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Our classic branch in Cologne

Classic instruments like piano, violin and classical vocals achive their state proved diploma in our branch in Cologne. International reowned lectures educate here in our name.




This course is intended for the talented young student who has not yet graduated from a conservatory and who wishes to pursue a career as a professional pianist. We offer intensive tuition in the piano and the experience of public recitals, by means of which you will be able to prepare for the competitions and entrance examinations of the Musikhochschulen, i.e. the national colleges of music.

Postgraduate course:

Master class:
This course is intended for students and graduates holding a Bachelor`s degree in Music awarded by conservatories, Musikhochschulen and similar establishments. The aims of the course are to develop technical skills and ability of interpretation together with the practical application of musical and theoretical knowledge. We offer several recitals a year, enabling the student to train for competitions and to gain experience as a pianist.

Concert performance examinations:
This course is intended for those pianists with outstanding practical ability who have graduated with a Master`s degree in Music while achieving excellent results from conservatories, Musikhochschulen and the like, or who have graduated, again with excellent results, from the Meisterklasse of the International Franz Liszt Academy. We offer high-level piano lessons and a number of piano recitals designed to further your career as an independent concert pianist.

Non-major programme:

Repertory course of studies
This course is designed for students and graduates of conservatories, Musikhochschulen and the like, or for such people as piano teachers, who wish to broaden their field of musical experience.
Length: a year

Intensive Master class This course is designed for students and graduates of conservatories, Musikhochschulen and the like, or for such people as piano teachers, who wish to broaden their field of musical experience. You will receive individual intensive lessons over a short period of time, from different teachers if you wish. At the conclusion of the course you may play in a concert. No age limits apply.
Length: Five lessons in 2 weeks or 10 Lessons in four weeks.


More information about our Internationale Akademie für Musik Köln here

Internationale Akademie für Musik Köln

Schanzenstr. 3

51063 Köln

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Lecturer Line-up


The German-Korean pianist, Bum-Suk Kim was born into an artistic family in 1977 in Seoul, South Korea.

At the age of 10, he won the 1st prize in Kyung-Gi Piano Competition. In following years, he was also awarded the 1st prize in the Korean Newspaper Piano Competition and Samik Piano Competition. At the age of 12, he debuted as a soloist with Seoul City Orchestra.

At the age of 14, he was recommended by Prof. Helmut Weinrebe to study at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln in Germany, where he was accepted as a student of Prof. Pavel Gililov and graduated with 1st class honours in 1999. In 2004 he finished the Konzertexamen.

During the course of his studies, he won several 1st prizes in such international piano competitions as Finale di Ligure, Citta di Sulmona, San Remo Classico and Valsessia Viotti.

In 1998, he was selected to attend the master class of Oleg Meisenberg at Klavier-Festival Ruhr. His brilliant performance was also complimented by Bruno Leonard Gelber when attending the master class of the legendary pianist in 2003.

Bum-Suk Kim performed with numerous orchestras, including the Peking Central Orchestra in China, the Sachsen-Anhalt Youth Orchestra in Germany, the Rumanian Mihail Jora Orchestra in Italy, and the Dae-Gu City Orchestra in South Korea. His performance with the San Remo Philharmony Orchestra in 2000 was broadcast on Rai Uno throughout the whole of Italy.

He was also invited to give recital tours in Italy, Austria and Belgium, including the Konzerthaus in Klagenfurt, which was broadcast on Austrian Broadcasting (ORF).

 Since 2004 he has been Artistic Director at Eurasia Kulturverein in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.

In 2006 he suffered serious injuries to his left hand in a car accident, which took him away from his concert carreer for a long period. Fortunately he was able to regain his virtuosity and return to concert halls, such as the Liszt Salon in Weimar.

As a soloist, he performed with German Korean Chamber Orchestra in Cologne. Since 2010, he has also been a member of the Trio Valdonica.

Bum-Suk Kim is also an experienced teacher. He has given private lessons for 15 years for young pianists preparing for entrance exams of music colleges in Germany. Since 2007 he has taught at Rubinstein Academy, Germany, and since 2009 at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln as well. Since giving a master class in 2006 together with Jean Micaut, he has taught regularly at master courses in Germany and Italy.

Bum-Suk Kim’s repertoire in performance extends from Bach to the modern but he particularly loves the music of Franz Liszt.


The Finnish pianist Henri Sigfridsson has established himself as one of the most sought after soloist and chamber musician in the European concert scene.

As a soloist Sigfridsson has played with the leading Finnish orchestras and numerous orchestras throughout the world, including the MDR Orchestra, the Staatskapelle Weimar, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, the Orchestre National de Lille, the Orchestre National Lorraine Metz, the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, Bern Symphony Orchestra, the St. Petersburg Philharmonics, Musica Viva Moscow, Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Berlin Konzerthaus Orchestra, the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, the Munich Symphony Orchestra, the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra, Stuttgart Radio Orchestra, the “Junge Deutsche Philharmonie”, Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, the Camerata Salzburg, the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra, State Philharmonic Orchestras of Izmir and Istanbul, Bucheon and Wonju Philharmonic Orchestras, and many others, under the baton of prestigious conductors such as Andris Nelsons, Sir Neville Marriner, Tugan Sokhiev, Juraj Valcuha, Dorian Wilson, Charles Olivieri-Munroe, Daniel Raiskin, Young-Min Park, Lior Shambadal, Georg Alexander Albrecht, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Alexander Lazarev, Beat Furrer, Andreas Delfs, Dennis Russel Davies, Lawrence Foster, Howard Shelley, Volker Schmidt-Gertenbach, Thomas Henglbrock, Jacques Mercier, Jun-Ichi Hirokami, Roman Kofman, Stefan Blunier, Christoph Poppen, Heinrich Schiff, Johannes Wildner, Theodore Kuchar, Sakari Oramo, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Osmo Vänskä, Okko Kamu, Hannu Lintu, Ari Rasilainen and Leif Segerstam.

In 2005 Sigfridsson won the First Prize at the Beethoven International Piano Competition in Bonn, where he got the Audience Prize and Chamber Music Prize as well.

As the winner of the Second Prize of the Zurich Geza Anda Piano competition 2000, Sigfridsson not only impressed the Jury under the chairmanship of Vladimir Ashkenazy, he won the hearts of many members of the public who attended the final concert in the Zurich Tonhalle, and he walked off with the Geza Anda Audience Prize.

Sigfridsson got first prizes at the 1994 International Franz Liszt Piano Competition in Weimar and at the 1995 “Nordic Soloist Competition”. Moreover he got the second prize 2004 at the Maria Callas Competition in Athens.

Sigfridsson has made notable performances in the Vienna Musikverein, Vienna Concert Hall, Berlin, Cologne and Munich Philharmonies, Munich Herkulessaal, Munich Prinzregententheater, Berlin Konzerthaus, Stockholm Concert Hall, Zurich Tonhalle, St. Petersburg Philharmony, major halls in Japan, Italy and Austria, Wigmore Hall London, Kennedy Center Washington, Megaron Athens, Theatre Chatelet Paris, Luxemburg Philharmony, Auditorio Nacional Madrid etc. Sigfridsson performs at very prestigious festivals like the Salzburg Festival, Augsburg Mozart Week, the St. Petersburg Musical Olympus Festival, Ruhr Piano Festival, the Warsaw Beethoven Festival, the Heidelberg Festival, the Kissinger Sommer Festival, the Interlaken Festival, the Lucerne Festival, the Davos, Gstaad Menuhin and Interlaken Festivals, the Styriarte Festival, the Lockenhaus Festival and Mondsee Festival.

Henri Sigfridsson feels a very deep commitment to chamber music. He appeared with Leonidas Kavakos, Gidon Kremer, Ivry Gitlis, Guy Braunstein, Isabelle van Keulen, Gordan Nikolic, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Peter Hörr, Mischa Maisky, Sol Gabetta, Johannes Moser, David Geringas, Michel Lethiec, Milan Turkovich, Hansjörg Schellenberger, Boris Berezovsky and Melvyn Tan to name a few.

Sigfridsson has a number of recordings including the Piano Concertos of F.X.Mozart. And for the memorable year of Sibelius, released Sibelius Piano Transcriptions. In addition the Piano Concertos no. 2 and no. 3 of Rachmaninov have been released. Sigfridsson has a contract with the Finnish CD label Ondine. Until now the 55-minute brilliant piano concerto by the Finnish composer Kimmo Hakola has been released. A CD with the piano transcriptions of Jean Sibelius` symphonies 2 and 5 has been released 2011. Several more CDs with the music of Selim Palmgren (including complete piano concertos) are to be released soon.

Sigfridsson began studying with Sävy Nordgren at the Turku Conservatory and later at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki ( Prof. Erik T. Tawaststjerna). He completed his studies at the Cologne Music University with the highest distinction (Prof. Pavel Gililov). 1995-97 he studied at the Franz Liszt Music University in Weimar (Prof. Lazar Berman) as well.

2008-2009 Sigfridsson had a guest professorship at the Graz University or Music and Dramatic Arts in Austria. 2010-2012 he was a guest professor at the Music University Hanns Eisler in Berlin and from 2011 professor in Essen at the Folkwang University of the Arts as a holder of one of the highest chairs for piano in Germany.


Alexander Zolotarev is always a welcomed guest in concert halls and festivals in Germany and abroad, both as solo and ensemble player.  A few notable selections from his long list of performances are: the Music Festival of Schleswig-Holstein, the Celebration of Richard Strauss Tage, the Musical Festivals in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the Music Festival in Westphalen, the Piano Festival in Ruhr, as well as many others.
In his numerous solo performances he introduced the works of Richard Strauss and Joachim Raff, as well as performed the piano interpretations of several works by Johann Sebastian Bach.

An Associate Professor at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln, he shares his experience and his musical abilities with his students. He is frequently invited as a guest professor to the USA, Poland, Italy, and France. He participated as a jury member in many musical competitions.

Alexander Zolotarev pays special attention to the promotion of young artists. He is in charge of the artistic supervision of concerts under the title, Bechstein Young Professionals in Cologne, Germany.

Born in St, Petersburg, Russia, Alexander started to study piano at the age of five. His formal musical education began in St. Petersburg at the elite School for Specially Gifted Children that was part of St. Petersburg Conservatory for Music.

In 1985 he became the prize winner of the national Russian Piano Competition. His first national and international concert tours followed.

In 1988 he continued his piano study at the renowned St. Petersburg Conservatory. He completed his education in Germany in 1990 at the Musikhochschule in Cologne, Germany. Studying under the guidance of such famous pianists as Paul Badura-Skoda, Alexander Lonquich, and Pavel Gililov, he developed his personal style of music interpretation.

Alexander Zolotarev proved his talent and ability to perform in such venues as a German Presidential Concert, as well as in Italy, as a winner of the International Piano Competition, Cittá di Senegallia. He is also a recipient of the first prize at the International Piano Competition, Cittá di Finale Ligure.

He had successful concert tours in the USA, Japan, and many European countries. To his achievements belong numerous radio and television performances on SWR, NDR, WDR, BBC, on the Russian State Television Station, as well as Radio Suisse Romande, and RAI. Many CD recordings prove his artistic abilities.


Yumi Cho displayed her mastery of each and every tempo to provide a perfect and iridescent performance. (B.Hoffmann)

When Yumi Cho moved to Germany in 2004 to study with Professor W. Wagenhäuser, she had already enjoyed a remarkable career in her homeland Korea.

She had already at the age of 10 won the national piano competition in South Korea.
After finishing the prestigious Arts High School Kay-won in Seoul, with first  class honours, Yumi Cho studied at Kyung Hee University.
In 2004 she completed a Master’s degree in music.

As a winner of the piano competition for young musicians, held by Korea Music Journal and E-Won Arts Centre, she gave numerous solo and chamber music concerts.

At the same time, Yumi Cho taught at the Ye-In Music Academy in Seoul and was an assistant to Prof. M.C. Kim at the Music Academy of the Seoul Arts Centre.

In Germany, Yumi Cho finished her studies with first class honours in Trossingen. Since then, she gives solo concerts (e.g. in Cologne, Refrath, Bergisch Gladbach and Bochum, including at Altes Rathaus Aixhaim, as a regular guest of the Eurasia Cultural Association of Gelsenkirchen) and chamber music concerts with various instrumentalists, including Maurice Maurer, Katrin Stösel und Bum-Suk Kim.


Heldenbaritone Samuel Youn studied singing in Seoul, at Conservatorio G. Verdi in Milan and with Arthur Janzen at Musikhochschule Cologne. He has won several internationally renowned singing competitions among them Toti dal Monte (Treviso), Chung-Ang (Seoul), Franz Schubert (Genoa), Francesco Albanese (Naples), Riccardo Zandonai (Roverto) and Enrico Caruso (Milan).

Samuel Youn worked with conductors such as Zubin Meta, Christian Thielemann, Pierre Boulez, Semyon Bychkov, Markus Stenz, Peter Ruzicka, Philippe Jordan, Ralf Weikert, Will Humburg and Pinchas Steinberg.

He celebrated his debut in the role of Mephisto / Faust (Gounod) at Teatro Comunale di Treviso and at Teatro di Rovigo. Further engagements brought him as Oroveso / Norma at the Conservatorio Sala Verdi di Milano and as Jochanaan / Salome at Teatro de la Maestranza (Seville), Teatro Petruzelli di Bari and Concertgebouw Amsterdam. In 2004, he could be heard in Parsifal at Bayreuther Festspiele. In the next year, his debut as Reinmar von Zweter / Tannhäuser followed. In 2010, he sang the part of Heerrufer in a new production of Lohengrin. 2006/07, he gave Geisterbote / Die Frau ohne Schatten. 2008/09, the roles of Lindorf, Coppélius, Miracle, Dappertutto / Hoffmanns Erzählungen followed at Théatre du Capitole in Toulouse. Geisterbote / Die Frau ohne Schatten at Hamburgische Staatsoper and at Teatro Maggio Musicale Fiorentino followed.

Guest engagements have led him as Mephisto / Faust to Seoul, as Jochanaan to Athens, Modena and Bolzano. He sang Kurwenal / Tristan and Isolde at Opera Leipzig and Deutsche Oper Berlin. At the latter, he was also engaged to sing Sebastiano in d’Alberts Tiefland. His debut as Wanderer / Wotan in Siegfried followed at Teatro San Carlos in Lisbon and he could be heard in the part of Vier Bösewichter / Hoffmann’s Erzählungen at Theatre du Capitole in Toulouse. At Hamburgische Staatsoper, he sang Kaspar / Der Freischütz, Klingsor / Parsifal at Deutsche Oper Berlin and Geisterbote at Maggio Musicale Fiorentino under the baton of Zubin Meta. He has been guest as Dr. Schön / Lulu at Art Center Seoul Korea .

With the start of the season 1999/2000, Samuel Youn has been member of the ensemble at Opera Cologne. At Cologne, he sang among others the parts of Donner and Gunter / Ring des Nibelungen, Klingsor / Parsifal, Kurwenal / Tristan and Isolde, Orest / Elektra, Amonasro / Aida, Alfio / Cavalleria rusticana and Tonio / Pagliacci, Escamillo / Carmen, Kaspar / Freischütz and Bösewichter in Hoffmann’s Erzählungen.

Parallel to his engagement at Cologne, Youn celebrated successful roles such as Donner / Rheingold at Opera Nation de Paris, Orest / Elektra at Teatro Real in Madrid and Jochanaan / Salome at Teatro Piacenza and Teatro di Modena. In 2012, he gave his celebrated debut in Geisterbote / Die Frau ohne Schatten at Teatro alla Scala di Milano. He is also a frequent guest at Bayreuther Festspiele. His famous roles are Heerrufer / Lohengrin and Holländer / Der fliegende Holländer. Recently, he has been guest as Paolo Albiani / Simon Boccanegra at Opera de Nice and Oman, Donner at Opera National de Paris and Méphisto / Damnation de Faust at Deutsche Oper Berlin.

Future projects include his return for various productions to the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Bayreuth Festival, his debuts at the Opéra de Monte-Carlo, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, with the Concertgebouw Orchestra and Chicago Lyric Opera,Teatro Real Madrid, Theater an der Wien.


The American soprano Emily Hindrichs holds degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi, the University of Exeter and the New England Conservatory and completed her musical formation as a member of the Seattle Opera Young Artists Program and a Tanglewood Music Center Fellow. Hindrichs is a recipient of a Sullivan Foundation Award, the winner of the Les Azuriales Opera Competition in France, and earned a second place in the Washington International Competition.

In the season 2013/14, the young soprano joined the ensemble of the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, performing Königin der Nacht (Die Zauberflöte), Oscar (Un ballo in maschera, Le Feu (L’enfant et les sortilèges), the title role in Stravinsky’s Le Rossignol and Costanza in Riccardo Primo. In autumn 2013 she made her London concert debut at the Barbican Centre, singing Reinhold Glière’s Concerto for Coloratura Soprano and sang Königin der Nacht at the Opera Frankfurt. Her signature role Königin der Nacht has taken her to debuts with English National Opera, the Saarländisches Staatstheater Saarbrücken, Seattle Opera, Chicago Opera Theatre, and New Orleans Opera. Role debuts in past seasons include Micaela in Carmen, Anne Trulove in The Rake’s Progress with Opéra Théâtre de St. Étienne in France, and Konstanze in Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail with the Connecticut Early Music Festival.

As an active concert and recital artist, she recently sang with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, with the International Bachakademie Stuttgart under Helmuth Rilling, the American Symphony Orchestra in Carnegie Hall and the Seattle Symphony. With the beginning of the season 2015/16, Emily Hindrichs is a member of the ensemble of the Opera Cologne, where she is singing amongst others Musetta, Teresa, and Adela in the world premiere of Tree of Codes. Plans for the season 16-17 include amongst others her debuts as Cunégonde (Candide) and Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), and guest appearances at the HELLERAU Tonlagen Festival and ACHT BRÜCKEN with Ensemble Musikfabrik.


Oleg Poliansky was born in Kiev, Ukraine, in 1968.

He is prize winner of many international competitions, first of all of the international `Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow` (Russia) in 1998. In addition to that, he won prizes in Tokyo (Japan) in 1986, in Montreal (Canada) in 1988, at `The international Duo Competition in memoriam of Christian Ferras and Pierre Barbìzet in Marseille (France) in 1997, at the `World Pianno Competition`in Cincinnati (USA) in 1999 as well as at `Citta di Cantu (Italy) in 1998 and 2003.

In the course of his career, Oleg Poliansky has made appearance at the largest international concert arenas and given concerts as a soloist with renomated orchestras such as, e.g., The Moscow Soloists, The Moscow Sympony Orchestra, The National Symphony of Ukraine, The Novosibirsk Sympony Orchestra, the Urals Symphony Orchestra Yekaterinburg, Budapest Strings; Neue Philarmonie Westfallen, Sinfonietta Hungarica, Junge Philarmonie Köln, The National Orchestra of Malta and The KBS National Radio Orchestra of Korea.

He looks forward into the future, remembering his numerous solo recitals, highly acclaimed by public and music critics; he has been a regular guest at international festivals, such as, for example, Klavierfestival Ruhr, Rheingau Music Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, The New Generation (Dortmund), Europaisches Klassikfestival Ruhr, Festival du Vigan, la Grange de Meslay, La Folle Journee (Nantes), Great Waterburry Summer Music Festival (Connecticut), and many others.

Oleg Poliansky is also a prolific chamber musician. Many famous artists, such as, for example, Pavel Gililov, Henry Sigfridsson, Pierre Amoyal,Mayuko Kamio , Mayu Kishima, Sayaka Shoji, Michail Ovrutsky, Natasha Korsakova, Erik Schumann, Leticia Munoz-Moreno, Boris Pergamenschikov (deceased), Kirill Rodin, Lazslo Fenyo, Tatyana Vassilieva and Dmitri Sitkovetski, think highly of him as a reliable piano partner.

He has produced numerous recordings for different Russian and German broadcasting companies, so he played, e.g., the Grande Sonate of Tchaikovsky and, with Michail Ovrutsky, the 1st violin sonate of Mieczyslav Weinberg for the German broadcasting company WDR. He recorded a Duo-CD with cellist Lazslo Fenyo for Aulos Records.

Oleg Poliansky started to study the piano at the Lysenko Music School in Kiev, where his teachers were Natalia Gridneva and Natalia Tolpygo. Simultaneously, he also studied violoncello from the 1st through 8th class at the same school with Galina Grishenko.

To his teachers belong three well-known personalities: Alexandr Alexandrov at the Gnessin Institute in Moscow, Sergei Dorensky at the Moscow Conservatory and Pavel Gililov at the Musikhochschule Köln. Oleg Poliansky has been living in Köln as well since 1993 and holds the academic position of Associate Professor for Major Piano at Hochshule für Musik Köln since 2007.


Ken Schumann was born near the German city of Cologne into a family of musicians. He began playing the violin as a four-year-old and made his début with orchestra at the age of 10. He received his violinistic training from Zakhar Bron, Thomas Brandis and Heime Müller, with Pinchas Zukerman and Gerhard Schulz providing further important guidance.

He has established a reputation as an outstanding violinist, winning first prizes at several international competitions. Ken has taken part in the chamber-music course run by the Kronberg Academy, Germany, and the “Keshet Eilon International String Mastercourse” in Israel. A workshop for early music with Franzjosef Maier in 2001 served to deepen his knowledge of baroque music, in which he maintains a profound interest.

He has received the encouragement award from the Düsseldorf-based banking association RSGV and the “Culture Prize” from the City of Pulheim. Ken has also been given scholarships by the German foundations Jürgen-Ponto Stiftung, Werner Richard-Dr. Carl Dörken Stiftung, Villa-Musica Mainz and Oscar and Vera Ritter-Stiftung.

As a member of the well-known “Schumann Quartet”, he appears regularly at major concert venues and festivals across the world. The ensemble is represented by the agency Impresariat Simmenauer in Berlin. In addition to his quartet work, Ken performs as violinist and violist in the Wupper-Trio. He also plays as concertmaster in the Cologne Chamber Orchestra and Hamburger Camerata