My experience at Ambialet was truly unforgettable and re-energizing. The instruction, performances, the scenery, the people, and the FOOD was absolutely amazing. I gained so much insight with my studies and hope that I can revisit in the future.

Molly Roseman, Professor of Piano, University of Wisconsin

Thank you for an amazing experience in France. It is something that I will never forget.

Jack Westwell, Edinburgh University music student

What an extraordinary week we spent with you! It wasn't just the music. It was such a beautiful place, the food was perfect, and we met so many interesting people. But it was even more than that: there was such a wonderful atmosphere of warmth and friendship. It was a truly unique experience. Well actually I hope it doesn't turn out to have been a unique experience as both I and Andrew would love to come back next summer.

Annette Andrews, retired amateur pianist, Dublin

The last two courses were simply amazing ... the teachers, the atmosphere, the people, the place and of course the music make it something special. Seriously, thanks a lot for gifting me with an opportunity to live something like that.

Daniel Fernandez (19-year-old piano student at ESMUC, Barcelona)

Thank you so much for a fabulous, inspiring and utterly delicious week!  I really feel that I have come away ready to perform in front of an audience, which is what I set out to do.

Ginevra House (PhD student at York University, England)

 

The Tutors


aStefan Bojsten - Course II

‘We should be grateful to Stefan Bojsten for making sure we know what an important piece has been left to us.’
Hilary Finch, The Times, London

Stefan Bojsten is among the most established pianists in Sweden. He has been a soloist with most of the Swedish orchestras, and has been active in both solo repertoire and chamber music in the UK, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Romania, China and the USA, as well as across Scandinavia. Of the many awards Stefan has garnered in the course of his career, a high point was in 1985 when the duo Bojsten – Almgren won the first prize in one of the world's biggest chamber music competitions, the premio Vittorio Gui in Florence, resulting in invitations all over Europe. In 1986, along with the violinist Dan Almgren and cellist Torleif Thedéen, he formed the Stockholm Arts Trio, which was soon playing at such prestigious venues as the Bath Festival and Carnegie Hall in New York.

As a teacher Stefan has given master classes in the USA and Russia, and for the past 15 years has been Head of Piano at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. He is vice president of the Swedish Piano Teachers Association (EPTA Sweden) as well as president of the association for 19th-century keyboard instruments in Sweden, "Klaverens Hus".

Stefan has recorded under the labels Polar, Caprice, Fermat, Artemis , Map, Recut, Musica Sveciae, BIS and Naxos.

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The magnificent Priory at Albignac in the Tarn Gorge is the summer school's new home. Over the years it has maintained and developed the original vision of its founders: to nurture the highest standards of music-making in idyllic surroundings...