All courses and times of the Mendelssohn Summer School 2020 can be found online here!

14th International Mendelssohn Summer School

September, 14-26 2020

The Summer School of the »International Mendelssohn Festival« takes place for the fourteenth time from 14 – 26 September 2020. Renowned artists hold Master Classes (Violin, Viola, Cello, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Saxophone, Piano, Conducting 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.

Applications starting 2020.




Master Classes





Love of music

Timeline 2020

  • 15 April

    Start application period

  • 15 June

    Application Deadline

  • 15 July

    Ending selection & Notification particpants



Christian Altenburger

Peijun Xu

Sebastian Klinger

Ulrich Windfuhr

Overall, the 14th »International Mendelssohn Festival« offers 25 different 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).

With kind support of:

Bodo Röhr Stiftung
Jutta und Dr. Thomas Kittel-Stiftung
Johann Heinrich Poppe Stiftung
Hans-Kauffmann Stiftung
Stiftung Hamburger Hilfsspende
Alster-Hof Melzner-Stiftung
Hamburger Sparkasse