SYMPHONIC MASTERCLASS FOR CONDUCTORS WITH MºCASTRIOTA SKANDERBEG Sunday 30th October – Thursday 3rd November 2016 With Maestro Lorenzo Castriota Skanderbeg and Pazardzjik Symphony Orchestra, Bulgaria


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Deadline on the 24th October, masterclass runs from the 30th October to the 3rd November.

The masterclass includes a minimum of 60 minutes conducting time (with orchestra) and 40 minutes (with piano), plus dress rehearsal and concert on the last day of the masterclass (3 rd November). Sessions with orchestra will be held during mornings, sessions with the piano will be held in the afternoon alongside score analysis and conducting technique. No age limit. All levels welcome.


The applicants are advised to prepare at least 2 or 3 pieces/movements from the following:

Beethoven Egmont and Coriolan Ouverture
Beethoven Symphony no. 7 (1 st and 2 nd mov.)
Brahms Symphony no. 3 (1 st and 4 th mov.)
Brahms Symphony no. 4  (3 rd and 4 th mov.)
Mendhelsson Symphony no. 5 (1 st mov.)
Mendhelsson String Symphony in Bminor (all)
Mendhelsson The Hebrides Ouverture
Schubert Unfinished Symphony no. 8 (2 nd mov.)
Tchaikovsky Serenade for Strings (all)
Tchaikovsky Symphony no. 5 (1 st and 4 th mov.)
Tchaikovsky Symphony no. 6 (1 st and 4 th mov.)

The applicants are welcomed to prepare more than 3 pieces/movements if they are willing to do so.

All repertoire will be rehearsed during the masterclass with the Pazardzjik Symphony Orchestra. To gain the maximum benefits from the course we recommend you to prepare and study all repertoire.


The cost to attend the masterclass is €1000, which includes minimum 60 minutes conducting with orchestra and 40 with piano, for a total 100 minutes. We also offer two options that include transport and accommodation:

A) €1050 which includes the cost of the masterclass and transport from Sofia to Pazardjik (both ways)

B) €1250 which includes the cost of the masterclass, transport from Sofia to Pazardjik (both ways) and hotel accommodation for 6 nights

(check in Saturday 29 th October, check out 4 th November.

The maximum number of active participants allowed is 12.

Fees must be paid to the following bank account

UniCredutBulbank – Bulgaria
126 Simeon Veliki Blvd, 6000 Stara Zagora, Bulgaria
Account holder: NPO Opera Stara Zagora
IBAN: BG39UNCR70001522471986

When paying specify as reason for payment: conducting masterclass.


To apply you need to pay a deposit of €250, send your CV and a word or pdf document with your details (name, age, address, email address, contact number) plus the receipt of your payment. After your application has been accepted you will be asked to pay the outstanding amount before the beginning of the masterclass by bank transfer, or by cash on the first day of the masterclass. If you want to secure your place you can pay the full amount when applying.

The documentation must be sent to the following email address:

szconductingmasterclass@gmail.comThe deposit is not refundable.

Deadline for application: 24 th October 2016


Maestro Lorenzo Castriota Skanderbeg has conducted in the most prestigious theatres and concert halls in Europe and Asia such as Plovdiv Opera House, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Teatro Petruzzelli di Bari, Slovenian National Opera of Maribor, Ankara Opera House, National Arts Center Daejeon. He is a skilled conductor in both operatic and symphonic repertoire, who after his studies at the Conservatorio di Music S.Cecilia in Rome, has become the assistant of Mº Giuseppe Patanè, one of the greatest Italian conductors of his generation. He also attended conducting masterclass with Franco Ferrara and Leonard Bernstein. He conducted artists such as Raina Kabaiwanska and Renato Bruson. He regularly conducts in Italy, Slovenia and Turkey, where is general music director at the Samsun Opera House (Turkey). During the 2016 summer he made his debut at the Puccini Festival at Torre del Lago (Italy), the most important Puccini festival in the world. Firmly devoted to music and conducting, his approach to the score is always respectful of the composers’ intention. Very energetic and passionate, he is also a keen educator, sharing his knowledge by teaching also at the Conservatorio L.Perosi (Campobasso, Italy), where he leads the orchestral sessions with music students.


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