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Master Classes for PIANO

piano solo | preformed ensembles

05.09.2021 - 11.09.2021


Sven Birch Sven Birch was born in Denmark. He received his pianistic education in Aarhus, where he obtained the soloist diploma. Several scholarships enabled him to study in Vienna with Prof. Alexander Jenner. Masterclasses with distinguished pianists Tatjana Nicolajewa, Conrad Hansen, John Lill, Leonid Brumberg, Peter Feuchtwanger. Birch is a much asked for musician with a broad repertoire from Bach to contemporary music. He is a soloist, chamber music player, accompanist and conductor.  Concert tours took him to Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, the Faeroe Islands, Wales, Ireland, Germany, Belgium, France, Italy, Spain, Poland, Russia, Lithuania, Austria, Switzerland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Greece, Cyprus, Iran, Slovakia, Serbia, Turkey, the USA, Brazil, Mexico, India and Japan. Birch is a member of the `George Crumb Trio´ Linz, and the flute and piano duo Georgiadis/Birch. Sven Birch is teaching piano at the Anton Bruckner University of Music and is head of the keyboard Institute. He has also taught in the Royal Conservatory Copenhagen and Mozarteum Salzburg. He is frequently invited to give Masterclasses and has made several CD-, TV-and Radio recordings (BBC, NDR, WDR, DR, NRK, SR, ORF) Piano

Christiane Karajeva Since her debut as a soloist at the age of 10 the Viennese-born pianist is deeply rooted in the international music scene as a soloist, as a chamber musician and as a teacher. She graduated with distinction at the Viennese Musikhochschule and at the Tchaikovsky-conservatory in Moscow. Among her most famous teachers are Richard Hauser, Dieter Weber, Lev Naumov and Wilhelm Kempff. At the age of 17 she convinced at the International Beethoven-competition as the youngest award-winner ever. She appeared in the most important Viennese concert halls mainly as a soloist, and she toured Central Europe, Canada, Mexico and in the Middle-East. Her deep experience in chamber music started with her activity as pianist of the Beethoven Trio Wien. This ensemble was a leading group at the international level and appeared successfully until 1999 in Europe, Japan and in the USA. Numerous CDs were recorded under the label "Camerata". Besides concerts as a soloist and as a chamber musician she appears in the actual music scene with literature- and dance projects (such as the "Well-tempered piano" with the Raulino Danse Group). Since more than 25 years Christiane Karajeva teaches at the Viennese Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst. Since 2000 she is a professor at the Department of Music Education. Her teaching activities emphasize the economy of piano-playing and the "philosophy of the simplicity". She regularly directs master classes in Finland, Japan and Korea. The "Erasmus" teaching programme recently took her to Vilnius/Lithuania and to Lisbon. Piano

Sebastian Euler Sebastian Euler, born in southern Germany, already won first and second prizes in international music competitions during his studies, including the “Murray Dranoff” competition in the USA and the ARD competition. Since then, regular concerts have been held in Europe, Asia and the USA, among others. at the Beethovenfest Bonn, Tonhalle Zürich, Frankfurter Hof Mainz, Cultural Center Chicago and the Oper Hanoi. Invitations as a soloist, among other things. with the Symphony Orchestra of the Bavarian Radio, the Miami Symphony Orchestra and the Munich Chamber Orchestra. Together with Shao-Yin Huang he forms the Duo d’Accord, one of the world-renowned piano duos. Since September 2008, Sebastian Euler has been Professor of Piano at the Tyrolean State Conservatory. Piano

Georg Steinschaden Georg Steinschaden is Professor for Piano and Director of the  "Pre-College Salzburg" at the University of Music and Performing Arts "Mozarteum". He is the President of the the Austrian Master Classesand teaches also at the Musikum Salzburg. He was chairman of the executive board of the youth competition "Prima la Musica" in Salzburg for seven years and a member of the management board "Prima la Musica" Austria. His innumerable concerts with the "Steinschaden Trio Salzburg" have taken him to many countries in and outside of Europe (Italy, France, Switzerland, Denmark, Russia, Bulgaria, Germany, Japan, USA e.g. in CARNEGIE HALL in New York, and Mexico just to name a few). He has recorded many CDs and his work has been broadcasted on both radio and television ORF and ARD in Austria, on Japanese television he has appeared with ensembles such as the Eichendorff Quintet Vienna (members of the Vienna Philharmonic), the Amati Quartet Verona, and the Augsburg String Quartet, also with soloists like the famous Mezzo Soprano Angelika Kirchschlager. For the past twenty years Georg Steinschaden has also been busy with cultural management. He completed his studies in Piano and Pedagogics at the University of Music and Performing Arts "Mozarteum" in Salzburg with P.Lang, N.Shetler and A.Kontarski, and has won first prize on many occasions in the "Jugend musiziert" competitions. Piano

Christian Tarla Christian Tarla studied organ and piano at the Schola Cantorum and at the Ecole Normale Alfred Cortot in Paris. One of the most decisive encounters of his life, however, was the one with the Russian pianist and pedagogue Alexander Satz, with whom he studied for many years at the University of Music and Dramatic Arts in Graz. Concert activity as a soloist with orchestras and as a chamber musician in France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria. He devotes himself however mainly his teaching activities especially with talented and motivated young musicians: He teaches at the Johann Joseph Fux Conservatory of Styria in Graz and holds master classes in France, Brazil, Taiwan, Slovenia ... juror in national and international piano and chamber music competitions . Several of his students have even won prizes at national and international competitions. Senior Lecturer in didactics and methodology of keyboard instruments and specific teaching of piano at the University of Music and Dramatic Arts in Graz, where he also teaches teaching practice. Piano

Clemens Zeilinger Clemens Zeilinger teaches piano at both the University for Music in Vienna and the Anton Bruckner University for Music in Linz. He was appointed “Artist of the Year” by the Austrian Radio on the occasion of its 40th anniversary. The years 2008 and 2010 brought two highly acclaimed piano recital cycles, one of which comprised all Beethoven piano sonatas, the other being devoted to works by Franz Schubert. For the next two years Zeilinger has been awarded the title of “Artist in Residence” at the “Brucknerhaus” concert center in Linz.Clemens Zeilinger was born in Vienna. He began his studies at the Bruckner Conservatory in Linz and later continued at the University for Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. Among his teachers were Roland Keller, Peter Barcaba, Heinz Medjimorec, Georg Ebert (Chamber Music) and Anton Voigt . He furthermore attended master classes with Leonoard Hokanson, Oleg Maisenberg, L. Hoffmann and A. Jasinski. His musical education was rounded off by studies of music theory with Gunther Waldek as well as a course on “Integrative Breathing, Voice and Movement Education” with Dr. Bernhard Riebl. Clemens Zeilinger holds prizes of several competitions: Winner of the Austrian Youth Music Competition “Jugend musiziert”, Winner of the European Youth Music Competition in Antwerp and Laureate of both the Beethoven Competition in Vienna and the European Chamber Music Competition at The Hague. He was awarded the “Bösendorfer Scolarship” on several occasions. His concert tours have included all of Europe, the US, Japan, Korea, Morocco, Iran and Oman. He has been soloist with many renowned orchestras, such as the Mozarteum Orchestra in Salzburg, the Royal Academy Orchestra in London, the Lower Austrian Symphony, the Bruckner Orchestra in Linz and the South Bohemian Philharmonic Orchestra. He devotes a great part of his artistic life to Lied accompaniment and to playing chamber music, as a member of the Delon Piano Quartet.  Piano


Class starts on: 05.09.2021, 18:00
Arrival after: 05.09.2021, 15:00
Final Concert: 11.09.2021, 11:00
Class ends on: 11.09.2021, 14:00
Deadline: 15.07.2021

Course fee
from € 350,- plus adminstration fee € 100,- 

Course location
Castle Zell an der Pram in Upper Austria

from € 300,-


...with drive into the new academic year!


The master classes for piano with internationally renowned teachers and soloists provide a good opportunity to spend a week preparing for the new academic year, a rehearsal, a concert appearance, a competition or an exam, or simply to develop a programme of their own choice.

With its generous seminar rooms, historic ambience and incomparably quiet and romantic location in the middle of the Upper Austrian Innviertel region, Schloss Zell an der Pram offers an exceptional setting for intensive work and artistic and professional development.

Invited are

Students and young students from music universities, music colleges and conservatories | advanced students of music schools and private lessons | professional musicians | instrument teachers

Semi-professional musicians/amateurs willing to engage in working from a professional point of view will be admitted only to a limited extent for the time being. Additional places can only be booked after the deadline of May 15, according to available places

The courses are open to participants of all nationalities over the age of 14. Exceptions to the minimum age requirement are possible in consultation with the course management

Free programme selection from the solo and concert repertoire | Course languages German & English

The following services are included in the course fee

Depending on the booking, about 40 minutes or 80 minutes private lessons daily | free use of pianos for practicing | all classes are open for listening | occasional lectures | stage training | workshop concerts | final public concert with free admission | use of seminar and recreation rooms | use of ping-pong tables and sports field | additional offer Shiatsu (to be booked separately) | active participants receive a participation diploma  

There's plenty of practising rooms with pianos available. We'll organize the practice times.

General timetable as a pdf

Registration deadline

Please note the registration deadline. Due to the high demand and limited number of participants, we recommend timely registration. Later registrations can be considered if there are any places left.

Final concert

The final public concert will take place in the Fresco Hall of Schloss Zell an der Pram. The teachers select the participants

Leisure Time

A sports field and multi-purpose hall are available for leisure activities such as table tennis and ball games | there is a swimming pool nearby


Go ahead and book a second lesson unit (daily 80-minute private lesson) as well!