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Information for International Applicants


Melbourne, Australia, 10-16 July 2017


Over an intensive week in July 2017, top music students from around the world will have the opportunity to experience individual lessons, masterclasses, interpretation classes, and workshops with Australia's leading musicians and professors.  The festival will culminate in a public gala concert to showcase the achievements of the students.


Students will also have the opportunity to experience the surrounds of Melbourne and visit some of Melbourne's most unique landmarks and attractions.


We are pleased to announce that the 2017 July festival will be taught by the following masters:

Associate Professor

Kenji Fujimura (Piano)

Deputy Head of School

Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music

Monash University

A.M.E.B. Examiner

Ms Tamara Smolyar (Piano)

Coordinator of Piano/Keyboard

Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music

Monash University

Mr Matthew Tomkins (Violin)*

Principal Second Violin

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

Ms Lisa Grosman (Violin/Viola)

Lecturer in Strings

Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music

Monash University

Ms Miranda Brockman (Cello)


Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

*Due to unforeseen circumstances, we regret to announce that Dr Elizabeth Sellars will no longer be able to teach at the festival this year.  We welcome Mr Matthew Tomkins to our teaching faculty for strings students.



  • 10–13 July: Attend class (9:30am – 4:30pm)

  • 14 July:  Attend class (9:30am – 2:30pm) + gala concert and reception (7:00pm-10:00pm)

  • 15 July:  Phillip Island Tour

  • 16 July:  Yarra Valley Tour



*Parents, families, and friends are welcome to attend the gala concert and reception on the evening of Friday 14 July.



  • Masterclasses

  • Music interpretation classes

  • Ensemble classes

  • 2 x half-hour individual lessons

  • Seminars/workshops on practice methods, music & the body, and performance psychology

  • Information sessions on studying at Australian universities and music for career/leisure options

  • 1 x cultural activity excursion (transport included)

  • Facilities for individual practice

  • Lunch provisions (10-14 July)

  • Performance in gala concert 

  • Post-gala-concert reception 

  • Certificate of participation

  • 8 nights twin-share accommodation (Sunday 9 July – Sunday 16 July inclusive)

  • Daily breakfast (Monday 10 July – Monday 17 July inclusive)

  • 5 days of public transport travel card

  • 1 x full-day sightseeing trip to Phillip Island (Saturday 15 July)

  • 1 x full-day sightseeing trip to the Yarra Valley (Sunday 16 July)





  • We are pleased to announce that the Melbourne International Piano & Strings Festival will take place at Wesley College (577 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne) – our school partner for the event.






  • Age: Students must be aged 10 years or older on 1 June 2017.  Students under the age of 18 who do not normally reside in Melbourne must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the trip.

  • Accepted instruments: Piano, violin, viola, cello.






  • All participants will need to prepare two works of no more than 5 minutes each for study during the festival.

  • All participants except for piano students must supply their own instruments.

  • Students who are travelling from overseas (i.e. not normally residing in Australia) must email proof of their travel insurance to prior to the commencement of the festival.  We regret that we cannot accept students without proof of travel insurance purchase.



If for whatever reason you need to cancel your booking after payment has been made, please notify us at as soon as possible.  Please read our refund policy here.









Applications to participate in the festival have now closed.  

If you are interested in attending next year's event, please email to join our mailing list.


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