The Kayaleh Violin Academy possesses an international soul. Aged 14 to 25, the violinists frequenting its classes come from Bulgaria, Russia, Georgia, Slovakia, Japan, Corea, Western Europe, Latin and North America.

During their stay, these young virtuosi achieve very high standards in a relatively short time, and are invited to perform with major world orchestras as guest soloists. Many amongst them performed in important concert halls such as Sofia’s National Palace of Culture, Evian’s Antoine Ribeaud Theater, Zürich’s Tonhalle, Geneva’s E.

 Ansermet Hall, Lausanne’s Palace, Caracas’ Teresia Carraneo Hall, often accompanied by major world orchestras such as the Venezuelian Symphony Orchestra, the Zürich Chamber Orchestra, the Iberoamericana Orchestra, the Schweizer Jugend Symphonie Orchestra, the World Symphony Orchestra and the prestigious Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra, to name but a few.

The Academy classes feature several prize winners in International Competitions which include the Stresa International Competititon, Italy, the Nielsen International Competition, Danemark, la Rencontre de Jeunes Solistes de Cordoba, Argentina, the Swiss Soloits Competition, Zürich, the L. Pipkov Competition, Sofia and others.


Public auditions and concerts are organised during the school year. On one hand, such events constitute a major achievement of the year's musical and instrumental work. On the other hand, it gives the young musician the possibility to achieve the main objectives of his musical training, that of «expressing» and of «transmitting» his art, the Art of Music being the art of the intellect, the art of feeling, the art of the most elevated form of human expression.


Conditions for Admissions

To qualify for admission, candidates must possess a diploma delivered by a recognised training establishment for professional musicians (music academy or a similar institution). The academy also accepts young violinists who have not yet finished their studies, but who show significant artistic aptitudes. In all cases, acceptance is conditional, and is determined by an audition defining the candidate's aptitudes for an advanced musical training.


At the end of the course, a Certificate is delivered to candidates with good standards, having attended the Academy's classes and fulfilled the curriculum : violin course - chamber music - orchestra - pedagogy - recitals - public concerts. This Certificate precedes studies for the Performer Diploma delivered at the end of the Academy's Stage Performance Course, to which are entitled candidates having shown high artistic standards, and who promise for a concert career.


These are weekly collective sessions during which the students are taught Solfège (musical theory and notation). This branch is to music what grammar, vocabulary and syntax are to academic languages. Solfège is divided into four sections : preparatory section with two subdivisions, elementary section with four subdivisions, secondary section with three subdivisions and superior section with two subdivisions.

An individual Solfège course is given to students who wish to consolidate their knowledge before joining a collective class.

Students under seven years who have never been initiated to any musical discipline are enrolled in the Musical Initiation class which aims at developing their musical ear and sense for rhythm and at teaching them the rudiments of musical notation.