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InterHarmony International Music Festival History

In existence for almost 2 decades, InterHarmony has become one of the important festivals worldwide, and the fastest growing. InterHarmony International Music Festival combines multiple concerts of world-renowned soloists and chamber musicians, at the same time providing intensive study programs for young musicians, helping them to climb the steps to world stages of classical music with its festivals in Italy and Germany, its Outstanding Guest Artist Series that features stars such as Alfred Brendel and Nikolaj Znaider, the InterHarmony Concert Series at Carnegie Hall and Fort Worth, Texas.  

​InterHarmony International Music Festival, from July 4 - August 12, 2018, invites students to study with its internationally renowned faculty of soloists and chamber musicians for up to six weeks of string, piano, woodwind, brass, percussion, or vocal instruction in one of its gorgeous European settings. IIMF's piano and string professors bring together decades of pedagogical and performance experience, offering an international outlook with an edge honed in the famous Russian school. The woodwind, brass, and percussion tracks combine unique chamber music opportunities and starring orchestral roles, while the vocalists can specialize in either art song or opera. All students will enjoy a life-changing opportunity to develop their musical abilities, grow artistically, network with fellow musicians and perform in concert. For more information about InterHarmony® International Music Festival, please visit

Chronology of Locations

InterHarmony International Music Festival was conceptualized in 1997, when Misha Quint started his first International Music Festival in Blonay, Switzerland. This festival, Intensive Cello Studies Abroad, was held at the Hindemith Foundation in Chalet de la Croix, Le Chenit, Switzerland. Quint then opened the Soesterberg International Music Festival in Soesterberg, The Netherlands in 1998.

The successful Netherlands festival lasted for 10 years. The name "InterHarmony" was born in 2000 in Soesterberg, and InterHarmony International Music Festival in 2000 in Geneva, Switzerland was the first to bear this name. Some locations, such as Soesterberg and Sulzbach-Rosenberg also retained the location name within the city as a subnomen of InterHarmony.

The Sulzbach-Rosenberg International Music Festival opened in 2005, and the Hinterzarten, Germany locale in the Black Forest region lasted from 2008 – 2011. There were two locations in the United States: The Berskshires, Massachusetts from 2007- 2008, where Tanglewood is currently held, and San Francisco, California, at San Francisco State University in 2009. InterHarmony in Tuscany, Italy, ran from 2012-2016.

InterHarmony International Music Festival remains one of the only festivals of its kind to move around the world. Many students and artists-in-residence end up traveling to all the locations and spending nearly 7 weeks at the festivals.

More about the Sulzbach-Rosenberg Internationanl Music Festival (SRIMF)

After the Soesterberg festival, Misha Quint had a tour of concerts in Germany, and one performance was in Erlangen, near Sulzbach-Rosenberg, Bavaria. As a result, Christl-Pelikan Geisman, Quint's longtime friend, invited him to play another sold-out concert in Sulzbach-Rosenberg that got accolades from the press. It was love at first sight when Quint saw Sulzbach-Rosenberg, and the mayor of that time, Mayor Gerd Geismann offered to host the first Sulzbach-Rosenberg International Music Festival.

The Sulzbach-Rosenberg International Music Festival (abbreviated by "SRIMF" by locals) became a big attraction for the students and the local audiences. The summer of 2016 will mark SRIMF's 11th year. In addition to the intensity of InterHarmony in musical studies for aspiring musicians, the people of Sulzbach-Rosenberg and their enthusiasm for classical music and the festival are what make this session of InterHarmony so unique.
Students will get to know Christl Pelikan-Geismann, called the "Mother of SRIMF", originally by local newspapers, and then adopted by everyone else. Her toil and perseverance are what helps this festival to prosper on the Germany side.

Settlements in Sulzbach-Rosenberg have existed since the 8th century, when Sulzbach Castle was built. Sulzbach-Rosenberg has a long history, from the time of feudal lords until it became the capital "New Bohemia" under Emperor Karl IV to the time of the Wittelsbach dynasty. In addition to its hardy cuisine, sights include the Gothic City Hall (Raathaus), built in 1446, Sulzbach Castle, the parish church (Katholische Stadtpfarrkirche St. Marien, built in 1355, the city walls from 1300, among others.

More about InterHarmony in Acqui Terme, Piedmont, Italy

Drawn to Acqui Terme because of its rich history, lively location, and cultural predilection, InterHarmony is excited to announce its secone year in its Italian location for the summer of 2018: Acqui Terme, Province of Alessandria, Piedmont, Italy. Pianos fill every corner and the sounds can be heard from the concert hall in Basilica di San Pietro, the Paleologi Castle, the concert hall in Grand Hotel Nuove Terme, and from the town's schools. The Piedmont region is famed for its sumptuous, French-inspired, Italian cuisine and award-wining red wine vinyards.


The Liguri Statilelli settled there in the proto-historic age, and founded the centre of Carystum, which was later conquered and destroyed in the 173 B.C. by the Roman army, lead by Marco Popilio Lenate. The conquest led to a progressive Romanization of the territory and its inhabitants and to the birth of  Acquae Statiellae, in the area of the thermal springs. The natural hotsprings of Acqui Terme caused it to be a flourishing spa town between the triangle formed by Turin, Milano, and Genova. Senaca, Strabo, Tacitus, and Pliny wrote of Acqui Terme as “founded among waters”. Historical highlights include the consecration of the Duomo (Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta) in 1067 by Bishop Saint Guido, participation in the crusades, and the visit of Napoleon in 1796. Acqui Terme is strewn with Roman ruins, such as the aqueduct, the amphitheater, baths, and artisan center recently unearthed, as well as monuments like the Duomo(1067), Paleologi Castle (1056) and Archeology Museum, Basilica di San Pietro (1100’s), Chiesa di San Francisco (1600), Porta della Bollente, etc.

InterHarmony Concert Series at Weill Recital Hall

Presented by InterHarmony International Music Festival

InterHarmony International Music Festival, which has been taking place in various European and American cities for the past 15 summers, presents a series of three concerts at Weill Recital Hall studded with an array of musical highlights from the Festival. The concerts take place at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Some students and renowned faculty members perform either solo or chamber music. This tradition began in 2012, when we had a performance at the German Consulate General in NYC. We hope to continue to provide more opportunities for InterHarmony alumni in the future. Visit past events to see our past concerts, and upcoming events to see future concerts.

Misha Quint, Cellist, Founder and Music Director

ussian-born cellist MISHA QUINT captivates his audiences with his lyricism, passion and dazzling technique. Described by Harris Goldsmith as a "brilliantly accomplished virtuoso - an embodiment of interpretive and executive music-making at its rarefied best", his repertoire ranges from Bach to premieres of the most outstanding composers of today, including Alfred Schnittke, Sophie Goubadalina, Robert Sirota, Shulamit Ran, Steven Gerber, Nathan Davis, Ezra Laderman, and Stepan Lucky. Quint is Founder and Music Director of the InterHarmony® International Music Festival that take place in Sulzbach-Rosenberg, Germany and Acqui Terme, Piedmont, Italy, the InterHarmony® Concert Series at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City, and the InterHarmony Concert Series in Fort Worth, Texas at The Modern Museum of Art that will premiered in 2018. Quint captured the gold medal in the March 2016 Global Music Awards for his recording, Matryoshka Blues, on the Blue Griffin label in three categories: instrumentalist, album, and new release, and was featured in the top five spring albums in Global Music Awards. Upcoming engagements include recitals and concerts with orchestras in Italy and Germany in collaboration with Nikolaj Znaider, and at the Ravinia Festival.

A graduate of the Leningrad Special School for the Gifted and the Leningrad State Conservatory, Misha Quint made his orchestral debut at the age of 13 after winning first prize at the Boccherini Competition in St. Petersburg (then Leningrad). He gained international recognition after capturing top prizes in the 1975 International Competition in Prague and the Russian National Competition. Quint immigrated to the US and made his critically acclaimed New York recital debut at the 92nd Street Y and his orchestral debut in Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center in 1992. He has given numerous solo recitals and master classes in the leading halls of England, Germany, Switzerland, Ireland, Russia, Latvia, Georgia, Belorussia, Romania, Italy, and the US. “[Quint] provides a fresh voice…The Russian school of string playing has taken on a different light with Quint” said Daniel Webster of the Philadelphia Inquirer and “a master of probing sentiment, shaded phrasing, and flawless technique” from MetroWest.

Misha Quint has appeared with such celebrated orchestras as the New York Chamber Symphony, Metropolitan Symphony, the London Soloists Chamber Orchestra at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra, Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, Leningrad State Orchestra, Orchestra of Classical and Contemporary Music, National Irish Symphony, the Orquestra Sinfônica do Teatro Nacional do Brasilia and with the Symphony Orchestras of Latvia and Georgia among others. He has worked with an equally illustrious group of conductors including Maxim Shostakovich, Paul Lustig Dunkel, Colman Pearce, Sidney Harth, Ravil Martinov, Yakov Bergman, and Ira Levin. Quint is an active chamber musician and has performed with such artists as Nikolai Znaider, Vadim Repin, Shlomo Mintz, Bela Davidovich, Bruno Canino, Julian Rachlin, Jean-Bernard Pommier, Sherban Lupu, Boris Kushnir, and Mikhail Kopelman.

As a special guest artist, Misha Quint was broadcast in live television performances in Westchester, NY; "The Jewish Entertainment Hour"; German Television, Italian Television, RTN/WMNB; and live radio broadcast recitals on WQXR's "The Listening Room", WGBH (Boston), WMNB (NJ), WNYC (NY). Quint captured first prize of the CRS National competition in 2009, and was a featured performer at The Festival of the Musical Citadel in Brasov, Romania in August 2013 and 2014. Quint’s discography includes Live Cello Recitals and Valse Sentimentale on the Volshebnik Productions Label, and the 2014 release of Tempo Trapezio and 2016 release of Matryoshka Blues on the Blue Griffin Label.

Misha Quint is strongly committed to teaching and is on the faculty of Mannes School of Music Prep at The New School in New York City. He has been on the faculty of the International Institute of Music in Marktoberdorf, Germany, and was Music Director and Founder of the Soesterberg International Music Festival in Holland from 1998 – 2007, the Intensive Cello Studies Abroad in Blonay, Chalet de lacroix at the Hindemith Foundation in 1997, Interharmony Music Festival in Geneva, Switzerland in 2000, The Berkshires, Massachusetts from 2007 – 2008, San Francisco, California in 2009, Hinterzarten, Schwarzwald, Germany from 2008 – 2011, in Tuscany, Italy from 2012 – 2016, presently an inaugural season in Acqui Terme, Italy, and since 2005 in Sulzbach-Rosenberg, Bavaria, Germany. Quint studied with Emmanuel Fishman, Natalia Gutman, Boris Pergamenshikov, and Daniel Shafran.