Conductor master course Conductor master course 8-15 July International Bartok Festival

Conductor master course

Conductor master course

8-15 July
arrival: 7 July, departure: 16 July

Course leader: GERGELY VAJDA

Savaria Symphony Orchestra

Languages: English, German, Hungarian
Number of students: 6-10 persons

After being hailed as a “young titan” by the Montreal Gazette after conducting the Montreal Symphony in Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle and Schönberg’s Erwartung in 2004, Gergely (Gregory) Vajda has fast become one of the most sought-after conductors on the international scene.

He has been Music Director and Conductor of the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra in Alabama (USA) since 2011. Gregory was named Principal Conductor of the Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in 2012; after the completion of a three-year tenure, he was named Principal Guest Conductor of the HRSO. He is also the Artistic Director of the International Armel Opera Competition and Festival.

During the 2016-17 season Mr. Vajda was invited to conduct at the Hamburg State Opera, the Hackney Empire Theater in London and at the Frankfurt Radio Orchestra among other guest engagements. Maestro Vajda is also an accomplished composer, and a returning guest professor of conducting at the Peter Eötvös Contemporary Music Foundation.

Course material:
Béla Bartók: A fábólfaragott királyfi (The Wooden Prince) —complete ballet
Igor Stravinsky: Le sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring)

This year’s conducting master course —related to our main theme, “Dance”— would like to provide a unique opportunity for young conductors to learn and perform the master pieces of Bartók and Stravinsky in a fully choreographed format. At the closing concert of the conducting master course the two major 20th Century ballets will be conducted by the active participants selected by the course leader (minimum 6, maximum 10 conductors), performed by the Savaria Symphony Orchestra and noted dance artists. Before the first orchestra rehearsal each participating conductor will have a chance to conduct excerpts of both pieces played by professional piano players. In addition to conducting and consulting with the conducting master course leader students will have a chance to meet and consult dance artists and the choreographer present.

Certification and some practice is required to attend the course succesfully.

Together with your application form please send us the following documents:

  • one copy of your university or college degree in music (preferably in conducting)
  • curriculum plus a list of the works you have conducted or studied
  • one 5-15 minute video, DVD or Youtube link of a live rehearsal or concert conducted by yourself (you must be seen clearly from the front while conducting), preferably Bartók, Stravinsky or other 20th Century repertoire.

Documents must be received or postmarked no later than 19 May 2017.

More information about discounts of active registraion fees in Terms of Participation.

Course fee for non-Hungarian citizens: 600 EUR
Discounted passive fee: 50 EUR


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