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Stift Musical Encounters


Full of confidence and inspiration, we announced the second edition of the Stift Musical Encounters, to be held in and around the hub of the Stiftfestival, beautiful Stift in Weerselo, Holland.

Undfortunately, we have to cancel this activity, due to the Covid-19 virus. We hope to see you all in the 2021 edition of Stift Musical Encounters. Meanwhile: stay healthy and let the music sound in your houses and your hearts!

The internationally renowned faculty for this second edition

Daniel Rowland, violin
(soloist, renowned chamber music player, professor RCM London, artistic director Stiftfestival)

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Vladimir Mendelssohn, viola
(renowned chamber musician, long time professor at conservatories in Essen, Paris and The Hague, artistic director Kuhmo Festival, composer)

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Maja Bogdanovic, cello
(soloist and chamber musician)

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Juliana Steinbach

Juliana Steinbach, piano
(Chamber musician and festival director)

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Thorsten Johanns, clarinet
(soloist, professor Hochschule Weimar, former solo clarinet WDR Cologne)

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Anthony Hewitt, piano
(one of Britain’s most gifted pianists, festival director, professor of piano at Birmingham Conservatoire, and chamber musician)

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The venues are the gorgeous 15th century Stiftskerk and the Stiftsschool next to it.

Those familiar with the Stiftfestival will know the charming and very pretty setting as well as the famous Twentse hospitality! 🙂

Participation fee

The participation fee is kept as low as possible ( €375, € 350 for those applying with a duo/ trio or quartet).  This includes accommodation with host family’s and all meals (communal lunches and dinners). Travel costs are for your own account.


Individual participants as well as existing duos, trios and quartets are invited to apply.

Download Application Form: HERE

The deadline for applications is 20 March. Please mail your application with your name(s) , instrument(s), individual/ duo/trio/ quartet to our production manager Tobias Behnke on productie@stiftmusicfestival.nl

Upon receipt of your application you will get more details on logistics and payment instructions.

For more information, mail our production manager Tobias Behnke on productie@stiftmusicfestival.nl or call/ app him on +49 15125118892.

With warm wishes,

Daniel Rowland,
Artistic director Stiftfestival