2018 Retreat

Jointly led by violinist Alexander Janiczek and ENF director Svend Brown, The Retreat is an exciting development for the Festival that both enriches the core programme and enables it to ‘give something back’ to chamber music by investing in outstanding young talents.

The Retreat seeks to encourage, support and inspire exceptional young musicians who are already demonstrating a gift for chamber music by offering a matchless opportunity to spend time with outstanding world-class players, to learn both specific repertoire and also more general aspects of musical wisdom that will influence their work for years to come.

Over the last 3 years, groups of incredible young musicians spent intense weeks together playing music, learning and rehearsing. By coming to the peaceful and quiet East Neuk of Fife, they were freed to give themselves over to a transformational and concentrated musical experience, which was celebrated and shared in at two special hour-long Retreat Concerts as part of the East Neuk Festival programme.

The 2018 Retreat will run from 22-30 June, and will showcase the participating musicians in two public concerts in the second week.

We are grateful for The Misses Barrie Charitable Trust’s support of The Retreat.

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BOOK TICKETS – Retreat Concert 1

Wednesday 27th June 4pm, Elie Church Hall
An informal concert to hear the discoveries of the musicians’ first few days of intensive musical exploration.

BOOK TICKETS – Retreat Concert 2

Saturday 30th June 11.30am, Kilrenny Church

MENDELSSOHN String Quintet No 1 in A, Op 18
BRAHMS Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op 115

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Junior Coach

Benjamin Baker violin


Charlotte Saluste-Bridoux violin

Ester Forsberg viola

Mari Fukazawa viola

Penka Petkova cello
Penka’s participation is supported by Solti Foundation

Rebecca Raimondi violin

Sérgio Pires clarinet

Víctor García García cello

Elie beach

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Alexander Janiczek Musical Director

Svend Brown Co-Director

Ruth Davie Retreat Producer

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2018 Retreat Leaders

Krzysztof Chorzelski viola

Michael Collins clarinet, visiting tutor

Valentin Erben cello, visiting tutor

David Watkin visiting tutor

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Support The Retreat

If you would like to support The Retreat, please get in touch with ian@eastneukfestival.com

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Read about the 2017 Retreat

Read about the 2016 Retreat

Read about the 2015 Retreat