String Courses | 20 – 28 July 2024

ZêzereArts runs a masterclass for advanced string players and chamber ensembles under the guidance of  Eliot Lawson and Luís Pacheco Cunha (violin), Jorge Alves (viola and chamber music), Catherine Strynckx (cello) and Adriano Aguiar (double bass).

Students will spend nine days studying at an advanced level, playing chamber music (existing groups may apply together or players may join groups formed on the course) and forming the nucleus of the ZêzereArts Festival Orchestra.

We also welcome, for the first time, Wiesje Miedema, a renowned Dutch violin teacher from the Sweelinck Academy for exceptional gifted young musicians, who will give masterclasses to all students engaged.

All activities benefit from the presence of our professional staff pianist, Taíssa Poliakova, who will accompany classes, rehearsals and concerts.



Brian MacKay | Orchestra
Eliot Lawson | Violin
Wiesje Miedema | Violin
Luís Pacheco Cunha | Violin
Catherine Strynckx | Violoncello
Adriano Aguiar | Double Bass
Jorge Alves | Viola, Chamber Music

. Advanced Students of Violin, Viola, Violoncello and  Double Bass;

. Chamber Music Groups

Masterclasses in Violin, Viola, Cello and Double Bass

Masterclass for existing Chamber Ensembles including coaching, intensive rehearsal time and performance opportunities.

The orchestra and chamber ensembles will have the opportunity to perform throughout the ZêzereArts Festival. There will be opportunities for advanced players to study and perform concerto repertoire with orchestra in main festival events. There will also be performances of chamber music and string ensemble works with the whole event taking place in the exciting summer festival atmosphere that has become the ZêzereArts tradition.

A wonderful opportunity to learn from experienced musicians and teachers while participating in the intense musical activity of a summer festival.



‘Home’ for  your time here will be the charming, historic towns of Tomar and Ferreira do Zêzere. The area is steeped in Knight’s Templar history and is dominated by spectacular scenery and buildings like the village of Dornes on the Zêzere river and the Convento de Cristo in Tomar. This is a unique opportunity to experience these historic buildings not merely as tourist attractions but as living, working spaces.

– Individual lessons in Violin, Viola, Cello and Double Bass

– Chamber Music masterclasses for existing groups choosing the Chamber Music only option

– Chamber Music masterclasses for groups formed at the festival

– Study and performance of solo repertoire with orchestra (audition tape required)

– String ensemble and orchestra rehearsals

– Daily relaxation workshop

– Concerts

Orchestral Repertoire

To be decided



09:00 – 09:45 – Daily Relaxation Workshop
10:00 – 13:00 – Individual Lessons and Chamber Music Coaching
13:00 – 14:00 – Lunch
14:30 – 16:45 – Individual Lessons and Chamber Music Coaching
17:00 – 19:30 – Orchestra Rehearsal
20:00 – Dinner

Evenings – Concerts and other activities


Fees cover the cost of all activities including full board and transport to and from festival events. Travel to and from  Tomar to attend the course is not included.

Please apply before 30th March – 10% discount
Application limit – 30th June

Upon acceptance, a deposit payment (50%) will be required to secure your place. After the 1st of June, full payment will be required. Students under 18 will be asked to send a letter of authorisation from a parent or guardian and will be required to pay an insurance supplement of €10.

Balance due by the 30th June 
Payment to be made by international bank transfer (bank details will be communicated upon application).


CHAMBER MUSIC GROUPS – 400€ (per member)



    Applicants under 18:

    As inscrições só serão aceites até dia 1 de julho de 2024.

    No ato da inscrição (realizada online) é cobrada 50% da propina, não reembolsável.

    O IBAN para pagamento será enviado logo que a inscrição seja submetida.

    As inscrições realizadas após 15 de junho deverão pagar a totalidade da propina.

    Os estudantes com idade inferior a 18 anos terão de apresentar uma declaração de autorização do encarregado de educação e inscrever-se num seguro de acidentes pessoais que terá um custo adicional de 10€.