International Symposium
on the Education of
Young Classical Musicians
17. / 18. October 2014


For the first time, »major minor berlin« connects institutes for the advancement of young musicians on an international level. The growth in globalisation and media networking in the cultural sector, calls for a creative exchange on international music education as well. This year’s congress, dedicated to the subject of »Future-Oriented Education and our Cultural Responsibility« examines how to develop a goal-oriented yet individualized program for highly talented children and young people. In lectures, educational institutions from Austria, Finland, Israel and Russia introduce their structures and methods of nurturing the early development of highly talented musicians. In presentations and discussion forums, experts reflect and develop ideas to give new impetus to the future of music education. Ensembles of international students complement the symposium with chamber music performances, and are given opportunities to make music together.

An exhibition accompanying the symposium gives the participants the opportunity to present their institutes and special projects to a broad professional audience. In addition, the symposium provides plenty of room to exchange ideas and make new contacts through discussions and through a speed dating event.

For the details of the Symposium Program please click here.

The Julius Stern Institute (JSI), founded in 1850 as Stern Conservatory, is part of the College of Music at the Berlin University of the Arts (Universität der Künste Berlin – UdK Berlin). It is regarded as one of Germany’s largest and most prestigious institutions for the advancement of young musicians. At present, approximately 70 music-loving, highly talented children and young people aged 9 to 19 receive a comprehensive music education studying with renowned professors and teachers of the UdK Berlin, while visiting their school of general education. Since 2010 Anita Rennert is the Director of the institute.

The Berlin University of the Arts (UdK Berlin) is numbered among the largest, most varied and most long-standing art colleges worldwide. The educational offers of the four Colleges – Fine Arts; Architecture, Media and Design; Music; and the Performing Arts as well as the Central Institute of Further Education – cover the whole spectrum of the arts and related sciences in more than 40 courses of study. Moreover, with having the right to award doctorate and post-doctorate degrees, the UdK Berlin is one of few art colleges in Germany that have university status.