9. INTERNATIONAL MASTERCLASS & CONCERT FOR CONDUCTORS Sunday 2 April – Friday 7 April 2017 With Maestro Frans Rasmussen / Maestro Martin Akerwall


Pazardzhik Symphony Orchestra, Bulgaria.
The masterclass includes 100 minutes podium time with Pazardzhik Symphony Orchestra incl concert. Additional personal video analysis, coaching and evaluation sessions with the Scandinavian maestro Akerwall and maestro Rasmussen. All orchestral sessions will be recorded on video. The masterclass has no age-limit.

Beethoven Symphony 5
Brahms Symphony 3
Schumann Symphony 3
Mozart Don Giovanni Overture
Strauss Fledermaus Overture

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. Alternatively learn as much as possible of the entire repertoire, prepare well a part of the repertoire good and take places/sections or a whole movement that you can conduct entirely from memory. This gives you the best basic for getting as much as possible out of the week.

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Participation fee:
€ 1550/active (100 minutes podium-time)
The participation fee includes 100 minutes podium time in front of Pazardzhik Symphony Orchestra, additional daily podium time in front of a piano-duo, individual video analysis, evaluation, personal coaching and daily lunch. Completion of our Masterclasses requires a group size of 8-10 participants.

In case of cancellation after deadline of a masterclass OCA refunds paid course fee – not additional costs.

Please fill out the application form here:
Your application will be processed within few days. Participants are accepted successively.
Deadline for application 10 March 2017

Sunday 2 April 10.00 – 17.00
– Welcome
– Beginning of the masterclass.
– Podium time in front of a piano-duo
– Analyzing of scores
– Conducting exercises.
Monday 3 April – Thursday 6 April 10.00 – 19.00
– 10.00 – 14.00 Orchestral rehearsal/ Conductors training
– 16.00 – 19.00 Video analyze, personal coaching, evaluation, podium time in front of a piano-duo
Friday 7 April
– 10.00 – 13.00 Video analyze, personal coaching, evaluation, podium time in front of a piano-duo, conductors training
– 14.30 – 17.00 General Rehearsal
– 18.30 Concert

The venue takes place in Pazardzhik Symphony Orchestra’s concert hall in center of Pazardzhik. The tuition focus during the masterclass will be on conducting technique, aspects of score analyzing, rhetoric communication and rehearsal techniques. We will also on psychological aspects of orchestral conducting, preparing yourself and the score for rehearsal and concert. 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.
Pazardzhik is situated along the banks of the Maritsa river, Southern Bulgaria. It is the capital of Pazardzhik Province. During the masterclass you get the chance to experience the rich flavored 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. We will also visit one of Pazardzhik’s Bulgarian folk-music and folk-dance schools.
The daily lunch will take place at Hotel Primavera.

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

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.


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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.


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