About Astona

Astona International is a world-class organisation bringing young talents from many countries around the globe into intensive contact with renowned teachers of the highest international standing.  


Founded in 1988 by cellist Nancy Chumachenco, Astona is a two-week international summer academy of music, accepting highly-gifted, young string-players and pianists between the ages of 12 and 24 who aim to make music their profession.


Astona is a place where the individual student comes first and is inspired and cared for both musically and personally in a friendly atmosphere of intense work and wholesome, beautiful surroundings. All Astona concerts are perfomed exclusively by the students themselves.


Astona's influence often extends far beyond the two weeks in the summer and can help to shape futures through guidance, support and opportunities for further progress and study.


Many Astona concert performances are available on YouTube under "AstonaRecordings" and on facebook/astona-international

Looking back at Astona by John York, former head of piano:

Astona at 30
John York; Astona at 30 - 2018.pdf
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                         Founder and Director Nancy Chumachenco