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 3 consecutive days between 11 and 21 February 2021. 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.

Junior Masterclasses: just like the Masterclasses, the Junior Masterclasses are intended for younger musicians from the age of 10 (at least 3 years of practice is required).

Dates and deadlines

The Academy will take place from 11 to 21 February 2021.

Registration opening with rate 1 30 September 2020
Registration deadline with rate 1 30 October 2020
Registration deadline with rate 2 1 December 2020
Deadline for scholarships demands 1 December 2020
Late registration deadline with rate 3(*) From 2 December 2020
Scholarship and registration validations 15 December 2020
Payment deadline 15 January 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

Junior Masterclass CHF 300.-
Masterclass, 2 days CHF 300.-
Masterclass, 3 days    CHF 450.-

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 30 OctoberCHF 100.-CHF 30.- / night
Rate 2From 31 October
to 1 December
CHF 150.-CHF 35.- / night
Rate 3From 2 DecemberCHF 200.-CHF 40.- / night


If a student would like to benefit from accommodation, the cost must be paid with the  masterclass fees by 15 January 2021 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 15 December 2020. Students will be personally informed by email. A scholarship is valued between 150 – and 300 .-. It will be directly deducted from the final invoice.

Number of participants

Professors generally welcome between 6 and 8 students. If too many students have applied for a masterclass, the professor may make a pre-selection. The final decision will be announced by 15 December.
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 masterclasses 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 mastersclass, an agreement must be found with the pianist. The Academy is not repsonsable in any way.
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).
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.


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