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Festival del Lago, located in Ajijic, México, is a very intense and immersive two weeks of music making and apprenticeship for students from precollege level to young professional.

Take private lessons, chamber music coaching, participate in Masterclasses and live performances with our renown faculty, while discovering the beautiful picturesque town of Ajijic throughout your stay.

Meet the Faculty

Violin: Jeremy Bell, Grigory Kalinovsky, and Chris Wilshere

Viola: Juan-Miguel Hernandez, Luke Fleming, and Michael Klotz

Cello: Noémie Raymond-Friset and Horacio Contreras
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For 20 years, the beautiful fishing village of Ajijic has played host to what has become one of Mexico's most important and prestigious music festivals, the Northern Lights Festival de Febrero. Artists travel across the globe to attend, in search for musical inspiration, camaraderie, and of course the natural beauty of the village. The success of the Festival de Febrero has been our inspiration for the International Academy of Music: Festival del Lago held in the same stunning locations!
The location is indeed extraordinary. Home to many thousands of Canadians, Americans, and Europeans, Ajijic and the Lake Chapala area are blessed with one of the world's best climates, equaled only by the highlands of Kenya. Its main town, directly on Mexico's largest lake--Lake Chapala--is ringed by mountains. It is a town of cobblestone streets, charming residences, over 100 amazing restaurants, and lots of arts activities and authentic Mexican culture. With Mexico's second largest city and birthplace of mariachi music, Guadalajara, only an hour away, and the famous town of Tequila only an hour and a half away, there is plenty to see and experience!