Aleksey Igudesman – Strings Around the World

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10/07/2023 - 15/07/2023
28/06/2022 - 19/05/2023


Aleksey Igudesman, versatile composer and violinist, will lead the workshop “Strings around the World“. The program explores different styles, techniques and genres of music.

Using classical and ethnic music, as well as his own eclectic compositions and improvisation, Aleksey Igudesman explores different performance techniques, mixing them with movement and dance. Rhythms outside the common classical repertoire, alternative sound production and stylistic ornaments from Indian, Arabic, Celtic, Balkan, klezmer, jazz and rock music also come into play. Another aspect explored will be humor, and how to communicate it through one’s instrument.

The workshop is based on violin technique and welcomes all instrumentalists to join in the fun. Physical movement and dance during performance, an Igudesman specialty, will also be an integral part of this offbeat workshop.

Duration: 6 days

Period: July 10 – 15, 2023


The course is open to violinists, violists, cellists, and double bassists, in solo or chamber formation, Italian and foreign citizens.

Age limit: 30 years

Level of training:

  • Bachelor or Master Degree
  • Students of higher courses and candidates who, regardless of their qualifications, meet exceptional requirements may also be admitted.

Language: English


Application deadline: 23:59 CET on May 19, 2023. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be accepted.

Application mode: through the “Apply” section of this page. Applications sent by email or transmitted through other channels will not be accepted.

Required documents:

  • copy of a valid identity document
  • copy of degree, if in possession (or equivalent certificate)
  • curriculum vitae
  • receipt of payment of administrative fee

Administrative fee:

A fixed administrative fee of €50.00 by bank transfer (net of any currency and commission charges) is required to finalize the application. Full details on how to proceed with payment can be found in the full application regulations (downloadable below).

The fee is non-refundable.


The admission exam consists of a video audition. The candidate must create a link to a YouTube video, to be included in the application form, specifying in the description the program performed. At this link you can find all the directions for making a video that meets all the requirements.

Program is free, up to a maximum of 20 minutes.
Performance of a piece composed by Aleksey Igudesman is recommended, to be chosen from the following list:

Solo Violin:
Fasten Seat Belts  

Violin and piano:
As Far  as  You Can 
Sonata No. 2
Sonata No. 3  
A Little Nightmare Music

Klezmer & More  
Celtic & More
Asia & More   
Beethoven & More 
Mozart & More
Latin & More 
Miles & More 
Waltz & More 

Solo Viola:
Viola mania 

Violin quartet:
Tango for Four 
Primal Fun 

Viola duo:
Latin Suite 

Violin and viola duo:
Violin & Viola & More 

Violin and cello duo:
Violin & Cello & More

String Ensemble:
Strings of the World 

String quartet

The selection is at the unquestionable discretion of the Professor.

Applicants will receive the results of the selections at the e-mail address provided during applications, one month before the start of the course.


The course is entirely free of charge.

However, it should be noted that students are responsible for their own costs relating to travel, accommodation and board in Cremona, as well as other personal expenses.


The course may be attended by a limited number of auditors, who will be admitted at the sole discretion of the Professor.

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Aleksey Igudesman

Creative Associates - Violin