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Announcing 11th Annual Great Wall International Music Academy
Tuesday, 02 December 2014 15:33

Great Wall International Music Academy announces 11th season from July 18 to August 8, 2015 in Beijing.

 Welcome to the 11th season of the Great Wall International Music Academy. We have enjoyed a decade of cultural exchange; we have been surrounded by fabulous talents and played excellent concerts in Beijing’s most prestigious concert halls. Many young artists from the US, from Europe, and from Australia have made music with their new Chinese friends, and many superb Chinese string players have joined us at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.  We have seen many of our young artists gain excellent professional engagements in China and around the globe. This is truly a moment to be grateful for all the generous help that was given to us over the years and to reflect on our work of the past decade. It is also a good time to contemplate and plan how to go forward with the most promising design of our Academy.

The world and China was a different place ten years ago. Frequency and opportunity to travel has increased, the Chinese Yuan has become a strong international currency, and China has lived through a historically unprecedented rate of growth and opportunity. China has become the world’s showcase for architecture, city planning, and public transportation. Commensurate with this progress, the cost of living in important Chinese cities has become equal to any metropolis around the world.

 To position the Great Wall International Music Academy in this environment we were able to refocus our mission of Educating the Next Generation of Classical Soloists, and develop a sustainable financial model for the next decade. This required a higher tuition cost, but thanks to our generous donors, we are able to award considerably more talent scholarship than in the past. This will insure that the financial background of the best talents will not stand in the way of the education they deserve.

Several young artists will receive the distinction of being named “Great Wall Scholars”. These prestigious fellowships will include a full tuition scholarship, teaching and coaching instruction and responsibilities, as well as opportunities to rehearse and perform chamber music in concerts with our world-class faculty. In addition, our chamber orchestra, the Great Wall Soloists, will perform in concerts on other continents in future seasons.

In December of 2014, Kurt Sassmannshaus, founder and president of the Great Wall International Music Academy will travel to the best conservatories in China, including Beijing, Xi’an, Wuhan, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Chengdu, to personally audition young artists for next summer’s Academy.

For more information visit www.greatwallacademy.org

New Videos from Great Wall International Music Academy
Thursday, 21 August 2014 15:32

Great Wall Competition Winners
Monday, 18 August 2014 14:46
Greetings from Beijing, where we just finished celebrating the 10th year of the Great Wall International Music Academy! It's been an incredible 10 years meeting so many amazing young artists from all around the world and we have been honored to help establish the next generation of global string soloists.

We are happy to announce the Great Wall International Music Academy 2014 Competition Winners, below.

In the Concerto Competition the First Prize Winner receives a full tuition scholarship for the summer of 2015, an opportunity for a solo performance in Beijing's National Center for the Performing Arts and a cash prize of $500 donated by Dixon Stein Fine Violins in Chicago.

Winners study at the Central Conservatory in Beijing, Shanghai Conservatory, Xing Hai Conservatory in Guangzhou, Taiwan National University for the Arts, College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati (CCM), and Cleveland Institute of Music.


  1. YANG Lu Meng, Beijing
  2. ZENG Dan Qi, Guangzhou
  3. Boyun LI, Chengdu, and Skye PARK, Lexington, KY, USA


  1. AN Du, Hohhot, Inner Mongolia
  2. WANG Shu Han, Shanghai
  3. Charles CHEN, Taiwan


  1. LIU Kai Tuo, Shen Zhen
  2. ZHANG Fan Ge, Shen Zhen
  3. Nicholas TSANG Man To, Hong Kong

The Chamber Music Competition was won by a Quartet of Jonathan Miron (Juilliard School), LIN Haoli (CCM), Lü An Qi (Central Conservatory Beijing), and Christoph Sasmannshaus (CCM)
The winners of the quartet competition receive a scholarship for 2015 and a set of instrument cases donated by BAM. (If a winner received a case last year the case for that instrument goes to the player in the quartet with the second prize)
A fine violin donated by the Lin violin maker studio of Shenzhen was awarded to LI Boyun.
Kurt Sassmannshaus and all Young Artists from the Academy in the dress rehearsal for the Mendelssohn Octet in Beijing's National Center for the Performing Arts

California Workshops with Prof. S
Monday, 30 June 2014 16:27

Prof. Sassmannshaus will be in San Diego and San Francisco for Teacher Training workshops in October!

On October 18 and 19, ASTA San Francisco hosts Prof. Sassmannshaus at The Vi in Palo Alto where string teachers will learn how to incorporate The Sassmannshaus Tradition into their studios and obtain certification in the method.

On October 20, Prof. Sassmannshaus visits the San Diego area for a full day workshop and teacher certification at  Incarnation Lutheran Church in Poway. 

Tuition is $250 for either workshop and open to all string instruments. You can register by sending and email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
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