The Third International MasterclassBudapest for Conductors by Jorma Panula will be held between 27th of August – 2nd of September 2017, with the participation of the MAV Symphony Orchestra.

The masterclass is open for all conductors, without age limit. Based on the online application material, 9 active participants will be selected by Maestro Panula. Each conductor will get about 150 minutes podium time in front of the orchestra in total. The sessions will be recorded and the videos will be discussed after the orchestral sessions. Selected conductors will get the possibility to conduct on the final, public concert on the 2nd of September. For more information, see Program and venues and Conditions. You can find the application form here.


Born in Finland, Jorma Panula was the artistic director and chief conductor of the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra from 1963 to 1965, the Helsinki Philharmonic from 1965 to 1972 and the Aarhus Symphony from 1970 to 1973. He has been a frequent guest conductor of the Finnish National Opera.
Panula was Professor of Conducting at the Sibelius Academy from 1973 to 1994 and the faculties of the Stockholm Royal Academy and the Copenhagen Royal Academy.
He is now a guest conductor and professor of conducting courses all over the world including Paris, London, Amsterdam, Moscow, New York, Tanglewood, Aspen, Ottawa and Sydney. As a pedagogue, Panula has been a teacher and mentor to many Finnish conductors of successive generations, such as Esa-Pekka Salonen, Mikko Franck, Sakari Oramo, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, and Osmo Vänskä.
Panula studied church music and conducting at the Sibelius Academy. His teachers have been: Leo Funtek, Dean Dixon, Albert Wolff and Franco Ferrara. Apart from conducting, he has composed a wide variety of music. His operas Jaako Ilkka and the River Opera established a genre entitled “performance opera” for its fusion of music, visual art and the art of daily life. Panula’s other compositions include musicals, church music, a violin concerto, jazz capriccio and numerous pieces of vocal music.


Click to Archive to read about the 1st and 2nd Masterclass Budapest in 2015-16.

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