Register for ESTA Ireland’s Workshop with Géza Szilvay- “Introducing the Colourstrings Approach” in Dublin

European String Teachers Association Ireland (ESTA Ireland) in association with Irish Association of Youth Orchestras (IAYO) are delighted to present an introductory Colourstrings workshop for teachers on Sunday, 12 February 2023 from 11am – 5pm in the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin.

Book your place here.

Note to participants:

The sessions are workshops, not lectures. Please feel free to bring your instruments, you will benefit more from these sessions more if you play the exercises!

About Géza Szilvay: Géza Szilvay is a violinist, composer and teacher and an internationally renowned string pedagogue. He founded the youth orchestra, Helsinki Strings, in 1972 with his brother Csaba Szilvay. He is currently president of ESTA.

What is Colourstrings: Géza Szilvay developed the influential Colourstrings teaching methodology along with his brother Csaba Szilvay. The Colourstrings method encourages a child-centred approach to music education. Colourstrings is an internationally renowned teaching method that is used across the world. Over the years, he developed the method step by step constantly revising and adding new elements to the material. The Colourstrings method interlinks the development of musical hearing, musical intellect, instrumental technique and the emotional world of a child and applies the principle of reinforcement of perception through joint functioning of the senses. Géza Szilvay has taught workshops across the world on Colourstrings methodology.

Workshop Details:

  • Venue: Royal Irish Academy of Music
  • Date & Time: Sunday, 12 February 2023 from 11am – 5pm
  • Booking link is here.
  • Cost: Free to ESTA Ireland members, students can join ESTA Ireland for €20 a year. €30 for non-members. Free to RIAM tutors.

How to join ESTA: To join ESTA Ireland, it is only €40. Students can join ESTA Ireland for €20 a year. ESTA Ireland membership will also ensure that the workshop is free of charge. Members will receive the ARCO String Teachers magazine digital edition as well as access to the ESTA UK website and newsletters as well as information about and free/reduced attendance to string teacher workshops/presentations.

You can join ESTA Ireland using this form.You can contact ESTA Ireland at


11.00am—12.45pm: ‘Why to Use Left Hand Pizzicato and Natural Harmonics.’

Break: 60 minutes

1.45pm—3.15pm: ‘Why to introduce shifting at an Early Stage.’

Break: 15 minutes

3.30pm—5.00pm: ‘Child-Centered Reading and Scale Playing.’

Timetable subject to change.

Directions: For directions to RIAM, here is a link to Google Maps.

Location: RIAM, 36-38 Westland Row, Dublin 2, D02 WY89 
There may be paid on-street parking available and there is also Q-Park Setanta and Q-Park Dawson Street within walking distance.

About ESTA:

ESTA (European String Teachers Association) is a non-governmental organisation founded in 1972 in order to promote the highest standards in teaching and to enable the sharing of ideas among string teachers and players of all distinctions throughout Europe. Learn more about ESTA at ESTA Ireland serves as a network and platform for string teachers in Ireland, sharing ideas and methodologies through workshops and resources.

Learn more about ESTA Ireland here.