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Young Hearts for Music Tour

"Chamber music is the headstone of any, this is the rock on which we build." Iris Renner (violoncello, Austria), Young Hearts for Music Tour 2014

Nicola Pfeffer (Germany), cellist for the Young Hearts for Music Tour 2016

Every summer EMCY organises its own chamber music tour through South-East Bavaria and Austria with highly talented young prize winners of its member competitions - Young Hearts for Music Tour!

The tour begins with a multi-day workshop at the Landesmusischule Kufstein, giving the young musicians the possibility to get to know each other and to practice the repertoire with an instructor. The workshop is followed by several concerts in Austria (Kufstein and Bad Ischl) and in Germany (Eggenfelden and Seefeld). The music they play is complemented by the stories and information the musicians give on stage during the concerts.

In 2017 the musicians were:

Uliana Zhivitckaia (flute), winner of the International Radio Competition for Young Musicians ''Concertino Praga'', 2017
Mikhail Kambarov (piano), winner of the International Competition for Young Pianists ‘A Step Towards Mastery’, 2015
Moritz Huemer (cello), winner of Schweizerischer Jugendmusikwettbewerb (SJMW), 2016

More information here.

In 2016 the musicians were:

Terézia Hledíková
(violin), winner of Talents for Europe and Lute of Nitra (EMCY Slovakia), 2014
Nicola Pfeffer (violoncello), winner of Jugend musiziert, 2015

The programme included work from the musicians home country, for exemple from Slovak composer Šimon Jurovský as well as beautiful works from Saint-Saëns, Tchaikowsky or Mendelssohn, to name but a few.

"The Young Hearts for Music Tour was one of my best experiences. I really enjoyed the time with all the people. People were nice and friendly. Young Nicola and Jingzi are so talented and good musicians. It was a great experience, a pleasure and an honour to play with them. Working with inspiring Susanna Riebl was helpful and rewarding. The tour was very exhausting, but I am very thankful I could be a part of it." Terézia Hledíková (cello, Slovakia), YHMT 2016
"The Young Hearts Music Tour was absolutely a unique experience and will be an unforgettable memory in my whole life. Those concerts and daily life have always come to my dream up till now. It is my great happiness to have performed the beautiful music pieces in these beautiful towns. And I’m so lucky to have made new friends. I was greatly honored to be the piano accompanist for Therézia, the violinist and Nicola, the cellist, and we had good collaborations. Thanks a lot for every staff member’s effort to hold such a successful tour. And thanks a lot for your excellent arrangements." Jingzi Huang (pianist, China), YHMT 2016

Press coverage:

"Jung, unbefangen, klassisch – einfach klasse" 12.06.2016, Rottaler Anzeiger

"Kultur im Schloss Traun: Young Hearts for Music" 10.06.2016, Regionews

Seemagazin 2016, SeeTipps Kultur


In 2015 the musicians were:


Benjamin Zumpfe (Austria), Piano Winner of the Austrian competition Prima la Musica 2014
Cyprien Keiser (Luxembourg), Cello Winner of the Luxembourgish competition Concours Luxembourgeois pour Jeunes Solistes 2013
Matouš Kopáček (Czech Republic), Clarinet Winner of the international Czech radio competition Concertino Praga 2014


The program included works from the musician’s home country, including the Czech composer B. Martinů as well as original compositions from Benjamin Zumpfe, in addition works by E. Lalo, J.S. Bach, W.A. Mozart and a trio from L. Von Beethoven will be performed.


"I honestly don't know where to start. This tour was - referring to my career as a musician - probably one of the most precious experiences I've ever had. I'm seriously overwhelmed by all the wonderful impressions and special, partly even magical moments we've experienced. THANK YOU EMCY" Benjamin Zumpfe (piano, Austria), YHMT 2015

With the generous support of:

In 2014 the young talented musicians were:

© Werner Redl: Kaya Møller, Nathalie Matthys and Iris Renner at the concert in Traun

Nathalie Matthys, Piano (Belgium)

Prize winner of the Belfius Classics Competition
Iris Renner, Cello (Austria)

Prize winner of the Österreichische Musikwettbewerbe Prima la musica
Kaya Møller, Violin (Denmark)

Prize winner of the Øresunds Solist Competitio

school concert in Kufstein

left to right: Tomas Mann (Vice-president EMCY), Kaya Møller, Nathalie Matthys, Iris Renner and Dr. Eckart Rohlfs (founder of EMCY)

Press coverages

"Junge Herzen für Europa" 17.06.2014 © Süddeutsche Zeitung GmbH, Munich. Courtesy of Süddeutsche Zeitung Content

BR Klassik "Allegro" Broadcast 17.06.2014

"Junge Herzen für Europa" 21.06.2014 Süddeutsche Zeitung (Ausgabe Starnberg)

"Musikgenuss und Piazza - Flair" 22.06.2014 Passauer Neue Presse

"Inspirierende Klangwelten" 24.06.2014 Süddeutsche Zeitung (Ausgabe Starnberg)

TV coverage of the "Young Hearts for Music" Tour 27.06.2014 (Linz Land Fernsehen, KW 14-26, from minute 6:30 on)

"Young Hearts for Music: Klangvolle Musik kraftvoll gespielt" Artikel mit Fotos, Bezirksrundschau

In 2014 EMCY´s highly successful Young Hearts for Music Tour led to two great further developments:

One is the decisions of the three musicians - Nathalie Matthys, Iris Renner and Kaya Møller - was to continue playing as a trio! Musically and personally they went very well together, what was also proven by the enthused audience during the tour, therefore they want to further develop as a trio - Irkana.

The second good news is: They already had their first invitation to perform at a festival!


On August 1, 2014 the trio Irkana gave a concert at the Copenhagen Summer Festival. The festival is one of Denmark’s most important chamber music venues and has played a significant role during the break through of many of today’s leading musicians and ensembles.

trio irkana

We thank the Generalkonsulat Österreich for the kind support of the concerts in Germany

Thank you very much for the support in Seefeld

We thank the Landesmusikschule Kufstein for the generous support


In 2013 the young talented musicians were:

Polina Sasko, Piano (Ukraine)
Prize winner of the Smetana International Piano Competition
Patrícia Duraes, Violin (Portugal)
Prize winner of the Prémio Jovens Músicos
Silvija Ciuladyte, Viola (Lithuania)
Prize winner of the National Lithuanian Balys Dvarionas Piano & String Competition
Clément Dami, Cello (Switzerland)
Prize winner of the Schweizerischer Jugendmusikwettbewerb


The programme included works by W.A. Mozart, A. Dvorak and R. Schumann to name but a few.


Find more information about the tour and the musicians here.


"I am very happy that I was invited to take part at the Young Hearts for Music Tour! I really enjoyed to acquire the chamber music repertoire together with Marta, Lovro and Lucas and it was a pleasure to present the programme to the public. The tour was a great experience for me and we all had a really nice time together. Thank you!"
Veronika Blachuta (flute, Austria), "Young Hearts for Music" Tour 2012


"This was surely, one of the most important things in my musical life as a cellist. Chamber music is always something special, something that’s letting you enjoy, express and feel the same energy and love from everybody in trio/quartet."
Hrvoje Hresc (cello, Croatia), "Stars of Tomorrow" Tour 2011


"It was a great experience to play such big, hard but at the same time so beautiful programme for chamber music ensembles with so nice people from different parts of the world. But we all know the language of music, so it was not so difficult to understand each other. It was great concert in Eggenfelden and a great hall in Passau. The workshops were wonderful! I loved the teachers, thanks to them, I really learnt so many good things! Thank you!"
Sofija Nikoska (violin, FYR Macedonia), "Stars of Tomorrow" Tour 2011


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Every June EMCY organises its own chamber music tour through South-East Bavaria and Austria with highly talented young prize winners of its member competitions. The young musicians perform in various different and often unusual chamber music combinations and are encouraged to present works from their own countries. For the first few days of the tour the musicians work on these pieces together at a boarding school in the Alps. Here they come in to contact with the pupils and also give a concert for them at the end of their stay. The young musicians then present their programme to audiences throughout Southern Bavaria and Austria, a highlight being the annual concert as part of the Festspiele „Europäische Wochen Passau“ which is broadcast on Bavarian Radio.

Photos – Captions: Stars of Tomorrow Tour 2008 / Stars of Tomorrow Tour 2009

“It was a fantastic tour. The people, the concerts, the places, the organisation, everything was great. It was a really nice possibility to play on many concerts with new very talented musicians and everywhere give your best. I got a lot of memories there. And I will think about this with very good feelings forever.”

Bálint Mohai, “Stars of Tomorrow” Tour 2009

The “Stars of Tomorrow” Tour is part of the European Music Days of the Bavarian Music Council and enjoys the generous support of various sponsors including Holiday Inn.
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