18th International Mendelssohn Summer School

September 09 – 22, 2024

The Summer School of the International Mendelssohn Festival takes place for the eighteenth time from 09 – 22 September 2024. Renowned artists hold master classes (violin, viola, violoncello, double bass, oboe, clarinet, horn, bassoon, saxophone, piano and chamber music) and perform in concerts at the Hochschule for Music and Theater Hamburg.

Highly qualified music students from four continents will come together in Hamburg for two weeks of master classes to put their musical skills to the test and to further refine their playing under professional guidance. An illustrious team of instructors comprised of internationally renowned professors will coach students during this period.




Master Classes





Love to music

Timeline Summer School 2024

Sophia Jaffe

Sophia Jaffé

Fine Arts Quartet

Fine Arts Quartet
Chamber Music

Frans Helmerson

Frans Helmerson

Asya Fateyeva

Asya Fateyeva

The 2024 Summer School will offer over 31 master classes!

Prof. Niklas Schmidt

Director International Mendelssohn Festival (IMF)

Cellist Niklas Schmidt, together with Klaus Stolberg (Foundation of the Friends of the Hamburg Hochschule for Music and Theater) and Elmar Lampson (President of the Hochschule for Music and Theater Hamburg), established the Mendelssohn Summer School in 2007.

Since then, the annual Summer School has developed into a festival of international caliber. To date, over 1200 students from the world over have attended the master classes of over 60 internationally renowned instructors. The 25 concerts performed by students and teachers, which can be visited with the so-called “Listening Pass”, enjoy enormous popularity.

Niklas Schmidt, himself Professor for Chamber Music and Cello in Hamburg, performed for 20 years with the Trio Fontenay and is active today as soloist and chamber music partner in various constellations across the globe. He is a champion of chamber music, which he supports in a variety of ways, including with his concert series FontenayClassics or with the International Chamber Music Competition Hamburg (ICMC).