The Peter Eötvös Contemporary Music Foundation announces a master course for conductors between 2015 September 23rd – October 2nd, in cooperation with Villa Musica Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany.

2015.09.23. – 2015.10.02.
Budapest Music Center, Budapest, Hungary

23rd September – 2nd October, 2015  / Budapest, Hungary
“Special course for 20th/21st century ensemble music”


The Peter Eötvös Contemporary Music Foundation announces a master course for conductors between 2015 September 23rd – October 2nd, in cooperation with Villa Musica Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany.
Following the course selected conductors will conduct two concerts (2nd October in Budapest and 5th October in Edenkoben, Germany).

This course is suitable for advanced conducting students and professional conductors with special interest in contemporary music repertoire. Up to ten conductors will be accepted as “active” participants. Observers are also encouraged to apply and will be fully involved in the course.
The conducting sessions and the concert will be recorded with video and a short professional documentary film will be available online after the course.

Course program:

Pierre Boulez: Dérive 1 (Universal Edition)
Franco Donatoni: Arpege per sei strumenti (Ricordi)
Peter Tornyai: Sprechgesang (sent by the foundation)
Arnold Schönberg: Pierrot Lunaire (Universal Edition)

Thorough and detailed knowledge of the works is a requirement for active participation.
Each participant must provide his/her own scores, the Tornyai score will be sent by the Foundation.

Peter Eötvös, conductor (Hungary) – 23-24 September, 27 September- 2 October
Zsolt Nagy, conductor (Hungary) – 23 September -2 October
Salomé Haller, singer (France) – 29 September – 2 October

Ensemble-in-residence: Ensemble Schloss-Engers(Germany)

Language of the course: English, German, French, Hungarian

Application deadline: 31 July 2015
Organizers may accept enrolments after the deadline date if places are still available.

Application material:
application form, curriculum vitae with list of repertoire, photo and a recording of a rehearsal conducted by the applicant (link or MP3 format or youtube link)

by post:
Peter Eötvös Contemporary Music Foundation
c/o Budapest Music Center
H-1093 Budapest, Mátyás u. 8.

by e-mail:
Program manager: Ms. Dóra Papp


The course fee for the selected active conductors is 420 €, fee for observers is 120 €.

Peter Eötvös Contemporary Music Foundation
Bank name: K&H Bank Budapest
IBAN: HU76 1020 1006 6019 4912 0000 0000

Partial attendance gives no right for fee reduction.


Admission: the call is open for conductors of all nationalities.
Age limit for active conductors is 38 years, observers are accepted without age limit.

The master course will focus on a group of up to ten active conductors, who will be selected on the base of their application material. They shall demonstrate that they have suitable knowledge and technique by presenting of one movement of the Pierrot Lunaire, and another piece from the listed compositions (without orchestra). The active conductors will work out the Pierrot Lunaire and another piece with orchestra during the course.

A selected number of active conductors will conduct two concerts. Three of them will conduct on 2nd October, 2015 in the Budapest Music Center Concert Hall, other three conductors in Herrenhaus Edenkoben in Germany on 5th October. Please indicate your availability for these dates on the application form. There will be no right of appeal against the decision of the selection.

Candidates who wish to attend the course only as observer, without taking part in the selection procedure of active participants, must declare it on the application form.


A limited number of scholarships are available, applicants should indicate their request on the application form and a recommendation letter must also be enclosed.

The fee does not include travel, accommodation and meals.
Upon request we can assist participants in finding private or hotel accommodation within walking distance of the venue.

Meals (half-board: breakfast and lunch) are available in the restaurant of the Budapest Music Center upon request, 9 € per day.

The course fee includes the extra programs: during the course all participants receive tickets for jazz concerts in the Opus Jazz Club in Budapest Music Center.
Active participants will receive diploma, observers will receive attendance certificate, signed by all professors.

We are thankful for the support received from partners:

Villa Musica, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany

Budapest Music Center

Supported by:

Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne

National Cultural Fund, Hungary

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