Interview with Eszter Dudás


Here is a brilliant interview Eszter Dudás (viola) president and co-founder of the Crescendo Summer Insitute.

The 14th Crescendo Summer Institute officially launched in Tokaj


Once again, a year of preparation preceded the Crescendo Summer Institute and Festival. However, it was worth all the effort as there are 4 continents and 39 countries represented in the program: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, the...

Apply until Easter!


Submit your application to CSI, and win 100% tuition discount. Anyone who has applied to Crescendo Summer Institute until Easter, that is, until 17th April, will take part in a lot, where a lucky winner will get 100% tuition discount!

Guitar Course at CSI!


Crescendo Summer Insitute is happy to announce that there will be a classical guitar course this summer, too. It will be held by Mateus Dela Fonte (BRA).

New double bass professor at CSI


Warm welcome to Voicu Burca, new double bass professor at CSI.

Crescendo Concert in Budapest


On 26 February, Crescendo Hungary held a concert at the Palace of Arts in Budapest, performed by students from the Crescendo Summer Institute (CSI). Artistic leader of the concert was Erika Dallos who has been part of the CSI faculty since 2004. Greeting speech was given by Crescendo Summer Institute president and co-founder, Eszter Dudás, who initiated the conert. Pieces by Georges Bizet,...

Russian Impressions Concert at CSI 2017


We warmly welcome everyone to our "Russian Impressions” concert where Russian composers’ pieces will be performed, especially solo and chamber music by Tchaikovsky, Glinka and Rachmaninoff. Performers of the concert will be the students and faculty members of the Crescendo Summer Institute. The cultural colourfulness of the Crescendo Summer Institute is due to the fact that our...

Registration is Open


The registration for Crescendo Summer Institute 2017 has opened. The application deadline is 31 May, the early-bird application is 15 March.

This year's Baroque Course


Dear Singers and Instrument Players, join our Baroque Course at CSI 2017! Monteverdi, Vivaldi, Gabrieli, Cavalli - and many more with the well-known professors.



There will be a Bartók course for pianists at Crescendo held by pianist Balázs Fülei from 25 to 27 July.

Crescendo Concert at Zalaegerszeg


If you happen to spend the weekend in Hungary don't miss our next Crescendo Concert in town Zalaegerszeg. Bach, Bartók, Mozart and worship songs at the weekend - sounds great, doesn't it? 21 January, 2017 6 p.m. Zalaart Építész Iroda Zalaegerszeg, Kosztolányi u. 12-14.

Crescendo Orchestra playin Tchaikovsky Symphony


The Crescendo Symphonic Orchestra is going to play Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in E minor, op. 64 this summer, conducted by Delta David Gier (USA).

Polina Kulikova - New Teacher


Former Crescendo student, Polina Kulikova is going to teach as collaborative pianist at Crescendo this summer.…/collaborative…/Kulikova_en

Week 2 of CSI 2016


The participants of Crescendo Summer Institute and Festival were treated to excellent concerts and performances during the second week. The faculty concert included solo and chamber pieces from Baroque to the modern era. Most of the featured teachers were invited to the summer institute for the first time, or they were teaching a master course in a new field. Our 2015 winners’ concert would...

Brief Overview of the First Week at Crescendo


CSI work began in earnest the morning after our Opening Ceremony. Here at the Institute, students have the opportunity to take part in both small and large ensembles besides their one-on-one classes. Both tutti and sectional rehearsals – for strings, wind, and percussion – began for Dvorak’s symphony. The chamber groups’ repertoire is based on more masterpieces: rehearsals...

Crescendo Summer Institute Has Begun


The thirteenth Crescendo Summer Institute officially opened its doors on July 25, 2016. It was preceded by the now traditional Sostenuto Conference, beginning on July 23, and attended by some of the academy’s teachers by invitation only. Its theme was the Holy Spirit. The two-week Summer Institute began on Monday. Beat and Airi Rink, the directors of Crescendo International and its Summer...

Vera Várhalmi - our new collaborative pianist


Let us introduce Vera Várhalmi, one of the new collaborative pianists at Crescendo Summer Institute 2016.

New Collaborative Pianist at CSI 2016


We are glad to introduce our new collaborative pianist, Anne-Oda Goede from Germany.

Crescendo Concert in Frankfurt


Hungarian cellist student János Ripka and pianist professor artist Ye-Ree Kim gave an excellent concert on 19th May, 2016 in the Steinway & Sons Concert Hall, Frankfurt. Ripka won the opportunity to play at the concert as an award at Crescendo Summer Institute 2015. Marko Hartung, the director of the Steinway & Sons Frankfurt greeted the guests at the beginning of the concert and...

Two New Cello Professors at CSI


Celllo students are warmly welcome to the courses of Ágnes Kállay (HUN) and Jozef Lupták (SVK).

Cello Professor Jozef Luptak at CSI 2016


Crescendo Summer Insitute is glad to introduce its new cello professor, Jozef Luptak from Slovakia.

László Seeman has become a doctor


French horn professor László Seeman has recevied his "doctorate". Congratulations, László Seeman, DLA!

Prolonged Application Period


Due to technical reasons numerous applicants could not submit their application. So we have prolonged the application period which is still open!

Violinist Zsolt Kalló at Crescendo


We warmly welcome professor Zsolt Kalló violinist at Crescendo. Zsolt Kalló is the musical leader, concert master and soloist of Capella Savaria. He graduated with distinction from the Ferenc Liszt Academy in 1990, and he went on with his studies under Sándor Végh in Salzburg. He has been concert master at different chamber ensembles all around the world, such as...

One Per Cent


We would be very grateful if you could offer one per cent of your tax to the Song for the Nations Foundation that organizes Crescendo Summer Institute. Fore more information, please, click here.

Extended Early Bird Application


Crescendo Summer Institute has extended the early bird application period until 4th April 2016.

Join the Crescendo Choir for free!


Crescendo Summer Institute welcomes choir members for free. Apart from housing and food costs there are no additional fees. Beside participating in the work of the choir, members of the choir may also have admittance to any chosen course as passive students. Due to professional reasons members of the choir can apply for the whole period only.

Marie-Elisabeth Hecker at Crescendo again


We are happy to announce that Marie-Elisabeth Hecker is coming to Crescendo again after 2012 to hold cello and chamber music master course.

New Oboe Professor at Crescendo


Let us introduce you the new Crescendo oboe professor, Jean-Jacques Goumaz. Jean-Jacques Goumaz began his musical studies in 1988 at the Conservatory of Fribourg in Switzerland. He continued his formation through Bern, London and Munich (François Leleux). In 2001 the Swiss oboe player received the 2nd Prize at the Royal College of Music Awards in London. In 2002 he obtained the Glasson...

Crescendo Concert in Frankfurt


We are proud to announce that our excellent artist professor, Ye-Ree Kim (piano, South-Korea) and one of the most outstanding students János Ripka (cello, Hungary) will deliver a concert. Program: Boccherini, Brahms, Prokofiev, Tchaikovski Date: 19 Mai 2016, um 20 Uhr Place: Steinway-Haus in Frankfurt Cellist János Ripka was born in Budapest, Hungary. He studies cello in Vienna,...

New Trumpet Professor at Crescendo


Crescendo Summer Insitute is glad to introduce its new trumpet professor, Janis Porietis from Latvia.

Application to CSI 2016 started


Crescendo Summer Institute happily announces that the application period has started, and will be available until the end of April. The 13th Summer Institute will take place from 25th July to 8th August in Tokaj, Hungary. Apply here.

Conference on Teaching Music


There will be an International Crescendo Conference entitled ‘Teaching Music - a gift and a calling’ on teaching music for Christian teachers in Birmingham from 18 February, 2016 to 21 February, 2016. Topics include among others music teaching that makes a difference to the community, taking God with you to the lesson. Application is available for anyone until 31st December, 2015. For...

Anniversaries at Crescendo 2016


At Crescendo Summer Institute an important role is assigned apart from music to other arts and topical cultural events. In 2016, which is the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare, the repertoire will contain music in connection with his wokrs. French composer Erik Satie, was born 150 years ago, and Spanish composer Enrique Granados died 100 years ago, which anniversaries will also be...

Creativity is our Main Topic


Crescendo Summer Institute will take place from July 25 to August 8, 2016 in Tokaj, Hungary for the 13th time. The Summer Institute where about 70 artist professors from all over the world will teach, offers a wide range of high quality master courses for young and talented musicians. The well-known professors come both from Hungary, such as Andrea Meláth (HUN) mezzosoprano, Tünde...

The Closing Days of Crescendo Summer Institute


The sectional concerts of the master classes took place 31 July through 1 August 2015 on several iconic locations of Tokaj. Master classes of the Summer Institute were held in 83 different classrooms, grand stages and inspiring rooms across the following buildings: Tokaji Ferenc High School, II. Rákóczi Ferenc Elementary School, the Synagogue, Paulay Ede Theatre, the Reformed...

Further Crescendo Programs


Intense work has continued at Crescendo Summer Institute; exciting concerts and lectures at Crescendo Festival The second Promenade Concert of Crescendo Summer Institute was held at 5 p.m. on 29 July 2015. Pieces by Ludwig van Beethoven, Luis Bonfa, Paul Constantinescu, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Edvard Grieg, Joseph Haydn, Édouard Lalo, Sebastian Lee, Patrik Gergő Oláh, Giovanni...

The Second Week of the Crescendo


The final week of Crescendo Summer Institute started with fresh, new cheer. Newly arrived teachers included Júlia Pászthy (Hungary, voice), Gábor Bretz (Hungary, voice), Dag Anders Eriksen (Norway, violin) and Peter Bannister (Great Britain, composing). The second faculty concert took place in the Synagogue on 27 July 2015, with pieces by Johann Sebastian Bach, Béla...

Three Tuesday Crescendo Programs


On Tuesday, 28th July three unique programs are offered for the visitors by Crescendo Summer Institute, all in the Synagogue in Tokaj. At 3 p.m. there will be a Baroque Sectional Concert, at 5 o'clock British composer Peter Bannister holds a lecture on the 80 year old composer, Arvo Pärt. Finally at 10 p.m. Hungarian János Pálúr gives an improvisational concert on...

First Week at Crescendo


12th Crescendo Summer Institute in Tokaj, Hungary Artistic Report, First Week The Opening Ceremony of the 12th Crescendo Summer Institute was held on 20 July 2015 at 7.30 p.m., in the Main Hall of Tokaji Ferenc Secondary School, which also serves as the central venue for the Institute. Master classes are held by an international faculty of 70, with 180 students and guests from 37 different...

Two Concerts at Crescendo on 24th


There will be two concerts at Crescendo Summer Institute on 24th July, 2015. At 5 the winners of the Gala Concert 2014 will play. At 8 o'clock mezzo-soprano Andrea Meláth and poet András Visky will do a recital. Both of the two free of charge concerts will take place in the Synagogue in Tokaj. Winners’ Concert of the Crescendo 2014 Gala Friday, 24th July 5 p.m. Synagogue,...

The 12th Crescendo Summer Institute has started


The Opening Ceremony of the 12th Crescendo Summer Insitute took place on 20th July, 2015. People from 38 nations were present with almost 70 teachers.

Contemporary Dance Course - Cancelled


Crescendo Summer Institute announces sadly that the Contemporary Dance Course has been cancelled. However, we ask all our present and future applicants to keep their enthusiasm, as in 2016 the course will surely take place.

Crescendo at Night of Museums


Pianist István Dominkó (HUN) and his students, that is, the Béni Egressy Music High School and Crescendo Summer Institute students will perform on 20th June 2015 at 8 p.m. in the Hungarian National Gallery at the Night of Museums. Program: Schubert: March, op. 51/1 Beethoven: Sonata in C minor („Pathetique”), Movement 1. op. 13 Puccini: Lauretta's aria from...

Congratulations to two Crescendo Guitar Students


Congratulations to Dániel Bögös and Bálint Bress, who won 1st and 2nd Prizes respectively at a Slovakian competition (in guitar category), which took place this year for the 20th time with about 150 participants. Dániel Bögös is supported by the Eötvös Foundation, Bálint Bress has received the Bank of China Scholarship. Dániel...



Crescendo Summer Institute has exctended its application deadline. Therefore, there is an extended application until May 31 with normal fee for mezzo-sopranos, altos, tenors, bass/baritons, violin, viola, cello, trumpet, trombone, French horn, choir, jazz, organ. There is also a possibility to apply until May 31 with a late penalty fee for sopranos, double-bass, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, piano and...

Eugene Alcalay


Eugene Alcalay (USA) pianist, new professor at Crescendo Summer Institute, is performing a concert in Liszt Ferenc Memorial Museum (Chamber Hall) on 16th May 2015., 11 a.m. Program: Händel: Suite g minor, HWV 452 Schubert: Four Impromptus, D.935, (op posth. 142) Liszt: Les Préludes (arranged for piano by August Stradal)



Application deadline for the Crescendo Summer Institute is 15th May. With its world-renowned faculty Crescendo is looking forward to applications of young musicians and dancers who want to attend the two-week master classes of jazz, classical music and contemporary dance.

Congratulations to the Crescendo Trio


Congratulations to the Crescendo Trio, who was awarded the Golden Prize and scored maximum points at the Slovenian Svirél chamber competition. Eszter Kruchió (HUN, violin), Fanni Fekete (HUN, clarinet), Ádám Zsolt Szokolay (HUN, piano).



Crescendo Summer Institute has modified its Early Bird Application deadline to 20th April, 2015. Therefore, tt is worth applying for our master classes this week. For more information on course fees, click here.

Turning Pages in Bach’s Study Bible


In 1935, all of a sudden the personal study Bible of Johann Sebastian Bach in three massive volumes turned up. The immense value of the discovery was that in this Bible edition Bach had annotated several passages, that provided an unprecedented view into Bach’s personal Christian faith. The owner handed the three books of what is officially called the Calov Commentary over to Concordia...

Baroque Course this year again!


Like last year, CSI 2015 offers students the opportunity to attend our Baroque course, held by Italian conductor Paolo Paroni. The course will mainly focus on Bach's cantatas.

Contemporary Dance Course in this year


Starting in 2015 Crescendo Summer Institute launches a contemporary dance course for dance school students and active professional dancers. The week-long advanced and intensive course offers physical training, classes for technical development and a unique workshop. The workshops will include the creation of choreographies that will be presented during the festival, as part of the summer...

Application Deadline Extended


The application deadline has been extended until 12 June, midnight. Oboe, bassoon, brass, organ and piano players are especially welcome!

Making Music Together in a Scenic Setting - Interview with Cello Professor Ágnes Kállay


ÁGNES KÁLLAY, Crescendo’s new cello professor answers our questions about her experiences at the Summer Institute This is your first time at Crescendo Summer Institute. What have you gained from working here? What do you see as important to pass on to your students? Ágnes Kállay: Here at Crescendo, just like at any other course or the schools where I teach, I try...

Early Bird Application


Early Bird Application to CSI 2017 will be over on 15 March. For more information, on fees and discounts, please, click here.