Clavichord Course

12 to  19  October  2016


Suzana Mendes

Venue: Almádena, Portugal
Arrival: Wednesday  12 October afternoon/evening (reception dinner)
Departure: Wednesday 19 October after breakfast
Fees: EUR 900 / 830 active participants
EUR 600 / 530 passive participants (auditors)

The prices are for full board, all rooms with private bathroom.
Partial attendance options available, partners are welcome (see table)

Special prices for students and residents: please get in touch!

Course plan: up to six hours of masterclasses a day, Friday afternoon and Monday morning free.
Repertoire: free choice, Iberian Music is specially recommended! We learn as well how to tune clavichords.

Language: English (German, French and Spanish also possible).

You can participate as a listener, just for a weekend, or as you wish.

Clavichord concert by Suzana Mendes in a local church (place and time will be anounced).


About my teaching

My aim as a teacher is to help pupils develop their capacities in order to get the most enjoyment out of their music making.

To have a conception of a piece helps us find out how to play it, but it is a process by itself to achieve this.

Creative practice is not only the most exciting, it is also the most efficient way to keep this process in motion and develop our skills.

My teaching focuses particularly on these issues, and suits any level of development and any keyboard instrument.

The Master Classes teaching model, has many advantages, but if you are not convinced please just ask for single lessons.


Is this course intended for me?

If you wonder if this course is right for you, you can get in touch with me, I will call you back.

If you are a pianist or organist and have little experience with ancient instruments, to start with the clavichord is a wonderful thing, even if you don’t have an instrument to practise on.


There will be three instruments available, two for the lessons and one to practise on:

*  After Leipzig Nr. 10: Meantone, double fretted, short octave E/C-c“‘,  built by Geert Karman.

*German model, 18th century: unfretted, GG-d“‘, built by Geert Karman.

*After Krämer, Göttingen 1804: unfretted, FF-a“‘, built by Suzana Mendes under supervision of Geert Karman