Stift Musical Encounters

May 3 – 8, 2022

It is a great pleasure to announce the third edition of the Stift Musical Encounters 2022. This will be held once again in and around the hub of the Stift Festival in the  beautiful and historic Stift in Weerselo, Holland. 

Applications are closed

Join us for a flexible mix of individual classes and intensive chamber music, side by side with the internationally renowned faculty. We will spend the days rehearsing chamber music together, with coaching sessions and rehearsals well into the evenings. There are several concerts where the repertoire that we have worked on during the week will be performed. There will also be room for some individual masterclasses, and a concert dedicated to this ‘solo-repertoire’. A tradition of the SME has also become the spontaneous evening chamber music reading sessions in the Stiftskerk (Stift church). 

We are delighted to announce the faculty members for this third edition will be: Daniel Rowland (violin), Lilli Maijala (viola), Maja Bogdanovic (cello), Marianna Shirinyan (piano), Anthony Hewitt (piano) and Olivier Thiery (double bass).
More about the Masters


( – To be announced later – )

Participation Fee

The participation fee is 485 euros (and 435 p.p when you are applying with a whole ensemble). This includes accommodation with host families and all meals: communal lunches and dinners.  Travel costs are for your own account.
Applications are open for individual participants as well as existing duos, trios and quartets. 


Tuesday 3 May: Arrival in the morning, first sessions at 12 am ‘Master Concert’ Stiftkerk at 19.30
Wednesday 4 May: All day sessions.
Thursday 5 May: All day sessions, informal chamber music reading in evening.
Friday 6 May: All day sessions, 19.00 ‘Participants solo concert’ Stiftskerk
Saturday 7: All day sessions, 19.00 ‘Side by side concert’ Stiftskerk 
Sunday 8:  Sessions, 15.30 Final concert. 18.00 departure 
Lessons and concerts take place at the gorgeous 15th century Stiftskerk and the Stiftschool next to it.
Those familiar with the Stift Festival will know the charming and very pretty setting and the famous Twents hospitality! 

We like to receive a filled in application form (button underneath) and a recording of minimum two pieces. Application deadline is 16th March 2022 – we will notify applicants by 1st April.

Any questions? Please write to our director Ilonka van den Bercken at

The Masters


The internationally renowned Masters for the third edition

Daniel Rowland (violin), Lilli Maijala (viola), Maja Bogdanovic (cello), Marianna Shirinyan (piano), Anthony Hewitt (piano) and Olivier Thiery (double bass).
More about the Masters


Studying, rehearsing, coaching and meals are to take place in the Stift School, next to the beautiful 15th century Stiftskerk (Stift Church).


Considering to participate?

Applications for the 2022 edition Are open now!
Questions? Do inquire with any questions to our director Ilonka van den Bercken: