15th Harmonica Masters Workshops 2023
The Harmonica Masters Workshops in Trossingen, Germany were founded in 2003 by Steve Baker, in cooperation with the town of Trossingen and Hohner Musical Instruments. Steve has been festival director ever since and we have seen the workshops develop into the leading educational event for harmonica in Europe, attracting students from around the world. Following the temporary withdrawal of the local organiser in 2019, Hohner Musical Instruments kindly took on direct responsibility for the workshops in 2022, but now local organisation is once again in the hands of the Hohner Conservatory team. In future the HMW will take place during the Whitsun school holidays.
The no. 1 educational event for blues harmonica in Europe will open its doors again in June 2023 on the new campus in the historical heart of Trossingen, the fully renovated site of the former Hohner production facilities. As well as four days of classes with world class instructors, the Harmonica Masters Workshops also offer a full evening program of concerts and open sessions. All classes and performances take place on site within easy walking distance of each other.
The choice of instructors has always been a mainstay of the concept. Every year, Steve has brought together some of the world's leading harmonica educators and players to teach the Master Workshops. Classes take place in the Trossingen Musikschule, which has been extensively renovated following storm damage and now offers excellent teaching conditions. Concerts and sessions take place in the unique atmosphere of the Kulturfabrik Kesselhaus, the former factory power station, located a two minute walk away on the other side of the campus and now a listed building.
It isn't just our world class team of instructors, or the concerts and sessions, which make the Harmonica Masters Workshops such an unforgettable event. It's the combination with that remarkable cameraderie which makes the international harmonica community so special, and four days of total immersion in one of the pivotal locations in the history of our instrument, which ensure a unique experience that continues to attract new students every year and brings back many people to Trossingen again and again for their annual pilgrimage to the Mecca of the harmonica.
Trossingen is located in beautiful hill country on the edge of the Black Forest, not far from the A81 motorway. The town has a railway station (Trossingen Stadt) and is also within easy reach of the international airports in Stuttgart and Zurich (Switzerland). Accommodation is available in categories ranging from budget to 3 star hotel and is mostly accessible on foot. There are also parking facilities for mobile homes on the outskirts of town. From Thursday to Saturday, an inexpensive lunch will be available for participants (please register for this on arrival) and there are numerous restaurants and shops in the immediate vicinity.
The Harmonica Masters Workshops start with a welcome meeting at 2pm on Wednesday June 7th and end with a chill-out breakfast from 10am - 2pm on Sunday June 11th.
Register now to be part of the harmonica event of the year 2023!
We look forward to welcoming you to Trossingen,
Steve Baker - Festival Director
Eric Dann - Director, Hohner Conservatory