetik at the Martin-Luther-Universität in Halle-Wittenberg and did a degree in acting at the Anton-Bruckner-Privatuniversität in Linz, Austria. She gained experience as a trainee, keynote speaker and teacher at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Graz, in Linz and at the Fachakademie für Theater und Film in Burghausen. She teaches since 2106 at ICoM.

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[G16]personImageAsya Fateyeva
Classical saxophone

Asya Fateyeva was born in 1990 on the Crimean Peninsula studied at the famous Gnessin Institut in Moscow with Margarita Shaposhnikova and at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln with Daniel Gauthier. She has won prizes from the Deutschen Musikwettbewerb in Bonn 2012, the international Adolphe-Sax-Wettbewerb 2014, received a scholarship from the Deutschen Stiftung Musikleben and was sponsored by the Berenberg Kulturpreis. She has performed with the Wiener Symphoniker, the Ukrainian Nationalphilharmonie, the symphony orchestra Giuseppe Verdi Milano and at music festivals in Colmar, Cologne, Moscow and St. Petersburg as an outstanding saxophonist. Asya Fateyeva was named Nachwuchs des Jahres 2016 by ECHO Klassik for her first CD. She teaches at the Musikhochschule in Münster since 2014 and at ICoM since 2017.

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[G17]personImageProf. Manfred Fock

Born 1943 in Kiel (Germany). Studied Piano with Robert Henry and Eliza Hansen at the Hamburg University of Music and with Nikita Magaloff at the Geneva Conservatory. Scholarship from the Foundation of the German People. Master Classes with Wilhelm Kempff in Positano and Sascha Gorodnitzki in Philadelphia (USA). Prizewinner of international competitions at Vercelli, Terni, and Taormina in Italy. Concerts throughout Europe, Japan, China, and the USA. Radio and CD recordings. Performed complete Beethoven Sonata cycles in Kiel and Luebeck in 1975, 1977 and 1989. Instructor at Summer Academies of the Studienjahr für Japaner in 1995, 1997, and 2001 in Hamburg and at Master Classes in Japan in 1998 and China in 2002. Since 1980, Professor at the Luebeck University of Music. Students of Prof. Fock include prizewinners of national and international competitions. They are successful as teachers, pianists and pass countless entrance examinations at music universities throughout Germany.

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[G18]personImageSven Forsberg
Violoncello / String Chamber Music

Sven Forsberg comes from Uppsala and was educated at the Music Universities in Stockholm and Freiburg. In 1982 he received, supported by a scholarship from the Swedish Music Academy, cello instruction from Pierre Fournier in Geneva. After an engagement with the Stockholm Radio Orchestra, he played for 3 years in the orchestra de la Suisse Romande in Geneva. He performed a sonata program in the Wigmore Hall, London in 1985, and played one season in the New Zurich String Quartet. Since 1988, he has been a member of the NDR Symphony Orchestra, Hamburg. From 2006, he has taught at the International College of Music, Hamburg.

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[G19]personImageChristian Ganzhorn

Christian Ganzhorn was born in 1964 in Stuttgart and began learning the bassoon with Ralph Sabow from Süddeutschen Rundfunk Stuttgart. Christian Ganzhorn studied with Prof. Klaus Thunemann at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hannover. During his studies he was a member of the “European Community Youth Orchestra.” He had guest performances with Vladimir Ashkenazy at the Festival in Luzern and with Erich Leinsdorf in the USA. As a solo bassoonist at the Schleswig-Holstein-Musik-Festival he played under Leonard Bernstein during the concert trips through Western Europe and the Soviet Union. In 1990 Christian Ganzhorn was appointed solo bassoonist to the Hamburger Symphoniker. In addition to his solo and orchestra activity he participated on projects run by the Ensemble Modern in Frankfurt and was active with chamber music. Since 2012 he teaches at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg and at the International College of Music, Hamburg.

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[G20]personImageProf. Hans-Udo Heinzmann
Flute / Woodwind Ensembles

Born 1947 in Heidelberg, he received his first musical 'impulses' from the famous Regensburger Domspatzen. He studied flute at the Munich University of Music and played in orchestras in Augsburg, Munich, Frankfurt, and Berlin, before coming to the NDR (North German radio) Symphony Orchestra in Hamburg. In addition to his orchestral work, Heinzmann performs as a soloist and chamber musician, and is especially engaged with contemporary music. He appears at important festivals, such as Flanders, Schleswig-Holstein, Salzburg, Bayreuth, and Edinburgh, and has made concert tours throughout Europe, as well as South America and Japan. Since 1983, he is a Professor and directs a flute-class at the Hochschue für Musik und Theater, Hamburg. He was an instructor at the International Summer Academy of the Studienjahr für Japaner in 1997 and 2001 in Hamburg and the Japan Master Classes in 1998. In his free time, he is occupied with the further technical development of the flute and has become a specialist for construction of the instrument.

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[G21]personImageElmar Hoenig

Elmar Hoenig was born in 1966 in Coblenz and received his first clarinet instructions at age 10. He studied at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln with Prof. Franz Klein and Armin Ziegler and concluded his artistic studies with a concert examination and his studies in instrumental pedagogy with honors.Master workshops and chamber music courses in Hamm / Westfalen, in Weikersheim and in Szombathely / Hungary gave him important impulses in regard to his activities as a teacher. During his studies he played in the Südwest-Rundfunkorchester Baden-Baden, in Freiburg, in the Städtischen Orchester Trier and in the Orchester der Beethoven-Halle in Bonn.He is clarinetist with the Hamburger Sinfonikern and teaches at the International College of Music Hamburg since 2014.

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[G22]personImageMatthias Husmann
Vocal accompaniment

Mathias Husmann was born in Hamburg in 1948. He studied conducting, piano and composition at the University of Music and Theatre in Hamburg. His professional career began as an assistant from Horst Stein at the Hamburg State Opera (Staatsoper Hamburg) and leaded to music director positions at the Theater Ulm, at the Theater Magdeburg and at the Theaters in Stralsund and Greifswald. Husmann has worked with numerous orchestras (including Berlin Symphony Orchestra, Munich Broadcast Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of the North German Radio NDR, NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo) and soloists (including Christian Zacharias, Saschko Gawriloff, Christiane Edinger, David Geringas, Harald Stamm). He taught at the Music Universities in Hamburg, Berlin and Stuttgart. In 2009 he was awarded the Jean-Sibelius-Birthplace Medal. Since 2010, he passes on his experiences to the singers and instrumentalists at ICoM.

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[G23]personImageAdrian Iliescu

Ionel Adrian Iliescu (born 1981) earned his diploma at the Musikhochschule Lübeck with Christiane Edinger. He did his concert examination at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg with Kolja Blacher. He also studied chamber music with Walter Levin from the Lasalle Quartett.He has gained experience through master workshops with Zakhar Bron, Ruggiero Ricci and Wolfgang Marschner, solo performances with the Rumanian Radio and as concertmaster of the Lübecker Philharmoniker, the Stuttgarter Kammerorchester and Bayerischen Rundfunk. Since 2013 he is the concertmaster of the Hamburger Symphonikern. He teaches at the International College of Music Hamburg since 2016.

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[G24]personImageProf. Matthias Kirschnereit
Piano Summer School

Matthias Kirschnereit is one of the leading German pianists of his generation. He studied with Renate Kretschmer-Fischer at the Detmold Music University and received decisive artistic impressions from Claudio Arrau, Bruno Leonardo Gelber, Oleg Maisenberg and Murray Perahia. Successes at international competitions like the German Competition in Bonn and the Geza Anda Competition in Zurich formed the foundation for the beginning of an international concert career and led to engagements with the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, the Bamberg Symphony, the Resident Orchestra in the Hague and many other leading orchestras in the major concert centers throughout the world. In addition, 20 CDs document Kirschnereit’s activities. Since 1997, Matthias Kirschnereit has been Professor at the Rostock University for Music and Theater. In the meantime, many of his students have been prize-winners in international competitions. From 2008, he has taught at the Summer Academy of the International College of Music, Hamburg.

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[G25]personImageJohannes Kreidler

Johannes Kreidler was born in 1980 in Esslingen and started composing at age 9. He studied 2000-2006 at the Institut für Neue Musik of the Musikhochschule Freiburg with Mathias Spahlinger, electronic music with Mesias Maiguashca and Orm Finnendahl and music theory with Ekkehard Kiem. He was also a guest student at Institut für Sonologie (computer music) of the Koninklik Conservatorium, Den Haag / Netherlands. Since 2006 Johannes Kreidler teaches at music colleges such as Rostock, detmol, Hannover and at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg. He has won many awards, for example Deutschen Hochschulwettbewerb, Darmstädter Ferienkursen, and the Kranichsteiner Musikpreis. His music is performed atmany festivals, like Donaueschinger Musiktagen, the Gaudeamus Festival Oslo, Musica Strasbourg and the Wittener Tagen für neue Kammermusik. Wolke Verlag has published his books Programming Electronic Music in Puredata and Musik, Ästhetik, Digitalisierung – eine Kontroverse. Since 2012 Johannes Kreidler teaches at the International College of Music Hamburg.

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[G26]personImageProf. John Lehman
Pop Song and Stage Performance

John Lehman was born in 1950 in West Virginia, in the USA. He received his musical training at the New York City Opera, the Metropolitan Opera and the University of North Carolina in singing, composition, orchestration and lyrics. Lehman has made his international reputation from his 35 years experiences as musical director and conductor, as a singing teacher and vocal coach, as theater practitioner with productions of musicals strongholds such as New York, Miami, Amsterdam and Hamburg. He has worked with internationally renowned musical performers and actors. Many of his students have played leading roles in the Broadway, Los Angeles, in London's West End, in Berlin, Hamburg, Stuttgart, Cologne and Vienna. Today John Lehman worked as a lecturer for pop, jazz and musical singing at Colleges of Music in Rostock and Lübeck, as Head of the Musical Academy of the National Youth Music School in Hamburg, at the University of Music and Theatre in Hamburg and since 2011 at the ICoM.

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[G27]personImageMauro Lo Conte

Mauro Lo Conte was born in 1984 and is a Swiss and Italian citizen. He received his musical training with Christian Favre of the Conservatoire de Lausanne and on the College for Music in Lausanne / Switzerland. He completed his degree with a diploma for solo performance. He then continued his studies with Evgeni Koroliov at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg. During his studies he die Master courses with Pascal Devoyon, Jean-Philippe Collard, Dominique Merlet, Valentin Georghiu, Paul Badura-Skoda, Alexei Lubimov und Philipp Cassard who all influenced him in many ways. Mauro lo Conte is regularly invited to festivals in Switzerland and performs in many countries in Europe and Asia. He has won international and national competitions and has done recordings with Radio Suisse-Romande, Television Suisse-Romande, France Musique, NDR and Hamburg1. Mauro lo Conte has released CDs with music from Gershwin, Ginastera, Bach, Debussy und Chopin. Mauro lo Conte teaches at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg since 2010. He teaches at International College of Music Hamburg since 2005.

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[G28]personImageBruno Merse

Bruno Merse began his musical career as concertmaster of the Brandenburger Symphoniker and the Lübecker Philharmonie. In addition he absolved a degree as conductor in Leipzig. In 2006 he received the position as solo violist with the Hamburger Symphoniker and, when Jeffrey Tate became principle conductor, he was appointed as assistant conductor. In the mean time he regularly conducts the Hamburger Symphoniker as well as other major orchestras such as the Stuttgarter Philharmonikern. Since 2010 he is artistic director of the Lübecker Kammerorchester.Bruno Merse received a scholarship from the Musikstiftung der Hamburger Sparkasse in 2011. In the following year his first CD was released with the Hamburger Symphonikern and the trumpeter Matthias Höfs. As guest conductor Bruno Merse has often been invited to China, where he has appeared with orchestras in Shanghai, Hangzhou und Tianjin. Since 2006 Bruno Merse has taught at the International College of Music Hamburg.

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[G29]personImageMatthias Minnich

After his High-School-Examination (Abitur), Matthias Minnich studied Musicology, Philosophy, and Media Science, before he began to study Music at Detmold University of Music. At the Regional Theater (Landestheater) in Detmold, the Rouen Opera and as a member of the Aix-en-Provence Festival, he developed an extensive concert and opera repertoire. Guest appearances led him to opera houses in Lausanne, Venice, Padua and Rouen, and concert tours took him to Rome, Naples, Zurich, Paris, and Orleans. Master Classes with Thomas Hampson, Rudolf Piernay and Thomas Quasthoff provided Matthias Minnich with special impulses and inspiration. Since 2005, Matthias Minnich looks after the Voice Class at the Hannover Music University and since 2009 he teaches at the Hamburg International College of Music.

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[G30]personImageSevgi Özsever

Sevgi Özsever comes from Turkey, where she studied Oboe and Composition at the Istanbul Conservatory. She continued her studies supported by a scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in Berlin with Ricardo Rodrigues at the Hans Eisler University Berlin and changed later to study with Burkhard Glaetzner at the Berlin University of the Arts (UdK). Sevgi Özsever attended Master Classes with Francoise Leleux and Albrecht Meyer and is a scholarship holder from the Eczacibasi Cultural Foundation. She performed as soloist with orchestras of the Southwest German Radio, the Berlin State Opera, the Bavarian State Opera, and the Istanbul Symphony. Her first orchestral position was at the Stuttgart State Opera, and today she is the solo-oboist at the Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra. Sevgi Özsever is teaching at the International College of Music in Hamburg since 2009.

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[G31]personImageJale Papila

Jale Papila ist Konzert- und Opernsängerin und Pädagogin für Gesang mit dem Spezialgebiet Stimmgesundheit.Jale Papila studierte an der Hochschule für Musik Carl Maria von Weber in Dresden bei Prof.Hartmut Zabel und schloß ihre Studien mit dem Diplom Gesangs-Pädagogik, dem Konzertexamen und dem Solistenexamen (Oper) ab. Jale Papila ist Solistin auf zahlreichen Festivals im In- und Ausland, arbeitete mit namhaften Orchestern wie der Sächsischen Staatskapelle Dresden und den Virtuosi Saxoniae, produzierte CD und machte Rundfunkaufnahmen bei BBC London, Radio Bremen, NDR Hamburg und leitete 10 Jahre lang den Studiengang Gesang an der Sängerakademie Hamburg. Seit 2016 unterrichtet sie Gesang am International College of Music Hamburg.

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[G32]personImageJoachim Preu

Joachim Preu was born in 1962 into a musical family in Hamburg. Renowned Hamburg teachers as Horst Raasch and Joachim Mittelacher of the NDR Symphony train him and prepare him for competitions. He was a member of the Youth Federal Orchestra, and one year before his high school graduation, he has already won the audition at the Northern German Radio Symphony Orchestra and has been a member of the NDR. He passes on his knowledge at the University of Music in Lübeck and at the University of Music in Hamburg. Joachim Preu has been a lecturer at ICoM since 2006.

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[G33]personImageDr. Silke Ralf
German Language and Conversation / Music Vocabulary (MDA)

Born in Flensburg, Dr. Ralf studied Japanese Language and Literature, Economics, and Musicology at Hamburg University. She continued her education at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London as well as at the Shinjuku Nihongo Gakko and the Meijigakuin University in Tokyo. Dr. Ralf has also had choral and orchestral experience and works in the areas of directing as well as scenery and costume design at the Landestheater Schleswig-Holstein and the Hamburger Kammerspiele. She has taught German at the Meijigakuin University and at the Japanese Consulate in Hamburg. Dr. Ralf was on the staff of the Institute for Economics and Languages and organized seminars, gave courses in German and Japanese, directed intercultural seminars for companies, and has been an adviser since October 2001 to the firm EAST (Euro-Asia Shipping and Trading GmbH) in clarifying specifically German affairs for Chinese companies. In 2002, Dr. Ralf published a practical guide, 'Konnichi wa! Introduction to modern Japanese Language'. She teaches at ICoM since 2003.

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[G34]personImageProf. Dr. Heinz-Eberhard Schmitz
College Director / Piano / Chamber Music / Musicology

Born in Wuppertal in 1950. Studied Piano and Pedagogic in Wuppertal, Piano and Chamber Music with Prof. Karl-Heinz Kämmerling in Hannover, Music Theory and Composition with Prof. Ulrich Leyendecker in Hamburg, historical and systematic Musicology and Japanese Studies at Hamburg University, Research Study at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music with scholarships from the DAAD (German academic exchange service) and the Japanese Ministry of Education, Monbusho. Ph. D. with a dissertation about traditional Japanese music. As pianist of the Varius-Ensemble for Contemporary Music, Hamburg, performed in numerous concerts in Europe and productions at most of the radio stations throughout Germany and Austria. Concerts as pianist and accompanist. Since 1978, Instructor, and since 1990 Professor at the Hamburg University of Music and Theater and at the Hamburg Conservatory, whose Director he was from 1997 to 2002. Teaching activities: Piano, Chamber Music and Music Theory. Organization of cultural festivals such as “Go East” 1996, in connection with the Ministry of Culture of the Hanseatic City of Hamburg, the North German Radio and Television (NDR), the Museum of Anthropology and the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra. Founded in 1985 the “Study-Year” for Asian students as well as doing the organization and management of the International Summer Academies in Hamburg and master classes in Japan and China. Honorary Professor of the Shaoxing College of Arts and Science and the Shanghai Oriental Piano School. 2003 established together with his partners Georg Schmitz and Martin Salomon the International College of Music Hamburg.

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[G35]personImageProf. Stepan Simonian
Dean of Study Preparation

Born in 1981, Stepan Simonian studied at Moscow Tchaikowsky Conservatory under Pavel Nersessian and pursued his studies with Evgeni Koroliov at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg. Stepan Simonian is winner of numerous national and international competitions and performs at renowned festivals and Concert Halls all over Europe. He has been soloist with Bach Collegium Stuttgart under Helmuth Rilling, with Hamburger Sinfoniker, with Sinfonia Varsovia, the Moscow State Chamber Orchestra and the Mendelssohn Chamber Orchestra Leipzig. Stepan Simonian's performances have been broadcasted on major classical stations including ARD, MDR, NDR, SWR, Hessian and Bavarian Broadcasting, Deutschlandradio Kultur, Radio France and others. His Debut CD with the recording of entire Bach Keyboard Toccatas has been highly praised by critics. Since 2015 Stepan Simonian is Dean of Study Preparation at International College of Music Hamburg.

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[G36]personImageProf. Stepan Simonian

Born in 1981, Stepan Simonian studied at Moscow Tchaikowsky Conservatory under Pavel Nersessian and pursued his studies with Evgeni Koroliov at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg. Stepan Simonian is winner of numerous national and international competitions and performs at renowned festivals and Concert Halls all over Europe. He has been soloist with Bach Collegium Stuttgart under Helmuth Rilling, with Hamburger Sinfoniker, with Sinfonia Varsovia, the Moscow State Chamber Orchestra and the Mendelssohn Chamber Orchestra Leipzig. Stepan Simonian's performances have been broadcasted on major classical stations including ARD, MDR, NDR, SWR, Hessian and Bavarian Broadcasting, Deutschlandradio Kultur, Radio France and others. His Debut CD with the recording of entire Bach Keyboard Toccatas has been highly praised by critics. Since 2015 Stepan Simonian is Dean of Study Preparation at International College of Music Hamburg.

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[G37]personImageGeorge Speckert

George Speckert studied in the USA. He participated on master classes with Paul Roland (string pedagogy), Eduard Melkus (Baroque playing), Brian Blyh Daubney and John Corigilano (composition). In 1976 George Speckert was appointed Head of the City Music School in Löhne, Westphalen, 1980 Head of the Music School Bad Salzuflen. In 1984 he joined the staff of the City Music School of Hannover and later became its director. In 1995 he was awarded with the Hannover Prize and became the artistic director of the EXPO-Project KulturKaleidoskop – made in Hannover. Since 2002 he teaches film music at the University of Offenburg, since 2008 media workshops at the University of Bielefeld. In 2011 he war received the 3rd European Award of Excellence “City for Children” for the project Medienbus. Since 2013 George Speckert teaches at International College of Music, Hamburg.

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[G38]personImageMatthias Veit
Lied Interpretation

Mathias Veit studied piano with Gernot Kahl and voice with Susanne Korzuschek, Peter Elkus and Tom Krause. He also attended masterclasses with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Ralf Gothoni. He accompanies many of the world’s leading singers, including Franz Grundheber, Angela Denoke, Tom Kause, Hanna Schwarz and Andreas Schmidt, and he worked in international masterclasses and institutes with Elly Ameling, Helen Donath, Reri Grist, or Tom Krause and gave his first masterclass at the Savoinlinna Festival 1996. He has been official accompanist in international competitions, including the ARD Musikwettbewerb Munich. In 1998 / 99 he has been professor at the Hochschule für Musik Hamburg and since 1999 he has taught at several music academies in Germany as well as continuing to record for radio, television and disc. Matthias Veit teaches at ICoM since 2015.

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[G39]personImageProf. Jens Wagner

Jens Wagner completed his studies with Karl Scheit, one of the great pedagogues of modern guitar playing. Important impulses and high sensitivity he received through intensive study of the old music. As a soloist and together with the Duo Sonare he has toured in more than 40 countries and played on major festivals. As an arranger he has enriched the guitar repertoire with works also from rock and pop music e.g. Mike Oldfield’s “Tubular Bells”, a milestone in the history of music, or guitar virtuoso John McLaughlin's compositions. You can find in his programs contrasting connections of different music styles performed on the 19th century guitar and the modern Spanish guitar. As an experienced guitarist and lutenist Jens Wagner has a profound knowledge he passes on to his students. As an experienced guitarist and lutenist Jens Wagner has a profound knowledge he passes on to his students. He is professor at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg and at the University of the Arts Bremen His professional articles about “posture and movement theory” and “filing technique for guitarists” have been published in several magazines. Jens Wagner guitar arrangements of works by Telemann and Haydn are published by Heinrichshofen and Trekel. 12 highly acclaimed CD recordings document his artistic work.

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[G40]personImageDr. Yijie Wang
Music appreciation, music theory, ear training

Yijie Wang was born in Qingdao P.R. China. She absolved her high school degree at the musical high school of the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing and completed her bachelor’s degree in composition at the Central Conservatory Bijing.After preparatory language training she continued her studies at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg with Prof. Michael Hamel with a DAAD scholorship. She completed her diploma in 2011 and did her PhD in 2015 with Prof. Dr. Beatrix Borchard, Prof. Dr. Georg Hajdu and Prof. Xiaoyong Chen as the first foreign student (Dr. mus. Sc.) with her thesis Die Entwicklung der chinesischen Oper im 20. Jahrhundert in Gegenüberstellung zur westeuropäischen Oper der Gegenwart. Her opera Yang Guifei – Die Konkubine des Kaisers had its world premier in Hamburg in 2014. Dr. Yijie Wang teaches at the International College of Music Hamburg since 2011.

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[G41]personImageProf. Johanna Wiedenbach

Johanna Wiedenbach received her first instruction at the Conservatory in Bremen. She later studied with Prof. Eliza Hansen on the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg and concluded her studies with a national certification for music educators and diploma and concert examination as pianist. During her studies she received a scholarship from the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes and continuously developed her concert activities. She received impulses from Wilhelm Kempf in Positano, and was a jury member for Jugend musiziert and with the Steinway competitions.She is professor of piano at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg since 1995. Since 2008 she teaches at ICoM.

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