Kromeriz, Czech Republic Conducting Workshop and Concert 2017


This 2-week intensive workshop features epic repertoire (music by Beethoven, Debussy, Rossini, Tchaikovsky, Richard Strauss, Johann Strauss, Brahms, Mussorgsky, and Dvorak) and outstanding faculty (Maestros Neil Varon, Kirk Trevor, and Tomáš Netopil), and takes place in the charming UNESCO-preserved city of Kromeríž. With great repertoire, amazing teachers, 2 weeks in beautiful hotels, 100+ minutes of podium time, and a public concert for participants in a castle, it is the best conducting workshop for the price – and it’s a lot of fun!


WHERE: Kromeríž, Czech Republic

Kromeríž, Czech Republic [map], is a charming UNESCO-preserved city in southeast Czech Republic, accessible by train or bus from Vienna, Bratislava, Prague, or Krakow. The town is renowned for its Archbishop’s Palace and its historical significance.


WHEN: July 29 – August 13, 2017


Kirk Trevor


Internationally known conductor, recording artist, and educator Maestro Kirk Trevor is a regular guest conductor in the world’s most prestigious concert halls. He has been Music Director of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra since 1988, and the Missouri Symphony since 2000, and was Music Director of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra from 1985 until 2003. In 2000 Maestro Trevor forged a new relationship with the famed Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra in Bratislava, recording American music for a consortium of independent record companies, and in 2006 Maestro Trevor began a new collaboration with Naxos Records. With almost 80 releases since 1997, this makes Kirk Trevor one of the world’s most recorded conductors within the past decade. As a guest conductor Maestro Trevor has appeared with over 40 orchestras in twelve countries. Recent appearances have included the Orchestra Sinfonica Sao Paolo, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Estonian National Symphony, the Warsaw Philharmonic, Orquesta Sinfonica de Castilla y Leon, the Virginia Symphony, the Savannah Symphony, the Sofia Philharmonic, and the Bern Chamber Orchestra. In 2003 he made his London Symphony Orchestra debut, and in 2007 his Carnegie Hall debut with the New York Chamber Orchestra.

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Neil Varon

Neil Varon

Neil Varon’s conducting career spans 40 years and several continents. After early stations in Istanbul, Vienna and Nuernberg, he was named first Kapellmeister of the Deutsche Opera am Rhein in Düsseldorf in 1981, and in 1987 he became music director of the Südwestfälische Philharmonic. He kept this position until 1991, when he was appointed general music director of the City of Gelsenkirchen, Germany. In Asia, he has conducted the Korean Symphony in Seoul, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony in Tokyo, Kyushu Philharmonic in Fukuoka, Tokyo Philharmonic, and Daegu Symphony Orchestra.  Meastro Varon has conducted at the Chan Center for the Performing Arts in Vancouver, British Columbia, Hamburg State Opera, Nürnberg Opera, Staatstheater Wiesbaden, Stuttgart Opera, Berlin Staatsoper, and New York City Opera, as well as the Haydn Orchester in Bolzano, Italy, the Conservatory Orchestra at the Toho Gakuen Conservatory in Tokyo, and the Philharmonia Hungarica. Maestro Varon was appointed Professor of Conducting and Music Director of the Eastman Philharmonia at the Eastman School of Music in 2005, and has since taught conducting master classes in Cologne, Siegen, and Nuremberg.

Tomas Netopil


After his successful debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker and the Philharmonia Orchestra London in autumn 2010, Tomáš Netopil conducts in the season 2011/12 for the first time the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks München and the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. In addition, he has been re-invited to work with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and the Philharmonie Essen and conducted concerts in Stuttgart, Cagliari, Tampere and Graz.

At the Sächsischen Staatsoper Dresden Tomas Netopil directs the new production of La Clemenza di Tito and the revival of Rusalka. At the National Theater in Prague, where he is since 2009 music director, he conducts the new production of Dvorak’s Jacobin. In spring 2012 he will make his debut with the Flying Dutchman at the New National Theatre Tokyo.

In the preseasons, Tomáš Netopil conducted new productions at the Opéra National de Paris (Katya Kabanova), at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia Valencia (The Bartered Bride) and at the Teatro Regio Torino (Idomeneo). He has performed at the Staatsoper München, the Salzburger Festspiele, at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Teatro Carlo Felice Genova, Teatro San Carlo di Napoli, Teatro Regio Torino, Teatro Comunale in Bologna and at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice. Tomas Netopil conducted at the Bayerische Staatsoper München, Salzburger Fest-spiele, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Teatro Carlo Felice Genova, Teatro San Carlo di Napoli, Teatro Regio Torino, Teatro Comunale Bologna and Teatro La Fenice Venezia.

In concert he appeared with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande Geneve, Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, Filarmonica della Scala,Accademia Santa Cecilia Roma, Oslo Philharmonic Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Royal Flemish Philharmonic, Orchestre National du Capitole Toulouse,Orchestre National de Lille, Orchestre National de Montpellier, Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, Prague Symphony Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Frankfurter Museumsorchester, Staatsorchester Stuttgart, MDR Symphony Orchestra Leipzig, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Staatskapelle Weimar, Philharmonie Essen, at the Teatro Sao Carlos Lisboa and Teatro Lirico Cagliari.

Tomáš Netopil studied violin and conducting in his native Czech republic as well as at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm under the guidance of Prof. Jorma Panula, who has taught many prominent conductors. In 2002 he won the 1st Sir Georg Solti Conductors Competition at the Alte Oper Frankfurt, where the jury included Michael Gielen, Gary Bertini, Sylvain Cambreling and Paolo Carignani.


    Group 1

    • Debussy Prelude a l’apres-midi d’un faune
    • Rossini L’Italiana in Algieri Overture
    • Tchaikovsky Serenade for Strings
    • Beethoven Prometheus Overture
    • Beethoven Symphony No. 1
    • Beethoven Symphony No. 5
    • Beethoven Symphony No. 8

Group 2

  • Brahms Symphony No. 3
  • Strauss Blue Danube Waltz
  • Dvorak Otello Overture
  • Dvorak Carnival Overture
  • Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition
  • Tchaikovsky 1812 Overture
  • Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4


Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra, based in Zlin, CZ (20km east of Kromeríž) was established in 1945. The orchestra has worked with a number of distinguished conductors and since the 2008–2009 season the principal conductor has been Stanislav Vavrínek. With a repertoire ranging from major symphonic works to jazz and popular music, the orchestra collaborates with various musicians and ensembles, giving concerts in the Zlín region, as well as touring in the Czech Republic and abroad throughout Europe and in the United States. Cooperation with radio and television stations as well as recording sessions have become an integral part of the orchestra’s activities.PODIUM TIME100 minutes of workshop podium time and conducting in a live concert in the palace



3,199 € or $3,449.00/ participant *

949 € or $999.00/ auditors

(* discount for returning students and limited number of scholarships are available)


$150 (non refundable, applies toward tuition)

Registration Deposit


This course focuses on conducting (baton) technique, effective communication with the baton and body, and score study and interpretation. The course includes:

  • 100+ minutes of podium time with ensembles
  • public performance in the Archbishop’s Palace
  • baton technique/conducting classes
  • 2-4 score study sessions/score previews
  • 9 video reviews
  • Individual coaching and lessons
  • complimentary professional-level head shots and conducting photos


There are many charming private hotels (called “pensions”) in Kromeriz that are comfortable and centrally located. Each room is a private room with a private bathroom, and include breakfast. The cost of your hotel and breakfasts are included in the total fee (see above).


Some of the hotels we use include La FrescaU Zlateho KohoutaCerny Orel, and Maly Val (click to learn more about them).

TO APPLY: deadline March 31

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PAPER APPLICATION: Please mail a C.V. and demo DVD to:

International Conductors Institute
4641 10th Street
Boulder, CO 80304

Please indicate in your email which workshop(s) you are applying for. One application may apply for all workshops.


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