The Venice Symphony is proud to announce its first International Conducting Academy to be held between May 16 and 21, 2016 under the leadership of Professor Imre Palló and Dr. Raymond Holden Hon ARAM.

Professor Palló was Chair of the Conducting Department at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University and Chair of Conducting at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music at the University of Sydney. Dr. Holden is The Sir John Barbirolli Reader in Music at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he teaches on both the undergraduate and postgraduate conducting programs. Professor Palló and Dr. Holden are internationally respected conductors who have given master-classes and seminars in and about conducting at major conservatoires around the world.

Uniquely, this program will combine practical conducting classes with seminars about the history and traditions of the great conductors of the past.

The Academy will accept three participants, with considerable conducting experience, to rehearse and to perform Beethoven’s Symphonies Nos. 2, 4 and 8 with The Venice Symphony (Venice, FL). The participants should be prepared to conduct all three symphonies but the decision as to which conductor performs which symphony will only be made during the week of the classes.

Five non-conducting participants will also be invited to observe the classes and to participate in the seminars.

The fee for the active participants is US $900 and for the observers US $400.

Active participants will be provided with free lodging in private homes.

Please send applications with links to websites of your conducting to: Conducting Academy at If you prefer to send a DVD, please mail it to: Conducting Academy, Venice Symphony, PO Box 1561, Venice, FL 34284.

Application deadline: 5 March 2016.


Maestro Imre Palló

Maestro Imre Palló was born in Budapest, Hungary. His godfather, the composer Zoltan Kodály was deeply involved in his early musical training and education. Maestro Palló studied with Hans Swarowsky at the Vienna Academy of Music. During his studies, he served as Ferenc Fricsay’s personal assistant at the Salzburg Summer Festival, and also as the assistant to Herbert von Karajan and Karl Böhm at the Salzburg and Vienna Festivals between 1961-1964. Maestro Palló made his American debut with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington D.C. in 1973. He was the Music Director of the Hudson Valley Philharmonic in New York State from 1976-1991. His long term engagements as conductor included: Wuppertal Opera from (1964-1968), Duetsche Opera am Rhein, Düsseldorf (1968-1972), Theater der Hansestadt Lübeck (1972-1975) and as one of the principal conductors at the New York City Opera (1974-1989) and the Frankfurt Opera (1989-1992).

As a guest conductor, Maestro Palló has worked with the Israel Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Budapest Philharmonic, Bavarian State Orchestra Munich, Staatskapelle Weimar, Lisbon Radio Orchestra, Charleston Symphony, Edmonton Symphony and Orchestra Victoria in Melbourne Australia. He has also led opera productions with the Canadian Opera Company, Cincinatti Opera, Cleveland Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Philadelphia Opera, Portland Opera, St. Louis Opera, San Francisco Opera, Washington Opera, Vancouver Opera, Manitoba Opera, New Israeli Opera, Den Norske Opera Oslo, De Vlaamse Opera Antwerp, Budapest State Opera, Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, Berlin State Opera, Leipzig Opera, Deutsche Nationaltheater Weimar and Opera Australia.

Maestro Palló was Professor of Music at Indiana University, Jacobs School of Music from 1994-2006, and Chair of the Instrumental Conducting Department from 1998-2006. Thereafter, he was Professor, Pro-Dean and Chair of Conducting and Opera Production at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music (University of Sydney) from 2006-2012. He currently lives in Venice, Florida and continues to work as a guest conductor in the United States and Europe.

Dr Raymond Holden Hon ARAM

Raymond Holden was born in Australia in 1954, studied at Sydney, Cologne and London and has worked as a conductor, writer, broadcaster and lecturer. He has performed with the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Emilia Romagna and the New Symphony Orchestra of London; has been published regularly by ICA, EMI and Warner Classics, Hans Schneider Verlag (Vienna) and Oxford, Cambridge and Yale University Presses; has appeared on BBC Television and Radio, Servus TV (Germany), RAI Television and Radio, ABC Classic FM, 3MBS FM, Vision Australia Radio and Classic FM (South Africa), and has spoken at many of the world’s leading festivals, universities, conservatoires and research institutes, including those in London, Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Oslo, Helsinki, Singapore, Stellenbosch, Sheffield, Keele, Augsburg, Garmisch-Partenkirchen and Glyndebourne. Currently, he is The Sir John Barbirolli Reader in Music at the Royal Academy of Music.

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