15-22 JANUARY 2017
Vendôme, France


The Académie Lyrique organizes an orchestra conducting masterclass with Maestro Alexandre Myrat that will take place from Sunday 15th January until Sunday 22nd 2017 in Vendôme, France. It is open to conductors from all countries, without age or level limit.

The masterclass includes:
•A minimum of 90 minutes conducting time with orchestra
•A minimum of 30 minutes with piano
•Dress rehearsal and concert on Sunday 22nd (for a selected number of participants)

Sessions with orchestra will be held during mornings and afternoons, sessions with piano will be held in the evening alongside score analysis and conducting technique, according to a schedule that will be later provided to the participants.

The masterclass will close with a dress rehearsal and a final public concert on January 22d 2017. A maximum of 8 active participants will be invited to conduct it on decision of the pedagogical team and a vote of the members of the Timisoara State Philharmonic Orchestra.

At the end of the masterclass, two symphonic concerts with the Teplice Philharmonic Orchestra in Prag Smetana Hall, and in Vienna Novamatic Forum Concert Series will be offered to participants selected by the directors of the Académie Lyrique and the musicians of the Timisoara State Philharmonic Orchestra. Regarding this last point, the masterclass directors keep the right not to attribute any of these concerts if they consider that the participants level is not high enough.

A Certificate of participation will be provided to every participant who has completed the masterclass.

The masterclass will be held in English, French, Spanish and German.


>Ludwig van Beethoven : Symphony nr 4 op. 60
> Richard Wagner : Siegfried Idyll

> Igor Stravinsky : Dumbarton Oaks Concerto
> Joseph Haydn : Symphony nr 88 Hob 1/88
> Jan Sibelius : Pélléas and Mélisande op. 46

Participants are required to select and prepare 2-3 music works out of this repertoire.
Conductors are expected to purchase and study their scores before the start of the masterclass.


Alexandre Myrat, pedagogical Director
A French citizen born in Greece, Alexandre Myrat discovered music at the age of 13 and, seven years later, he conducted his first concert with the Orchestra of Monte Carlo. In Paris, he studied conducting under Igor Markevitch, Max Deutsch and Nadia Boulanger. Since 1976, when he conducted the world première of Milhaud’s Oresteia for Radio France, he began a steady collaboration with the French broadcaster, conducting numerous recordings, concerts and many world premières. He has also conducted concerts for the BBC, Österreichischer Rundfunk, Bulgarian Radio and the RTBF (Radio Télévision Belge Francophone). His international career has led him all over the world. Following the establishment of the Picardie Orchestra in 1984, where he was artistic director until 1989, he became known for his interpretation of the works of Mozart. In 1991 he founded La Kamerata, the Athens Megaron in-house orchestra, with whom he has recorded for labels such as EMI, ECM, RCA, Blue Note and Agorà. Three of his recordings have won ‘Recordings Academy’ awards. He is permanent guest conductor of the Târgu Mure? Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2013, he was made a “Chevalier des Arts et Lettres” by the French government. In 2011, he was appointed artistic director of the Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra.

Amaury du Closel, Director of L’Académie Lyrique
Vienna based conductor/composer Amaury du Closel studied composition with Max Deutsch and conducting with Alexandre Myrat. Amaury du Closel collaborated in his early years with numerous orchestras in London, Warsaw (Polish Radio and Television of Warsaw), Festival de Menton (Sinfonia Varsovia), Suwon (Korea), La Kamerata (Greece), Qatar. He is currently guest conductor of several orchestras in Italy, Germany, Austria, Romania, Bulgaria, and recently appeared with the Nu?rnberger Symphoniker, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, the North Czech Philharmony the Enescu Philharmony in Bucharest, the Budapest Symphony Orchestra MAV, I Solisti Aquilani and The Pusan Symphony Orchestra in Korea. His repertoire extends from the Classical period to composers of the Twenty-First century. He is currently Musical Director of Opéra Nomade, a nationwide opera touring company, and is also Artistic Director of the Silenced Voices Festival in Strasbourg. Mr du Closel published in 2005 a book about European composers victims of the Nazi regime that was awarded the Prize of the Critics for the best musical essay the very same year. Since 2003, he has revived numerous works of these composers in the concert series Forum Voix Etouffées throughout Europe with the support of the European Union. His regularly records with the Nu?rnberger Symphoniker for Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft and Sony, and collaborates also with Naxos (Malipiero) and the English label KMI. He recently released with the latter a CD dedicated to the “Figure Of The Tyran”, the opera Der Kaiser von Atlantis by Viktor Ullmann and the Ode To Napoleon Buonaparte by Arnold Schoenberg. Among his last collaborations figures concerts with the Berliner Symphoniker at the Festival of La Chaise-Dieu in August 2016.


•Tuition fees for active participant: €1 500*
•Tuition fees for auditors: € 350*
•Accommodation in single room (half board): 210€ for the whole week.

A € 300 downpayment of the participant’s fee has to be paid via bank transfer two weeks at the latest after the organizers confirmation of your participation. The rest of the fee has to be paid via bank transfer at the latest on December 30th 2016.
In case of particular payment conditions, please get in touch with Elisabeth Muller, Administrator of the Académie Lyrique at
The downpayment is 100% refundable only in case of cancellation of the masterclass by the organizer.

The tuition fees for active participant include:
•90 minutes podium time with the Timisoara State Philharmonic orchestra;
•30 minutes podium time with piano;
•Personalized coaching during the masterclasse;
•Participation to all meetings, classes, rehearsals, and if selected, to the dress rehearsal and the final concert on January 22 2017.

The tuition fees for auditors include:
•Assistance to all meetings, classes, rehearsals, and to the dress rehearsal and the final concert on January 22 2017.

*Whatever their level in conducting and age, French citizens applying for active participation or as an auditor may finance their tuitions fees in one of the following two ways:
•Either in the framework of long life education;
•Or by a charity payment to the Académie Lyrique in the framework of the tax exemptions pertaining to the revenue tax or the ISF (Impôt de solidarité sur la fortune) which the Académie Lyrique as a charity is allowed to perceive by the French Tax Administration.


All applications must be either made by filling up the online application form, or by returning the herewith attached application form to the following address :
Documents to be submitted are :

•Curriculum vitae;
•Link to a video recording of a performance or rehearsal;
•Works selected by the candidate in the masterclass program.


Please contact:
Elisabeth Muller
Tel : +33 1 72 38 37 71

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