Strings Masterclasses 2023 | Hong Kong group

Convento de Cristo Tomar

Strings Masterclasses
21 – 31 JULY

Masterclass Ilya Grubert
22 - 24 JULY

ZêzereArts runs a masterclass for advanced string players and chamber ensembles under the guidance of Eliot Lawson, Luís Pacheco Cunha and Joe Kwok, (violin), Jorge Alves (viola and chamber music), Catherine Strynckx (cello), Adriano Aguiar (double bass), Franz-Jurgen Dorsam (wind chamber music) and Brian MacKay (orchestra and wind chamber music)

Students will spend the week 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.


Advanced students of violin, viola, cello and double bass.

Wind players may also apply, but only for Chamber Music Masterclasses and Orchestra.


Eliot Lawson | violin (Conservatorium van Amsterdam, Minho University)

Luís Pacheco Cunha | violin (Lisbon Conservatory)

Wiesje Miedema | violin (Conservatorium van Amsterdam, Sweelinck Academie)

Joe Kwok | violin 

Catherine Strynckx | cello (Lisbon Conservatory)

Adriano Aguiar | double bass (Centre for Applied Arts, Castelo Branco)

Jorge Alves | viola, chamber music (Porto High School for Music)

Franz-Jurgen Dorsam | wind chamber music

Brian MacKay | orchestra, wind chamber music

Guest teacher | Violin Masterclass

Ilya Grubert

The courses run from the 21sd to the 31st of July 2023, in Tomar.

The Masterclass with Ilya Grubert takes place from the 22nd to the 24th of July, also in Tomar.

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.


The ZêzereArts Summer Courses and Festival take place in the historic picturesque surroundings of Tomar and Ferreira do Zêzere, home of the Templar Knights.

This is a unique opportunity to experience the world famous Convento de Cristo as a working space.

Rehearsals, lessons and concerts will take place in the Convento de Cristo and other venues in Tomar, Batalha e Ferreira do Zêzere.

Classes include the following activities:

– Individual Masterclasses

– Chamber music

– Study and performance of solo repertoire with orchestra

– Piano coaching

– Orchestra rehearsals

– Concerts in the 2023 ZêzereArts Festival

– Daily relaxation workshop


Repertoire for the orchestra will be chosen from an exciting list of well- and less well-known works depending on the experience of the enrolled students. Everyone will play and there will be plenty to challenge the more experienced players. The orchestra rehearses every day focusing on preparing public performances in our many stunningly beautiful venues. These concerts form a central part of the summer festival atmosphere with an audience built up over more than twelve years.

Works by Purcell, Michael Tippet, Manuel Enríquez and others (to be announced soon).



09:00 – 09:45 – Daily Relaxation Workshop
10:00 – 13:00 – ndividual and Chamber Music Master Classes / Piano Coaching
13:00 – 14:00 – Lunch
14:30 – 17:00 – ndividual and Chamber Music Master Classes / Piano Coaching
17:15 – 19:45 – Orchestra Rehearsal
20:00 – Dinner

Evenings – Concerts and other activities


23/07 –  Concert Youth Festival Orchestra | Theatre,  Ourém

24/07 –  Recital with students of Ilya Gruberts Master Class | Auditorium Tomar

25/07 – Recital Ilya Grubert and Eliot Lawson | Church of Santo Aleixo, Ferreira do Zêzere

26/07 –  Concert by students from Hong Kong | Theatre Paraíso, Tomar

27/07 – Recital with the students of the string masterclasses | Theatre Paraíso, Tomar

28/07 – Chamber music concert with the students of the masterclass | Cultural Centre, Ferreira do Zêzere

29/07 – Concert with the Festival Orchestra | Church of Areias, Ferreira do Zêzere

30/07 – Concert with the Festival Orchestra | Convent of Christ, Tomar

3 options

A) Private house in the centre of Tomar – 20€ night/ person, in shared rooms (3 or 4 people per room). This option only has 15 beds available

B) Hostel 2300 Tomar – 30€ night/ person in dorms up to 8 beds

C) Hotel dos Templários – 50€ night/ person in double rooms


25,00€ / per person, daily


Full course (except Ilya Grubert Masterclass) – 500€

plus accommodation and meals:

A – 450,00€

B – 550,00€

C – 800,00€


Full course with Ilya Grubert Masterclass – 700€

plus accommodation and meals:

A – 450,00€

B – 550,00€

C – 800,00€


Chamber music masterclasses (including wind players) – 380€

plus accommodation and meals:

A – 450,00€

B – 550,00€

C – 800,00€


Full Course includes:

  • Daily relaxation workshop
  • Individual lessons – (minimum 4)
  • Chamber music lessons (3 / 4)
  • Orchestra (daily)
  • Piano coaching (2 / 3 sessions per student)
  • Concerts

Ilya Gruberts Master Class (limit – 5 students)

  • Individual lessons (per student) – 3

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    Students under 18:

    Additional information

    Please apply before 25th February – 10% discount
    Application limit – 30 March

    Upon acceptance, a deposit payment (50%) will be required to secure your place. After the 25th of March, 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 until the 30thApril
    Payment to be made by international bank transfer (bank details will be communicated upon application). Proof of payment should be sent to: