About the ISSEM


valtický zámek

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 time 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 (Flute traverso) 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, as a violin tutor will come back Gunar Letzbor, 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!

International Summer School of Early Music (ISSEM) has taken place in Valtice (Czech Republic, South Moravia) since 1989. The organizer is the Early Music Society (CR), in co-operation with the Town of Valtice and the Valtice Castle (zámek Valtice). ISSEM is the most extensive interpretation course of early music with the longest tradition and a worldwide reputation, held in the CR. It is open to both professionals and amateurs. A week full of hard work with highly respected musicians from different countries and, at the same time, an opportunity to enjoy an active holiday-week.

The main classes take place in the mornings from 9:00 till 12:30 a.m. After lunch, the course-members can choose orchestral or choral classes, listen or participate in other special seminars, or learn historical dances. The lecturers and guest musicians perform each evening in the Spanish Stables of the Castle in the church or at other places.

The last two evenings are dedicated to students’ concerts and children’s performances. Informal and joyful late-night folk dancing has become a popular part of the program over the years.

The town Valtice itself and its surrounding countryside offer serene walks, lots of landmarks as well as swimming in the lakes and cycling (cheap bicycle rentals are available). The district is famous for its vineyards and wine cellars. The Valtice-Lednice region is UNESCO Heritage listed since 1996.

Full course fee covers active participation in the solo or ensemble classes, admission to all concerts and lectures, and other additional activities. For details please see “prices”.

Accommodation and meals are arranged for at the hostel of the Viticulture School (VS) where most of the classes also take place. The VS is close to the town centre, where the rest of the classes are held: everything in Valtice is within walking distance. For other accommodation possibilities please see “Accommodation”.


Several practical suggestions and explanations (intended especially for new ISSEM participants)

General schedule of lessons at ISSEM

Price list 2013

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