YOUTH CLASSICS Swiss International Music Academy

July 15th - 24th, 2022

The Swiss International Music Academy is intended for talented and advanced musicians aiming to study music as well as for music university students. The course content includes advanced engagement with technical and musical subjects, interpretation of works and/or preparation for competitions, exams and auditions. Participants should be challenged at both a musical and personal level.


Course content SIMA 2022

  • Intensive solo lessons

  • Rehearsals with piano accompaniment

  • Chamber music lessons

  • Performances during studio classes and in-house concerts

  • SIMA concerts featuring participants in Schaffhausen, Rheinau and Zurich

  • Leisure activities


Specials SIMA 2022

During the Swiss International Music Academy, all participants live on the Musikinsel Rheinau campus.


Safety guidelines against Covid-19 will be published here according to the official measures at the time of the SIMA 2022




Tuition fee


All prices per person.

Every student who is accepted to the academy 2022 receives a full scholarship for the course fee. The fee includes only room and board (double- or multi- bed room, 3 meals a day)


Costs for room & board SIMA 2022, departure on July 24th, 2022, directly after the final concert: CHF 890.-  or Euro 820.-

Costs for room & board SIMA 2022, departure on July 25th, 2022, after breakfast:

CHF 980.-  or Euro 890.-

(Violinists pay an additional fee of CHF 100.- / Euro 100.- for additional viola lessons and participation in the workshop "Voilà Viola")


Application fee: CHF 100.-  or Euro 100.- 

Applications without bank receipt proving the payment of the application fee will not be processed.

The application fee will be subtracted from the total costs. In case the applicant does not receive a place at the SIMA 2022 due to too many applications, the application fee will be paid back. In case the participant cancels his/her participation, the application fee can not be refunded.

Family members:    

Participants under the age of 12 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Parents/adult siblings who accompany participants pay CHF 95 or EUR 90 per night and per person for a double room with full board.

Due to limited number of rooms, parents of participants older than 12 years can not be accommodated on the Musikinsel Rheinau during the SIMA. Information about accommodation possibilities near to the Musikinsel can be found at: www.booking.com, www.hotels.com or www.hrs.com.

All prices are per person and include statutory value added tax applicable at the headquarters of YOUTH CLASSICS.



Please send us a DVD or a YouTube link with the registration form.

There are no compulsory pieces for this recording. We recommend 2-3 works of different caracter and style.

Applicants, whom the preferred teacher has already guaranteed a place at SIMA 2022 do not need to send any recording.


All the applications will be viewed after the registration deadline (May 15, 2022).

Usually, at least 300 candidates apply for around 100 places at the SIMA. Applicants will latest be informed by June 1st, 2022 about the allocation of study places at the Academy 2022.

Please register for the 12th Swiss International Music Academy 2022 (SIMA 2022) by May 15th, 2022 by sending the application via email to: registration@youth-classics.com 


or by post to:

Langweidstrasse 6      
8912 Obfelden / Switzerland


Tel.: +41 (0) 43 540 80 23

Mobile: + 41 (0) 76 411 68 16

You will receive confirmation of your registration afterwards.

For general questions please contact us via: info@youth-classics.com

For artistic questions please contact us via: anna.bertogna@youth-classics.com

Documents to be downloaded

Registration form (English) 

Rules and agreement (English)  

Application for reduction on room & board costs (English) 

​You can find a list of the clothes and other items that should be brought to the courses here


Bank account details CHF account:

Account holder: YOUTH CLASSICS, Langweidstrasse 6, CH-8912 Obfelden
Bank: Zürcher Kantonalbank
Swift code: ZKBKCHZZ80A
IBAN: CH31 0070 0114 8023 3338 0

Bank account details EUR account:

Account holder: YOUTH CLASSICS, Langweidstrasse 6, CH-8912 Obfelden

Bank: Zürcher Kantonalbank

Swift code: ZKBKCHZZ80A

IBAN: CH54 0070 0130 0091 1880 2


Important dates


May 15th​, 2022     

Registration deadline

June 1st, 2022     

By this date, all registered candidates will receive a notification whether they can participate and who their main teacher will be.    

June 15th, 2022    

Announcement of chamber music groups and allocation of works and chamber music teachers

July 15th, 2022     

Arrival of all participants between 12 pm and 5 pm. Opening of the SIMA 2022 at 6 pm.

July 24th, 2022

Individual departure after the SIMA final concert in Zurich (around 8 pm)


July 25th, 2022      

Individual departure (Hotel in Zurich) after breakfast


How to travel to the Musikinsel Rheinau

Public transport

From Zurich Airport:

From Zurich Airport, there are various InterCity (IC) or InterRegio (IR) train connections to Wintherthur – or 

  • S24 Zurich Airport – Marthalen

  • Postbus 620 Marthalen – Rheinau Unterstadt (terminus)

  • 5 min. walk down towards the Rheinau Abbey

From Zurich main station: 


There is a fixed-interval timetable with one hour of travel time (departure every hour from 6:17 am until 11:17 pm, with changes in Winterthur and Marthalen).

  • S12 Zurich main station – Winterthur

  • S33 Winterthur – Marthalen

  • Postbus 620 Marthalen – Rheinau Unterstadt (terminus)

  • 5 min. walk down towards the Rheinau Abbey

Last connection from Rheinau Unterstadt to Zurich main station at 11:18 pm.



Distance: Zurich:40 min./47 km, St. Gallen: 55 min./80 km, Winterthur: 20 min./26 km


  • Take the Zurich-St. Gallen highway

  • At the junction with the A4, take direction Schaffhausen

  • Take the exit for Benken/Rheinau

  • From Rheinau, follow signs to the Rheinau Abbey

www.musikinsel.ch (English) 




Preview SIMA 2023 - 2024



Arrival: Friday, 14.07.2023

Departure: Sunday, 23.07.2023



Arrival - Friday, 12.07.2024

Departure - Sunday, 21.07.2024