International Musicians Academy 

A Training Program for Soloists, Conductors and Composers

International Musicians Network (USA) announces the 2019 edition of  the “International Musicians” Academy in collaboration with Vidin Sinfonietta (Bulgaria).


Be a soloist, step on the podium as a conductor, or become the resident composer of a professional orchestra for two weeks!
Join a stellar cast of American and European professors and work with Sinfonietta Vidin (Bulgaria)!
August 5 – 16, 2019

The academy is designed to provide an ideal learning environment for aspiring soloists, professional orchestral conductors, and composers.


The 2019 edition is open in the following categories:

Piano, Strings, Orchestral Conducting, Voice, Composition, Other Orchestral Instruments


The highly competitive program (open to only 16 participants collaborating with the orchestra as soloists, conductors, or composers)  provides daily rehearsals and two concerts during the 2-week program. Apprentice conductors will work with the Sinfonietta Vidin daily.  Each week the festival will select a Resident Apprentice Composer in the orchestral category, and one in the chamber music category.



Vidin is a port town, situated on the southern bank of the Danube, in one of the most beautiful spots of the river. For its geographical situation, the town is considered for the door of Bulgaria to Europe. Vidin is about 200 km. away from the capital of Bulgaria – Sofia, and shapes its aspect during two millennia.

Vidin Sinfonietta has for decades been a leading cultural institution in the town of Vidin and the Vidin region. The city, located in the northernmost part of North-Western Bulgaria right on the bank of the Danube River, is a town with a rich historical-cultural heritage and musical traditions.  The orchestra was officially registered as a state organization since 1949 though the first steps towards its creation date back in the early 1910. Besides the full time season of yearly concerts at home, the orchestra has performed in the Netherlands, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Greece, Hungary, Romania, Serbia and Macedonia, has been the resident orchestra at such festivals and competitions as Spoleto, Como and Crotone (Italy), Danube festival in Ulm (Germany), Sofia Music Festival, Austrian Musik Festival and others.   Vidin Sinfonietta had performed in many famous European concert halls such as “Concertgebouw” Amsterdam, “Victoria Hall” in Geneva, ”Music House” in Vienna, “Beethoven Hall” Stuttgart, “The Hall of Congresses” in Saragosa, and many  others.
The participants are hosted at Hotel Rovno. The hotel is perfectly positioned for Vidin’s cultural and historical sightseeing places, and is next to the river Danube. Hotel Rovno is completely renovated to offer all contemporary needs and desires of its guests with European level of service.  A restaurant, bar, fitness room and casino are available on site.  The Hotel offers stunning, panoramic views of the River Danube and the city center.

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 “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
The level of musicianship is exceptional in Bulgaria.” Maestro Robert Gutter (1938-2017) 


“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
Bulgarians pride themselves on their hospitality and neighborliness. A visitor will first be greeted with a handshake at the doorway, and will be invited further into the private domestic space depending on the nature of the visit. At mealtimes, a guest will be offered food and drink, and at other times a drink (often homemade rakiya).

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

Dmitry Rachmanov


Cheung Chau

Conducting, cello

Latest News

The 2nd edition is scheduled for August 5-16, 2019. Join us on an exciting musical journey in Vidin, Bulgaria, this coming August. Hurry – applications started arriving!

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Contact us

Contact: Phone: +1-(575)-650-0056 Email: Artistic Director Email: Address: International Musicians Network, 718 Mercers Mill Lane, West Chester, PA 19382, USA