To the International
Akaroa Music Festival

Masterclasses, Summer School & Concerts

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


Now celebrating its fourteenth anniversary, the Akaroa Music Festival is New Zealand’s premiere residential music school. An array of distinguished international musicians provides lessons, masterclasses and concerts against the breathtaking backdrop of one of the world’s most beautiful seaside towns.


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, recorder, flute, clarinet, bassoon, harpsichord and piano.


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 2021

12 – 15 January


Mark Menzies

University of Canterbury 


Anthony Ferner

University of Canterbury 



Edith Salzmann

University of Melbourne



Wolfgang Kraemer

Director, The Pettman National Junior Academy



Michael Endres

Former Head of piano at the Hanns Eisler Academy  Berlin, Germany


Course Fees
  • Active participants courses: NZ$365
  • Observers NZ$30 per day
  • All prices are inclusive of GST
General Conditions

The International Akaroa Summer Music Festival and the University of Canterbury School of Music are excited to be offering a series of summer masterclasses for tertiary and pre-tertiary students. The classes will take place from January 12th to January 15th at the UC School of Music Arts Centre location. Individual lessons, chamber music, ensemble classes and lunchtime recitals by some of NZ’s best young musicians and seasoned professionals as well as plenty of performance opportunities for the summer school students will be offered as part of a 4 day intensive and immersive experience. 

Summer School Schedule
3 x solo instrumental lessons (1 hour each)
Daily chamber music rehearsals and coaching
Participation in masterclasses
Performance opportunities for both solo and ensemble repertoire
Supervised BYO Lunch 

Course Fee: $365 (including GST)

Masterclasses are open to 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.
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 UC Music in the Arts Centre, Christchurch


Concert Series 2021

The 14th Akaroa Summer Music Festival will be featuring an array of NZ’s best musicians. Well known performers and ensembles, such as the Auckland based Jade String Quartet and the Canterbury Trio, will be in residence in Akaroa between January 8th and 17th. Soloists Michael Endres, Mark Menzies, Ben Hoadley and Luca Manghi will join the line up for a programme including all – time favourites, new compositions and interesting discoveries.

This impressive line-up will be complemented by our young Ensemble in Residence, the Amio Quartet, four of NZ’s most promising young musicians.

The Jade String Quartet will start things of with a spectacular evening including Schubert’s famous string quartet “The Death and the Maiden” on January 8th in the Gaiety Hall, followed by Beethoven’s op.131 on Saturday and Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence on Sunday. 

On Friday the 15th, Michael Endres, Mark Menzies, Robert Ashworth and Edith Salzmann will perform Faure’s  and Mozart’s piano quartets in the intimate setting of the Powerhouse Gallery, a woodwind extravaganza on Saturday, and Arnold Schoenberg’s Transfiguered Night will end the festival on Sunday. 

We are very much looking forward to returning to Akaroa for another wonderful festival.

Wolfgang Kraemer


Edith Salzmann

Artistic Director

With thanks to our generous sponsors

 Maureen Pettman and The Pettman Foundation

Akaroa Area School

 Mulberry House Akaroa

Orion Powerhouse Akaroa

Trinity Presbyterian Church 

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