International Musicians Academy 

A Training Program for Soloists and Composers

We are pleased to announce our summer 2020 educational program for string players offering a diverse and exciting program for young artists and students. IMA 2020 features outstanding faculty that has decades of experience performing, recording, and teaching.
Connect with musicians from different continents, hear great music, perform!

3rd Edition

Session 1: July 27 – August 1, 2020

Session 2: August 10 – August 15, 2020

$500 per session

$95 auditors – 2 weeks


The 2020 edition is open in the following categories:

Violin, Viola, Cello, Composition


The highly competitive program (open to only 9 violinists/violists and 13 cellists each session) will provide daily masterclasses interacting with young musicians from the East Coast, West Coast, Spain and Netherlands, among others.  Each participant will perform a minimum of 4 times for 40 minutes. There will be daily lectures and special topic classes on a wide spectrum of topics from practicing, to preparation of orchestral excerpts, to bow technique, etc.  Composers will have the opportunity to have their works critiqued and performed by the full-time faculty in a custom designed program. There is no application fee for the online festival.  Enrollment is based on teacher recommendation and a first-come-first-serve basis.

DELIVERY TECHNOLOGY: The IMA is using Zoom for all classes. 

What They Say:

David Brown, Composer/Violinist, United States “2018’s IMA in Vidin, Bulgaria, was an incredible opportunity for music making and networking with world-class artists, rising professionals, and talented students alike. Artistic Director Ovidiu Marinescu worked tirelessly and selflessly to ensure the quality of the festival, tailored to each participant’s interest and background. These are experiences of which lifelong memories are made, and great careers and music are inspired.”
Tudor Cioceanu, Pianist – Romania, Maastricht Conservatory (The Netherlands) “IMA 2018 – Two weeks full of great and intense music experiences and a lot of fun time. I can definitely say that this journey marks my best moments in a classical music festival.”
Ceara Caisido, Cellist – USA The International Musicians Academy 2018 was an inspired two weeks of learning! I never thought I would get the chance to be a soloist with an orchestra, so to be provided with such a wonderful opportunity from such hard-working and intelligent faculty was an incredible experience.”

Professional Testimonies


“The Academy is an fantastic program providing unique opportunities to young artists.” Dan Cavassi, Principal Cellist, Bucharest Philharmonic, Romania

“As an essential part of the cultural life of Vidin, the International Musicians Academy contributes to strengthening and enciching the musical art in our town. The work of our orchestra with the students is exciting and inspiring, and their concerts are eagerly awaited by the Vidin audience.” M. Krastev, Artistic Director – Sinfonietta Vidin

The “International Musicians” Academy serves as a extraordinary springboard for future opportunities, giving soloists, young conductors and composers the experience and determination to develop their career and further pursue their dreams. Ovidiu Marinescu, Artistic Director

Join us! Fill out the application form.

Our Artists

Connected by passion, altruism, and experience, our faculty have decades of experience as educators and as artists.  From Carnegie Hall to the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, from Shanghai to London and to Paris, our artists have been forged in the fire of the concert stage and the recording studio.

Ovidiu Marinescu

Artistic Director, Conducting, Cello

Blanka Bednarz

Violin, Viola

Cheung Chau

Conducting, cello

Amparo Lacruz


Sylvia Ahramjian

Violin, Viola

Harro Ruijsenaars


Heather Salyers

Injury Prevention/Management

Ceara Caisido

Yoga, Physical Training

Ben Sayevich


Latest News

The International Musicians Academy is moving its festival online in 2020 to provide an opportunity for performance and musical interaction during Covid-19.  The festival is currently open to violinists, violists, cellists and composers.

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Contact us

Contact: Email: Artistic Director Email: Address: International Musicians Network, 718 Mercers Mill Lane, West Chester, PA 19382, USA