Summer Music Academy 2021

At the initiative of Michel Strauss, the Académie Musicale du Havre met, from July 24 to 31, 2021 , with 49 young musicians of different nationalities, who deepened their musical knowledge, supervised by great internationally recognized instrumentalists:

Michel Strauss - artistic director and cello
Jan Ype Nota - cello
Corine T Hoen - cello
Ilona Sie Dhian Ho - violin
Abel Rodriguez - violin assitant & chamber music professor
Victoria Shereshevskaya - piano
Jean-Claude Vanden-Eynden - piano

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Académie Musique de Chambre en Normandie

A unique experience

Pianos and working rooms are available to the participants, enough for them to work in good conditions. This Academy allows participants of various nationalities to meet, exchange about their experience, play together, and set up chamber music programs in a spontaneous and informal way. This Academy enables a true mutual cultural gain.


Artists perform in concerts, open to the public free of charge, throughout the week.

Concerts location:
Conservatoire Arthur Honegger
70 cours de la République 76600 Le Havre
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Free entry to the extent of available places - Sanitary protocol to be observed

Concerts schedule:
Sunday July 25 at 5pm
Monday July 26 at 12.30 pm
Tuesday July 27 at 12.30 pm
Wednesday July 28 at 12.30 pm
Thursday July 29 at 12.30 pm
Friday July 30 at 12.30 pm and 8 pm
Saturday July 31 at 12.30 pm and 5pm


Four prestigious professors animated the 2021 Academy:


Michel Strauss


Cellist considered as one of the most accomplished french musician of his generation, Michel Strauss learned in France and in the US with Paul Tortelier, Maurie Gendron and Aldo Parisot.

He teaches the cello class in the “Conservatoire National Supérieur” of Paris since 1987 and trains himself the next generation of musicians. He also organizes many events and masterclasses in the US and in Asia, as well as in France, in Normandie, which aim to promote young artists. First solo cello of the new “orchestre philharmonique” of Radio-France in 1980, he also performs with several orchestras in France or overseas, and he is the creator of concertos which were dedicated to him.

In the field of chamber music, he partnered with many artists such as: Henriette Puig-Roget, Tibor Varga, Georges Pludermacher, Gérad Jarry, Aldo Parisot, Serge Collot, Jean-Claude Pennetier, Gérard Caussé, Bruno Pasquier and the legendary Sandor Vegh. Michel Strauss performed in most French festivals and on the greatest foreign stages. Michel Strauss is the musical director of the “festival Musique de chambre à Giverny” since its creation.


Ilona Sie Dhian Ho


Ilona Sie Dhian Ho is professor of Violin at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague and at the Prince Claus Conservatoire in Groningen. She has an international class and is one of the leading violin pedagogues of the Netherlands. She is a member of the artistic board of the Dutch Violin Competitions and frequently jury member of competitions.

She studied with Davina van Wely and was awarded a Fulbright Grant to continue her studies at Indiana University, Bloomington USA where she studied with Maurico Fuks. Her first performance in the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, at the age of 13 was broadcasted live on national radio. She won several awards in national competitions like The National Violin Competition “Oskar Back”. Her performance of the Beethoven Concerto in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw was described as “… an extravert and charming, outspoken solistic personality…” (The Volkskrant).

She started teaching as assistant to Mauricio Fuks at the Chateau de Champs masterclasses in Paris and the Sommer Akademie of the Mozarteum in Salzburg and taught as guest professor at Jacobs School of Music, USA. She decided to focus on teaching and over the last decade has given masterclasses at several festivals in Germany, France and China.

In her teaching she has a special focus on making young musicians own practice skills creative and meaningful. She gave a lecture on this subject at the international conference of the European String Teachers Association. Furthermore she developed a course to improve students’ practice skills which is now a successful elective at the Royal Conservatoire.

In 2013 she started a project, Music Around the Corner, to enhance the understanding of classical music for new audiences. She is now research leader of the Classic Expression Research group in which the Royal Conservatoire collaborates with Leiden University to measure the impact of innovative performance techniques in classical concerts.

She plays a Ventapane violin (Napels, 1802) and a Peccatte bow.


Victoria Shereshevskaya


Pianist and professor of piano, a musician open-minded and versatile, noticed for her depth, reflection and a sense of music, Victoria Shereshevskaya was born in Moscow (Russia) and started piano at the age of six with her mother Rena Shereshevskaya at first in Moscow and then in France, in the Colmar Conservatory. In 2005 she graduates from the Lyon National Superior Music Conservatory (class of Géry Moutier).

The young pianist gives recitals in Europe, USA, Russia, is invited by different festivals such as Festival Radio France à Montpellier, Festival International de Colmar, Festival « Nancyphonies » (France), Festival de St.Ursanne et Porrentruy (Swiss), “Rencontres Musicales d’Enghien” (Belgium). In 2010, by invitation of the Karuizawa Festival, she made a tour of concerts in Japan warmly greeted by the critique. She also plays the chamber music with such musicians as Alexandra Soumm, Henri Demarquette, Christophor Miroshnikov, Marco Rizzi, François Guye and with orchestras conducted by Yu. Bashment (with the participation of a celebrated actress Marie-Anne Chazel), V.Boulakhov, C. Poiget. Since the age of eight Victoria becomes a laureate of a number of International Piano Competitions; She also received advices of such prestigious masters as François-René Duchable, Brigitte Engerer, Lev Naoumov, Vladimir Krainev, Vladimir Viardo, Vera Gornostaeva.

Being a holder of the French Superior Teaching Diploma (CA), she is a professor of piano at the Conservatoire of Puteaux (Paris-La Defense) and Paris Superior Music School of A.Cortot (“Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris/A.Cortot”) after eleven years of teaching in Val d’Yerres and at the Chantilly Conservatories. Since 2011 she is invited to give master classes in the framework of the Summer Music Academy “Académie des Cimes du Val d’Isère” and since 2018 invited to teach at the académie of Nancy, at the festival “Nancyphonies”.

She is also solicited in the cinema as a music consultant, a music coach of actors and a “double of hands”; she worked with actresses Judith Davis, Edith Scob, Sophie Laloy, Chantal Lauby, Anne-Sophie Lapix, Brigitte Fossey and with a producer Louis Becker.

In parallel with her activity as a pianist and a piano teacher, Victoria has a passion for opera singing from her early childhood and in parallel, she leads a career as a lyric singer, trained by the great Russian baritone Vladimir Chernov and his wife professor Olga Toporkova.

Being very interested by all that concerns the corps movements she follows a training course in the relationship between gesture, sound and space with a Belgium physiotherapist, a screenwriter and a stage director Anne Englebert. She follows also Yoga and Qi Gong class during two years with Davina Delor.


Jan Ype Nota


Jan Ype Nota began his cello studies with Jyri Prchal in his Birthplace Leeuwarden and studied at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague where he obtained his performers diploma under Jean Decroos. He continued his studies in London. In the Netherlands he was soloist with various orchestras including under the directorship of Brüggen. He is also active in various formations as a chamber musician.

Jan Ype Nota is a well-known cellist in Friesland, can count many prizewinners among his students, and a performance of his is a major event. He is conductor and artistic leader of the Haydn Youth String Orchestra, reserve leader of the North Netherlands orchestra and also principal study teacher at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague and Prins Claus Conservatoire in Groningen.

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Rating: 800 € + 50 € registration fee

The prices below are given as an indication, and correspond to those charged for the 2021 edition of the Academy.

This price includes: educational costs and the use of rooms and pianos, (or simple access to masterclasses), as well as half-board accommodation in a double room.

On request and depending on availability, it is possible to be accommodated in a single room, for a supplement of 150 €. ONLINE rate or without accommodation and without meals: € 500 + € 50 registration

This Academy is open to the public. Free listeners can attend classes and concerts.

Registration is closed. For any inquiries, send a message to:

Nathalie Tiberghien
Académie Musicale 2021
2, impasse du clos de l’Etang
85800 GIVRAND - France