Workshops and Learning

From spiritual music to improvisation

Learn the traditional and contemporary music of Japanese

instruments, the shakuhachi, the koto and the shamisen.

Our festival offers unique opportunity to learn with Japanese and international masters of Japanese musical instruments. The main teaching focus of our festival is the shakuhachi. However, we also try to support the growth of European koto and shamisen communities by selected master players of these instruments to teach introductory courses and lead small study groups.
Over the twelve years of history of our festival, we try to improve the structure and layout of the festival courses to benefit students and players of all levels, from the absolute beginners to semi-professionals.
Our teachers and students take full advantage of outstanding facilities of the Music and Dance Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (HAMU). The Academy is located in a renaissance palace heart of Prague’s historical centre between the ancient Prague Castle and 14th Century Charles’ Bridge.



(60 or 90 minutes intervals)

Shakuhachi group workshops are the most popular part of learning offered at the ISFP. These workshops are suited for shakuhachi players from beginner to intermediate level (see player levels explained below). Focusing on a single topic or a simple composition, the goal of workshops is to broaden the understanding of the instrument, its various traditions, notations and playing techniques. Topics like basic and advanced tone production, practice routines and learning methods are also addressed here. Specific classes on rhythm and improvisation are also offered.

Friday 13. 09. 2019 9:00 to Monday 16. 09. 2019 15:00.

Participation in group workshops is included in the ISFP SuperPASS and ISFP Family SuperPASS.



(shakuhachi, koto or shamisen, 120 minutes intervals)

The concept of study groups has been under development for the past four years. It stems from the players’ needs to work with a specific teacher more closely and continuously over the course of several days.
Led by main guests of the festival, study groups offer deep insight into specific compositions and styles. Number of students is limited (from 5 to 2) depending on the difficulty of class material. Participants in the study groups are given scores and recordings in advance and are expected to come prepared to the class in advance.

Study groups will be announced continuously and are purchased individually.



HANDS ON Courses for Absolute beginners

(90 minutes intervals)

Anyone who is interested in trying his best with the shakuhachi, koto or shamisen is welcome to join this course. No previous musical experience is required. Participants can borrow instruments through the festival organisers (please contact us at Usually they pay a deposit for the borrowed instrument to the instrument owner.

Participation in group workshops is included in the ISFP SuperPASSISFP Family SuperPASS, or individually.


Holders of ISFP SuperPASSISFP Family SuperPASS, and ISFP ConcertPASS can inquire about the possibility of individual lesson with a master player invited to the ISFP (please contact us at We will help you to come into contact with the teacher. The price of the individual lesson is decided by the teacher him/herself.