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Classical Hugs Piano Academy in Tallinn, Estonia ~ September 1-7, 2023


Application deadline is August 21, 2023.


Classical Hugs International Music Festival explores cross-cultural and musical connections between Estonia and countries of Western Europe, Asia, and America. The festival presents piano masterclasses by world-class Professors from The United States and Europe. 

Cultural Message and Mission

A hug is a simple expression of human warmth. A Classical Hug is an expression of an affectionate feeling through music.

The festival's mission is to demonstrate how music can bring love and peace worldwide. 


Classical Hugs masterclasses and music practice will be held at Viimsi Atrium. Dmitri Alexeev's Concert will take place at Mustpeade Maja in Tallinn, and the students' performance will take place at the Tallinn History Museum.

Classical Hugs Music Festival's Artistic Director is Michael Bulychev-Okser (USA).


As part of the piano academy, world-class professor Dmitri Alexeev will perform a solo recital on September 7th at Mustpeade Maja. 

Additionally, students at the piano academy can perform their solo repertoire at Tallinn's History Museum. 



Masterclasses are open to pianists of all nationalities and ages.

Period  and cost

active participation: 1 week: September 1-7 - 3 masterclasses + 1 student concert + Recording of concert = 600 €

Passive Participation (only listening): 100 €


Scholarships: Limited number of stipends is offered to those who apply early: on or before August 15, 2023.

Scholarships will be provided based on the applicants' video/audio recordings and personal financial needs.  


Room and Board 

Classical Hugs Music Festival can recommend discount accommodation in Tallinn as follows: 

 a) hostel; b) apartment with a kitchenette, c) 4-star hotel

- Hostel - €20/night (double room)

- Apartment (shared with other students - 2-3 students per apartment) - €35/night

- 4-star Hotel - single room with breakfast at - €55-60/night. 

To request accommodation, please contact us at

Meals (breakfasts, lunches) are available for purchase at Lido Cafe in Tallinn at €20-30 per person.


August 30-31 - Arrival in Tallinn, Estonia

September 1-5 - Piano Masterclasses with Dmitri Alexeev, Michael Bulychev-Okser, and Graham Scott.

September 6 - Students' solo concert at Tallinn History Museum

September 7 - Dmitri Alexeev - Solo Recital - Mustpeade Maja - White Hall

Certificates & Diplomas

All Active students who have participated in the Classical Hugs Orchestral program in Estonia will be granted attendance certificates. Diplomas of Merit or Honor may also be granted.   


How to apply

To apply, click on the Application links below. August 21, 2023 - Final application deadline.







Professors and Guest Artists (Click on the photo for personal page)

Document photo - Michael Bulychev-Okser.JPG

Piano, United States

Artistic Director - Classical Hugs and Gershwin Competition


Piano, United Kingdom
Royal College of Music

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