© 2019 by Michael Dabroski.






  • HW | MQ indulges advanced level adult amateur chamber and pre-professional musicians with the music of Dmitri Shostakovich and sites in Havana, Cuba. The workshops provide organized chamber music coaching and listening pleasure while improving instrumental technical skills, chamber music techniques and musical insight. Most ideal for adventurous musicians also seeking travel to Cuba, the workshop integrates the beauty and lifestyle of Cuba with Shostakovich upon witnessing the street culture of cuisine, museums, architecture, fine arts and mingling with local people and sounds of Dmitri.  



  • Schedule:

  • April 8

1:00pm - Arrival at Jose Marti International Airport in Havana, Cuba

4:00 - Lodging Check-in

5:30 - Dinner with Private Concert by Cuban Musicians

8:30 - Buena Vista Social Club Concert

  • April 9-11

6:30am - Morning Meditation

7:30 - Breakfast

9:00 - Coached Shostakovich Chamber Music Session (* rotating faculty)

12:00pm - Lunch

1:00 - Coached Shostakovich Chamber Music Session (* rotating faculty)

3:30 - City Touring (rotating architectural walking tour, Museo de Revolucion lecture, Cuban Music Listening)

5:30, 6 - Dinner

7:00, 8 - Cultural Event (rotating Faculty Concert, Workshop Concert, Salsa Dance Lessons)

  • April 12


7:30am - Breakfast

9:00 - Quartets Concert

1:30pm - Lunch

3:00 - Quartets Concert

9:30 - Dinner Reception

  • April 13

7:30am - Breakfast

10:00 - Departure for Jose Marti International Airport in Havana, Cuba

  • 6 days, 5 nights.  20 participants (14 violin; 7 viola; 7 cello).  Participants 18+ years old.

  • $2,650 USD per participant. $1,500 USD per "partner" (family receive full benefits without music coaching and assignments).

  • String Quartets #1-15

  • Faculty include American violinist Michael Dabroski living in Havana, Cuba, and six international guests TBD.

  • Travel Package:  Round trip airfare from continental USA to Cuba. Cellists receive a cabin ticket for their instrument; Cuban Visa and Health Insurance (Mr. Dabroski maintains direct access to care providers and hospital); Certified letter of invitation for travel by Cuban host cultural institution; Detailed written itinerary and website portal access for trip information; On-site certified Spanish-English translator; On-site staff to support logistical needs and answer questions as arise; Ground transportation in Havana between the airport and lodging; 5-nights single occupancy lodging with air condition; 5 breakfasts (lunches and dinners, beverages, are not included); Chamber music assignments with bowed parts (when applicable); Chamber music coaching and private lesson; faculty concert, private concert, and Buena Vista Social Club; Guided walking tours, lectures (museum entrance fees are not included); Morning meditation class and salsa dance lesson; Social parties and gatherings.


  • Music Notes:  Private lessons scheduled per availability and communication between the participant and teacher; 2 group assignments (morning and afternoon); Coaches practice with participants; Participants perform in a Workshop Concert; Rotating Coaches

  • Valid USA passport required at time of registration.