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GIA Training programs for the

Study of Cello

Information for the 2022/2023 Cello Study course.


Students who pass the auditions convened for July 2022 will begin studying the Cello Study at the Galamian International Academy from September 2022.

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Study at the

Galamian International Academy

Being part of the Galamian International Academy (GIA) is a crucial decision for your artistic development. The GIA has fully dedicated professionals who guarantee your learning with the most current and advanced methodologies on the music scene.

Since its transfer to the former María Cristina Royal Conservatory, the Galamian International Academy has established itself as a musical educational institution of the highest vision and recognition. Students and teachers from all corners of the world attend the GIA.

Belonging to the student body of the Academy means much more than receiving classes from your principal teacher. We fervently believe in the necessary development of all the skills that make up your musical growth. Among them, of course, is your instrument technique, but not alone.

The Galamian International Academy allows you to

  • Develop your artistic abilities in a friendly study environment among classmates and teachers. Sharing opinions, criticism and musical experiences with our team and students will help you achieve honourable and competent artistic values ​​in the 21st-century music scene.
  • Have all the facilities of the Academy: study booths, classrooms with pianos treated with care and respect, conference room, chamber music rooms and the María Cristina Unicaja Concert Hall.
  • Participate in activities dedicated to improving your skills as a musician: student concerts, group technique classes, joint reading, music theory and singing, Brainin method, orchestra, assistance as a listener to all the masterclasses given at the Academy.
  • Attend all the concerts organized by the Galamian Academy, such as the Cycle of Concerts for Teachers, the concerts of the Galamian Academy Orchestra, and the annual program of the Málaga Philharmonic Society.

Study ofCello

Cellists Øyvind Gimse and Tilman Mahrenholz are the principal professors of the Cello Study at the Galamian International Academy.

The students who are members of this program receive dedicated instruction from the leading professors through individual masterclasses and workshops, courses, and events from which the Study nurtures the growth of its students.

Students entering the GIA Cello Study in the Autumn Semester will receive these lessons from September 2022. During that time, they will participate in:

  • Individual masterclasses with the principal teachers of the Cello Studio, Øyvind Gimse and Tilman Mahrenholz, and attending the lessons given to all their fellow students. The monthly classes will be distributed 50% between each principal teacher.
  • Performance masterclasses consist of group repertoire classes, studio techniques, and performative practice. You will develop your acting techniques on stage and share practical experiences with your study colleagues.
  • One group class every three weeks

  • Guest professors nurture the Study's artistic diversity; internationally renowned professors visit the Cello Study during each academic year or give classes by video conference.
  • Chamber music is an integral part of musical training: beginner and advanced groups collaborate with academy teachers. You will be able to participate in different projects throughout the course, perform at leading concert halls in Málaga and participate in the International Festival of Málaga Clásica Chamber Music in its Talent program.
  • Distance learning with state-of-the-art technological equipment.
  • Concerts and recitals in the main hall and other spaces will exhibit your projects and concert programs. The iconic Unicaja Concert Hall María Cristina hosts the vast majority of the Galamian International Academy events. The location features acoustics and aesthetics praised by the great artists who pass through it every season.
  • Repertoires for a limited number of classes.
  • The academy's teachers will guide project development practices and accompaniment for musicians.

Study of Cello classes, concerts and tuition fees per academic year

Individual masterclasses644832
Guest professor classes221
Performance masterclasses101010
Chamber music classes141414
Courses by symposium and eConferences
Distance learning
Chamber music concerts222
Student concerts333
Possibility of performing your own recital
Tuition fee*€7,890€6,590€5,190

Galamian Academy Orchestra

The Galamian Academy Orchestra has artistic projects developed through intensive meetings with professionals from internationally renowned orchestras. The Academy maintains close contact with musicians from the following orchestras: Berliner Philharmoniker, New York Philharmonic, Orquestra della Svizzera Italiana, Orquesta Ciudad de Almería, Orquesta Camera Musicae, Orquesta del Principado de Asturias and Orquesta Sinfonica Portuguesa and form part of the faculty of this orchestral program.

In addition, students can choose orchestral interpretation as the main subject by being part of additional meetings.

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Galamian Academy Youth Orchestra

The Galamian Academy Youth Orchestra offers students up until 18 years an opportunity to enjoy their first orchestral experience in a program supervised by José Andrés Fernández Camacho and other professors of the Galamian Academy Orchestra.

Receive tailored classes.Join the Youth Orchestra.

Create tailored classes and gain first-hand orchestral experience with the Galamian Academy Youth Orchestra.

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Professors of the

Cello Study

Principal Professors

  • Øyvind Gimse
  • Tilman Mahrenholz

Guest Professors

  • Asier Polo
  • Alberto Martos
  • Gabriel Ureña
  • Kyril Zlotnikov
    Øyvind Gimse
    Principal Professor Øyvind Gimse

    Principal Professor

    Øyvind Gimse

    The Trondheim Soloists appointed Cellist Øyvind Gimse as Artistic Director in 2002, continuing the broad profile and musical versatility that characterizes the group. Having studied in Munich, Salzburg and Vienna with professors such as Walter Nothas, Frans Helmersen and William Pleeth, he became the principal cellist of the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra from 1991 to 1997.

    Currently, Øyvind Gimse is a professor at the Trondheim Conservatory of Music. He enjoys an active career as a soloist and chamber musician. He often combines poetry, visual art, dance and theatre within an overall artistic ensemble.

    Øyvind Gimse has a unique musical ability to move audiences, placing the musical experience at the centre of his work. “He has everything that he has to have to become an international format solo artist,” Anne-Sophie Mutter told the Trondheim newspaper Adresseavisen in May 1999.

    Tilman Mahrenholz
    Principal Professor Tilman Mahrenholz

    Principal Professor

    Tilman Mahrenholz

    Tilman Mahrenholz was born in Germany and received his training at the "Hochschule für Musik Saar" in Saarbrücken and at the "Folkwang-Hochschule" in Essen. Later, he moved to New York, receiving a scholarship from the prestigious Juilliard School of Music. His teachers include Ulrich Voss, Prof. Christoph Richter, and Carter Brey.

    Tilman Mahrenholz was a founding member of the "Alborán Quartet". In addition, he has formed parts of other chamber and orchestral ensembles throughout his career, including the Saarbrücken Radio Symphony Orchestra and the City of Granada Orchestra. He has won three prizes in the German Youth Competition. He has also participated in International Music Festivals such as the Bain de Musique Flaine and the Aspen Music Festival.

    Soloist, chamber and symphonic concerts have taken him to countries such as Germany, Austria, France, the USA, Luxembourg, Morocco and Spain. Tilman Mahrenholz is currently a cello soloist with the Malaga Philharmonic Orchestra.

    Requirements of

    Admission and Enrolment

    The Galamian International Academy carries out the admission and enrolment process for students entering the academy for the first time via the academy's website throughout the year. Here you will also find frequently asked questions.


    The Reina Nilsen Foundation offers a reduction in enrolment costs for deserving and exceptionally motivated students - placing particular value on the family's economic situation - of up to 50% of the total enrolment cost.

    The academy will carry out the request for this reduction in enrolment once the applicant passes the audition for access.

    Upon registration, the Reina Nilsen Foundation will value your request with the Galamian International Academy panel. The academy will communicate any reduction and amount to the student before starting the course in September 2022.

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    Internship Programs

    The Galamian International Academy offers a significant reduction in enrolment fees for those students who wish to participate in any Internship Programs.

    Students must pass an interview with part of the AIG team to be part of these programs. Spaces for these programs will be limited. The Academy prioritizes students with greater seniority or those who have passed the access auditions during the face-to-face phase in July 2022.

    The Academy will advise students who have passed the July 2022 auditions of the offered specialty programs to those interested in participating.

    Previous specialty programs

    • Practice Repertorists – dedicated to practices as accompanists of the Piano Study

    • Logistics and show production

    • Event planning and scheduling

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    Awarding of Title

    The educational programs of the Galamian International Academy (GIA) are divided into three ranks, depending on the age and level of the student: Pre-college, Bachelor and Master.

    Participation in one of these educational ranks will be determined by the Academy jury in the applicant's access audition, considering their age, academic background and interpretive level.

    The GIA offers its degree for students who pass one of these programs in the opinion of their principal teachers.

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    Frequently asked questions