The conducting masterclass is designed for professional conductors and advanced conducting students. The teaching will be done by Prof. Johannes Schlaefli. In order to enrich and intensify the course, the conductors James Lowe and Nayden Todorov will also be there to give additional feedbacks and lessons.
There will be a maximum of 16 active participants, each of which will have podium time of approximately 170 minutes. Additionally, there will be conducting lessons, working with two pianos and with small ensemble (15 players).
The individual needs of each participant will be covered by personal video analysis lessons, class meetings and of course the coaching in front of the orchestra. Conducting technique, presence in front of the orchestra and understanding of the score to be able to prepare the conducting in concert will be adressed both in individual lessons as well as in the group meetings.
As part of the course, two public concerts are planned for the participants, at each of which 8 of the course graduates will be actively conducting. The whole course repertoire should be completely prepared. The allocation of the pieces or movements to be conducted in concert will be made during the course. An appeal against this decision is not possible.
The masterclass will be accompanied by similar masterclasses in opera singing and violin. During the two weeks of the course, there will be opportunities to accompany young singers in the orchestra rehearsals.
As a ceremonial completion of the course, a gala concert conducted by Prof. Johannes Schlaefli and with the soloists Mr Svetlin Roussev and Mr Boiko Zvetanov will take place on the 30st of August.
All the participants will find their accomodation in a centrally situated 3*** hotel with single rooms.
Cost of accommodation with breakfast and lunch as well as transfer from and to Bucharest airport are included in the coursefee.
Check-in 18.08.2014, Check-out 31.08.2014
The applicants will also have the chance to get a price reduction for the course. There will be a maximum of three conductors to participate for a reduced fee (2x 25% and 1x 50% reduction). If you want to apply for this scholarship or if only such a scholarship enables you to participate at the course, please mention this at the corresponding place on the application form.
Johannes Schlaefli- Conductor
The Swiss conductor and pedagogue Johannes Schlaefli has developed a distinguished name during the relatively short time he has led the Orchestral Conducting Program at the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste (Zurich School of the Arts). He has succeeded in amalgamating the most important concerns in an ideal and time constructive manner: he is highly regarded for his sharp eye for detail and technical instruction and is equally admired for his knack of allowing space and time for young conductors to develop and for being able to limit himself as coach, to a only a few but psychologically pertinent suggestions. His primary objective is to assist students to strengthen their own “Strong Inner Voice” as developing conductors; and to bring this inner voice more rapidly and effectively into contact with the orchestra. In doing so, he places his own musical interpretation alongside the student, without being artistically imposing.
Johannes Schlaefli worked for many years as a teacher on the “Symphonic Workshops” courses, has been a visiting professor at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, at Rice University in Houston, the University of Sao Paulo and as part of the Deutsche Dirigirentenforum. The center of his teaching activities is the conducting class at the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste. As a conductor, he has directed many orchestras (Tonhalle Zurich, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, orchestra della svizzera italiana, Philharmonia Prag, Kammerorchester Basel among many others). He is the Principal Conductor of the Berner Kammerorchester www.bko.ch
and also directs the orchestral ensembles at the Universität Zürich (University of Zurich). www.aoz.ethz.ch
In the courses he utilizes a multifaceted teaching method: often there are discussions (Analysis, Rehearsal Technique, Technical Conducting Details) with the entire group, sometimes detailed video reviews in small groups or individually and of course, where and when required, he demonstrates examples with the orchestra. It is a major concern of his to sharpen the awareness and eye of each student and to create a learning atmosphere within the group, whereby students eagerly learn from one another.
How to apply:
1. Send your CV and the application form (click hier) by e-mail:
Prof. Johannes Schlaefli
You will be notified that your application by e-mail has been received within 1-2 days. Please send it again, otherweise!
2. Send a link to Video excerpts on your homepage, YouTube, Vimeo or in a similar format.
3. Pay the application fee of €60 (non-refundable) via bank wire transfer.
Name of bank: Deutsche Bank Köln- Mitte
An den Dominikanern 11-27
Name on account: Petar Naydenov
Account number: 1007806
Reason for payment: Course application/deposit fee Russe 2014 and
Please note: this workshop is limited to 16 conductors as active (full) participants. These 16 participants will be chosen after the application deadline May 30. 2014 and will be informed by June 15. 2014.
Deposit: payable upon acceptance and before end of June.
The fee for the course is €2.100 for active participants excluding travel and including accommodation,breakfasts and lunches.
Application fee: €60 (non-refundable)
Deposit: €1500 payable upon acceptance and before end of June 2014
Balance: €540 payable before 01.08. 2014
The fee for auditors is €200 excluding travel and accommodation.