Villars Music Academy


Villars Music Academy

Think, Feel, Play.

Upcoming Concerts

Robert Dunand Prize 2024 Concert

August 16, 2024 at 7:30 pm at the Villars Palace Theater

Come and attend the Robert Dunand Prize finale on Friday August 16 at 7.30pm at the Villars Palace Theatre. The Robert Dunand Prize is a competition exclusively for the laureates of the Villars Music Academy. The winner will be offered the opportunity to record a video to launch his or her international music career. While listening to this exceptional competition, you'll play an active role, as the audience will be invited to vote for their favorite candidate. You can meet the artists and jury members after the concert.

Villars Music Academy 2024 Concert

August 17, 2024 at 7:30 pm at the Villars Palace Theater

Come and attend the closing concert of the Villars Music Academy on Saturday, August 17 at 7:30 pm at the Villars Palace Theater, where you will have the unique opportunity to listen to members of the Berliner Philharmoniker. They will perform alongside the laureates of the Villars Music Academy, talented young musicians from all over the world. You will be able to meet the artists at the end of the concert during a cocktail reception.

The Villars Music Academy

Created in 2022 by Aline Champion in collaboration with the Villars Institute Foundation, the aim of the Villars Music Academy is to introduce an interdisciplinary and intergenerational approach to help talented young musicians to reach their full global potential through masterclasses given by leading soloists, public performances with members of the Berliner Philharmoniker, and group coaching from experts in nutrition, fitness, and psychology.

Members of the Faculty

Guest Professors

Daniel Harding, conductor

Kolja Blacher, violin

Antoine Tamestit, viola

Nils Mönkemeyer, viola

Tabea Zimmermann, viola

Alban Gerhardt, cello

Gary Hoffman, cello

Permanent Professors of the Berliner Philharmoniker

Simone Bernardini, violin

Luiz Felipe Coelho, violin

Walter Kuessner, viola

Martin Menking, cello


Aline Champion, violin and coaching




  • Mental performance trainings: Elevate focus, boost creativity, and cultivate a resilient mindset to harmonize with your artistry.
  • Talks with experts: Join for insightful conversations, gaining valuable insights and unlocking the secrets to musical success.


  • Physical performance training: Fine-tune your musical prowess with tailored physical training.
  • Emotional awareness sessions: Explore the depth of your musical expression, connecting heart body and mind to create soul-stirring performances.


  • Join famous Guests: Unlock your musical potential through exclusive masterclasses.
  • Individual lessons with members of the Berliner Philharmoniker: Elevate your skills with personalized guidance from the Berliner Philharmoniker.
  • Chamber music with professors: Immerse yourself in collaborative artistry, refining your chamber music skills with expert guidance.
  • Chamber orchestra: Harmonize and perform in our dynamic chamber orchestra ensemble.
  • Concerts: Experience musical magic in our captivating concerts, where talent takes center stage.

The Robert Dunand Prize

The Robert Dunand Prize is a competition exclusively for the laureates of the Villars Music Academy. The winner receives the opportunity to record a video, sponsored by the Villars Institute Foundation, to help launch their international music career. This year, the jury will be composed of Aline Champion, Director of the Villars Music Academy, violinist Kolja Blacher and board member of the Villars Institute Foundation David Gann.


Philipp Sussman, Viola

“I wanted to thank you once again for allowing me to participate in the Villars Music Academy! It was truly one of the best and most inspiring weeks I have ever had!”

Brieuc Vourch, Violin

"Thank you from the bottom of our hearts, and rest assured that none of us will forget what you have just given us."

Ava Bahari, Violin

"A unique and inspiring week at the Villars Music Academy. Beyond grateful to Aline Champion for turning her vision into reality and guiding young musicians on their path"

Gordon Lau, Viola

"Thank you for this life changing experience. I am sure that everything I learned from this week will carry me through my whole life"

Chih-En Kuo

“I had an unparalleled week in Villars, thanks for the selfless experience. It brought me such a valuable experience and learning opportunity"

Jiliang Shi

"It is crucial for us, young musicians, to have such an amazing support"

Villars Music Academy 2022 Video

Click on the video to watch the 2022 Villars Music Video ➡️


The Villars Music Academy is about playing, and if we talk about playing, we are also talking about how to feel and how to think to be able to play great music.
Founder of the Villars Music Academy - Aline Champion