What is the IMF?
A music course in summer? An international camp for young musicians? A cultural event? It is all this – and a lot more. Above all, the IMF is a gift! A present or rather a gesture to surprise everyone, who experiences it, each time anew. A gesture which exceeds any pattern, any project or individual expectation. Those, who participated see music in a new way, like a door which opens up to an intense and more truthful taste of life itself.
The IMF, the International Musical Friendship, is an experience of music and friendship which emerged from the encounter of some musicians of different nationalities in 1993. During this encounter these musicians felt the instant desire to share a musical holiday with their young students. Since then over 100 young musicians from Austria, Germany, Poland, Latvia, Russia and Italy come together every summer. The joy of playing music together motivates the tutors to commit themselves every year. The IMF is not a master course, but it is a place where everyone is looking for beauty. Thus the seemingly impossible becomes true: Young people of completely different backgrounds like their different languages, different age and different musical levels experience a unity and see themselves as protagonists of an adventure with great impact on their lives.
The international music camp arose from the friendship of some musicians from Germany, Italy and Poland. It was their wish to pass on to young people their experience of friendship going beyond making music together. It is a very pleasant fact that, since 2006 musicians from Latvia, since 2009 from Russia and since 2017 young Swiss musicians joined in. Every year pupils and tutors come together in one of the partaking countries (Russia, Latvia, Poland, Italy, Germany) for ten days full of life and music. In the course of the years, the various musical backgrounds and traditions of the participants lead to a vivid cultural exchange, the base of which is music, but the “heart” of which beats lively thanks to the mutual experience of human interaction.
1000 Young Musicians
Through the years over 1000 young people have had the pleasure of this experience. The IMF lead to studies abroad, concert cycles and professional engagement.
Eine Gruppe von jährlich mehr als 100 Jugendlichen im Alter von 10 bis 22 Jahren brachte mit ihren Lehrkräften den Geist der Freundschaft und des Teilens, der seit jeher die IMF beseelt, nach Polen, Lettland, Russland, Deutschland und Italien.
The musicians come from different regions in Germany and Italy, from Poland, Latvia, Austria, Switzerland and Russia.
11 Music Schools
Inzwischen nehmen Lehrkräfte und Schüler von verschiedenen Musikschulen Europas an der IMF teil: Kreismusikschule Limburg, Szkola Muzyczna Stopnia aus Swidnica (PL), Scuola di musica Lino Liviabella aus Macerata (It) sind die Gründungsschulen der Begegnungen. Im Laufe der Freizeiten kamen weitere hinzu: Musikschule Traunwalchen der Stadt Traunreut, Musikschule Grünwald, Kindermusikschule Uglitsch (Ru), Muzikas viduskola aus Jelgava (Lt), Szkola Muzyczna Stopnia Im. Witolda Lutoslawskiego aus Lublin (Pl), Scuola di musica Pontesound aus Cremona, Academia musicale S.Girolamo Emilianiaus Corbetta (It) und Städtische Musikschule Innsbruck.
What makes this group of musicians absolutely unique is their strong friendship, which is, of course, complemented by their musicality and remarkable tuition experience.
10 Days Together
Besides chamber music and orchestra rehearsals and individual music studies, the IMF camps offer a diverse cultural programme such as visiting important sights of cultural heritage of the hosting area and, very important, our traditional Olympic games, song recitals with songs of the participating nations and much more. These are all very special opportunities to get to know one another and to promote a worldwide unique event like the IMF.
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