VIII. International Horn Academy

Balatonfüred, 13-20 August 2023 


for which we welcome applications from participants between 15-28 years old.The course will include individual lessons, piano accompaniment and chamber ensembles with renowned teachers from all over the world. 
The academy welcomes active and passive participants with workshops in the mornings, while in the afternoons the focus is on chamber music and one-to-one lessons. In the evenings, instrumental exhibitions and concerts complete the programme. The course will end with a hornensemble-concert on Saturday, where participants will have the opportunity to perform with the course teachers.

The teachers of the course are:

  • Prof. Saar Berger (HfM Trossingen, Ensemble Modern)
  • Prof. Christian-Friedrich Dallmann (UdK Berlin)
  • Miklós Takács (Staatskapelle Dresden)
  • Prof. Szabolcs Zempléni (LFZE Budapest / HfMT Hamburg) - artistic leader
  • Akiko Nikami - piano (UdK Berlin) 

Thematic workshops:

  • 13-15 Aug - Basics overview, audition concerts and orchestral excerpts
    (Christian-Friedrich Dallmann)
  • 16 Aug - Early Music Performance, Fundamentals of Natural Horn (Miklós Takács)
  • 17 Aug - Horn Workout -A flexible horn (Saar Berger)
  • 18 Aug - Preparing for a long career (Szabolcs Zempléni)
  • 19 Aug - Mental training, memorising and everything that was left out 
    (Szabolcs Zempléni)


  • 13 Aug 2023 - "Horn and jazz" Opening concert (Ferencsik J. Music School)
    Special guest: Gábor Zsolt Nagy - jazz horn player
  • 15 Aug 2023 - Flashmob on Lake Balaton 
  • 16 Aug 2023 - Flashmob Reserve day
  • 18 Aug 2023 - Students' concert (Ferencsik J. Music School)
  • 19 Aug 2023 - Horn Academy Ensemble - Closing concert (Reformed Church)

Location of the course:

Balatonfüred Reformed Primary School (8230 Balatonfüred, 2 Iskola u.)
Ferencsik János Music School Balatonfüred (8230 Balatonfüred, 13 Ady Endre u.)

Course Fee: 300 EUR, which includes:

  • individual lessons every day 
  • piano rehearsals with piano accompaniment and teachers
  • participation in chamber ensembles
  • testing of instruments and accessories of the exhibitors
  • participation in presentations by exhibitors
  • active participation on the workshops
  • participation in concerts and programmes
  • the opportunity to practise

We can accept a maximum of 24 active students. We cannot supervise underage students (under 18) outside of the professional programmes (e.g. lunch/dinner/leisure in town), so we require parental consent from minors enrolled on the course.

We can accept a limited number of needy students for a reduced fee, please send your request by email along with the online application form! Students will be informed of the discount at the same time as their application is accepted.

Application deadline: 5 May 2023

You will be notified of the success of your application by 15 May 2023 

Apply now here: 

Accommodation (on request):
quadruple dormitory rooms: 60.000 HUF / 160 € / 8 nights

Discounted meals available: 
Breakfast at Carpe Diem Café

Lunch at the Giorgi restaurant, available in two different price categories:
Menu A: soup, main course: 19.600 HUF / 49 € / 7 days
Menu B: soup, main course, dessert: 30.800 HUF / 77 € / 7 days

Travelling from abroad :

The nearest airport is Budapest, from where you can take the train to Balatonfüred in one and a half hours.