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      Axel Strauss

      Faculty: Axel Strauss Musical Instrument: Violin
    • Classe de maître avec Axel Strauss à l'Académie Orford Musique

      In 1998, Axel Strauss achieved the distinction of becoming the first German artist to ever receive the prestigious international Naumburg Violin Award in New York. Subsequently, he embarked on a prolific career, performing as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician on stages around the world. His musical journey has included guest concertmaster roles with esteemed orchestras like the Berlin Philharmonic and the Montreal Symphony. Axel Strauss has also left his mark on the recording world, with notable contributions for the Naxos label. In 2012, he took on the role of Professor of Violin at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University in Montreal, where he currently holds the position of Chair of the String Area. Before his tenure at McGill, he served as a Professor of Violin at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

      During your stay at Orford Music, you will create unforgettable memories while evolving into the artist you aspire to be. Orford Music’s master classes are unique opportunities to work on your goals with the mentors of your choice.

      The master classes include the following elements:

      • Master classes or individual lessons lasting 2.5 hours per week
      • Group activities (master class, Q&A sessions, technical lessons)
      • Opportunity to perform in student concerts
      • Opportunity to perform in paid concerts
      • Access to a collaborative pianist
      • Networking activities with faculty members and the student community
      • Access to conferences on various topics related to a career in music (e.g., mental health, collaboration between artistic disciplines, stage presence development, etc.)
      • Accommodation in one of our two residences
      • Three meals a day, as well as full access to a kitchen and common areas
      • Rehearsal studios equipped with pianos (available from 6AM to 11PM)
      • Housekeeping, laundry facilities (for a fee), parking, and free Wi-Fi
      • Free tickets to concerts at the Gilles-Lefebvre Hall (subject to availability)
      • Opportunity to explore the beautiful landscapes of Mont-Orford National Park, the majestic Lake Memphremagog, and the tourist activities in the city of Magog


      Please note that all COVID-19 measures established by the Gouvernement du Québec will be followed.


    Axel Strauss
    Violin, École de musique Schulich de l'Université McGill

    Application Deadlines

    February 1st, 2024
    First Round (for automatic scholarship consideration)

    March 28, 2024
    Second Round (for scholarship consideration, subject to availability)

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    Audition material

      • Classe de maître avec Cho-Liang Lin à l'Académie Orford Musique
      • Marie Bérard at the Orford Music Academy
      • William Van Der Sloot at the Orford Music Academy
      • Anne Robert at the Orford Music Academy
      • Guillaume Sutre at the Orford Music Academy
      • Classe de maître avec Philippe Bernold à l'Académie Orford Musique
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