AIMA was founded in 1998 by Prof. Filiz Ali. Since its foundation the Academy has assumed a leading role in promoting the education of young musicians through expanding their horizons and their musical career. Music Masterclasses are held every year during the summer and fall seasons in Ayvalik, focusing mostly on string instruments. Students from Turkey, Europe and even as far away as New Zealand, gather together for eight to ten days of intense studying, practising and performing with distinguished international faculty at this beautiful Aegean coast town.
The Academy has evolved since its foundation and diversified its master classes with Composition Workshops, Creative Writing Workshops, Piano Masterclasses and Guitar Masterclasses. The Academy has also aimed to enrich the cultural life of Ayvalık with public concerts which are organized during all seasons.
In 2013, AIMA will organize 6 different workshops and masterclasses where young participants will have the opportunity to work with renowned artists.