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 ran from 22-30 June, and showcased 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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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.

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
Benjamin’s participation is supported by Donald & Louise MacDonald


Charlotte Saluste-Bridoux violin
Charlotte’s participation is supported by Gavin and Kate Gemmell

Ester Forsberg viola
Ester’s participation is supported by The Solti Foundation

Mari Fukazawa viola
Mari’s participation is supported by Shields and Carol Henderson

Rebecca Raimondi violin
Rebecca’s participation is supported by The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust

Sérgio Pires clarinet
Sérgio’s participation is supported by The Frost Musical Trust

Ursina Braun cello
Ursina’s participation is supported by The Idlewild Trust

Víctor García García cello
Víctor’s participation is supported by Colin and Sue Buchan

Elie beach

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Alexander Janiczek Musical Director
Alexander’s participation is supported by Elaine Ross

Svend McEwan-Brown Festival Artistic Director

Ruth Davie Retreat Producer

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2018 Retreat Leaders

Krzysztof Chorzelski viola
Krzysztof’s participation is supported by The Reed Foundation

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