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YOUTH CLASSICS Swiss International Music Academy

Masterclasses for young talented musicians


The YOUTH CLASSICS Swiss International Music Academy (SIMA) is a private organization promoting young musical talents from Switzerland and abroad. The SIMA offers the opportunity to participate in exclusive masterclasses during the summertime to advanced musicians intending to study music as well as to music university students (string instruments and -for the first time in 2020- clarinet).


The high-quality and intensive program consists of solo lessons with internationally renowned teachers, as well as rehearsals with piano accompanists, chamber music lessons, chamber orchestra rehearsals and different workshops.

Giving young musicians the opportunity to perform in concerts is an essential part of SIMA’s conception. 


During the whole academy, teachers and students live on the campus of the “Musikinsel Rheinau”, allowing the personal encounter between inspiring teachers and students, as well as the intensive exchange among peers.


We are looking forward to welcoming motivated young musicians to the 12th Swiss International Music Academy at the “Musikinsel Rheinau”.

YOUTH CLASSICS dedicates itself to supporting young musical talents irrespective of their own or their families’ financial possibilities. Young people’s economical situation as well as their origin should not have any impact on their development as musicians or their future prospects. Therefore participants of the SIMA masterclasses are not paying any tuition fee, but just the costs for room and board. In order to make this concept financially possible, YOUTH CLASSICS is dependent on the support by foundations, companies, privat donors and sponsors. Throughout the whole year, the YOUTH CLASSICS team works voluntarily on seeking support for the young talented musicians and therefore, on keeping the SIMA alive in the long run.


The YOUTH CLASSICS academy enjoys an excellent reputation within Switzerland as well as worldwide due to its special concept and high quality. The limited education places at the SIMA are in great demand in Switzerland and abroad, students apply from all over Europe, the USA and Asia. 

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