Cadeillan Autumn Strings Course 2019

LMFL Classical Music Concert


8pm Saturday 26 October 2019

Mairie de Cadeillan 32 220

Three internationally renowned soloists

Free Admission

Cadeillan Autumn Strings Course 2019

Arrival: Saturday afternoon 19th October

Course starts: Sunday 20th October

Teachers’ concert: Wednesday 23rd October

Students’ concert Saturday 26th October

Departure:  Sunday morning 27th October

One to one tuition daily plus a daily string Ensemble

An End of Course Concert for everyone.


Registrations are made on a first come first serve basis.

The course is being held in the former rectory of Cadeillan in the Gers in the Languedoc-Roussillon-Midi-Pyrénées in South West France, a region of outstanding charm, called the French Tuscany.

If you are interested and have questions do email us, otherwise please complete the form below and we will book your place after auditioning your video (only if you are new to us).

New students to us are required to send us a link to a short video recording – for example on YouTube or similar.  Sorry, we cannot accept video files

Students can register as day only students

Students can stay in a local hotel or B & B, or find accommodation nearby.

  • In the holiday village of Samatan , or
  • in the Holiday village of L’Isle-en-Dodon or
  • in a local B & B or hotel
  • Students may also enrol with full board accommodation in one of the two houses of the course; some are single rooms, most rooms are shared.
  • We offer outstanding French food (luncheons, teas and dinners) but you can do your own breakfast. We can accommodate up to 8 students in the students’ house
  • Younger students can be lodged in supervised shared rooms in the main house and get all their meals. We can accommodate up to 4 youngsters

We provide, upon request, transfer from Toulouse airport and home and also to the railway station of L’Isle Jourdain.

The one to one tuition is held in the comfortable former rectory of Cadeillan (Gers) France. The string ensemble in a communal hall, two minutes walk away.

True to our well known LMFL formula it is possible to register for language tuition – EFL for English, FFL for French.

Course Tutors


lmfl violin tutor hazel ross
Hazel Ross

UK violinist, Hazel Ross studied at the Royal Northern College of Music with Maciej Rakowski and Benedict Holland. 

Following her undergraduate studies, she then went on to achieve a Distinction in performance at postgraduate level. 

She has since built a varied and diverse freelance career which takes her all over the world, performing across Europe, Canada, South Africa, Australia and America. UK solo highlights include concerto performances and numerous recital series with her piano duo partner, piano trio and String Quartet.  She has also written, and is now touring internationally, with her own show ‘Tango Tzigane’ and manages the renowned duo ‘Elektra’ which she founded 12 years ago.

Hazel plays with many of the UK’s professional orchestras including the Halle, CBSO, Northern Ballet, RTE Symphony Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra and London Concert Orchestra.

 She is also in demand as a session musician and has led tours and recorded with artists from all genres including Michael Buble, Shirley Bassey and Bryn Terfel.

She has made several TV appearances and following her work on Strictly Come Dancing, she was the violin soloist for two consecutive years on the sell out UK tour with two of the professional dancers ‘Kevin and Karen’

She also works with the Royal Shakespeare Company, leading the quartet for Coriolanus in 2018 and playing violin and mandolin in Don Quixote earlier this year.

Hazel is passionate about music education and currently teaches violin and chamber music at the outstanding  Sevenoaks School with previous posts including The Royal Northern College of Music

She also ran the junior department of the international music course ‘LMFL  for many years and is regularly invited to give string master classes and run workshops across the UK.

Hazel also works as an ABRSM examiner and has been invited to represent the ABRSM in China and Malaysia.  She has also recently been chosen as the UK representative onto the Global Leaders Program.


Stephan Johannes Rieckhoff

Born in Plochingen/Stuttgart (Germany ) in 1953, Stefan discovered happiness while « making music » within his own family at an early age.

His musical abilities were recognised at the age of 10 and he was invited to join the two orchestras in his native town of  Marburg, the Gymnase and Kammerorchester, as First Cello.

When 13 and 15 years old he entered the  Bundes-wettbewerb “Jugend musiziert competition and won his two first prizes for cello solo and for Trio with piano.

He then went for further studies in Detmold with André Navarra and in Freiburg with Prof. Christoph Henke.

He learned a lot from his mentors: Pierre Fournier, Janos Starker, Alexandre Stein, Werner Thomas – Mifune etc.

At 23 he was invited to play as leader of the cellos in the “Südwestdeutsches Kammerorchester Pforzheim” under Paul Angerer.

Two years later he was invited by Rafael Kubelik to join the “Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks” in Munich. He stayed there for 6 years.

His life was enlightened through meeting great artists of this period – amongst them Leonard Bernstein – with whom he formed a relationship that had a serious influence on his life,  Mstislav Rostropovitch, Giulini, Celibidache, Ozawa, Muti etc. All helped to nurture his passion for playing and teaching the cello.

In 1984 he became First cello in the ’OSR, Suisse Romande Orchestra in Geneva /Sutz.

He also performs with the Bachcollegium Münchenthe Südwestdeutsches Kammerorchester Pforzheim and other orchestras. He also plays in chamber music groups and especially with his pianist brother Leonhard Rieckhoff.

His philosophy of music and the cello

  • One needs to feel happy while playing.
  • Technique needs to become so easy that it makes room for expression and listening without restraint.

In his teaching he uses:

  • Improvisation techniques for breathing and singing,
  • body balance and unity without clenching the instrument (being one with the instrument),
  • flexibility in all technical approaches and focussing one’s energy in the right part of the body,
  • development of mental work which allows him to think ahead on several levels simultaneously as the primary key to the path of development,
  • a method by which each step is as easy as a fascinating game.

His philosophy in brief: Your instrument is your best friend for life


What Stephen thinks about music

What you need to be a musician:

You need to be able to listen

You need to imagine what is meant

You need to desire to live the music

You need to understand that music is only beautiful and real if it is as perfect as possible

You need to understand that to achieve this beauty you need patience and the will to structure your work path

You need to avoid unnecessary movement, gestures, muscles that block this path

You need to practice perfect movements

You need to assume that each note will be perfect

You need to breathe so as to accompany the singing which is within you and so as to give yourself the utmost energy when singing.


Stephan teaches in German, French, Spanish or English.

Stephan Rieckhoff in Saint Saëns Cello concerto

Liebesleid Kreisler String Trio

Stephan Rieckhoff (cello) in Bewegt” – by Michael Proksch

Fracanapa — Piazzola.wmv

HINDEMITH, Quinteto de Clarinete, Op. 30

Beethoven, trio Op11


Vìra Müllerová Dvořáčkoá

Since 1980 she is Professor for piano at the Pilzn Conservatoire from year 2001 externally cooperates with Zapadoceska College in Pilzn.

Graduated in 1978 from the Prague conservatoire as student of Prof. I. Skalakova. Vìra studied at the Academy Music and Dramatic Arts in Prague – class Prof J.Panenka (1979-84), achieved very positive appreciation from musical critics promoted later Beethoven sonata (op.111), transcendental etudes F.Liszt and Sostakovic sonata (number 2) on her graduation.

Contribution for her further musical education was a short term attachment to Prof J.S.Tkac of the Kiev Academia of Music This school recommended Mullerova to participate in international piano contest in Tokyo (1981), where she became the only one Czech contender into narrower selection of contestants.

She studied Chamber music in Prague with Prof Panenka and in Kiev with Prof N.S.Grisko. During her studies she successfully participated in many national and international contests. Since sixteen years old Vera had very extensive concerts activities include solo performances  all over Czechoslovak as well as concerts abroad: in Russia, France, Slovenia, Germany, England, Japan and USA.

We can mentioned for example concert for OSN in Slovenska Lublan, concert for foundation Lady Countess Nostic in Spanish vestibule of Prague castle (concert with orchestra W.A.Mozart d moll – accompanied with the Prague chamber orchestra under the conductor Peter Vronsky), concert tour in California (2001)

She appears with leading Czech and foreign orchestras and conductors.

Except of solo playing Vera Mullerova interact with foreign and Czech instrumentalists and singers (E.Urbanova, Z.Kloubova, R.Janal, I.Kusner, Nitzan.Laster, I. Alonso Viribay)

Her other musical activities involve her repeated attendance in jury panel of international competitions organized by institution Anglo- Czech Trust in London or master classes at the International Summer course of Frensham Heights (Great Britain). In cooperation with the Czech radio she produced around fifty recordings, successfully coo- works with Czech television or musical editorship (Panton, Matthew, Avik) and Slovene radio  (Lublana, Maribor).



Lubos FISER   Piano Sonata “Devil”

Claude Debussy, Reflets dans l’eau, Věra Müllerová (piano)

Brahms, Rhapsody in G minor, Op.79 N°2