Piano trios from all over the world are welcome to apply for the Trondheim International Chamber music Academy (TICC Academy) which focuses especially on advanced student trios and young professional trios.

The academy offers a unique opportunity with a combination of:
- Master classes in the ensembles’ chosen repertoire
- Chamber music together with the instructors 
- The Academy is held during Trondheim Chamber Music Festival, and the ensembles have free entry to the festival’s concerts

In addition to offering instruction of top international standard, TICC Academy wishes to serve as a springboard for the ensembles’ further career. One or more trios may be selected by the instructors to directly qualify for the Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition 2019.

The trios choose one trio of their own choice. The program for works to be played with the instructors will be announced after the academy trios have been chosen.

The Academy's Closing Concert is held on the Sunday of the week, and will take place as part of the Trondheim Chamber Music Festival.

Rules and repertoire
1. 10th Trondheim International Chamber Music Academy, TICC Academy 2018, is open to piano trios.
2. Applications will be accepted from musicians of all nationalities provided the combined maximum age of the trio members as of 1 September 2018 does not exceed 87 years. The age limit for each musician of the trio must be under 34 and over 15 years on 1 September 2018.
3. Musicians may only enter the Academy as a member of one piano trio.
4. Musicians are responsible for all travel expenses. There are possibilities for applying for travel funding, which can be provided based on the need and the total travel costs of the groups.
5. The competition will offer lodging in 2-bed room, as well as breakfast and one hot meal a day.
6. The application must be sent no later than the day of the deadline; 20 April 2018. The following documents must be attached the application:
- A copy of birth certificate or similar official document confirming the date and place of birth of each candidate.
- Curriculum vitae with particulars of training, awards and diplomas and recent concert appearances of the trio.
- Two recent professional references.
- Two recent digital high-resolution photographs of the trio.
- A recent audio recording of high quality (WAV or AIFF), or in formats with lossless compression, such as FLAC or ALAC (.m4a), minimum Bitrate 256kbps, minimum Bitrate 164kbps), of the trio containing two contrasting movements with a total duration of min. 12 minutes. This should be:
     • one first movement of a Beethoven piano trio 
     • one movement from the romantic or 20th/21th century repertoire. 
Each movement should be recorded in one "take" and must not be edited or altered in any way. TICC Academy reserves the right to disqualify applicants entering studio enhanced or modified tapes. Applicants are anonymous to the jury when considered for TICC Academy.
A letter from a teacher or professional musician certifying the authenticity of the recording.
7. There will be a non-refundable entry fee of EUR 120 per trio which should not be sent before the application has been accepted.
8. Each trio will be required to prepare 1-2 works of free choice of a minimum duration of 20 minutes. Each trio will also be expected to prepare works to be played together with the instructors. These works will be announced once the participating trios have been chosen.
9. All participants shall agree to have their performances recorded, filmed or broadcast on in any medium, live, in whole or in part, in sound, and/or in images. No payment will be made to participants for the recording or broadcasting of the Academy performances.
10. Rehearsal facilities, including the provision of music stands, will be available to all participants.
11. English is the official language.

Academy repertoire:
a) Compulsory
1-2 piano trios of free choice, min. duration of 20’
b) One work which the trio will play together with one of the instructors. The piece will be announced after selection of the participants (for example piano quartets or quintets or similar)

As a part of our academy we offer the quite unique possiblity of studying chamber music playing together with the instructors. This is in addition to masterclasses with the quartets chosen repertoire. From 10 years of experience, we know this makes our young talents perform better than ever before. The repertoire will be decided by the instructors and the academy, and also which group is playing with which instructor.

Master classes
The master classes are open for audience. The master class schedule will be announced on our web site at the beginning of September. Listening to a master class gives a deeper understanding of the music, it is a wonderful experience of talent and hard work, and it is a close meeting with some of the great chamber music personalities of the world giving their view and interpretations of the old masters to the young talents.

Academy Prequalify to the 2019 competition Playing together with the instructors Ensembles Academy instructors 2018


Learn from the best – play together with them!


Prequalify to the 2019 competition

A jury with academy leader Joseph Kalichstein and 2 instructors may prequalify 1 or 2 of the participating Piano Trios at TICC Academy 2018 directly to the competition for piano trios in 2019.

TICC winner 2017, the Maxwell Quartet, prequalified from the academy in 2016 ending up with a cash prize of 15 000,- EURO, and concert engagements in Europe after winning both 1st prize and the audience prize at the competition in 2017.


Playing together with the instructors

As a part of our academy we offer the quite unique possiblity of studying chamber music playing together with the instructors. This is in addition to masterclasses with the quartets chosen repertoire. As this is our 10th academy we know this makes our young talents perform better than ever before. The chance of working with and perform in concert with stars such as Kari Kriikku or one of the members from  Danish String Quartet or the Stockholm Syndrome Ensemble is a great opportunity. The repertoire will be decided by the instructors and the academy, and also which group is playing with which instructor.



Applications open January 2018.

For previous prize winners, click here.


Academy instructors 2018

Academy leader 2018 is Joseph Kalichstein! Instructors for TICC Academy 2018: Danish String Quartet, Stockholm Syndrome Ensemble, Kari Kriikku

Joseph Kalichstein, academy leader:

Acclaimed for the heartfelt intensity and technical mastery of his playing, pianist Joseph Kalichstein enthralls audiences all over the globe, winning equal praise as orchestral soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. With his diverse repertoire of works ranging from Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms to works by Bartok, Prokofiev and others, Mr. Kalichstein has collaborated with such celebrated conductors and performed with the world’s greatest orchestras. Mr. Kalichstein has also been a frequent guest pianist with the world’s most beloved string quartets. A favorite of New York concertgoers, Mr. Kalichstein has appeared in several recitals on Carnegie Hall’s “Keyboard Virtuosi” series. He serves as the Chamber Music Advisor to the Kennedy Center and is the Artistic Director of the Center’s Fortas Chamber Music Concerts. He continues to hold the inaugural Chamber Music Chair at the Juilliard School, where he also teaches a limited number of advanced piano students.

Born in Tel Aviv, he came to the United States in 1962.  His principal teachers included Joshua Shor in Israel and Edward Steuermann and Ilona Kabos at The Juilliard School. Prior to winning the 1969 Leventritt Award, he had won the Young Concert Artists Auditions, and as a result he gave a heralded New York recital debut, followed by an invitation from Leonard Bernstein to perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 with the New York Philharmonic in a nationally televised concert on CBS.

Joseph Kalichstein is a founding member of the famed Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, now in their 38th touring season. The Trio continues to play in major music capitals as well as on all the great university concert series. Its most recent recording project is a CD devoted to works that the eminent American composer Ellen Zwilich had written for the Trio, just released on the Azica label. Bridge records has recently released their critically acclaimed 2-CD Schubert Cycle.


Danish String Quartet

The Danish String Quartet has reached incredible heights in the course of its existence. In January 2012 the quartet was appointed to the prestigious Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Two programme beginning with the 2013-2014 season. This achievement comes as the last in a row of distinguished accomplishments. The quartet won the Trondheim Competition (TICC) in 2005, and it is with great pride we welcome them back as festival artists and TICC instructors. The quartet has also won competitions in Denmark, Holland and UK.

In 2006 the Danish String Quartet was the Danish Radio ‘Artist in Residence’. The residency gave the quartet opportunity to record all Carl Nielsen’s String Quartets in the Danish Radio Concert Hall. The recordings were released on the Dacapo label in 2007 and 2008 and they were hailed by the critics as extremely successful recordings. 2012 will see a new release from the quartet with works by Bartok and Beethoven.

The high technical and musical quality, the joy of playing, the powerful impact the quartet makes on stage and the fresh approach to familiar repertoire has become a trademark for the Danish String Quartet. These qualities have led the quartet to success everywhere. The four young musicians have performed all over Europe, returning repeatedly to particularly Germany and the UK, where Wigmore Hall is one of the venues. The quartet was announced NORDMETALL –Ensemble Prize Winner 2010 in the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival in Germany.

The quartet was awarded the highly prestigious Carl Nielsen Prize 2011 which is Denmarks largest cultural prize.

Stockhom Syndrome

The Stockholm Syndrome Ensemble (Johannes Rostamo, cello, Simon Crawford-Phillips, piano, Malin William-Olsson, violin, Malin Broman, violin, Rick Stotijn, bass)

Stockholm Syndrome Ensemble was formed, in Stockholm, with the hope of creating concert programmes that would give audiences a more healthy dose of Stockholm syndrome; the aim, to give the audience the opportunity to hear music set in a surprising and illuminating context, one which heightens the listening experience.

Whilst not bound by size, style or genre most concerts include this founding group of players. Often the programmes are built around an event, idea or concept. This narrative or thread (sometimes unspoken in the form of images and sometimes spoken with film and voice) allows the comparison and contrast of music across all periods and styles. As a result the ensemble has performed music from Purcell to Bob Dylan and Messiaen to Radiohead collaborating with musicians such as Margareta Bengtsson, Olivia Chaney, Sebastien Dubbé, Ruby Hughes, Gustav Lindgren, Anne Sofie von Otter, Elin Rombo, Andrew Staples, artist Joanne Grüne-Yanoff and juggler Jay Gilligan. The ensemble has its own concert series at Musikaliska in Stockholm and was the subject of a documentary for Swedish TV. 

Malin Broman and Simon Crawford-Phillips are also members of the esteemed Kungsbacka Trio. 

Kari Kriikku

At the academy Kriikku will rehears and perform excerpts from Messiaen "Quatuor pour la fin du temps" together with one of the participating piano trios at TICC-academy.

Characterized as an extremely sensitive player with a seemingly flawless command of his instrument, Kriikku is undoubtedly one of the world's foremost clarinettists. His recordings of the concertos of Carl Maria von Weber and Bernhard Crusell have received worldwide acclaim (the Weber CD was voted "best ever" recording by Classic CD and BBC Music Magazine). In 2006, his recording of Magnus Lindberg's Clarinet Concerto (2002) won both BBC Music Magazine's award and the Gramophone Award

He studied at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, and later with Alan Hacker in England and with Leon Russianoff and Charles Neidich in the USA.

Concentrating on contemporary music, Kriikku is Scandinavia's leading interpreter of works for the clarinet by composers such as Magnus Lindberg, Vinko Globokar, Kaija Saariaho, Jukka Tiensuu, Jouni Kaipainen, Kimmo Hakola, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Pawel Szymanski, Eero Hämeenniemi, Olli Koskelin and Usko Meriläinen. He has performed Tiensuu's clarinet concerto PURO over 30 times.

Kari Kriikku is a founding member of the Avanti! chamber orchestra and has served as the ensemble's artistic director since 1998.

He was the 2009 winner of the Nordic Council Music Prize: the prize committee wrote, “Kari Kriikku is an extraordinary virtuoso on his instrument the clarinet. His performance is characterised by flexibility and a positive musician’s joy - he is a musician in the best sense of the word.”

Read more about previous juries, instructors and project managers here.