Scandinavian Cello School challenges and strengthens both international and Danish talents that are brought together. A solid foundation for their future is planted whilst on Danish soil through world class teaching, essential networking and a healthy life balance.
SCS strengthens the quality of an already strong music scene in Denmark, alongside contributing to the spread of a quintessentially Danish approach to working: High quality training and focus going hand in hand with socializing, good home-grown food and strong respect for individual personalities.
The scEach year more than 150 musicians, typically aged from 16-25, visit SCS in Stevns for stays (mini-residencies) of 3-7 days. Additionally, there are a select number of elite talents who come for 5-7 days each month as “SCS Young Artists”. 50 or more professional musicians each year use the facilities for rehearsals, recordings or retreats. All tuition costs are free at Scandinavian Cello School.
hool has succeeded since its inception in bringing classical music to new audiences and in untraditional surroundings – from prisons to hospitals, from farms to shipping containers. When Roberta Verna won the position as 1st concertmaster at Copenhagen Phil, her preparation “mock auditions” took place in cow sheds, for the handicapped and for local fishermen: All designed to take her mind off the stress and pressure of an audition situation and instead focus on the music (plus of course at the same time giving a memorable experience for the audience).
SCS Landsbykoncerter supports local initiatives on Stevns. SCS arranges the concerts and supplies the musicians, whilst the local association of whom the concert is supporting takes 100% of the ticket sales. Each concert aims to bring international quality music, side by side raising awareness of local missions – raising vital funds in the meantime.
SCS is a partner of UNESCO Stevns Klint and extremely active with at least 25 local events in Stevns, plus around 40 concerts nationally and internationally. Students and residents of SCS have already put a large stamp on the Danish music scene.
SCS enjoys collaborations with professors, institutions and industry leaders from all over the world. During the pandemic numerous classes were held online for those unable to travel to Stevns – free to participate / attend – with industry leaders such as violinist Maxim Vengerov, cellist Matias Oliviera del Pinto and representatives from Deutsche Grammophon, Warner International and CAMI (Columbia Artists International).
A proposed development plan targeted to the 3 walks of formal Danish music education (music school – MGK – academies) is a pledge from SCS to Danish music life for the future. Denmark can continue to be a strong contender on the international music scene for years to come with a steady stream of not only Danish trained musicians – but the added essential for a thriving music scene – music lovers to fill the many music associations, concert halls and festivals Denmark has on offer.