INTERNATIONAL SEMINARS - MASTER CLASS
For the first time in the history of cultural life in Cyprus International Seminars - Master Class are held. Such seminars are normally held in towns having a highly developed cultural life, in towns with universities and higher schools of music like Moscow, Weimar, Vienna, Paris, London, Rome etc. Cyprus, and Limassol in particular, have been raised to the level of those towns. Dr Nefen Michaelides invited for 7 consecutive years from 1982 -1989 the well-known pianist and pedagogue Professor Rudolf Kehrer of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, to come to Cyprus and direct the International Seminars Master Class for piano at this school.
Pianists from many countries of the world, like Austria, Japan, Yugoslavia, America, Germany, Hungary, Switzerland, China (Taiwan), Korea, England, Luxembourg, Canada, Poland, Bulgaria and Greece took part in these seminars. These seminars do not have a commercial character. The participation of the foreign pianists is free of charge. The director of the school did not ask for any participation fee from them for the seminar and offered them free accommodation at the school in order to encourage them to come to Cyprus. In this way, besides the essential enrichment of the musical knowledge which these seminars offer to the pupils of the school, they also help making Cyprus internationally known.
The foreign musicians found that the level of these seminars held in Cyprus, at this school, lacks nothing in comparison with similar seminars held in Europe, a fact which honours Cyprus. The invited musicians also had the opportunity of visiting interesting sites of Cyprus.
After every seminar they returned to their country with excellent impressions on Cyprus and made the best advertising of our island abroad.
A great honour for the school and the foreign musicians was the presence of the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Mr. Georgios Vassiliou, at the school on the occasion of the 5th International Seminar - Master class in 1988. Also the former Minster of Education, Mr. Andreas Philippou, paid a visit to the school in 1989.
During the last 30 years of existence of this School 16 international seminars Master Class for piano, violin, singing, composition and orchestra conducting have taken place.
5th International Master Class directed by Professor Rudolf Kehrer (Moscow) Final concert 30.8.1988
Under the auspices of His Excellency - The President of Cyprus Republic Dr. George Vassiliou
6th International Piano Master Class 22 - 30 August 1989, Limassol - Cyprus Directed by Professor Rudolf Kehrer from the Tchaikovsky Conservatory of Moscow organized by the Music School Dr. Nefen Michaelides
7th, 8th, 9th International Piano Master class
10th, 11th International Master class
4th International Violin Master Class January 1999 Directed by Professor Edward Grash
Vocal Master Class Directed by Professor Peter Gluboky 1999
Composition Master Class Directed by Professor Krassimir Taskov 2002
4th Orchestra Conducting Master Class Directed by Conductor Milko Kersten Apil 2007 & 2nd, 3rd Orchestra Conducting Master Class Directed by Maestro Maciej Zoltowski 2005
5th Conducting Master Class held by Conductor Jens Georg Bachmann in July 11th, 2018 organized by Professional Music School Dr Nefen Michaelides in Limassol, Cyprus