“International Master Class for Orchestral Conductors with Prof. Kenneth Kiesler (Director of Orchestras and Professor of Conducting at the University of Michigan) and The Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra February 1st – 7th, 2014

“International Master Class for Orchestral Conductors
with Prof. Kenneth Kiesler
(Director of Orchestras and Professor of Conducting at the University of Michigan)
and The Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra
February 1st – 7th, 2014
Vilnius, Lithuania

Conditions of the Conducting Course:
The course is open to active participants and auditors at all levels from beginners to professionals!
There is NO AGE LIMIT!
The course language is ENGLISH. If you do not speak English, please inform us.
Free choice of repertoire (to be agreed with the Maestro and the orchestra management).
Participants of conducting competitions are very welcome. We will find the music for you.
If you have special repertoire needs for future projects or competitions, you are welcome to propose any classical or modern pieces.
Active participants should fill out the application form and send us a CV. Participation will be confirmed after receipt of application.
After the course each participant whether active or auditor will receive a participation certificate signed by the Maestro.

Kenneth Kiesler
Kenneth Kiesler is one of the most prominent conductors of his generation, and one of the world’s most sought-after mentors to conductors. He has been Director of Orchestras and Professor of Conducting at the University of Michigan since 1995. Winner of the 2011 American prize in conducting, Ken was the Silver Medal winner at the 1986 Stokowski Competition, and the 1988 recipient of the Helen M. Thompson Award, presented by the American Symphony Orchestra League to the outstanding American music director under the age of 35. As the award winning Music Director of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra from 1980 to 2000, he conducted concerts in Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center and was a founder of both the Illinois Chamber Orchestra and Illinois Symphony Chorus.
Kiesler has conducted the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center, the Chicago Symphony, the orchestras of Jerusalem, Haifa, Utah, Detroit, New Jersey, Florida, Indianapolis, Memphis, San Diego, Albany, Virginia, Omaha, Fresno, Long Beach, Long Island, Portland, Osaka, Puerto Rico, Daejeon and Pusan in Korea, the New Symphony Orchestra in Bulgaria, Hang Zhou in China, and at the festivals of Meadowbrook, Skaneateles, Sewanee, Breckenridge, and Aspen. His operatic conducting includes Bright Sheng’s The Silver River in Singapore, and Britten’s Peter Grimes and Rossini’s Il Turco in Italia at the Opera Theatre of St. Louis. He has conducted Appalachian Spring with Martha Graham and Cinderella with the Indianapolis Ballet.

Location of the course:

Vilnius Congress Concerts Hall
Vilnius str.6/16
Vilnius, LT-01102

For Auditors the course fee is 240€

For active participants:

25 minutes with the Orchestra – 500€
50 minutes with the Orchestra – 1000€,
75 minutes with the Orchestra – 1500€,
100 minutes with the Orchestra – 2000€
125 minutes with the Orchestra – 2500€
150 minutes with the Orchestra – 3000€
200 minutes with the Orchestra – 4000€
Minimum time for active participant is 25 minutes.
Booking more than 200 minutes with the orchestra is possible. Please don’t hesitate to ask!
The podium-time that you book includes the concert. The participation in the concert will be decided upon by the Maestro and the orchestra. The price includes video recording of all the rehearsals and the concert. The Participants may conduct every day depending on organization and the time you booked. In addition the participants will conduct in sessions with pianos, extra rehearsals, technical exercises, and video sessions with Maestro will be held.
Accommodation Information:

We recommend the accommodation in the Neringa Hotel (4 stars), that’s situated in the middle of the old town in Gedimino prospektas, 10 min away from the Concert Hall, where the rehearsals will take place.

Approximately 65-70€/night in a Single Room including breakfast (60-65 EUR excluding breakfast)
Approximately 75-80€/night in a Double Room including breakfast (70-75 EUR excluding breakfast)

The Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra gave its first concert on 30 January 1989. During the 22 years of its existence the orchestra has given more than 1,000 concerts, home and abroad.
The Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra has already formed its traditions. The performances are warmly met by the public and critics alike. Every season the orchestra performs new compositions which cause a great stir: the most outstanding world music, large vocal-symphonic compositions and instrumental concertos. It has played many premieres of music by Lithuanian composers. The performance of all Mahler’s and Beethoven’s symphonies has become an exceptional event in the orchestra’s musical life.
The orchestra’s intensive life is testified by an impressive number of concerts given. It has held more than 1,000 concerts in Lithuania and abroad: France, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Great Britain, Taiwan and elsewhere, It has participated in such prestigious festivals as the Warsaw Autumn, Europa musicale in Munich, Germany, the Costa do Estoril Festival in Portugal, Santa Cruz and Santandero in Spain, Nyon in Switzerland, Chichester and Leads in Great Britain.

For more information about the Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra visit:


Philharmonisches Kammerorchester Berlin (Organizer)
The Philharmonisches Kammerorchester Berlin (PKB) is strongly concerned with the training of the artistic offspring: in autumn 2003 the first “international master class for orchestral conducting” held by the “Maestro of Maestros” Prof. Jorma Panula (Royal College of Music, Stockholm) turned out an overwhelming success. No less then 50 conductors of international origin were taking part. The final concert in the Philharmonie Berlin inspired professionals as well as the Berlin public. In these courses, participants have the opportunity to test their professional skills in conducting and benefit from professional experience of the orchestra and the instructor.

After this successful Masterclass in 2003, the PKB organizes annual national and internal Masterclasses on a high professional level. The PKB is working with renowed german orchestras and world-renowned conductors as a teacher like Jorma Panula, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Leif Segerstam, Otto-Werner Müller, Gustav Meier, Colin Metters, Kenneth Kiesler, Janos Fürst, Eri Klas, Mark Gorenstein, Michail Jurowski, Vladimir Ponkin. Students from all over the world are taking part at the Masterclasses. It takes place at different places in Europe, for example Moskau, St. Petersburg, Vilnius, Berlin, Leipzig, Göttingen, Jena and Cottbus.
For more information:
For further questions, and sending your CV please write to:


Yours sincerely
Artistic Director Michael Zukernik

Akazienstraße 3
D-10823 Berlin
Tel.: +49 (0)30 720 111 – 0
Fax: +49 (0)30 720 111 – 29
Mobil: +49 (0)172 320-5261


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