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Malmö, October 19-22, 2023

Crescendo Staff Conference 2023

Zhe days from October 19-22were an extraordinary weekend with about 40 Crescendo leaders and key staff and staff from Europe, North and South America and (via Zoom) from Africa and Asia. The venue was Malmö, Sweden. We met at Hyllie Park Church and the beautiful home of artists Eva and Janeric Johansson. We talked a lot about our Crescendo experiences and goals. It was very encouraging. We took new steps in planning for 2024 and beyond. We had wonderful musical contributions from classical and jazz. We prayed and praised God together. And finally, we were invited by the congregation to do a "Creative Church" service on Sunday morning. 

July 24 - August 4

Crescendo Summer Institute 2023

Over 300 people from 32 countries came to the "Crescendo Summer Institute", amongst them around 200 students and 40 faculty members and then wonderful staff and volunteers. 

The teacher for baroque music, Jan Katzschke: "What a time it was! 300 highly motivated participants; in my case, a fabulous baroque course with many aha experiences of my students and a highly committed baroque orchestra; inspiring concerts, as a crowning glory at the end Brahms' 1st Symphony; warm encounters with many old and new friends; deep and funny conversations deep into the night...Above all, however, the truly unique atmosphere of mutual acceptance and appreciation that characterised every minute. Congratulations to the leadership team for an admirably smooth organisation. Not a classic "master class", but one that, in addition to the musical impulses, had the whole person in mind."

April 15, 2022

Crescendo Portugal Gathering in Porto

On April 15, 2023 another Portugese Crescendo Meeting in Porto took place, followed by Master Classes in the Music Academy of Evora with Crescendo teachers

Crescendo starts in Bulgaria

Start of Crescendo Bulgaria

On December 16, 2022 Crescendo  Bulgaria will have an official start with a Christmas concert in Sofia. Leader of Crescendo Bulgaria will be the pianist Tomislav Vichev. He is member of our organization since more than 20 years.

July 20, 2022

The "Crescendo Summer Institute 2022" was amazing!

...with 160 music students and over 50 teachers and 40 volunteers from 38 countries. We could also invite 12 Ukrainians for free - thanks to dear donors.


June 17, 2022 / Basel, Switzerland

"Night of Faith. Festival for Art and Church"

"Nacht des Glaubens. Festival für Kunst und Kirche" 
"Night of Faith. Festival for Art and Church" 

We are thankful that Crescendo could initiate this festival and put it into practice now for the 4th time after Tallinn (2012) and Basel in 2013 and 2017. 250 professional artists and 350 choir singers and young musicians were  involved for one night in 25 venues of the inner city of Basel - in theaters, concert halls, public spaces, the cathedral, catholic and protestant churches, the house of literature, the theological faculty of the university, etc. 80  performances and exhibitions could  attended for free.

Jue 17, 2022, Basel / Switzerland

"Nacht des Glaubens. Festival für Kunst und Kirche" / RADIO SRF

A feature about the "Night of Faith. Festival for Art and Church" by the Swiss radio SRF
Language: German / Baseldytsch

Bericht über die "Nacht des Glaubens. Festival für Kunst und Kirche"  / Schweizer Rundfunk SRF / Regionaljournal
Sprachen: Deutsch / Baseldeutsch

1st Crescendo North America retreat

Crescendo Retreat North America

It was a very good Crescendo conference at Wheaton College / Chicago from May 28-June 1, actually the first Crescendo North America leadership retreat with representatives from our "Crescendo Hubs" (New York, Chicago, L.A., Vancouver, Seattle, Nashville, Dallas / Fort Worth, Pittsburgh, Sioux Falls, Jackson...) With great fellowship, wonderful music and sessions about different aspects of worship (lament, petition, adoration), talks and discussion rounds about the future and possible activities of Crescendo North America.

Leipzig, April 22-24, 2022

Crescendo conference in Germany

From April 22-24 Crescendo Germany organized a wonderful conference for musicians and other artists. "Why I? Why God? Why art?" These were the main topics under the title "Personanz". 50 participants enjoyed the fellowship, interesting panel discussions and lectures, workshops, concerts and a "Creative church".

Picture: Participants of a Crescendo conference in Switzerland

Solidarity with Ukraine

Crescendo has a strong branch in the Ukraine (scroll down). We are very sad about the war and try to show our solidarity

  • by supporting our leader of Crescendo Ukraine, Anastasia Oprah and other Ukrainian musicians
  • by raising funds for involving 15 music students into the "Crescendo Summer Institute" 2022 (for more information, write us an email:
  • by giving charity concerts and taking part in a worldwide online concert: LINK 
    by encouraging our members to organize charity concerts for Ukraine  and for our project. Please, contact us for further information (via Please, post your charity concerts on our FB site LINK and on Instagram: LINK

April 2022

Crescendo USA: The Seven Last Words of Our Saviour on the Cross

Crescendo DFW in the United States organized a series of beautiful concerts with Haydn's "Seven Last Words of Our Saviour on the Cross". Henrik Schultze, associate professor of Music History at University of North Texas gave a splendid introduction: LINK
Robert McAnally wrote wonderful poetic texts for each of the Seven Words

March 28, 2022

Franz Mohr 1927-2022

Steinway concert technician Franz Mohr, without whom Wladimir Horowitz never gave a concert, died in the night from Sunday March 27 to Monday in New York. He was born in 1927 near Düren in the Rhineland and began his piano tuning career in Germany before emigrating to New York in 1956, where he became chief concert technician for Steinway & Sons within a few years. In addition to Horowitz, the pianists he supervised included Glenn Gould and Arthur Rubinstein. Mohr recorded his memories in several books and on recordings, which, in addition to many entertaining anecdotes, provide information about the working methods of the greatest pianists of the late 20th century. Since 1995, he has worked primarily as a teacher of piano technique and, in collaboration with the international musicians' association Crescendo, as a much sought-after lecturer. His books have been translated into Japanese, Chinese, Latvian, Spanish, Russian and Swedish, among others. Franz Mohr was a close friend of Crescendo and member of our international board.

March 27, 2022

1st Creative church in Iasi, Romania

1st "Creative church" in Iasi - in the old catholic church in the town center with wonderful musical contributions from Romanian and Ukrainian musicians and a worship group of the church. With actress Krisztina Tarjányi, reading poetry and Beat Rink, preaching about "Unity".

March 6, 2022

Crescendo Conference in Bern

Conference Day for young professionals of Crescendo Switzerland.
Topic : Joy!
How is it possible to be joyful in war times? What is the difference between happiness and joy? Joy and being a professional musician - how does this come together? - There were many good contributions and deep thoughts especially in a podium with Prof.Christian Studler, Airi Rink, Lara Bevilacqua and Manuel Halter.


This picture was taken on February 12 in Kiev. 
Our full time staff Nastia Oprah (white pullover at the left side) wrote: "This was  our 3rd “KVARTIRNIK” (All musicians are invited). It was just an amazing meeting. There was music, communication, discussion, several people from this meeting have already registered for personal meetings with Crescendo volunteers (meetings about identity and worldview "Who am I?").The musicians said that they need more such meetings - warm and cozy where there is no competition and hatred." LINK to Instagram Crescendo Ukraine: CLICK HERE
Thank you for all your prayers and financial help for Crescendo Ukraine - just use one of our bank accounts and specify: "Crescendo Ukraine" (use the Link below)

February 5, 2022


Towards 60 musicians from all over the world joined this special CRESCENDO LOUNGE with the experts Ellen Rose (over 30 years principal /  viola / Dallas Symphony) and the dance instructor Kirsten Kemp with contributions from DeltaDavid Gier (conductor) and Tamás Tarjányi (singer).
"It was very helpful !" said many participants afterwards. - The recorcding is available. Just send us an email:

October 2021

Crescendo Leadership Conference in Vilnius

From October 28-31 2021, about 30 Crescendo leaders and some special guests were gathered in Vilnius, Lithuania. They came from North America and Europe. And n Saturday evening we had 20 more leaders from all over the world, joining us online. It was so encouraging to meet each other again in person for fellowship, exchange of experiences and new ideas and refection times. One of our special guest was the famous Lithuanian opera singer Kristian Benedikt.

September 2021

Crescendo Festival in Cahul

Ilie Croitoru organized in September 2021 a big Crescendo Festival in his hometown Cahul in Moldova. With the help of dedicated musicians, after all Dinu Szerfezi, who organized in Sweden benefit concerts, we could buy a grand piano for Cahul. And our friend Paul Lorenger could bring pianos and violins to this city. 

August 2021

Opening Crescendo Hub in Dallas

We have now Crescendo Hubs in more than 10 cities of North America. Recenttly we could open a Hub in Dallas, led by Ellen Rose and her husband Robert McAnally. LINK to Crescendo North America.

Crescendo Summer Institute 2021

The "Crescendo Summer Institute" from July 21- August 2, 2021 was a wonderful project with 120 students and 40 professors and 50 staff & volunteers from 21 countries. Have a look on our FN site!

Crescendo on Instagram

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May 16 2021: Crescendo on Swiss TV

The Christian format "Fenster zum Sonntag" brought on the channel of Swiss State TV a feature about Johanna Schwarzl and Crescendo. Crescendo activities have been portrayed there in the past years on several occasions. Enjoy the link and the German language...

Crescendo Germany: new Website!

Crescendo Germany has a new Website. 
Dear friends in Germany: Please, visit it and let others know about it!


The CRESCENDO LOUNGEs have started ! These are Online meetings around a specific topic. The first topic was: "Is my calling as an artist still valid?"
Divid Chan, concertmaster of the Metropolitan Opera NYC was interviewed by Delta David Gier Music Director South Dakota Symphony. Here you find the recording of this marvellous conversation.

Crescendo interviewing David Chan, Concertmaster of the Met

In our newest TUNE IN we are interviewing David Chan, concertmaster of the Met since more than 20 years.

LINK to the TUNE INs = bi-weekly spiritual / theological thoughts for artists: HERE

You can also order the mail version for free. Just send a message to

Musical postcards from all over the world

For a worldwide Crescendo gathering on December 21 we received from many countries musical greetings. We put them unto our Youtube channel. Enjoy here the wonderful contribution from Rwanda.

Hospital concert of Crescendo Greece

Marini Peikidou, director of Crescendo Greece (violin right), is organizing concerts in hospitals. Here a photo from Thessaloniki.

Concert "In this moment" from New York

December 4 and 5: 
A great concert, fruit of a cooperation between "Crescendo Jazz" and St.Peter's church in New York ! This cooperation helps musicians in Covid Times. Next online events on February 5/6, April 9/10, June 4/5

KIRCHE KREATIV / Creative church on 1 Advent, 2020

We have filmed a "mini Creative church" on November 29, 2020 in the Pauluskirche Basel. Language: German

Start of Crescendo Dance

Dance is a new branch of Crescendo international, coordinated by Ashley Latvala ( Crescendo St.Petersburg) and Claudia Michaelsen (Crescendo Germany/Leipzig). The first meeting took place online on October 26, 2020 and was an encouraging start with dancers from different continents. 
Picture: Own fotos sent in by dancers in our new network

Crescendo Camp in Hungary

Crescendo Hungary had the blessing and the privilege to organise a Crescendo Camp in Tokaj. We all missed our friends and colleagues from all over the world, but we were blessed to see our Hungarian students and faculty inspiring and supporting each-other. We had the chance to celebrate Creative Church and a Gala Concert. Our students performed on a very high artistic level in a relaxed and joyful way. We received incredibly positive feed-backs about the positive atmosphere of the concert, many said that they were refreshed in their spirit.
For pictures please click here

Morning Online Tune-Ins 2020

A virtual surprise from the organisers of the CSI

We had to cancel the Crescendo Summer Institute

But we have prepared a small studio version of this. Incomparable with the reality, but still VERY delightful. ENJOY!

A firework of concerts, Master Classes, interviews, lectures and jazz.

Morning TUNE-INs
With various speakers, artistic contributions and worship. Just as you now it from CSI.
Please, register here NOW and we will send you the links to the videos.

May 29, 2020

Crescendo USA

Instead of meeting at Wheaton College in Chicago we had a wonderful zoom gathering with more than 40 musicians from all over the States. Topic: The development of Crescendo. To be continued...

Online Concerts

Here you’ll find links to beautiful online concerts hosted by Crescendo friends. Just click on the country or city name.



Basel, April 23, 2020

Music in the hospital

Crescendo organised a concert for the staff and patients of Basel University hospital

April 18 online meeting

Online meeting with Vilnius participants

We had to cancel our Crescendo Leadership Conference in Vilnius, which was initially planned to take place between 16 and 19 April 2020. The meeting will now take place between the 11th and 14th of March 2021.
On the 18th of April we hosted a 90-minute conference call with 46 participants representing 18 countries. It was a very blessed time!

March 9, 2020

Crescendo Novosibirsk

A Crescendo discussion group was started in March in Novosibisk. It was led by Olga Botschenka who has already organised several events in her city with Crescendo. She also publishes books and study material.

Thessaloniki February 12, 2020

Crescendo Greece VIOLINKIDS programme

We recently met with the leaders of Crescendo International, Agape Greece and Crescendo Greece. Once more, we had the chance to witness how active our Greek branch is under the leadership of Marini Peikidou (photo) and her husband Kostis Papazoglou. A few programmes include: VIOLINKIDS (catering for children from different backgrounds), refugee projects, concerts, musician meetings and various other activities in Cyprus.

January 5th, 2020

1st "Creative church" in Rwanda

“On behalf of Presbyterian Church in Rwanda, Kiyovu Parish, we thank you for your inspiration and kind support. We had a wonderful Creative Service, everyone was happy. We will keep in touch. We are in need of your advice and support for the future success of Creative Church in Rwanda. Shalom – Pastor Deo”
This was the kind E-mail we received after the 1st Creative Church in Rwanda on January 5, 2020.

24 - 27 April in Cape Town and 30 April - 3 May in Pretoria, 2020

Cancelled: Crescendo Institute South Africa 2020

Important meetings regarding the future of Crescendo in South Africa took place at the end of November 2019 with the Crescendo International team.
Beat and Airi Rink met Anna-Marie and Sjoerd Alkema, in the Western Cape Cru office to discuss the possible cooperation with the Crescendo Institute. 
In April 2020, we planned to have two short institutes in Durbanville/Cape Town and Pretoria. These had to be postponed.

5th of January, 2020

First Creative Church Service in Kigali, Rwanda, Africa

The first Creative Church Service will take place on January 5th in Kigali. The organising committee just had its first meeting (pictured above). The Crescendo team from Europe will be present at the event.
This service will take place after a training period for local music teachers with seven European musicians at the Music Road Rwanda School, which is growing rapidly. Currently there are 250 children enrolled at the school. 

July / August 2019

16th Crescendo Summer Institute

The 170 students, 50 teachers, 50 staff and volunteers and 30 guests attending the 16th edition of the Crescendo Summer Institute found that it was an amazing experience. Our group was comprised of people from 34 different countries.
Go to for pictures and other entries.

24.6.-6.7., 2019

Rwanda Music School

A Crescendo team from Finland and Switzerland conducted a two-week „teachers’ training course” in Kigali – where we have established 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 on "7 Principles of a Christian Music School", which were discussed with the local faculty.
The Music School is growing – to date we have 45 students.
We are happy to announce that our local piano teacher has passed his piano exam. He and other local teachers will continue theirs studies via skype training.
(Photo – local violin teacher in class)

29.+30.6., 2019

Crescendo Forum Vienna

Singers Kurt and Nozomi Kempf, leaders of Crescendo Vienna, opened invitations to a Crescendo Forum on “Faith and Culture”.
Two actresses spoke about their experiences in the cultural world and the church: Magdalena Sutter (former actress, now a psychologist) and Krisztina Tarjányi (actress and Crescendo staff member).
Beat Rink held a lecture about interesting theological positions and perspectives in regard to culture.
Conference participants were able to contribute to the church service held in the Methodist church of Vienna on Sunday.

May 2019

Crescendo receives two certificates

Crescendo International was the recipient of two diplomas from Moldovan authorities: The first from the national UNESCO secretary, Prof. Constatin Rusnac. The second from Nicolae Dandis (pictured here with Beat Rink), the mayor of Cahul city. Dandis emphasised the importance of Crescendo for his city, which has become a cultural hub in the region. This is credit to the work of Iljje Croitoru, who has organised eight Crescendo Festivals in Moldova so far.
At this year’s event, outstanding musicians gave concerts – amongst them was Stanislyv Izmaylov, the concert master of the Bolschoi orchestra in Moscow.

Iasi (Romania), May 4, 2019

Crescendo Studio Iasi

Carmen Zaharia-Danicov built a “Crescendo Studio” in her house in Iasi. She did this in memory of her beloved husband Gelu Zaharia. The opening of this beautiful facility, which is ideal for home concerts and Crescendo Forum events, took place on the 4th of May with piano music, played by Eugene Alcalay (USA) and speeches from Beat and Airi Rink.
Simultaneously, Master Courses began and Eugene Alcalay hosted concerts in this important cultural city of 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 operates in different countries. ARTS+ Switzerland was the host of a symposium on the topic of “aesthetics and faith”, where artists and theologians had the opportunity of lecturing.
Roughly 100 participants from Switzerland, Austria, Germany and France were able to partake in think tanks and various panels.

Malaga, February 28-March 3, 2019

Leadership Conference in Malaga

Over 30 Crescendo leaders from 13 countries came together in Malaga, Spain. It was a time for sharing, planning and being inspired. Coach Miladin Matic spoke about “motivational gifts”. The conference was filled with joy and an overall success. It was rounded off with a wonderful church service on Sunday morning.

Novosibirsk, October 24, 2018

Crescendo Russia: Book launch

Crescendo has published a “New Testament” for musicians. The first 60 pages are filled with interviews and portraits of Christian musicians from different countries: Herbert Blomstedt, John Patitucchi, Martin Helmchen, Marie Elisabeth Hecker, Christian Studler, Sofia Gubaidulina, to name a few.
The book launch took place during a concert in Novosibirsk, which is the hometown of the book editor Olga Botschenka.

Cahul / Moldova, September 24-28, 2018

Festival in Moldova

A Crescendo Festival took place in Cahul, Moldova. This included master classes and concerts for orchestras, chamber music and choirs.

Thessaloniki, September 20, 2018

Greece: Concerts in refugee camp

For three years now, Crescendo Greece has been 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 Crescendo staff members (including leaders from AGAPE Europe) came to Athens to join the conversation about goals and strategies for the future. The reports from many countries and the shared fellowship were a blessing for all.

August 1-13, 2018

15th Crescendo Summer Institute

The 15th Crescendo Summer Institute took place in Tokai, Hungary. 300 people from 33 countries (including 250 students, teachers and participants of the youth programme) took part. It was a wonderful experience to all, even life changing to some.
Here is some feedback:
"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 colourful this programme 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 organising the SCHØN conference in Augsburg, Germany, with over 1000 participants.
Our activities besides helping with the main programme included coordinating the stages used for music and literature as well as organising a special meeting with musicians. We co-organised the stage for “performing artists” with ARTS+. Many contributions were outstanding. It was a blessed time for meeting dear friends.

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 and other artists in Vilnius. Beat Rink spoke about the “Joys and challenges of Christian artists”. It was a good start for AGAPE ARTS (leader: Judita Kriukaite) in cooperation with Crescendo.

April 2018

South Africa

Cape Town, 1.-8. April 2018: About 45 young musicians attended the 2nd Crescendo Summer Institute South Africa. It was an excellent project led by Sjoerd and Anna-Marie Alkema. The programme included master classes, individual lessons, lectures, concerts, small groups and more.
A young flautist, who had been through traumatic experiences herself, had the following to say: “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 in classes and individual lessons provided by our Finnish/Swiss team. 
Our project Music Road Rwanda is also indebted to the excellent cooperation with the Reformed Church in Rwanda.

January 2018

Crescendo Meeting St.Petersburg

On January the 20th there was a Crescendo meeting in St. Petersburg. It took place during a big festival for spiritual music, organised by Rotila Ilje Croitoru. 60 musicians came from all over Russia and other countries.
Crescendo Russia is growing. Kath Snelling started Crescendo Russia almost 20 years ago.
Picture: Lecture by Beat Rink about the “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!

Franz Mohr celebrated his 90th birthday in September. Crescendo owes so much to him. He is 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: Franz Mohr’s 80th birthday party Steinway-piano-shaped cake at the annual Crescendo conference in Malmö (2007).

August 26, 2017 / Helsinki

Big open-air concert in Helsinki

Under the leadership of Lehari Kaustel, the Finnish Crescendo ministry organised a big “oratorio concert” with elements of old folk music. It took place on the steps of the Helsinki cathedral.
Context: “100 years Finland” Jubilee. The Finnish First Lady came and held a wonderful speech, including quotes from Psalm 91.

Riga, June 21, 2017

Leader of Crescendo Latvia elected as new director of the Music Academy in Riga

Guntars Pranis (who has been the leader of Crescendo Latvia for more than 15 years) was elected as the new director of Music at the Latvian Music Academy on June 21st.

Juni 2, 2017 in Basel

Night of Faith. Festival for Art and Church

Crescendo has imported the concept from our Finnish Logos Ministries and the Finnish Crescendo branch.
250 artists performed at 25 events held at 10 different locations around the Basel cathedral.

2.-5.February 2017 in Munich

Crescendo Staff Conference

30 leading staff members, representing 14 different countries, met to discuss the topic Crescendo on the move.

Crescendo Meetings in Moscow & St.Petersburg

Wonderful meetings and planning sessions were held with 40 musicians in the two Russian cities.

Crescendo Summer Institute 2016

The Crescendo Summer Institute took place in Tokaj, Hungary from July 25th to August 8th. It was a wonderful experience with 300 participants from 43 countries.
Entries such as videos, photos and comments can be found on Facebook (
Ning Kam (viola teacher, London), wrote: 
"The "Crescendo Summer Institute" was a real revelation and a refreshing experience for me. It isn't every day 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 clarinet 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 27th to April 4th the first Crescendo Summer Institute South Africa took place in Cape Town. It was a wonderful project with students taking part from different parts of the country.
The classes held by teachers from South Africa, Europe, the United States and even Australia were very well received.
The Crescendo Summer Institute South Africa also held concerts in churches, jazz clubs, homeless shelters, children’s projects and townships.
You can find more information on our website and on Facebook (

"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 !

In 2015, over 300 participants from 35 countries will take part in the Crescendo Summer Institute. Countries include: Argentina, Australia, 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, Russia, Serbia and Montenegro, Slovakia, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States and Vietnam.
We anticipate a fantastic meeting! You are welcome to join us as our guest.

June 2015

Martin Helmchen on KLM in-flight programme

This month our friend Martin Helmchen will be featured on the KLM in-flight programme. Martin will display personal touches on his most recent recordings of Mozart, Schubert and D’Indy for PentaTone Classics.
Book your flight and tune in.

1st and 2nd prize for CSI guitar students

Dániel Bögös and Bálint Bress are participants of the Crescendo Summer Institute 2015. They currently study at the Liszt Academy located in Budapest. Dániel Bögös and Bálint Bress won first and second place, respectively, in the guitar category at the Ivan Ballu International Music Festival. This festival took place for the 20th time in Dolny Kubin, Slovakia. The festival took place between the 19th and 33nd of May 2015.

June 6, 2015

Miriam Feuersinger awarded the PRIX PLUS

ARTS+ Switzerland has awarded Miriam Feuersinger with the 2015 issue of the PRIX PLUS. Miriam is a dear friend of Crescendo. This is the third award that Miriam received after having already been awarded the Deutsche Schallplattenpreis and the ECHO Award.
Photo: Beat Rink, president of ARTS+, hands Miriam Feuersinger her award. read more

June 4, 2015

Dr. Guntars Pranis

Congratulations to the director of Crescendo Latvia on his excellent dissertation on Medieval music. He is now officially the bearer of a doctors’ title.

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 Zwister, member of the Dutch Crescendo Leadership team published an interesting interview with Herbert Blomstedt. It appeared in the Nederlands Dagblad. Crescendo has interviewed Herbert Blomstedt on numerous occasions. He once was a guest speaker at a Crescendo conference held in Dresden in 2005.

Several important meetings took place with the Crescendo International team at the end of November regarding the future of Crescendo in South Africa. Beat and Airi Rink met with Anna-Marie and Sjoerd Alkema in the Western Cape Cru office to discuss a possible cooperation with the Crescendo Institute. We plan to host two short institutes in Durbanville, Cape Town and in Pretoria in April 2020.

January 28

Dr. h.c. Masaaki Suzuki

On the 28th of January 2015, the Japanese church musician and conductor Professor Masaaki Suzuki, was awarded an honorary doctorate by the theological University in Kampen, the Netherlands. Masaaki Suzuki invited Crescendo to the ceremony. The doctorate was presented by Marcel S. Zwister, who is a member of the Leadership team of Crescendo Netherlands.