Welcome to the pages of the International Summer School of Early Music at Valtice


25 years in Valtice!

The XXVth ISSEM is to bring numerous innovations as a reaction to your demands and comments. We hope that you will enjoy and appreciate them.
First times ever there will be the opportunity to meet in Valtice the following five tutors: Julie Hassler from France (voice, ornamentation), Róbert Šebesta from Slovakia (clarinet, basset horn), Alena Hönigová (harpsichord), Martina Bernášková (Baroque Flute) and Diana Scrivener from Great Britain (Renaissance dance). There will be again Dorothée Wortelboer (Renaissance/Baroque dance) – and also Lorenzo Charoy (Baroque acting). Medieval and Renaissance music (recorders, keyboard instruments) will be again taught by Corina Marti and Irena Troupová comes once again to teach solo singing. As a violin tutor, Gunar Letzbor will come back and as a solo recorder tutor Gábor Prehoffer. Jiří Hodina will teach Gregorian chant, Michael Pospíšil’s class will dedicate its time to Bohemian hymnals. Madrigal lovers should look for the classes of Poppy Holden and Lukáš Vendl. The singers and instrumentalists should join the Baroque orchestra (Marek Štryncl) and the choral classes (Marek Štryncl, Robert Hugo). And, indeed, also all the other tutors are looking forward to meeting you - their students!

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Actual information


We are sorry for the delay of web updates. There are several important changes concerning the organisation of ISSEM and we were forced to wait for the topical information. We expect to launch the web by the end of this week.

26th ISSEM is set for July 5-13, 2014! Updated web will be launched by the end of January.


Due to health problems Marek Niewiedzial is not able to come to Valtice. The class will be taken over by Ms. Malgorzata Józefowska from Poland.


Greetings from Helmut Franke - please see here


The Classical Clarinet and Basset Horn class of Róbert Sebesta was canceled due to lack of interest.


Do not forget to bring music stands, note pads, manuscript paper, pencils and rubbers!


The classes of Irena Troupová, František Dofek, Julie Hassler and Gunar Letzbor are alredy full!


We regret to announce that this year, we shall not see Nancy Hadden. Due to an injury, she will be not able to join our tutors' team; we wish her a quick recovery and are looking forward to seeing her again in the next year. Nancy's class will be taken over by the excellent Slovakian Baroque flute player and teacher Martina Bernášková.

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