10. INTERNATIONAL MASTERCLASS & CONCERT FOR CONDUCTORS Sunday 11 June – Friday 16 June 2017 With maestro Martin Akerwall and maestro Frans Rasmussen Pazardzhik Symphony Orchestra, Bulgaria.


The masterclass includes 100 minutes podium time with Pazardzhik Symphony Orchestra incl. final concert. Daily personal video analysis, coaching and evaluation sessions with maestro Akerwall and maestro Rasmussen. All orchestral sessions will be recorded on video. The masterclass has no age-limit. All levels are welcome and the masterclass are for both conductors and musicians.

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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.

Participation fee:
€ 1550/active (100 minutes podium-time)
Deadline for application/payment 17 May 2017

Participation Fee for application and payment before 1th. of May gives you € 300 off the prize.

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.

Your application will be processed within few days. Participants are accepted successively. Please apply here:

Sunday 10.00 – 17.00
– Welcome
– Beginning of the masterclass.
– Podium time in front of a piano-duo
– Analyzing of scores
– Conducting exercises.
Monday – Thursday 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
– 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. Your active part in the masterclass is doubled up 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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