The Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival will run from 30 June to 9 July next year following its successful revival this year after a two year break due to Covid-19. This year’s SICMF was a resounding success with a star-studded faculty of 32 internationally acclaimed artists inspiring, coaching and performing alongside 220 student participants from eight countries, the vast majority of which were South Africans, 83 of which qualified for either full or partial scholarships to attend. 

The 2023 SICMF will see some new and some well-known faces. Julien Benichou, who has garnered high acclaim through his conducting the New York City Ballet, Baltimore Concert Opera and the St. Petersburg State Symphony, will make his first appearance at the SICMF this coming July.

Much loved returning artists, some of whom are already synonymous with the SICMF, include violinists Daniel Rowland and Nicolas Dautricourt, cellist Maja Bogdanovic, bassist Knut-Erik Sundquist, flautist Demarre McGill, French horn specialist Geoffrey Pilkington, percussionist extraordinaire Jauvon Gilliam and of course our locally based piano faculty, Luis Magalhães, Pieter Grobler and SICMF Artistic Director, Nina Schumann. 

The online student entry portal is now open and students who enroll before 1 February 2023 will qualify for the early-bird special i.e. that is 2022 rates (unchanged since 2020) of R5000 for an all-inclusive entry including full board and lodging for 10 days. As of 1 February 2023, fees will increase by 10%.

For further info, please consult the website or email the Festival Director @


2 thoughts on “SICMF Early-bird Special!

  1. Annette Cronjé says:

    I would love to have the programme so that I can book early. Thank you

    1. admin says:

      Dear Annette,
      Please find details and downloadable .pdf on

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