PIANO – Tomoko Ogasawara (University of Music Freiburg) 27.08.-2.09.2017

After studying at the State University of the Arts in Tokyo where she was born, the pianist Tomoko Ogasawara continued her studies in Germany at the University of the Arts in Berlin and the University of Music in Freiburg im Breisgau, where she received the solo diploma with honors and went on to win 1st Prize in the German Hochschulwettbewerb. Among her teachers were Georg Sava, Tibor Hazay and Georgy Sebok who influenced her artistic development and led her to early success, for example as finalist in the international competitions “Maria Canals” / Barcelona and “ Clara Haskil” / Montreux.

Since then concert engagements have taken Tomoko Ogasawara to the concert halls of the international music world (such as Berlin, Montreux, London, Paris, Tokyo, Jerusalem, Bangkok, Shanghai). She has played concerts together with Albrecht Mayer, Jörg Widmann and Tabea Zimmermann and regularly plays with the principals and leading musicians of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, the Bavarian Symphony Orchestra and the SWR Orchestra also in the context of chamber music formations, such as the piano trio “Franconia”, the ensemble “Abraxas” and at international festivals such as “Affinis” in Japan.

As soloist Tomoko Ogasawara has played, among others, with the Symphony Orchestra Berlin, Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, Bad Reichenhall Philharmonic Orchestra and the Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Bamberg. She is featured in numerous radio broadcasts as well as CD recordings. In the season 2006/2007 Ogasawara performed the complete cycle of piano sonatas by W. A. Mozart.

Currently Tomoko Ogasawara passes on her musical experience through the teaching position she holds at the University of Music in Freiburg im Breisgau as well as regular master classes in Tokyo and Yokohama. Students of hers have won prizes in both national and international competitions.

The Hamburg born Matthias Ranft received his first cello at the age of seven and while still in high school he started studying at the Conservatory of Music Arthur Troester. His musical education lead him to Freiburg with Christoph Henkel and then later after winning scholarships from the DAAD and the Cultural Society of German Industry he went to study with Janos Starker in Bloomington, Indiana, USA. Before his graduating from the Conservatory in Freiburg he had already collected Orchestra experience between 1981 and 1983 as solo cello with the Hofer Symphony and won the 1984 Mendelsson Competition in Berlin.

Since 1985 Ranft has been the first cellist with the Bamberg Symphony/ Bayerish State Philharmonic. On the side he takes regular part in international festivals such as Affinis in Japan. He also concertizes as a chamber musician with the ensemble ABRAXAS, Trio FRANCONIA,  with Jörg Widmann, and with Frank Peter Zimmermann among others. He has also played as soloist under Gilbert Varga, Roger Norrington, Adam Fischer, Lawrence Renes and Jonathan Nott.

His musical accomplishments are shown through countless radio and CD recordings. He has shared his musical experience as a docent at the Freiburg Conservatory from 2001-2004 and at masterclasses throughout Japan. Matthias Ranft plays on a Giovanni Grancino cello from 1695.


Sunday, August 27, 2017 after 5 pm

Closing concert:

Friday, September 1st, 2017 at 7:30 pm


Saturday, September 2nd, 2017

All aspects of piano playing;
concert preparation;
preparation for competitions, entrance and final exams;
optional work on chamber music repertoire (additional costs) with cellist Matthias Ranft (1st solo cellist of the Bamberg Symphony);

The chamber music repertoire has to be announced at least four weeks before the beginning of the masterclass. Repertoire: Beethoven, Schumann, Brahms, Chopin and Debussy

Each student participates in the closing concert at the concert hall of the academy villa.

free repertoire; solo, chamber music and orchestral repertoire;

Up to five pratice rooms with pianos are provided.

For further information, please don’t hesitate to contact us!

The beautiful SG-IMFA villa on the bank of the Rhine river.
The beautiful SG-IMFA villa on the bank of the Rhine river.

Students are hosted on a double-room basis in a beautiful, fully remodeled, 1892 villa on the bank of the Rhine river.

A kitchen for self-catering is provided!

For further impressions, please have a look online at our venue.

In order to be accepted, you must meet one of the following criteria:

(a) be recommended by Ms. Ogasawara or

(b) submit an unedited video audition (YouTube link) for review by Ms Ogasawara.

In addition, you must complete and submit our application form and pay a €40,- application fee. In case of a successful registration and participation of the masterclass, €30,- will be considered part of your payment.


€300,- or
(including lessons on chamber music with cellist Matthias Ranft)

Housing (mandatory) in a shared double-room, incl. breakfast and usage of the facilities: