Founded in 1952 by the famous violinist Tibor Varga, the Académie de Musique Tibor Varga (AMTV) takes place every summer, hosting professors and students wanting to improve their musical skills. Lessons take several forms:

  • Masterclasses: last one week (from Monday to Saturday). Take advantage of at least 3 private lessons of one hour each with the teacher of your choice. Intended for students graduated from a Conservatory or a University Music Department and for young professional musicians who want to work with new professors or prepare for an exam or competition. An accompanist is also present during part of the lessons. Several concerts are organised to offer the opportunity to play in public.
  • Junior Masterclass: just like the Masterclasses, the Junior courses are intended for younger musicians from the age of 10 (at least 3 years of practice is required).
  • Campus Musicus: This orchestra camp lasts two weeks and is mainly designed for strings and young musicians (from 10 to 20 years old).

Dates and deadlines

The Academy will take place from July 19th to August 21st, 2021.


Registration opening with rate 1                               March 1st 2021

Registration deadline with rate 1                              April 28th 2021

Registration deadline with rate 2                              May 26th 2021

Deadline for scholarships demands                          May 26th 2021

Late registration deadline with rate 3(*)                 From May 27th 2021

Scholarship and registration validations                 From June 15th 2021

Payment deadline                                                        June 30th 2021


(*) Only if there are still places available, no scholarship applications possible.


Registration is exclusively available on-line via the Academy website, The administration office is at your disposal for further information.

Masterclasses Fees

Prices vary depending on the lenght and type of masterclass as well as on the professor.

  • Junior Masterclass CHF 300.-
  • Masterclass     CHF 450.- / CHF 600.- / CHF 750.-
  • Singing 10 days    CHF 640.-
  • Chamber Music CHF 900.-

Registration fees and accommodation fees

Registration and accommodation fees vary depending on the date of the receipt of registration fees according to the table below:


RatesDatesRegistration feesAccommodation fees
Rate 1Until April 28thCHF 100.-CHF 30.- / night
Rate 2From April 29th to May 26thCHF 150.-CHF 35.- / night
Rate 3From May 27thCHF 200.-CHF 40.- / night


If a student would like to benefit from accommodation, the cost must be paid with the  masterclass fees by June 30th 2020 at the latest. The accommodation is only provided during the length of the masterclass.


Registration for any masterclass will be validated only after receiving the registration fees. The date of receipt of registration fees determines the rate category. Course fees must be paid before the beginning of the Academy by bank transfer.


Bank details

Banque Cantonale du Valais – Place des Cèdres 8, CH – 1951 Sion,

Account: Fondation Sion Violon Musique, Place Ambuel 7, 1950 Sion

IBAN : CH57 0076 5000 C087 0582 6


CCP: 19-81-6

Please mention the student’s and the professor’s names

Secure on-line payment by credit card available directly on request. Pay attention that PayPal charge a fee, which will be at your expense (4%).

Payments in cash or by cheque are not accepted.


In case of force majeure, a partial refund of the registration fees will be considered on presentation of proof (e.g. a medical certificate) in a timely manner. The Academy reserves the right to assess each situation on a case-by-case basis.


Following registration, scholarships can exceptionally be granted to students who satisfy the following conditions: under 25 years old (except for singers), difficult financial situation and outstanding musical results and references (video must be provided during registration).

Scholarship applications are processed and validated at the latest by June 15th. Students will be personally informed by email.

A scholarship is valued between 100 – and 300 .-. It will be directly deducted from the final invoice.

Number of participants

Professors generally welcome between 8 and 12 students. If too many students have applied for a masterclass, the professor may make a pre-selection. The final decision will be announced by June 15th.

In case of insufficient students enrolled, the Academy reserves the right to cancel a masterclass.


Students may take advantage of housing in private homes organised by the Academy. This organisation concern only students from the Academy (for minors, one accompanying parent/person is accepted).

In most lodgings, but not all, students may play their instrument until 22:00, at the latest.

Students must pick up their keys during opening hours either at the Academy office (see below: Office) or from the accommodation provider.

If the accommodation is left damaged or dirty or if a neighbour complains about noise at night (music after 22.00), the Academy reserves the right to charge additional fees.

The Academy offers the best possible accommodation, but is not responsible for additional services (Wi-Fi, use of the kitchen, etc.). Registration fees are not refundable.

If no accommodation request is made at the time of enrolment, the student must reserve his/her own lodging.

Welcome and transport

All students must come personally to the Academy office during opening hours upon arrival in order to get their student card and practical information. If you plan to arrive outside of opening hours, you are asked to inform the office.

Transport organisation and cost are borne by students.



Academy Office

The Academy office address is 7 Place Ambuel, 1950 Sion.

Opening hours:

  • Monday to Friday: from 09:00 to 12:00 and from 13:30 to 17:30.
  • Saturday: from 09:00 to 12:00.
  • Sunday: from 17:00 to 19:00.

Depending on concerts times, the office extends its opening hours.

Piano accompaniment

Each student receives one hour and a half of piano accompaniment during the masterclass.

If any student wants to practice with the pianist outside of the one and a half hour already included in the masterclass, an agreement must be found with the pianist. The Academy is not repsonsable in any way.

Singing masterclasses do not follow this rule. Piano accompaniment is all included in the masterclass fees.

Please do not forget to take all piano parts for the accompanist.

Teaching and working rooms

Teaching and practice rooms are located in the old town of Sion, either in the Conservatoire Cantonal (13 Place du Scex), or in one of the two buildings of the University of Music – HEMU, Haute Ecole de Musique – (13 Rue du Vieux-Collège and 5 Rue de Gravelone), in the Collège de la Planta (1 Avenue du Petit-Chasseur) and in the Ecole de Jazz et Musique actuelle (Rue de la Dixence 10).

The Academy provides students with several practice rooms with pianos, free of charge, from 8:00 to 22:00 daily. Students share the assigned practice rooms based on mutual understanding.

Welcome party

Every Tuesday evening from 7pm a welcome party takes place at “la Cave à Jazz” under the “Théâtre de Valère” (Rue du Vieux-Collège 22 ) with all students teachers and the Academy staff.



Throughout the Academy, several concert opportunities are organised (depending on the week and the health situation):

  • Every Wednesday at 11:15 a concert with piano accompaniment takes place at the Ancien Pénitencier museum (24 Rue des Châteaux). A wine tasting is offered by the wine producers of Sion to the public. A free meal is provided to the musicians after the concert. Participating musicians are chosen by the professors.
  • Several Wednesday evening at 18:00 a concert with piano accompaniment takes place at the Bella Tola (St-Luc) a charming hotel in the heart of the Anniviers Valley. Departure from Sion at 16:00. A free meal is provided by the hotel after the concert. Return to Sion around 21:30. Participating musicians are chosen by the professors.
  • Every Thursday at 19:15 a concert with piano accompaniment takes place at the Arcades du Grand-Pont (Sion). A wine tasting is offered by the wine producers of Sion to the public. A free meal is provided to the musicians in a restaurant after the concert. Participating musicians are chosen by the professors.
  • At the end of every masterclass, a closing concert takes place in the Eglise des Jésuites.
  • Several Friday evening at 20:00, a concert takes place in the village of Vex, located at 15 minutes from Sion by car. Departure from Sion at 18:30. A free meal is provided to the musicians after the concert. Return to Sion around 22:00. Participating musicians are chosen by the professors.


By submitting the online registration form, candidates agree to accept the general conditions of these rules, the French version of which is binding.

The Academy reserves the right to record, reproduce and broadcast free of charge, whether on the radio, television, video, CD, DVD or any other medium or format, all student performances. The same applies to any interviews and/or photo sessions granted to the Media.


Contact :


Fondation Sion Violon Musique

Place Ambuel 7

1950 Sion