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July / August 2019

"16. Crescendo Summer Institute"

The 26.edition of the "Crescendo Summer Institute" was an amazing experience for 170 students. 50 teachers, 50 staff & volunteers and at least 30 guests from totally 34 countries. 
We will soon quote here some feedbacks... 

On you will find pictures and many other entries

24.6.-6.7., 2019

Rwanda Music School

A Crescendo team from Finland and Switzerland gave a two-week „teachers’ training“ in Kigali - in our own new music school. It was a very fruitful time with Letizia Walser (music theory, head of the school) Tiina Sinkkonen (voice teacher), Isa Halme (violin), Dominik Brühwiler (piano) and Beat Rink (spiritual lessons, team leader). Airi Rink had developed study materials about "7 Principles of a Christian Music School", which were discussed with the local faculty.
The Music School grows! Today we have already 45 students.
We are also very happy that our local piano teacher succeeded with a piano exam. He will continue his studies, supported (as other local teachers) through skype training. Picture: Lesson of our local violin teacher 

29.+30.6., 2019


The leaders of Crescendo Vienna, the singers Kurt and Nozomi Kempf, invited for a CRESCENDO FORUM about „Faith and Culture“.
Two actresses told about their experiences in the cultural world and the church: Magdalena Sutter (former actress and today psychologist) and Krisztina Tarjányi (actress and Crescendo staff member). Beat Rink talked in his  lecture about interesting theological positions in respect to culture.
On Sunday conference participants contributed to a church service in the Methodist church of Vienna.

May 2019

Crescendo receives two diplomas

Crescendo international received two diplomas from Moldovan authorities: Firstly from the national UNESCO secretary, Prof. Constantin Rusnac, and secondly  from the mayor of the city Cahul, Nicolae Dandiș (picture with Beat Rink). Nicolae Dandiș emphasized the importance of Crescendo for his city, which has become a cultural center in the region. This is the result of the work of Ilie Croitoru, who has organized eight CRESCENDO FESTIVALS in Moldova. This year outstanding musicians gave concerts, amongst them Stanislyv Izmaylov, concert master of the Bolschoi orchestra in Moscov.

Iasi (Romania), May 4, 2019

Crescendo Studio Iasi

In her house in Iasi our Crescendo leader Carmen Zaharia-Danicov built a "Crescendo Studio" in memoriam of her beloved husband Gelu Zaharia. The opening of this beautiful facility, which is ideal for house concerts and CRESCENDO FORUM events, took place on May 4 with piano music, played by Eugene Alcalay (USA) and speeches from Beat and Airi Rink.
It was at the same time to beginning of Master Courses and concerts Eugene Alcalay gave in this important cultural city in Romania.

We are in the Strad Magazine

The new image film and the Crescendo Summer Institute has appeared on the Strad website.

Montmirail (Switzerland), March 8-10,2019

ARTS+ Symposium in Switzerland

ARTS+ is a network of art ministries and artists, co-founded and co-led by Crescendo. It is operating in different countries. ARTS+ Switzerland invited for a symposium about "aesthetics and faith" with lectures from artists and theologians. About 100 participants came from Switzerland, Austria, Germany and France and had the chance to contribute in thinktanks and panels. Crescendo was involved in the artistic evening.

Malaga, February 28-March 3, 2019

Leadership Conference in Malaga

Over 30 Crescendo leaders from 13 countries came together in Malaga, Spain, for sharing, planning and finding our with the coach Miladin Matic about "motivational gifts". It was a very good and joyful conference, which ended with a wonderful Sunday morning church service.

Novosibirsk, October 24, 2018

Crescendo Russia: Book premiere

Crescendo Russia has published a Musician's "New Testament". On the first 60 pages Christian musicians from different countries are portrayed and interviewed - such as Herbert Blomstedt, John Patitucchi, Martin Helmchen, Marie Elisabeth Hecker, Christian Studler, Sofia Gubaidulina, etc.
The book premiere (with concert) took place in Novosibirsk, the home town of the editor Olga Botschenka. - see also the fotos in the download area.

Cahul / Moldova, September 24-28, 2018

Festival in Moldova

In Cahul, Moldova, a Crescendo Festival took place with Master classes and concerts (orchestra, chamber music, choirs)

Thessaloniki, September 20, 2018

Greece: Concerts in Refugee camp

Crescendo Greece is since three years active in refugee camps. On September 20, 2018 several musicians brought beautiful music contributions to a camp in Thessaloniki - amongst them jazz musician Andy Vance from Australia (picture).

Athens, September 3-5, 2018

Leadership Conference 2018 in Athens

More than 30 leaders and co-workers of Crescendo (and leaders of of AGAPE Europe) came to Athens, where we talked about our goals and strategies. We enjoyed the fellowship and the encouraging reports from many countries.

August 1-13, 2018

15. Crescendo Summer Institute

The "15th Crescendo Summer Institute" with 300 participants from 33 countries (amongst them 250 students, teachers and participants of the youth program) took place in Tokaj, Hungary.
It was a wonderful and a "life changing" experience as some participants said.

Here some feedbacks:
"I have grown as a musician and enjoyed working with the amazing faculty. The environment is so warm and welcoming, I feel at home with the students and teachers here, there are no strangers." (Madison Babovec, French horn, USA)

"The Crescendo Summer Institute is not only a place for gaining knowledge every day. It is also a place for community. As a bass player I have a chance to experience professionalism and being competent in multiple styles. Playing either Jazz or Beethoven it is my ongoing experience how colorful this program is. I warmly recommend it to everyone!" (Simon János Tóth, double bass, HUNGARY) 

"For me Crescendo began to be a summer tradition that I’m waiting the whole year for. It’s my 4th time. I was so excited to be back this year and see all of my friends, play in the symphony orchestra and have fantastic lessons.
I love Crescendo because besides music I can focus on really important things in life and I always have someone to talk about it. At Crescendo, I can continue learning how to combine being a musician and growing in faith." (Dorota Kolinek, viola/ Warsaw)


June 13-16, 2018

SCHØN conference

Crescendo was actively involved in organizing the conference SCHØN in Augsburg, Germany, with over 1000 participants. 
Our activities besides helping with the main program: coordinating the stages for music and literature and organizing a special meeting with musicians. With ARTS+ we were co-organizing the stage for "performing artists". It was wonderful to meet many dear friends. - Many contributions were outstanding.

May 30-June 3, 2018

Crescendo Teacher's Conference in Birmingham

Wonderful 2nd Teacher's Conference with participants from 9 countries and interesting lectures, "Sound portraits" with Epiphany, discussions and fellowship times.

May 4, 2018


1st meeting with musicians & other artists in Vilnius. Beat Rink talking about "Joys and challenges of Christian artists".
A good start of AGAPE ARTS (leader: Judita Kriukaite) in cooperation with Crescendo

April 2018

South Africa

Cape Town, April 1-8: About 45 young musicians were attending the "2. Crescendo Summer Institute South Africa". 
It was an excellent project, led by Sjoerd and Anna-Marie Alkema. On the program were master classes, individual lessons, lectures, concerts, small groups, etc.
A young flautist (she had been through traumatic experiences herself) said: “You you would not believe what it means to us to be here together in great unity as musicians with different skin colours and without mutual reservations! This is something unique!” She is right: The fellowship was wonderful !

March 2018


A joint venture project with "Music Road Rwanda" took place in Kigali in March/April. Around 80 young singers, pianists and violinists were involved into classes and individual lessons of our Finnish/Swiss team. 
Our project "Music Road Rwanda" is also indebted to the excellent cooperation with the Reformed Church in Ruanda. 

January 2018

Crescendo Meeting St.Petersburg

On January 20 there was a Crescendo meeting in St.Petersburg - in the context of a big festival for spiritual music, organized by Rotila Ilie Croitoru, 60 musicians came from all over Russia and other countries. Crescendo Russia is growing! Kath Snelling has started it almost 20 years ago. Picture: Lecture by Beat Rink about "Joys and challenges in the life of a professional musician".

November 2017

Congratulations, Prof. Christoph Adt

Prof. Christoph Adt, member of the international Crescendo advisory board, is the new director of the Music Academy in Nürnberg, Germany. The inauguration ceremony took place on November 17. (picture: Crescendo)

September 2017

Congratulations, Franz Mohr 90!

Franz Mohr could celebrate on September his 90th birthday
Crescendo owes so much to Franz Mohr, the former chief concert technician of Steinway & Sons, NY - and the tuner of Horowitz, Rubinstein, Glenn Gould and numerous other great pianists of the last decades.

Picture: 80th birthday party for Franz Mohr with cake in Steinway piano shape at the Crescendo annual conference in Malmö, 2007

August 26, 2017 / Helsinki

Big open air Concert in Helsinki

The Finish Crescendo ministry under the leadership of Lehari Kaustel organized a big  "oratorio" concert with old folk music elements on the steps of the Helsinki cathedral. Context: Jubilee "100 years Finland". The Finish First Lady came and held a wonderful speech - and quoted Psalm 91.

Riga, June 21, 2017

Crescendo Latvia leader new director of the Music Academy Riga

Guntars Pranis (Crescendo leader Latvia since 15 years) was elected on June 21st Director of the Latvian Music Academy.

Juni 2, 2017 in Basel

"Night of Faith. Festival for Art and Church"

with 250 artists and 25 events in 10 locations in and around the Basel cathedral. Crescendo has imported the concept from our Finish "Logos Ministries" and Crescendo Finland branch. 

2.-5.February 2017 in Munich

"Crescendo Staff Conference"

With 30 leading staff members representing 14 countries!
Topic: Crescendo  on the move

Crescendo Meetings Moscow & St.Petersburg

Wonderful meetings and planning times with about 40 musicians in the two Russian cities

"Crescendo Summer Institute '16"

The "Crescendo Summer Institute" from July 25-August 8, 2016 in Tokaj / Hungary was a wonderful experience with 300 participants from 43 countries. 

You will find many entries (videos, photos, comments) on FB (click on the LINK below).

Ning Kam (viola teacher, London), wrote: 
"The "Crescendo Summer Institute" was a real revelation and a refreshing experience for me. It isn't everyday that one can say that one went to a music festival and came away refreshed in the Spirit! I enjoyed the small group meetings the most and I know that I'm certainly not alone in saying this, having spoken to a few of my new friends there. I was telling everyone that Crescendo is so refreshingly different from the usual music festival in that the usual "secular" music festival involves shameless name-dropping and posturing for the advancement of one's career while at Crescendo, you can have meaningful conversations with others right from Day 1, conversations in which you are enough just as a human being (in Christ or not, as the case may be!). That is rare. And so precious."

Gala Concert

"Crescendo Summer Institute" 2016

Enescu's Rumanian Rhapsody no.1. transcribed for two clarinets and piano, played by Noemi Sallai, Fekete Fanni and Bethany Brooks

Opera scenes

"Crescendo Summer Institute" 2016

Purcell's 'The Fairy Queen', starring Kalafszky AdriánaDrahos EvelinAleksandra Bilanović and others, directed by Krisztina Tarjányi.

Orchestra / 9. Sinfonie (Dvořák)

"Crescendo Summer Institute" 2016

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"Creative church" in France

Cape Town

Summer Institute South Africa

From March 27-April 4 the "1. Crescendo Summer Institute South Africa" took place in Cape Town. It was a wonderful project with students from different parts of the countries. The classes with teachers from South Africa, Europe, the United States and even Australia were very good. 

The "Crescendo Summer Institute South Africa" gave also concerts in churches, in a (church) jazz club, in homeless shelters, in a children's project, in a township, etc. 
On our Website and on the Facebook (inks below) you will find more information

"Crescendo Summer Institute South Africa"

VIDEO: Outreach to children in South Africa

18.-21.Februar, Birmingham

1. Crescendo Musikpädagogen-Konferenz

Vom 18.-21, Februar lud Crescendo zur ersten internationalen Musikpadagogen-Konferenz nach Birmingham. Das Thema lautete: "Musikpädagogik - Gabe und Berufung". Helena Maffli, Präsidentin derEMU (European Music School Union) schrieb in einem Grusswort: "Die Crescendo-Konferenz ist eine wunderbare Initiative. Sie geht über die üblichen Lehrer-Treffen hinaus, da sie dazu einlädt, „von der Quelle zu trinken“. Es kamen Teilnehmer aus 10 Ländern. Es gab Vorträge und Berichte u.a. von Carmen Zaharia-Danicov (Rumänien), Tim Baptiste (Birmingham), Letizia Walser (Direktorin einer Musikschule in der Schweiz), Christian Studler (Professor KonservatoriumBern), Verena Dietrich (Paris-Levallois), Eszter Dudas (Budapest), Trang Trinh (Vietnam) und Airi und Beat Rink (Psychologin und Theologe, Leiter Crescendo).

21.-24.Januar 2016

Crescendo Mitarbeiterkonferenz in Riga

Vom  21-24, Januar 2016 waren leitende Crescendo-Mitarbeiter in Riga an der jährlichen "Staff Conference" zusammen. Sie kamen aus 15 Ländern. Das Thema lautete "Inspirierende Leiterschaft" - und die Vorträge (u.a. von Pastor Edgars Mazis) oder die Berichte aus den verschiedenen Ländern waren in der Tat sehr inspirierend. Andere Programmpunkte waren: Planungs-Zeiten, Treffen mit lettischen Musikern, "Play & Pray"-Workshop, Sightseeing im eisigen Riga und Gemeinschaft. 

Plina Kulikowa gewinnt 1.Preis

Unsere Freundin und aktives Crescendo-Mitglied Polina Kulikowa hat zusammen mit Ekaterina Zhemaitis den 1.Preis des internationalen Klavierduo-Wettbewerbs in Polen gewonnen. Herzlichen Glückwunsch, Polina!

Feedback "Crescendo Sommerinstitut"

Josef Hussek
früherer Intendant der Hamburger Staatsoper
und ehem. künstlerischer Leiter der Salzburger Festspiele, Vocal Coach
Ihr "Crescendo Sommerinstitut"  ist wirklich etwas Besonderes.  In der Atmosphäre einer zauberhaften Landschaft, eines pittoresken Ortes, hat sich über Jahre ein Musikfest entwickelt, das im Wechselspiel von Musik, Lehre, Reflexion und Lebensfreude seinesgleichen sucht. Junge Menschen treffen einander für mehrere Wochen. Schließen Kontakte, arbeiten an ihren musikalischen Talenten, tauschen sich mit erfahrenen Künstlern aus. Die aus aller Welt anreisenden jungen Künstler arbeiten mit erfahrenen Dozenten, erleben gemeinsam hochwertige musikalische Veranstaltungen, suchen und finden aber auch die seelische Balance für ihren Beruf in der Kraft des Glaubens. Es gibt viele Meisterklassen, Sommerkurse, Wettbewerbe, Festivals. Das Crescendo-Institut hat von allem etwas. Die Summe der Einzeldinge ist aber mehr. Denn sie schließt die seelische Reflexion der künstlerischen Arbeit in ein Lern- und Lehrkonzept mit ein, aus dem seine Teilnehmer nicht nur mit neuen Erfahrungen, sondern auch bereichert um das Wissen der Ganzheitlichkeit ihres Berufes als Künstler hervorgehen. Ich wünsche dem "Crescendo Sommerinstitut" noch viele gute und erfolgreiche Jahre.

Crescendo Summer Institute 2015


Concerts with students and teachers

Crescendo Summer Institute 2015


Concerts at the Crescendo Summer Institute 2015

Watch videos of the Crescendo Summer Institute !

The CSI 2015 with 350 participants from 38 nations was just wonderful! Enjoy some concert sequences by following the LINK below.

The CSI 2015 is VERY international !

This year we will have in the "Crescendo Summer Institute" (July 20-August 3) over 300 participants from more than 35 countries:  Argentina / Australia / Austria / Belarus / Belgium / Bosnia and Herzegovina / Canada / China / Colombia / Czech Republic / Denmark / Finland / France / Germany / Hungary / Indonesia / Italy / Japan / Kenya / Malta / Mexico / Moldova / Netherlands / Poland / Portugal / Puerto Rico / Romania / Russian Federation / Serbia and Montenegro / Slovakia / Switzerland / Ukraine / United Kingdom / United States / Vietnam


June 2015

Martin Helmchen on KLM inflight program

This month, our friend Martin Helmchen is featured on the KLM Inflight program. Martin gives personal programme notes on his recent recordings of Mozart, Schubert, Dvorak, Mendelssohn and D'Indy for PentaTone Classics. Book your flight and TUNE IN!

1 & 2 prize for CSI guitar students

Dániel Bögös and Bálint Bress are participants of the "Crescendo Summer Institute" /CSI 2015. They are studying at the Liszt Academy in Budapest. Dániel Bögös won the first place and Bálint Bress the second place in the guitar category at the Ivan Ballu International Music Festival organized for the 20th time in Dolny Kubin, Slovakia. The festival took place between May 19 and 22, 2015.

June 6, 2015

PRIX PLUS for Miriam Feuersinger

ARTS+ Switzerland gives the PRIX PLUS 2015 to our dear friend Miriam Feuersinger. It's the third award after the Deutsche Schallplattenpreis" and the ECHO Award. Photo: Miriam Feuersinger receives the award out of the hand of Beat Rink, president of ARTS+ read more

June 4, 2015

Dr. Guntars Pranis

Congratulations to our Crescendo Latvia director for his excellent dissertation on Medieval music. From today on he is Dr. Guntars Pranis!

May 22, 2015

"Crescendo Jazz" in Basel Cathedral

Amazing Pentecost event in the Basel "Münster" and chapels, organized by "Crescendo Jazz Basel" (Simon Wunderlin) and sponsored by the Reformed Church of Basel.

May 22-24

Crescendo Young Leaders

Joyful and intense weekend with 9 "Crescendo Young Leaders" from Latvia, UK, France, Germany, Switzerland, etc. in Basel

April 21, 2015

Olivier Robe

Crescendo-Mitglied Olivier Robe leitet zum ersten Mal das Bangkok Symphonie-Orchester...

April 21, 2015

Golden Prize for Crescendo Trio

Congratulations to the Crescendo Trio, who was awarded the Golden Prize and scored maximum points at the Slovenian Svirél chamber competition.
Eszter Kruchió (HUN) - violin
Fanni Fekete (HUN) - clarinet
Ádám Zsolt Szokolay (HUN) - piano

April 2015

Mit All Souls und HTB in London

Treffen der internationalen Crescendo-Leitung mit den musikalischen Leitern (Klassik) von All Souls (Noel Tredinnick, David Hatch) und HTB (Jenny Axwell und Mark Underwood).

February 13, 2015

Interview with Herbert Blomstedt

Dr. Marcel Zwitser, member of the Dutch Crescendo leadership team, publishes an interesting interview in the Nederlands Dagbladwith Herbert Blomstedt, with whom Crescendo has made several interviews in recent years and who was one of our guest speakers at a conference in Dresden, back in 2005

January 28

Dr. h.c. Masaaki Suzuki

The Theological University in Kampen, Netherlands, honored on 28 January 2015 the Japanese church musician and conductor Prof. Masaaki Suzuki with a Honorary Doctorate. Crescendo was invited by Masaaki Suzuki to the ceremony - and was represented by Marcel S. Zwitser, member of Crescendo Netherlands leadership team.