Chamber music course Smetana

Beautiful music and charming country of Eastern Bohemia

Dear friends. The course Smetana has to be cancelled 2014 due to unavailability of the Prazak Quartet during this summer. We apologise for any inconvenience and recommend to all our fans to apply for the stage organised by Danel Quartet in France. Please, don´t hesitate to ask for any details. See the links below.

Association A.R.A.M. Course for amateur musicians:

  • From the 2nd to the 9th of August 2014: Course for Amateur Ensembles.

Trios, String quartets, Quintets are welcome to this course. The ensembles have each day a session of two hours, the rest of the day is dedicated to the rehearsals, reading sessions with the other course-participants, and the concerts played by the teachers in the little churches of the villages around. Lonely musicians should contact Guy Danel rapidly, describing their wishes, and he shall search partners from the same level for that week.
Teachers: Guy Danel, former cellist of the Danel quartet – Eric Robberecht, first violin of the Ensor Quartet and Jean-Marie Bardèche, pianist accompanist in the Conservatoire Supérieur de Lyon. They have as assistants Nicolas Hourt, pianist, and the members of the Quatuor Zerkalo.

  • From the 16th to the 23rd of August 2014: Course for amateur musicians and ensembles.

The musicians register separately, giving information about their level and their repertory wishes. Guy Danel will organize two ensembles for each musician. The morning is devoted to one of the group - a lesson and a rehearsal, the beginning of the afternoon to a secondary group, always led by one of the teachers who might play in the ensemble. Already formed Trios, String quartets, Quintets are also welcome. During their stay, the course participants could enjoy the concerts performed in the little churches in the neighbourhood.
Teachers: Juliette Danel – viola – and Guy Danel – cello, former members of the Quatuor Danel, Nicolas Hourt – pianist – and the Trio Spilliaert.

  • From the 9th to the 16th of August 2014: Master class for String Quartets:

Each year, the association accepts one or two amateur quartets, which will enjoy an everyday lesson, mostly with Guy Danel or Eric Robberecht. They may follow the lessons given by our teachers, Vaclav Remes, Josef Kluson and – possibly – Luigi Vecchioni – Quatuor Manfred. Information is updated on the page:

For any enquiries of artistic matters, please send a message to Guy Danel (, +32 473 60 32 36)

For any other question or demand, please contact Catherine Danel: ARAM - Association Rencontre Arts Musique (

Open for everyone

This chamber music course is intended both for amateur musicians and for professionals and students. The course is open to existing chamber ensembles and individuals, to give them the opportunity to meet new fellow-musicians and become acquainted with new repertoire.

The course will take place in The Music School in Litomyšl.

If sufficient wind players are interested in taking part, there is a possibility to engage a brass instrument teacher for them.

The course is intended for 24–26 participants, including a maximum of 3 pianists.

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Our tutors

  • Kateřina Klusoňová – cellist, tutor for 20 years at the “La Pellegrina” courses in Bechyně.
  • Members of the Pražák Quartet – Pražák Quartet is one of today´s leading international chamber music ensembles.
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Spend your holidays combining beautiful music with the charming surroundings of Eastern Bohemia and the ancient city of Litomyšl, the birthplace of Czech composer Bedřich Smetana.

The city is well-known for its architectural and cultural monuments, such as the magnificent Renaissance castle with an original Baroque theater, a beautiful Renaissance Square, and the newly restored monastery with its unique gardens.

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550 € double room

580 € single room

The price includes:

Hotel accommodation (in the Gold Star Hotel located downtown, 5 minutes walking distance from the music school), breakfast, lunch catering, and course fee (teachers, course materials etc.)

Dinners are not included; it is up to participants to organize this themselves. Many cosy restaurants with a large range of Czech and international cuisine can be found in Litomyšl.