Mastering the Concerto: An Intensive Course for Conductors and Soloists in Vidin, Bulgaria

Mastering the Concerto: An Intensive Course for Conductors and Soloists in Vidin, Bulgaria


The International Institute for Conductors is pleased and excited to announce a remarkable new course that pairs conductors with aspiring soloists. Mastering the Concerto closes enormous gaps in training programs for conductors and soloists alike, providing them with incomparable opportunities to gain rare and vital experience with a professional orchestra while being mentored by master teachers in their chosen disciplines.


The Institute will accept up to 12 conductors and 8 soloists (4 violinists and 4 pianists) for 11 days of study, instruction and performance with the Vidin State Philharmonic Orchestra in Vidin, Bulgaria from July 11-22, 2016. Conductors will be mentored by Robert Gutter, Music Director Emeritus, Springfield Symphony (MA) and Greensboro Philharmonia (NC) and Charles Gambetta, creator of the Embodied Conducting™ method. Leading European soloists Nicolas Koeckert (violin) and Mattia Ometto (piano) will work with the soloists.


Participating conductors will study 2 complete concertos selected from the course repertoire. The conductor curriculum includes approximately 165 minutes of podium time with full orchestra and soloist, 70 additional minutes with string sextet and soloist plus 60 minutes of video review with faculty, score study and musicianship masterclasses and daily Embodied Conducting™ instruction. All conductors will perform on one of two public concerts.


The soloist curriculum provides seven 15 to 30 minute instructional sessions with orchestra, seven 10 to 20 minute sessions with string sextet plus a general rehearsal and concert performance of at least one movement from your two concertos. The curriculum also includes three 60 minute private lessons with master teachers, two group masterclasses and a combined masterclass for conductors and soloists. The repertoire list includes concertos by Mozart, Beethoven Brahms, Bruch, Khachaturian, Mendelssohn, Paganini, Prokofiev Rachmaninov, Sibelius and Tchaikovsky. See the complete list on the website.


The faculty may extend an invitation to one outstanding conductor and soloist to return to Vidin for a full concert with the Vidin State Philharmonic the following year. The award includes an honorarium and hotel. Recipients must cover the cost of travel to and from Vidin.


The fee, US $2,495 for conductors and US $1,995 for soloists, includes hotel (shared double room) with breakfast for 12 nights. Special 10% discounts available for conductors and soloists who attend together. Applications are accepted until the program is full, but those submitted by March 31, 2015 receive priority consideration. Find complete details including faculty bios, complete concerto list, location, accommodations, schedule, fees, online application and student endorsements or contact Charles Gambetta or (336) 317-3921.

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