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The Creative Issue – News for Creatives | August 10, 2022

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Applications Open: AFCM’s Winterschool

Applications Open: AFCM’s Winterschool
Claire Matthews

An acclaimed violinist has returned to mentor the next generation of Australian orchestral artists.

Australian Festival of Chamber Music artistic director Kathryn Stott has announced that the acclaimed violinist, composer and teacher Pavel Fischer will return to direct the festival’s educational program.

Applications are now open for Winterschool, which runs from 29th July to 7th August, concurrently with the Australian Festival of Chamber Music in Townsville, North Queensland.

Students will participate in private lessons, masterclasses, coaching and mentoring sessions and perform alongside world-class festival artists, under the direction of Pavel Fischer.

Festival Artistic Director Kathryn Stott said Fischer brings professionalism, dedication and passion in mentoring for young musicians. 

“I am thrilled that Pavel Fischer is returning to the Winterschool program. Having collaborated with him on many occasions I know what an inspirational musician he is and his dedication to work with young musicians is very special,” said Ms Stott. 

“The presence of such high calibre musicians from Australia and around the world in Townsville for the AFCM provides wonderful opportunities to extend coaching and mentoring to emerging professional level students. It’s just one of the elements that make the AFCM such a special festival on the world calendar.”  

Application Requirements: 

Ensembles interested in applying to the 2020 AFCM Winterschool will need to prepare the following materials:

A 15-minute good-quality video recording featuring your ensemble performing two contrasting works. (Video needs to be provided via Dropbox, Youtube, Vimeo, etc.)

Agree on a list of repertoires that your group will have rehearsed to list in your application

Ask for letters of recommendation from teachers and/or chamber music coaches now as these can take time to receive

Prepare an ensemble biography – tell us all about your group

Collect all the relevant contact details for all ensemble members including the address details of the main contact person.

Applications close 1st April for the program, and students must be members of an ensemble to apply, including all chamber music instrumentation from duo upwards, ie. String Quartet, Piano Trio, Flute Quartet, Wind Quintet.

Winterschool costs $399 per student, and interested musicians can apply online at, by phone 07 4771 4144 or email  

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