Summer Academy & Festival

The Summer Academy is the heart of our organisation: International Holland Music Sessions (IHMS). Every summer, we attract more than 100 young musical talents from all over the world. These talents give more than 150 concerts in a period of 5 weeks. You can enjoy them at 25 different locations.

The Summer Academy lasts three weeks. It starts one week after the beginning of the festival and ends one week before the end of the festival. During this period, our young talents are taught by great masters. They attend master classes, of which 4 per week can be attended, and give performances. What they learn, they immediately apply in practice.

New Masters on Tour

New Masters on Tour is more than an inspiring international concert series, it is also the stage for discovering the names of the future. Former participants Liza Ferschtman, Paolo GIacometti and Quirine Viersen are now resounding names in the Dutch music world.

We are proud that we are allowed to perform in The Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam every year. In addition, these young talents are allowed to perform in leading concert halls around the world. In Budapest, Bratislava and Moscow, for example.


With our impresario we provide concerts for third parties. We provide programming for professional theatres and concert halls. These include COOL Heerhugowaard, TAQA Theatre De Vest Alkmaar and Theatre de Kampanje Den Helder. We also provide customised programmes for companies and individuals. Some resounding names are ABN-AMRO, RABO and KPMG.

These concerts are for and by (former) participants of the Summer Academy. With about 25 concerts a year, you can regularly enjoy our inspiring musicians.


Do you also want your pupils to experience the beauty of classical music? Our education programme is aimed at secondary school pupils. It consists of a workshop by one of our musicians. After this workshop, the pupils may attend the concert where this musician performs. These masterclasses take place about 15 times a year.

Schools that have participated before: Berger Scholengemeenschap, OSG Willem Blaeu Alkmaar and Stedelijk Dalton College Alkmaar. Would you like your pupils to experience the beauty of classical music?