Your Music, Our Commitment

Founded in 2018 by the Romanian born conductor, cellist, educator and composer Ovidiu Marinescu, the International Musicians Academy (IMA) is an intensive summer program for aspiring artists designed to provide a unique and high level artistic experience working with a professional orchestra as soloists, conductors or composers. Chamber music and orchestral training is also available for young artists interested in playing side-by-side with highly experienced professional orchestral players. The 2019 edition benefits from a stellar cast of American and European established artists and the support of the Sinfonietta Vidin.

Previous Years – 2020

The third edition took place virtually due to the covid-19 pandemic.  Two weeks of online classes featured a stellar cast of professors and students from Europe and the United States.  Special sessions on injury prevention for musicians were presented by licensed physical therapist Heather Salyers, and yoga sessions were led by Ceara Caisido.

Ovidiu Marinescu, Artistic Director, Cello

Cello: Cheung Chau, Harro Ruijsenaars (former principal Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra), Amparo Lacruz (Barcelona – Lyceum, Madrid), Ovidiu Marinescu 

Violin: Blanka Bednarz, Sylvia Ahramjian

Previous Years – 2019

Second edition of the International Musicians Academy had a talented group of young artists from USA, China, and Australia.  Featured were concerti by Goldmark, Mozart, Prokofiev (piano #3, cello, violin #2), Ravel G Major, Elgar, Scriabin.

2019 Faculty:

Ovidiu Marinescu, Artistic Director, Conducting, Cello

Cheung Chau, Conducting, Cello

Blanka Bednarz, Violin, Viola, Chamber music

Dmitry Rachmanov, Piano

2019 participants:

Kaiyan Qian, Piano
Serena Rose Clement, Violin
Natalie Browning, Cello
Isaac Browning, Percussion
Max Jacobs, Violin
Karissa Haeun Lim, Cello
Alan Murray, Piano
Jane Liu, Piano

Lily Eckman, Cello


Previous Years – 2018

The first edition of the International Musicians Academy showcased an exceptional group of musicians from seven countries: USA, Russia, China, Canada, Brazil, Romania, and Korea. The participants came from reputable music institutions such as Juilliard School of Music, Moscow Conservatory, California State University – Northridge, West Chester University of Pennsylvania, and Maastricht Conservatory.  Exceptional artist faculty inspired the participants during the two week festival.

2018 Faculty:

Ovidiu Marinescu, Artistic Director, Conducting, Cello

Dmitry Rachmanov, Piano

Sylvia Ahramjian, Violin/Viola, Chamber Music

Dimitri Chassouros, Composition

Vera Volchanski, Conducting

Diana Bucur, Lyric Soprano

2018 Guest Artists:

Dan Cavassi, Principal Cellist, Bucharest Philharmonic, Romania

Carmen Maria Carneci, Composer, Romania

2018 participants:

Alan Murray, piano

Tudor Cioceanu, piano

James Devor, composition, bass

Lily Eckman, cello

Kaitlyn Waterson, mezzo-soprano

David Brown, composition

Haeun Karissa Lim, cello

Catherine Ma, piano

Hyewon Jo, cello

Ceara Caisido, cello

Sarah Ann Palma, piano

Shara Sun, piano

Elvania Caram, piano

Amber Kowal, bass

Cameron Kuzepski, conducting

Ming Luo, piano

Yaroslav Tchistov, cello

The International Musicians Academy and Artistic Director Ovidiu Marinescu extend their gratitude to all faculty and participants as well as to our partners in Bulgaria: Miroslav Krastev, Director and Sinfonietta Vidin.