Zeist Music Days is an international two-week chamber music festival taking place in Zeist in August every year. The festival has become a major cultural event that has received rave reviews in the press. Concerts are often broadcast by Dutch classical Radio 4 and other European radio stations. Since 2008, Zeist Music Days has been under the artistic leadership of Alexander Pavlovsky, first violinist of the Jerusalem Quartet.
The festival consists of a series of concerts by international ensembles, daily masterclasses by famous musicians and a fringe programme. The concerts take place at the Moravian Church in the historic surroundings of Zeist Castle. The masterclasses take place at Kontakt der Kontinenten, a conference centre not far from Zeist and close to Utrecht.
The Zeist Music Days masterclasses are an international meeting place for students, teachers and musicians, who all stay at the conference centre during the festival. It offers a unique combination of:
- Two weeks of daily coaching during public classes, by musicians who perform at the festival;
- A student concert tour throughout the Netherlands, with a final concert in Zeist;
- A small setting with a limited number of participants (max. eight ensembles).
- Musicians, teachers, and students often praise the festival's inspiring and informal atmosphere.
The full concert program of the 2018 festival is now available. Among the musicians that will perform this summer at Zeist Music Days are the Hagen Quartett, the Jerusalem Quartet, the Schumann Quartett, the Sitkovestsky Piano Trio, the Kliser/Bielow/Schuch: Horn Trio and many more!