Dear Musicians,
The Sommerakademie will take place in August as planned. In case of a change due to COVID-19 we will let you know immediately and return all fees. We look forward to meeting you!

Thomas Riebl (artistic director), 30th of April 2020
Aquarell: Bad Leonfelden

The Internationale Sommerakademie Bad Leonfelden is held in Bad Leonfelden, a charming little town in the Mühlviertel, a beautiful area in Upper-Austria. It is approximately 30 km from Linz, easily reachable from both Vienna and Salzburg.

The master classes take place in a relaxed but focused atmosphere. Each active participant will receive a minimum of three 60min or four 45min lessons, respectively. A semi-active participant a minimum of two 45min lessons. String quartets will receive a minimum of six 60min lessons or four 90min lessons, respectively. Everyone must be ready for her/his first lesson at the beginning of the course. Pieces with piano should be well prepared, as there is very little time for rehearsals with the pianist. All participants get free admission to all classes and concerts.

Finally, free seminars, lectures , Qi Gong as well as rhythm, breathing and voice training will be offered.

"It was in every respect a delightful time in this splendid atmosphere connecting people, nature and music. Many thanks!"

a participant from 2013

Course details & concert

The courses start on August 11th 2020 at 15:00. Participants are asked to submit the URL of their (video) recording by May 31st in order to receive a decision regarding (semi-)active participation.

On 14th August 2020 a concert will take place by the professors. There will be possibilities for students to perform in public and private.

Lectures: Erich Höbarth: "Interactions: Quartetts by Haydn and Mozart ; Friendship and competition…and a comission by Hoffmeister" Predrag Katanic:"How do I best tune my instrument? The difference between equal temperament tuning and just intonation" Thomas Riebl: :"Mental and psychological aspects of playing" Rainer Schmid:"The humane as origin and objective of classical music“

The courses ends on August 20th at 11am ist am 20.8.2020 um 11:00 Uhr.

Application Fee

  • € 40 for viola
  • € 80 for string quartets

The application fee is not refundable.


  • € 520 for active participation:
    at least 3x 60min or 4x 45min one-on-one lessons
  • € 330 for semi-active participation:
    at least 2x 45min one-on-one lessons
  • € 140 for passive participation
  • € 1080 for Streichquartette:
    at least 6x 60min or 4x 90min lessons


The application fee must be paid together with the application! Note: your application cannot be accepted before you have paid the application fee! The fee must be paid by June 30th 2020. In order to save bank charges you may pay this amount together with the application fee. In case of a semi active or passive participation the amount due will be refunded. All bank transfers have to be made free of charge for the academy.


Foto von Sommerhaus Hotel

Sommerhaus Hotel
Auweg 5
A-4190 Bad Leonfelden

We will book the room for you as soon as we have received the payment of the course fee. The hotel has to be paid by the participant upon arrival in Bad Leonfelden.

Cost per night twin room:

  • full board: €43 per day (including 3 meals)
  • half board: €37 (with breakfast and one meal)
  • bed & breakfast: €33
  • Surcharge for single rooms: €8 (subject to availability)

Application deadline:
June 10th 2020

After the deadline applications are only possible following a consultation.

Travel arrangments

If you let us know your scheduled arrival in Linz in time, we may be able to arrange a transfer to Bad Leonfelden.