The coaches are members of the Maggini Quartet, England:

  • Julian Leaper, violin
  • Ciaran McCabe, violin
  • Martin Outram, viola
  • Michal Kaznowski, cello

Formed in 1988, the Maggini Quartet is established as one of the finest British string quartets, both in performance and through their international "award-winning" recordings.

The Quartet is renowned for championing British repertoire, with worldwide sales of their recordings for Naxos's Gramophone "award-winning" British Music series exceeding 100,000 discs. The Maggini Quartet appear regularly in prestigious concert series at home and abroad and are frequent media broadcasters. Their major initiative, The Glory of the English String Quartet, draws upon the wonderfully varied and distinctive repertoire, mostly from the first half of the 20th Century, which they are committed to bringing to a worldwide audience through concert performances and their ongoing series of recordings for Naxos.

In addition to their concert activity, the members of the quartet have an international reputation as chamber music coaches. They hold several UK residencies, have worked at the UK's senior music institutions, and their educational activities abroad have included coaching at Yale and Oberlin in the United States and an annual coaching engagement for the Norwegian Chamber Music Society.

The quartet's name derives from the famous 16th century Brescian violin maker Giovanni Paulo Maggini, an example of whose work was played by David Angel, a founding member and second violinist in the quartet until his death in 2017.


Each day the participants will be tutored in their groups by one of the coaches. Each group will have one main coach. In addition, the coaches will rotate during the course so that each group will have been tutored by all coaches when the course has finished. The distribution of the main coaches will be decided by the Maggini Quartet itself.

The Maggini Quartet will give two public evening recitals during each course. In addition, the quartet will give a demonstration lecture at each course, where one or more of the performed works will be demonstrated for the participants. Each group will have a rehearsal room at its own disposal. Afternoon and evenings are left free for participants to use as they wish, but there is full opportunity for continued playing and musical activity.


The courses are primarily for string players, but a limited number of pianists and wind players may be admitted. The maximum number of groups at each course is normally 12. Pre-formed groups will be given priority.

It will be assumed that the participants have developed their skills at the instrument beyond beginner's stage, but it is not necessary to have played chamber music before.


An electronic application form is available on our web site Applicants without access to a computer with internet may apply by letter. The application should state your full name, address, e-mail address, telephone number, date and year of birth, instrument, and if possible the work(s) to be studied on the course.

No application by ordinary letter will be accepted until 1st February. If one of the courses is full before 15th March, a waiting list will be set up for that course and admittance will be decided by drawing lots. In case of a vacancy at a course after 15th March, places will be offered to the first applicants. If both courses are full after 15th March, applications will be put on a waiting list in the order of receipt. The application will be binding from 1st May 2018.

Withdrawal from the course after 31st May, will require payment of half the course fee.

Please state whether you would be willing to attend the other course offered by the Norwegian Chamber Music Society, in the event that the course you have applied for is full.

Those applying alone, are requested to submit information on their playing skills and experience in ensemble playing (chamber music or orchestra). It is possible for a limited number of passive participants, or family, to attend the course.

COURSE FEE (incl. membership fee in Norwegian Chamber Music Society)

Course fee with board and lodging NOK 5 000
Course fee without board and lodging NOK 3 600
Student fee with board and lodging NOK 4 000
Student fee without board and lodging NOK 2 600
Passive with board and lodging NOK 5 000

Sibling discount is not available. The course fee will have to be paid in advance, by 1st June.


  • Nansenskolen: 2609 Lillehammer, Norway, tlf.: + 47 61 26 54 00. Apply electronically or send application to Jorunn Dugstad, Ilsvikøra 24, 7018 Trondheim.
    Tlf.:+ 47 926 09 821, e-mail: Arrival Sunday afternoon, 24th June 2018. Assembling at supper, 19.00 hours. The course starts Monday morning, 25th June. Departure after breakfast, Sunday 1st July.

  • Sund Folkehøgskole: 7670 Sakshaug, tlf.: + 47 74 12 49 00. Apply electronically or send application to Jorunn Dugstad, Ilsvikøra 24, 7018 Trondheim.
    Tlf.:+ 47 926 09 821, e-mail: Arrival Sunday afternoon, 1st July 2018. Assembling at supper, 19.00 hours. The course starts Monday morning, 2nd July. Departure after breakfast, Sunday 8th July.

In both locations there is full pension. Accomodation in single rooms mainly. It is not necessary to bring bed linen/towels.


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