• Thomas Sauer, Director

    The 15th annual Mannes Beethoven Institute will take place May 31–June 6, 2015. An intensive seven-day seminar will place solo and chamber works by American composer George Walker (b. 1922) alongside the music of Beethoven.  Walker's compositions, recognized for their craftsmanship and emotional power, will be studied and performed together with Beethoven's sonatas, trios, and string quartets.  Participants are encouraged to bring a Walker work to life with the same intensity they devote to a Beethoven work of their choice.  

    The Beethoven Institute is held every summer at Mannes School of Music and is open to music students and young professionals.

    Applications are now being accepted in the following categories: solo piano; pre-formed violin-, viola- and cello-piano duo; pre-formed piano or string trio; and pre-formed string quartet. A list of George Walker's works suitable for study at the Beethoven Institute can be found here (PDF).  Any questions about repertoire for the 2015 Beethoven Institute should be addressed to Thomas Sauer at

    Enrollment is strictly limited to ensure that all participants complete the institute with a deeper musical understanding of Beethoven and a new awareness of American master George Walker.