April 13, 2018, 3:51 PM · Dear friends - I want to thank those who have expressed a f serious interest in studying with me at this festival in August - and even those who have just expressed curiosity.

Here are a few updates:

1. The deadline to apply is April 30th. If you want to make it happen you must actually apply. The way to apply is: go to click on "apply now" and follow the prompts.

2. As I said in my original message, which I will reproduce below for convenience, for questions about my actual lessons, feel free to contact me at For questions about the festival and its organization, contact Kalin as indicated below. Want 10 lessons with me, 10 respective days in a row in the South of Italy? Let's make this happen!

Here is my earlier message:

Dear students and colleagues,

I have been invited to teach for 10 days at the Festival of the Gulf in San Marco di Castelabatte this coming August 17-26! Students would get daily private lessons with me. All levels are accepted, including beginners. Advanced students may perform and play in chamber music classes. There will also be plenty of time to relax and go on various tours, so this would really be a musical vacation and holiday!

My current students know what to expect from me. But daily lessons - with practicing! - should yield rapid advancement. Also, kindly note that this festival has no connection with the schools that I regularly teach at.

To my colleagues I would ask that you kindly consider sending interested students to study with me at this festival. It would be my privilege to supervise them without demanding any radical changes in their approach.

To my non-violinist colleagues, I just wanted to share some interesting news!

To all, kindly note the following: I will shortly give a link to extensive information about the festival. If you are possibly interested, please let both me and the contact person know - and tell the contact person that you heard about this from me and want to work with me. I have nothing whatsoever to do with the organization of this festival, so please address all such concerns to the contact person. But for any musical or violinistic questions, certainly ask me.

Here is a link to the festival. Within the link you can find the contact person, Kalin Ivanov. He is a fine cellist and a nice friendly gentleman. I look forward to hearing from you!

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April 25, 2018, 5:15 AM · Hi folks! This is the last update about the festival for this year: the deadline to apply is fast approaching - April 30th! Feel free to respond here if you wish - but I rarely visit here anymore. For fastest results, contact me directly at


April 25, 2018, 7:38 PM · I cannot make it but it sounds great. If you continue annually I will bring the kids in a couple years and we will all take lessons!
April 27, 2018, 5:01 AM · OK, let's see what happens...
May 4, 2018, 9:03 PM · GOOD NEWS! Got this email recently:

Dear Raphael,

I extended the application deadline till May 20, 2018 for the Festival of the Gulf so there are almost three more weeks for potential students to send application. NO money needs to be sent with the application! Students need to just sign the application and send it back to me by email. I will send payment instructions to each student at later time.

Thank you!

Kalin Ivanov, Artistic Director

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