Florence Conducting Masterclass 2017

Teacher: M° Massimiliano Caldi

Orchestra: Artes National Orchestra

Period: August 28 / September 3 2017

Location: Teatro di Cestello, piazza del Cestello 3/4 – Firenze

Programme of the Course

Course fee


Brochure download



The masterclass is directed to young conductors who want to increase their musical experience and work as professionals in the world of classical music.

The course is articulated in n°7 (seven) days of lesson. The lessons with the orchestra will be recorded and at the end of the day the students will discuss with the M° about their performance with the help of the recording.

The recording will be given to the students in digital format (USB pendrive) at the end of the course.

There will be 6 days of orchestra, with an average podium time of 100 minutes per student. The organisation and the teacher, by common consent,  will guarantee concert opportunities to the best students and the hiring of a chosen “best student” in the next season of one of the following institutions: Koszalin Philarmonic Orchestra (Poland); Polish Baltic Philarmonia (Danzic); Budapest Symphony Orchestra MAV (Hungary); Budapest Strings Chamber Orchestra (Hungary); Artes National Orchestra (Italy); Thessaloniki Symphony Orchestra (Greece)



Monday August 28

10.00 – 13.00 and 14.00 – 19.00 (10 a.m. . 1 p.m. and 2 p.m – 7 p.m. )

registration and theory lesson (conducting technique, analysis)

Tuesday August 29, Wednesday 30 and Thursday 31 – Programme A

10.00 – 13.00 ( 10.00 a.m. – 1.00 p.m.) theoric lesson and analysis of the videos

14.00 – 20.30 (2.00 p.m. – 8.30 p.m.) lessons with the orchestra, each students will have at least one podium session per day

Friday September 1 and Saturday 2 – Programme B

10.00 – 13.00 ( 10.00 a.m. – 1.00 p.m.) theoric lesson and analysis of the videos

14.00 – 20.30 (2.00 p.m. – 8.30 p.m.) lessons with the orchestra, each students will have at least one podium session per day

Sunday September 3

General rehearsal and final concert (timeteble to be defined) concert suit/dress is required.

Active students must prepare al least 1 (one) piece from Group A and 2 (two) from Group B. One movement of a wider work (i.e. a Symphony), is considered 1 (one) piece.

Group A – String Orchestra (days 29, 30 and 31 August)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Eine kleine Nachtmusik K 525

Piotr Ilic Tchaikovsky: Serenade in C Major op. 48

Antonin Dvorak: Serenade in E major op. 22

Edward Grieg: Holberg Suite

Gustav Holst: St. Paul Suite

Benjamin Britten: Simple Symphony

Ottorino Respighi: Antiche arie e danze per liuto Suite III

Elvira Muratore: Nomen for strings (ed.Sconfinarte)

Andrea Portera: Original Mater (ed.Sconfinarte)

Group B – Symphony Orchestra (days 1, 2 and 3 September)

Franz Joseph Haydn: Symphony n° 92 “Oxford”

Franz Joseph Haydn: Symphony n° 94 “Surprise”

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony n° 39 in Eb major K 543

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony n° 40 in G minor K550

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Ouverture “Così fan tutte”

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Ouverture “Le nozze di Figaro”

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony n° 5 in C minor (mov. I)

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony n° 6 in F major (mov. I, II, III)

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony n° 7 in A major

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony n° 9 in D minor (except solo vocal and choir) *

Ludwig van Beethoven: Prometheus Ouverture

Ludwig van Beethoven: Egmont Ouverture

Franz Schubert: Symphony n° 5 in B flat

Gioachino Rossini: Sinfonia “Italiana in Algeri”

Gioachino Rossini: Sinfonia “Il barbiere di Siviglia”

Gioachino Rossini: Sinfonia “La gazza ladra”

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Symphony n° 4 “Italian”

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Märchen von der schönen Melusine Op.3

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Symphony n° 3 “Scottish”

Richard Wagner: Siegfried-Idyll

Johann Strauss II: An der schönen blauen Donau, Op. 314

G. Verdi: Traviata Preludio III Act

Antonin Dvorak: Czech Suite op. 39

Bela Bartok: Rumanian folk dances

Sergei Prokofiev: Symphony n° 1 “Classical”


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Exultate Jubilate in F major K 165

Franz Joseph Haydn: Cello concerto in C major

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Violin concerto in E minor

Piotr Ilic Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D major

Robert Schumann: Cello concerto in A minor op. 129

Max Bruch: Kol Nidrei

On the final stages of the masterclass there will be present agents from international artists agencies.

Course fee

Couse fee, active students: € 1150,00

Application fee: € 250,00

Total amount of fees: € 1.400,00


The partecipation fee for the auditors is unique and permits to assist to the whole day lessons

Course fee, auditors: € 400,00

Meals and Accomodation

Meals and accomodation are up to the participants. The organisation can offer assistance in finding a proper accomodation in Florence for the period of the masterclass. Prices for a single bedroom range from € 30 per night.

The course fee will be payed the first day of the course. The courses will be activated with a minimum number of students.

The application fee will not be returned in any case, except the cancellation of the courses; in that case the students will be promptly advised. The partecipaton at the courses implies the full acceptance of the present rules. Artes Association will give prompt notification of any modification of the rules that may occur. For any legal action the Italian text of the announcement must be considered. The competent forum is Prato’s.


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