Registration form: SION ACADEMIE

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.
  • Campus Musicus: This orchestra camp lasts two weeks and is mainly designed for strings and young musicians (from 10 to 20 years old).
  • Junior Masterclasses: just like the Masterclasses, the Junior Masterclasses are intended for younger musicians aged between 10 to 20 years (at least 3 years of practice is required).

Dates and deadlines

The Academy will take place from July 16th to August 18th 2018


Registration opens        January 15th 2018

Registration deadline for the Campus Musicus    April 30th 2018

Registration deadline for Masterclasses                 May 30th 2018

Scholarship and registration validations                May 31st 2018

Late registration deadline (*)                                    June 19th 2018

Payment deadline                                                       June 20th 2018


(*) 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.

Registration Fees

Registration fees include the price of the masterclass and the administration fees. Prices vary depending on the length and type of masterclass as well as on the professor.

If a student would like to benefit from accommodation, the cost must be paid with the registration fees by June 20th 2018 at the latest.

Registration for any masterclass will be validated only after receipt of payment.

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 May 31st.

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. These lodgings are available from Sunday afternoon to the following Saturday morning. Accommodation costs CHF 35.- per night (6 x CHF 35.- = CHF 210.-). The full amount must be paid with the registration fees, by June 20th 2018 at the latest.

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 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.). Fees paid with the registration are not refundable.

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


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, accommodation and/or masterclass scholarships can exceptionally be granted to students who satisfy the following conditions: under 25 years old, difficult financial situation and outstanding musical results and references.

Scholarship applications are processed and validated during the 2 weeks following the registration deadline (May 15th). Students will be personally informed by email.

With the valuable support the Lyra Fondation and the hosts of the city of Sion.


The payment has to be made in full by the given deadline.

Bank details

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

Account: Fondation Académie Tibor Varga

IBAN:  CH57 0076 5000 C087 0582 6


CCP: 19-81-6


Secure on-line payment by credit card available directly on the website.

Payments in cash or by cheque are not accepted.

Welcome and transports

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

Students and professors are welcome at the Academy office (address: 7 Place Ambuel, 1950 Sion).

Opening hours:

  • Monday to Friday: from 09:00 to 12:00 and from 13:30 to 18:00.
  • Saturday: from 09:00 to 13:00.
  • Sunday: from 17:00 to 20:00.

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

Pianist’s 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, the fees for extra hour is CHF 70/hour.

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

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) and in the Collège de la Planta (1 Avenue du Petit-Chasseur).

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.

Foyer of the Academy

The Foyer of the Academy is located at the Petit Théâtre de Valère (9 Rue du Vieux-Collège). It is at the disposal of students and professors for the duration of the Academy. Opening hours of the foyer are the following:

  • Monday to Thursday: from 10:00 to 22:00
  • Friday: from 10:00 to 24:00 (mid-night)
  • Saturday: from 10:00 to 16:00
  • Sunday: closed

Snacks and beverages are available at a reasonable cost and lunch is offered daily for CHF 10.-. Students can also bring their own meals. A microwave, Wi-Fi and other equipment are available. Students and professors can therefore meet in a friendly atmosphere.

The foyer is also designed to offer students the possibility to play in front of other students (see below: Concerts in the Foyer of the Academy).

During student concerts in the city of Sion, the foyer is closed.

A welcome party is organised every week on Tuesday evening at 19:00 in the Théâtre de Valère (22 Rue du Vieux-Collège) in the building next to the foyer of the Academy for students, professors and the Academy staff to share a convivial evening together.

Concerts and Recitals

Throughout the Academy, several concert opportunities are organised:

  • Concerts in the Foyer of the Academy: All students can compose their own program of 10 minutes and play in front of their peers. After the concert, they will receive a free drink.
  • Bella-Tolla (St-Luc): Every Wednesday evening at 20:00, a concert with piano accompaniment takes place in this charming hotel in the heart of the Anniviers Valley. Departure from Sion at 18:00. A free meal is provided by the hotel after the concert. Return to Sion around 23:00. 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. After the concert, a free meal is provided to the musicians in a partner restaurant of the Academy in the old town. Participating musicians are chosen by the professors.
  • Every Friday 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. After the concert, a free meal is provided to the musicians in a partner restaurant of the Academy in the old town. Participating musicians are chosen by the professors.
  • Final masterclass concert: at the end of every masterclass, a closing concert takes place in the Eglise des Jésuites.


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