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Aurora Chamber Music Course 2009

Aurora Chamber Music, Royal College of Music in Stockholm and Musikakademi Vänersborg invite academic students and professional musicians

No course fee and free accommondation!!


Master class leaders

Kevork Mardirossian Violin.   Professor at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music – Bloomington
Yuval Gotlibovich Viola.   Professor in academies in Madrid and Lugano
Valter DespaljCello.   Professor at the Zagreb Academy of Music
Håvard Gimse Piano.   Professor at the Norwegian State academy of Music in Oslo 
Per NyströmChamber Music.   Cellist and artistic director of Aurora Chamber Music
Richard Studt– String orchestra.   Violinist and and associate conductor of the Bournemouth Sinfonietta
GREAT NEWS!!! now also with
Caroline Emery – Doulble bass. Professor at the Royal College of Music in London and Yehudi Menuhin School


Welcome to apply (at latest 25th September) to a group of exceptional young artists from all over the world and exchange creative ideas. Take master classes and play chamber music. Relish the chance to perform in public. Take risks, inspire audiences, meet people and have fun. Become an integral part of a performing arts community of which many of the world’s most important performers are also members.

We take pride in what we offer our participants so take time to read all of the information included in this document before you apply, so that you know what the Aurora Chamber Music Course is all about.
We are really looking forward meeting you.
Very welcome!

Ola Larsson/Manager and Per Nyström/Artistic Director

Course contents

Solo master classes and Chamber music . These different master courses are a part of Aurora Autumn Festival. They offer high quality teaching by established musicians and pedagogues. The leaders and the course participants also collaborate in official concerts during the festival. Master classes consist of individual tuition as well as chamber music.  The course participants  play various pieces (mostly chamber music) during the festival.
It is obligatory for everyone to participate in Master Classes and Chamber music according to the schedule that will be sent to all participants before arriving to Vänersborg
There will be no piano accompanists at the master classes.

Studying credits

The course is worth 6 studying credit points (ECTS) 4 weeks of fulltime studies in the form of self-study / preparation during weeks 40-43 and in the form of an intensive course week 44. We publisch the repertoire for the chamber music 2/10. You also have to be prepared to participate in all lessons / rehearsals / concerts during the period of 26-31/10 (meaning  normally that you check in 25/10 and check out 1/11)


Those artists accepted into the Aurora Chamber Music Course 2009 may not arrive later then 9am the 26th October or leave earlier than 10pm the 31 st October, and must not be absent for any reason during the period without express permission from the course management.

Participants are obliged to advise the management office of their travel plans two weeks in advance of the Academy, otherwise we reserve the right to substitute an alternative participant.

Vänersborg  is a town located 80km north east of Gothenburg, Sweden.
Read more about Vänersborg and see map here

The easiest connection to Vänersborg is trough Gothenburg. From both airports in Gothenburg you find Airport busses going to the Central train station (around 30min). From Gothenburg central train station you take a regional train going every hour to Vänersborg and the tickets for that doesn’t have to be booked in advance, just buy them when you arrive to the station. The train takes around 60 min to Trollhättan and costs around 70 SEK.

It’s also possible to take trains from Copenhagen, Stockholm and Oslo directly to Trollhättan but that normally takes a bit longer time and have to be booked in advance.  Information about all the trains in English

Accommodation and food

Free or cheap accommodation 25/10-1/11
We can now offer free accommodation in private homes for all participants who wants. We can also offer very good prices for hotel with breakfast, lunch and dinner for the course period 25/10-1/11.

Our offers are optional. You can, of course, at your own expense, choose to arrange with your food and accommodation during the course yourself.

Free accommodation

We are very pleased to now be able to offer all participants free accommodation 25/10-1/11. So many nice host families in Vänersborg offer accommodation in their private homes. 

Important instructions if you want to take advantage of this offer.

 1.  Accommodation can be a bit outside Vänersborg. You must then organize and pay for your travel by bus to and from Vänersborg every day.

2.  You must follow the host family’s rules and show respect for their daily routines. Keep your room and bathroom clean and tidy every day. 

3.  You must arrange your own breakfast. If the host family provides breakfast, be sure to offer payment for it. 

4. You must participate at the meeting Sunday 25/10 at 20.00 in Vänersborg. Then we meet all the host families together and showing the way the first time. 

5. You have to bring your own bed sheets or sleeping bag and towels

Cheap hotel offer

Hotels with equal standard and with about 3-15 min walking distance from the course premises. The prices are 500 SEK/night in single room, 370 SEK/night in double room or 250 SEK/night in rooms for 3-6 students, all including breakfast.


You can buy our special ”Food card” for the course. That includes 10 hot meals (lunch and dinner ). The meals are of basic and good standard including salad, drink, bread and coffee. There will also be vegetarian alternatives. The Food card costs 650 SEK. The restaurant is located in the same building as the course so it’s very convenient. You can book ”Food card” even if you don’t book our offers with accommodation.


Please read all the information in this description as well as in the application form before applying. You have to apply at latest the 25th September by sending the online application.

1. All applicants should have the basic qualifications needed for high school studies. You should document your advanced skills in your application.

2. Recordings for the selection are not obligatory but applicants with recordings will have a priority during the professor’s selection. If you want you can send in a non-edited recording with free of choice but varied repertoire. Please write clearly your name and contact details on your recording, as well as a table of contents. We must have received your recording at the latest on 25 th September 2009. Please send your recording to Per Nyström, Haga Östergatan 13, 413 01 Göteborg, Sweden (The recordings won’t be returned.)

3. The selection will be based upon musical skills, education and experience. The number of places is limited. We will send all applicants the list of selected participants at the latest on the 2nd October


All Academy participants receive an Aurora Festival badge. This allows free access to the Festival concerts

Chamber Music

It is extremely important for instrumentalists to play chamber music together as it encourages all involved to discover even more about themselves, to learn about playing with colleagues and to listen to what is happening around them.

Groups and repertoire will be selected by the course management before arrival in Vänersborg so that participants have time to learn their parts.

All participants will perform in front of the public, in master classes and concerts during the festival. Participants are asked to acknowledge that their master classes or concert performances may be filmed, recorded or photographed as and when required by the course managment, and that they consent for such activities to take place on the understanding that they are not filmed, recorded or photographed for any commercial gain.


Each participant is responsible for bringing his/her own music scores to Vänersborg (also chamber music scores).  Bring also a copy of each score for the use of the professor in the master classes/chamber music.

Practice rooms

We have many practice rooms and pianos that can be reserved at course venue.


Ola Larsson, Manager – Aurora Chamber Music. Ph+46 (0) 70 654 12 50.
Per Nyström, Artistic director – Aurora Chamber Music. Ph +46 (0) 708 19 43 47