The BERLINER MEISTERKURSE announces the Conducting Master class with Maestro Lior Shambadal (Chief Conductor of the Berliner Symphoniker), Maestro Romolo Gessi (Principal Guest Conductor of the Philharmonia Veneta Orchestra) and the Berliner Symphoniker. 2013 July 10-14

The BERLINER MEISTERKURSE announces the Conducting Master class with Maestro Lior Shambadal (Chief Conductor of the Berliner Symphoniker), Maestro Romolo Gessi (Principal Guest Conductor of the Philharmonia Veneta Orchestra) and the Berliner Symphoniker. 2013 July 10-14

The course will be held in Berlin. It will be organized so that each piece will be studied first theoretically and then practically at the piano and with orchestral ensembles (string and wind principals – chamber orchestra) so that candidates will be able to work as independently as possible, making efficient use of the time allowed for the rehearsals.

Admission: conductors of all nationalities and all ages can take part in this course. All candidates are expected to have thoroughly studied at least one piece of the programme before the beginning of the course. Admission is after assessment of a curriculum and an aptitude test which will be held on the first day of the course at 11:00 a.m. The conductors must demonstrate that they have a suitable basic technique. Those found unsuitable will still be able to participate as auditors.

MOZART Symphony No.40 KV 550 (First version, without clarinets)
SCHUBERT Symphony No.5 D 485
RESPIGHI Antiche Danze ed Arie – Suite No.3

Application deadline: June 25th

Calendar: analysis, conducting technique and rehearsals – m° Shambadal and m° Gessi
Wednesday July 10th: 11:00 a.m. Introductory audition; Lessons 2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Thursday July 11th: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday July 12th: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday July 13th 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday July 14th: 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Course fees (to be paid in full at registration)
Conductors € 480.00 (complete: 5 days – lessons with piano, ensemble, and chamber orchestra)
Conductors reduced € 420.00 (only 4 days)
Auditors – Daily fee: € 60.00

Diplomas and certificates: each participant will receive an attendance certificate
Tuition Languages: German, English, Italian

Information . Registration:
• Course address: Studio Niculescu – Oranienstraße 163 – 10969 BERLIN – GERMANY
• E-mail:
• Web site: ,
• Artistic co-ordination: Michelangelo Galeati
• Registration:
1. Send the completed application form by the deadline
2. Fees have to be paid in full on the first day of the course

1. Partial attendance gives no right to a reduction in fee.
2. The organizers may accept enrolments after the deadline date if places are still available.

LIOR SHAMBADAL: Israeli conductor Lior Shambadal has an active career as both an artistic leader and guest presence on both orchestral and opera podiums throughout Europe, as well as in China, Japan, Korea and South America. Shambadal currently serves as the Chief Conductor of the Berliner Symphoniker, a post he has held since 1997. During his tenure there, he has led more than 150 concerts at the famed Berlin Philharmonie, and has conducted the orchestra in hundreds of performances on tour in Japan, China, Korea, Italy, Spain, Ireland, England, France and Germany. In 2009, he was also named Music Director of the Bogota Philharmonic Orchestra. Since 2008, Shambadal has been the Principal Guest Conductor of the Liepaja Symphony Orchestra in Latvia, as well as a guest professor and Principal Guest Conductor of the Symphony Orchestra of the Central Music Conservatory in the Sichuan province of China. He works with the Festival of San Gemini in Italy, where he serves as permanent member of the artistic committee, leading master classes for conductors. Shambadal also appears annually as a permanent guest artist at the Banff Centre in Canada. He was born in 1950 in Tel Aviv, where he studied viola, trombone, composition, and conducting. His studies took him to the Mozarteum in Salzburg where he worked with Carl Melles. Moving on to Vienna Mr. Shambadal had been tutored by acclaimed conductors such as Hans Swarowsky, Carlo Maria Giulini, Igor Markevitch, Sergiu Celibidache and Franco Ferrara. Lior Shambadal expanded his studies in other areas such as electronic music (in Vienna) and composition taught by Witold Lutoslawski (in France). In 1980 he was appointed Chief Conductor of the Haifa Symphony Orchestra. From 1986 to 1993 he led the Kibbutz Chamber Orchestra in Tel Aviv. As the sole founder of the ensembles Acoustic 7/11 and Musica Nova Lior Shambadal proved himself a prolific composer whose musical range includes chamber music, song writing, and symphonic orchestra pieces. From 1993 to 2000 Mr. Shambadal was musical director of the Pfalztheater in Kaiserslauten (Germany), and from 2000-2003 he served as the Chief Conductor of the RTV Symphony Orchestra in Ljubljana, Slovenia. His CD and television productions have made Mr. Shambadal internationally famous, supported by his guest appearance conducting international orchestras.

ROMOLO GESSI: born in Trieste, Italy, Maestro Gessi completed his musical studies at the Trieste Conservatory. Further conducting studies ensued at the State Conservatoire of St. Petersburg, under Musin and Kukuskin, at the Wiener Meisterkurse für Dirigenten in Vienna under Julius Kalmar, and at the Accademia Musicale in Pescara under Donato Renzetti, obtaining Diplomas with the highest marks. He has won many awards, including the Opera Conducting Competition of Caserta, and the First Prize at the International Austro-Hungarian Conducting Competition of Vienna and Pécs. He was appointed professor of Conducting at the Conservatorio “Verdi” of Milan. Since 1997 he has been teaching conducting at the European Academy in Vicenza and opera conducting at the International Workshop OperAverona. He is also Professor of Chamber Music at the National Conservatory of Trieste an he has been Guest Professor at the Vienna Music University, at the Norwegian Music Academy, and at the Conservatoire Royal de Mons. He is Music Director of the Friuli Venezia Giulia Chamber Orchestra, Principal Guest Conductor of the Pro Musica Salzburg Orchestra and of the Filarmonia Veneta Orchestra. He has been Music Director of the Cantelli Symphony Orchestra in Milan from 2006 to 2008. He has conducted many orchestras, such as the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, the State Opera Prague, the Radio Symphony Orchestra Cracow, the Izhevsk’s Russian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Pécs Symphony Orchestra, the Santo André Symphony Orchestra, the Gainsesville Symphony Orchestra, the Sofia’s Soloists, Milano Classica, I Pomeriggi Musicali di Milano, the Trieste Opera House, the Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto, the Bari Symphony Orchestra, the Sanremo Symphony Orchestra, the Lecce Symphony Orchestra, the Marchigiana Philharmonic, the Spoleto Opera House in the principal cities of Italy as well as in those of Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Norway, Poland, Rumania, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, USA.

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