6. INTERNATIONAL MASTERCLASS FOR CONDUCTORS ________________________________________ Saturday 20 August – Friday 26 August 2016 With Maestro Frans Rasmussen / Maestro Martin Akerwall Pazardzhik Symphony Orchestra, Bulgaria.

Saturday 20 August – Friday 26 August 2016
With Maestro Frans Rasmussen / Maestro Martin Akerwall
Pazardzhik Symphony Orchestra, Bulgaria.
The masterclass includes 150 minutes podium time with Pazardzhik Symphony Orchestra. All orchestral sessions will be recorded on video. Additional you get personal video analysis, coaching and evaluation with maestro Akerwall and maestro Rasmussen along with your orchestral rehearsals.
The masterclass has no age-limit.
Deadline for application 20 July 2016
For more info and application:
REPERTOIRE – free of choice in both categories
A Category
Beethoven Symphony 5
Brahms Haydn Variations
Dvorak Symphony 9 (New world)
B Category
Mozart Magic Flute
Wagner Siegfried Idyll
Beethoven Symphony 5
All repertoire will be rehearsed during the masterclass with Pazardzhik Symphony Orchestra. To gain the maximum benefits from the course we recommend you to prepare and study all repertoire prior to the start of the masterclass.
Participation fee:
€ 1550 /active (150 minutes podium-time)
€ 750 / Semi active (75 minutes podium-time)
The fee includes 150 / 75 minutes podium time in front of Pazardzhik Symphony Orchestra, individual video analysis, evaluation, podium time in front of a piano-duo, personal coaching and daily lunch.
To apply use the application form on the front-page. Your application will be processed within few days. Participants are accepted successively. We kindly advice you to apply sooner than later.
Deadline for application 20 July 2016
Pazardzhik is situated along the banks of the Maritsa river, Southern Bulgaria. It is the capital of Pazardzhik Province. The venue takes place in Pazardzhik Symphony Orchestra’s concert hall in center of Pazardzhik.
Saturday 20 August
– Arrival day
Sunday 21 August 10.00 – 19.00
– Welcome and opening of the masterclass.
– Conducting sessions in front of two pianists.
– Analyzing of scores and conducting exercises.
Monday 22 August – Friday 26 August 10.00 – 19.00
– 10.00 – 13.00 Orchestral rehearsal (Beethoven / Dvorak / Brahms)
– 14.00 – 17.00 Orchestral rehearsal (Beethoven / Mozart/ Wagner)
– 17.30 – 19.00 Video analyze, personal coaching / evaluation.
The tuition focus during the masterclass will be on conducting technique, aspects of score analyzing, rhetoric communication and rehearsal techniques. This includes psychological aspects of orchestral conducting, preparing yourself and the score for rehearsal with the orchestra. Please be aware of, that your active part in the masterclass is doubled with both maestro Akerwall and maestro Rasmussen teaching you both simultaneously and separated. One-hour personal coaching sessions will be given on request.
The daily lunch will take place at Hotel Primavera.
During the masterclass we offer you the chance to experience some of local Bulgarian culture. We arrange a visit to one of Bulgaria’s finest and oldest winery located in the mountains of Rhodopes. We will taste samples of their Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. In the end of the masterclass we will take you to Pazardzhik’s most popular and famous places for Bulgarian folk-music and folk-dance.
Pazardzhik is located 100 km from Sofia Airport. We arrange Pick-Up Shuttles from Sofia airport. Prize € 30 per Shuttle (max 3 person per shuttle). Please inform us of your arrival time and flight company latest 12 days before the masterclass begins.
We recommend Hotel Primavera. It has been a popular choice for its close proximity to the concert hall. By informing the hotel you are a participant in our masterclass the price for a room will be € 26. For booking send an E-mail to Mrs. Line Smilenova at hotelprimavera@abv.bg
If you prefer a more luxurious accommodation, we recommend Grand Hotel Hebar This hotel is also situated close to the concert hall.
All participants will receive a personalized video of their rehearsals in a professional sound recording. Participants are welcome to bring their own recording device.
A 60-minutes one-to-one coaching session is possible at additional cost. The one-to-one coaching session will on choice of the participant with Maestro Rasmussen or Maestro Akerwall.
The course will be taught primarily in English and German and secondarily Swedish or Danish for Scandinavian participants.
Bank name JYSKE BANK
Account number 5050-0001575802
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Bank address Tvedesvej 7, 3000 Helsingør, Denmark
Orchestral Conductors Academy are very proud and happy for the collaboration with Pazardzhik Symphony Orchestra. The orchestra has a professional yet friendly minded approach to our masterclasses which gives us an unique working situation for the participating conductors. Since 2005 the orchestra has enjoyed the leadership of artistic director and conductor Maestro Grigor Palikarov. Under his leadership for a short time he managed to lead the orchestra to a high position in the music community in Bulgaria. The orchestra has been invited to participate in the most prestigious music festivals such as “Sofia Music Weeks” and “March Music Days”.
The Pazardzhik Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1969. From 1970 to 1992 its artistic director was Professor Ivan Spasov, one of the most significant for Bulgarian culture figures the composer, conductor, teacher with influence in public life and with numerous publications. It’s thanks to him that the institution has proved itself so fast on professional stage. He has also given the Symphonic Operatic Society rich, orientated towards different genders and styles politics. The orchestra performs not only classical works, acclaimed worldwide, but also works from contemporary composers and Bulgarian authors some of which written especially for them. The orchestra’s mobility and its professionally acclaimed members are factors that attract many famous conductors and soloists in Bulgaria and foreign guests and young gifted people as well.
The orchestra has taken part in „New Bulgarian Music” preview. It has implemented a string of tours in Poland, Italy, Greece, Spain and records in the Bulgarian National Radio, Bulgarian National Television, long-lasting plates, CO. It was a great acknowledgement for the orchestra to receive invitation for participation in the European Tour performing the “Troubadour” Opera. It proved to be a glamorous success at the beginning of season 2003-2004 in Austria, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, France and Norway. Keeping its independent concert activities, since 2000 the Pazardzhik Symphony Orchestra has become part of the Symphonic Operatic Society „Maestro G. Atanasov” and has participated in many premieres and performances of operettas and operas.
Please visit our webpage for application and more information atwww.conductorsacademy.com

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