To the International
Akaroa Music Festival

Masterclasses, Summer School & Concerts

Proudly brought to you by The Pettman National Junior Academy of Music


These intensive days of music making also include solo performances, chamber music and a string orchestra, all designed to engage and inspire advanced young musicians. Students are invited to apply on the following instruments: violin, viola, cello, flute, clarinet, oboe bassoon and voice.

If you have never experienced an extended live-in music festival, be prepared to work hard, have fun, and play better than you thought you could. Our students come from all over New Zealand and from abroad, and the friendships made here are ones that last. Mix work with and pleasure in Akaroa, the gem at the heart of the remarkable Banks Peninsula.

Summer School 2019


11-20 January 2019

Edith Salzmann

Germany / New Zealand


Alexander Gerbert

Poland / Germany


Alvin Wong

Hong Kong / Australia


James Bush

New Zealand

Inbal Megiddo

Israel / New Zealand


11-20 January 2019

Bryony Gibson-Cornish

New Zealand / UK


16-20 January 2019

John Robinson

New Zealand


11-20 January 2019

Barbara Stegemann

Germany / Spain



11-20 January 2019

Donald Armstrong

New Zealand 


18-22 January 2019

Luca Manghi

Italy / New Zealand


11-20 January 2019

Michael Endres

Germany / New Zealand

Young String Players

11-20 January 2019

Milena Parobczy

Poland / New Zealand


18-22 January 2019

Wolfgang Kraemer

Germany / New Zealand


11-20 January 2019

Ben Hoadley

New Zealand


Daily workshops and masterclasses will be given by Akaroa Festival faculty and distinguished guest artists.

Topics include orchestral audition preparation, coaching, stage craft, improvisation and more.


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Course Fees
  • A) Active participants courses: strings NZ$ 800
  • B) Active participants courses young violinists/cellists and flute, clarinet and recorder NZ$ 480 
  • Application fee NZ$70
  • Observers NZ$30 per day
  • All prices are inclusive of GST
General Conditions
Masterclasses are open to secondary school students, University students and adults. Students under the age of fourteen must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. At the discretion of the organisers, applicants may be asked to audition, either taped or in person. Passive participation as a listener is possible.

The festival consists of masterclasses, ensemble rehearsals and concerts.

The lecturers will decide who is participating in the concert and other ensembles.

The solo repertoire prepared for the courses should be indicated in detail and in writing by Friday, 7th of December 2018.

All active participants will receive free entry to any public concert organised by the International Akaroa Music Festival.

There are a limited number of practice rooms available.

All lessons will be at the Akaroa Area School.

The course fee includes:

  • Daily ensemble rehearsals
  • A) 6 lessons (45 min each)
  • B) 4 lessons (45 min each)
  • Masterclasses
  • Workshops
  • Involvement in at least one lunchtime concert
  • Lessons with piano accompanis


In memory of Gilbert Glasiuss, there is a prize of $1000 for the most promising performer of the lunchtime concert series.

The winner will be invited to perform in the final concert on Sunday the 26th of January.


Concert Series 2019

Rising Stars I

Saturday 12 January, 1pm

A Summer Serenade

Saturday 12 January, 7pm

Rising Stars II

Sunday 13 January, 1pm

The Canterbury Trio

Sunday 13 January, 5pm

Bach Unlimited

Monday 14 January, 7pm

Tragédie Lyrique

Tuesday 15 January, 7pm


Wednesday 16 January, 7pm

Mostly Mozart

Thursday 17  January, 7pm

Woodwind Extravaganza

Friday 18 January, 7pm

Rising Stars III

Saturday 19 January, 11am

Akaroa Cello Summer

Saturday 19  January, 7pm

Rising Stars VI

Sunday 20 January, 11am

The Grand Finale

Sunday 20  January, 5pm

Ceiligh with Polonus Dance

Saturday 26  January, 7pm

Barocco Celtico

Sunday 27  January, 5pm

Wolfgang Kraemer


Edith Salzmann

Artistic Director

With thanks to our generous sponsors

 Maureen Pettman and The Pettman Foundation

Akaroa Area School

Christopher and Jilly Marshall

Mulberry House Akaroa

St Peter’s Church Akaroa

University of Canterbury

Jardin Musical Trust

drop us a line...

The International Akaroa Music Festival
Summer School, Masterclasses and Concerts:

Phone: (+64) 021 20 20 180
Email: info@akaroafestival.org.nz

The International Akaroa Music Festival
PO Box 65354, Mairangi Bay,
Auckland 0754, NEW ZEALAND

Wolfgang Kraemer

Artistic Director
Edith Salzmann