July 23 to 31 | 2021

Concert: July 23 | 7:00 pm
MasterClass: July 24 to 31



Application form

more info and registration: baroque.summer.course@casademateus.pt


The International Music Encounters at Casa de Mateus, have transformed, over the last decades, the idea of baroque music in Portugal. This course pioneered the teaching and dissemination of Baroque music in the country. Today, Mateus’ propitious landscape remains where musical tradition finds its way into the future through the meeting of teachers and students from all over the world.

In such a peculiar year, the Fundação da Casa de Mateus has been following the evolution of the pandemic and its consequences in what concerns restrictions on the circulation of people and the organization of live cultural events.

It is, therefore, with the greatest satisfaction that we announce the holding, between the 23 and 31 of July 2021, of the XXXI edition of the International Music Encounters at Casa de Mateus.

The Opening Concert will take place on 23 rd July.

The MasterClasses will start in the morning of 24 th July until July 31st.

Considering all the precautions we must take, this edition will be limited to Baroque Singing, Harpsichord,    Recorder and Chamber Music Courses. Under the guidance of teachers António Carrilho (recorder), Jacques Ogg (harpsichord) and María Cristina Kiehr (singing), as well as artistic director Ricardo Bernardes, a maximum of 25 students will be admitted. In addition to candidates for each of those Courses, enrollment in the Chamber Music component will also be allowed to students of instruments not offered by the Encounters.

The limited number of students, as well as a new concept for the use of spaces, will allow us to strictly follow all the best practices recommended by the Directorate-General for Health, giving priority to a safety and healthy environment for all.

In a year in which tourist pressure has noticeably reduced, we are able to propose you a different relationship with this wonderful space that will reinforce the pleasure of studying and making music in an environment where history and nature come together in a true Baroque harmony.

Registration will remain open until June 20, 2021, closing as the different Courses are completed. Consult the Regulations, find the Registration Form and consult us for more informations at baroque.summer.course@casademateus.pt.

The International Music Encounters at Casa de Mateus are organised in partnership with Conservatório Regional de Música de Vila Real and  Douro Strings Academy


Artistic Direction | Ricardo Bernardes

Pedagogical Direction | António Carrilho

Baroque Singing | María Cristina Kiehr

Harpsichord | Jacques Ogg

Recorder | António Carrilho

Vocal Ensemble | Ricardo Bernardes

Chamber Music Course António Carrilho | Jacques Ogg | María Cristina Kiehr | Ricardo Bernardes


Application Deadlines and Tuition Fees Singing / Instrument Courses:

until 20 June 2021 | € 350.00

Chamber Music Course (for instruments not offered by the XXXI EIMCM):

until 20 June 2021 | € 200.00


I flew all the way from the United States for the course and I could not have had more excellent instruction nor a better environment for studying baroque music elsewhere.” 

Georgina McKay Lodge – USA

“We are a quartet of recorder players from […] Sydney. […] We had a wonderful and very positive experience with this week of music study and music making. […] We would give this course our highest recommendation, and we are hoping that we can come back again sometime soon.”

Peter Petocz and The Judgment of Paris – Australia

Posters of the International Music Encounters