Chamber music course with the Malion Quartet

String quartet intensive

How does it actually work with playing together? How do you go from 4 individual players to a group sound? How do you approach challenging chamber music literature?
During this intensive week of chamber music, participants have the opportunity to acquire or deepen the basics of playing together, gain new impulses and inspiration for their playing and discover chamber music from different eras.
Each ensemble receives daily lessons from the four musicians of the Malion Quartet. In evening workshops, special topics such as intonation or stylistics of the individual epochs are explored together in an entertaining way.
Other special features of the course include a concert by the teachers and a final matinée for the course participants in the Gartensaal at Schloss Engers.
The course is aimed at pupils, students and ambitious amateurs. Both permanent ensembles and individual participants are welcome. In addition to string quartets, we also welcome string duos, trios and quintets.
Permanent ensembles are asked to indicate their choice of works when registering and to bring the scores with them to the course.

Teaching team:

Malion Quartet
Alex Jussow, violin 1
Miki Nagahara, violin 2
Lilya Tymchyshyn, viola
Bettina Kessler, violoncello
The Malion Quartet is one of the most versatile quartets of the young, up-and-coming generation and, in addition to its international concert activities, also pursues a special vision of music education that regularly attracts attention from the specialist press.  
The ensemble was accepted into the Villa Musica scholarship program in Rhineland-Palatinate in its founding year of 2018 and has won numerous prizes at national and international competitions over the years, including the German Music Competition 2022, the Irene Steels-Wilsing Foundation International String Quartet Competition 2023 and the Osaka International Chamber Music Competition 2023. In addition, the four young musicians have won important scholarships from the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben, the PE-Förderungen Mannheim and the highly endowed ensemble scholarship from the Gesellschaft der Freunde und Förderer der HfMDK Frankfurt.
The quartet has already performed at venues including the Alte Oper Frankfurt, the Cologne Philharmonie, Wigmore Hall London, Izumi Hall Osaka, the Beethovenfest Bonn and the Cité de la musique in Paris and has been a guest at the string quartet biennials in Paris and Munich. The ensemble has been engaged as "Quartet in Residence" at the Holzhausenschlösschen Frankfurt for 2023, following internationally established quartets such as the Aris Quartet and the Eliot Quartet

Number of participants: approx. 8 ensembles
Course start: Tuesday, 21.05.2024, 10:00
Course end: Sunday, 26.05.24, after the final concert
Final concert:

21.05.2024, 19:30, Lecturers' concert in the Gartensaal
26.05.2024, 11:00, Closing matinée in the Gartensaal


If you have any questions about the courses on offer, please contact the lecturer Bettina Kessler directly:
Bettina Kessler
Malion Quartet

Notes on registration: Registration takes place via the Landesmusikakademie Rheinland-Pfalz.

This course is recognised by the Pädagogisches Landesinstitut Rheinland-Pfalz under Az. MA.2426 as serving official interests.