Announcement of 2020 course

Sunday 28 June  – Friday 3 July 2020

Corfu – Greece

Professors Thomas Indermühle and Spyros Kontos present the

15th International Oboe Course of Corfu

focusing on solo performance, including the fundamentals of oboe-playing and reed-making skills.

Participants will have intensive oboe instruction for six days. They are asked to bring their choice of Oboe literature, 3-4 pieces of diverse epochs.

Mr. Indermühle works intensively one-on-one with each person in half-hour segments, carefully assessing each oboist’s strengths and needs to improve performance skills. Mr. Kontos works in the same way on alternate days.

After the individual-lesson sessions, there will be daily group lessons focusing on problems of breathing, embouchure, tuning control, register changes, articulation etc. Mr. Indermühle gives original exercises (watch videos of past years), which suit to all levels.

There will be also a reed-making session, and possibly orchestral excerpts lesson, given by Mr. Kontos.

Students will give a concert with works for Oboe ensembles; the concert is open to the public. There is no piano accompanist at the course.

For inquiries, please call +30-6937150849 (Spyros) or email at

Course Fees

The course fees are 550 € in total, including tuition & accommodation (7 nights in Hotel, double rooms, no breakfast). No meals are included.

A registration fee of 50 € is required. This registration fee cannot be reimbursed.

Payment in full on the beginning of the course.

At the conclusion of the master class, each participant will receive a certificate.


You can ask for the inscription form by email

Or you can apply online here:



Please read as well the page of “General Information – Terms & Conditions” using the link info.

Notice that the number of active participants is limited (12), in the order of inscription.

Closing date for inscriptions will be the 15th June 2020


Hotel City Marina situated at the old port in the old town. You can reach the school and the city by walk.  Internet access, restaurants, bars, beach and more facilities are available.

Arrival at Corfu: 27 June // Departure: 4 July

*If you wish diferent arrival/departure dates, please write this into your inscription and you will be informed for any extra charges this could cost.

Course location

Corfu Island, Greece

“Paleá” Philharmonic Society of Corfu

Nikiforos Theotoki 10, Corfu
Tel: +30 26610 39289

Map where you can find all locations concerning the course (Google map)


In the previous years participants were coming from: Greece, Cyprus, Italy, Spain, Turkey, Israel, Croatia, Slovenia, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Holland, Denmark, England, Estonia, Russia, USA, Mexico, Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Malaysia.

…and studing in institutes like:

Musikhochshule Karlsruhe, Conservatoire Supérieure de Musique Paris, Royal Academy London, Musikhochschule Zürich, Amsterdam Conservatory, Guildhall College London, Royal Conservatory Hague, Royal Conservatory Brussels, “Reina Sofia” Madrid, Bruckner University Linz, Arts Academy Roma, Konservatorium Hamburg, Music Academy Lubliana, Conservatory St. Petersbourg, Music Academy Gothenburg, Sidney University, Music Academy Zagreb, Tel Aviv University, Hong Kong Academy, Conservatorio Salamanca, Conservatorio Illes Balears, Ionian University Corfu, University Macedonia of Thessaloniki, Hong Kong Academy, Taipei University, Tokyo University, Musashino Academia, Kunitachi College etc.



Born in Bern in 1951, he is the scion of a Swiss family of Musicians. He studied with Heinz Holliger at the Staatliche Musik-hochschule in Freiburg in Breisgau, and with Maurice Bourgue in Paris. Afterwards, he spent several years as solo oboist in the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. In 1974 he was awarded a prize at the International Competition in Prague, and in 1976 he won he International ARD Competition in Munich.

Since then, he has appeared as a soloist in almost all European countries, in the USA, Canada, Japan, Korea and Australia. Of great importance to him are his “Ensemble Couperin”, his activity as a conductor, and his work with his students. He has been responsible for an oboe class at the Zurich Conservatory since 1984, and in 1989 he was appointed professor at the Staatliche Hochschule fur Musik in Karlsruhe.

check here for Thomas’ recordings

Spyros Kontos


Spyros Kontos was born in Corfu (Greece) in 1974.

He has studied oboe in Athens with Yannis Papayannis, in Karlsruhe at the Hochschule für Musik with Prof. Thomas Indermühle and in Geneva at the Haute École de Musique with Prof. Maurice Bourgue.

Since 1997 he is principal oboist of the National Symphony Orchestra of the Greek Radio and Television (ERT) in Athens. His activities include many recitals and chamber music concerts, appearances as soloist and also Radio/TV recordings in most European countries and USA. He has a research interest on the works of the Greek literature for Oboe, while many outstanding composers have written new oboe pieces for him.

He is a devoted pedagogue; since 2012 as assistant of Prof. Thomas Indermühle at Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Karlsruhe and since 2006 at the International Oboe Course of Corfu. Since 2002 he is responsible for the oboe class (in bachelor and master’s degrees) at the Music Department of the Ionian University in Corfu and also at the conservatory of the Athenaeum Cultural Centre in Athens, also giving master-classes at institutions like the Athens Conservatoire, the MOUSA youth orchestra at Megaron concert hall of Thessaloniki, the youth orchestra of Cyprus, the Louisiana University (LSU) in the USA, the Elaine Kaufmann Centre in New York etc.

His discography includes exclusively works by Greek composers and is available at DNA Label, Centaur, Irida, Rekem and Universal. His album Metamorphosis has been awarded by the Union of Greek Critics and acclaimed by international magazines.  He is a Rigoutat artist, playing a model J and in august 2018 he represented the firma, participating at the IDRS conference in Granada, where he gave a recital.

Please visit also the website of Spyros’ new CD release,    Metamorphosis works by contemporary Greek composers for Oboe and Piano