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14th YOUTH CLASSICS Swiss International Music Academy

July 12th - 21st, 2024

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 2024

  • Intensive solo lessons

  • Rehearsals with piano accompaniment

  • Chamber music lessons

  • Performances during studio classes and in-house concerts

  • SIMA concerts featuring participants in Rheinau and Zurich

  • Leisure activities


Specials SIMA 2024

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




Tuition fee


Course costs: none

​Every student who is accepted to the academy 2024 receives a full scholarship for the course fee.


Costs for room & board:


For 10 days and 9 nights (3 meals/day included), departure on July 21st, 2024 after the final concert: 890 CHF or 890 EUR


For 11 days and 10 nights (3 meals/day included), individual departure on July 22nd, 2024, after breakfast at the IBIS Budget hotel: 990 CHF or 990 EUR


The SIMA 2024 starts on July 12th, 2024 and ends on July 21st, 2024, after the final concert at the Zurich University of the Arts. Please indicate on the application form, whether you would depart directly after the final concert (9 nights on the Musikinsel Rheinau) or if you wish to stay in the Hotel IBIS Budget next to the Zurich University of the Arts for one more night.


Application fee: CHF 100.-  or EUR 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 2024 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 100 or EUR 100 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: or

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



Please send us a YouTube link with the registration form.

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

Applicants, whom the preferred teacher has already guaranteed a place at SIMA 2024 do not need to send any recording.


All the applications will be viewed after the registration deadline (May 12th, 2024).

Usually, around 300 candidates apply for around 100 places at the SIMA. Applicants will latest be informed by June 1st, 2024 about the allocation of study places at the Academy 2024.

Please register for the 14th Swiss International Music Academy 2024 (SIMA 2024) by May 12th, 2024 by sending the application via email to: 


Mobile: + 41 (0) 76 411 68 16

You will receive confirmation of your registration afterwards.

For general questions please contact us via:

For artistic questions please contact us via:

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

payment slip CHF

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

payment slip EUR


Important dates


May 12th​, 2024     

Registration deadline

June 1st, 2024     

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

June 15th, 2024    

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

July 12th, 2024     

Arrival of all participants between 12 pm and 5 pm. Opening of the SIMA 2024 at 6 pm.


July 21st, 2024

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




July 22nd, 2024      

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 (English) 





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