With Maestro Frans Rasmussen / Maestro Martin Akerwall
Pazardzhik Symphony Orchestra, Bulgaria.

The masterclass includes 100 minutes podium time with Pazardzhik Symphony Orchestra incl concert. Additional 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.

Dvorak Symphony 9
Schubert Symphony 5
Sibelius Symphony 3
Tchaikovsky Symphony 6 (1 and 4 movement)

Nielsen Helios Overture
Debussy Prelude to “The Afternoon Of a Faun”

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)

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.

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Sunday 10.00 – 17.00
– Welcome
– Beginning of the masterclass.
– Podium time in front of a piano-duo
– Analyzing of scores
– Conducting exercises.

MondayThursday 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 sound balancing and conducting technique, aspects of score analyzing, rhetoric communication and rehearsal techniques. We will also focus on psychological aspects of orchestral conducting, preparing yourself and the score for rehearsal and concert. Please be aware, that your active part in the masterclass is doubled with both maestro Akerwall and maestro Rasmussen teaching you both simultaneously and separated. One-hour personal coaching sessions will be given on request.

Both Maestro Rasmussen and Maestro Akerwall are both well-known and respected Scandinavian coaches and conductors. As participant you will experience yourself in the company of a dynamic and intensive duo that works with your individual skills and improvement from different approaches. Yet their common principles and understanding in culture and the art of conducting makes it for you an progressive efficiently and instructive one-direction-experience.

Maestro FRANS RASMUSSEN is one of Denmark’s most respected conductors and music educators. He is known for his warm charisma and his contagious enthusiasm both as a leader but also as a teacher. For more than 40 years he has educated young musicians and conductors at the Royal Danish Academy. He has been given master classes for more than 20 years. Maestro Rasmussen has studied piano, and orchestral conducting at the Royal Academy of Music in Copenhagen. Rasmussen has gained his eminent conducting technical abilities, and long-life know-how from his teachers in the Russian conducting school of Nicolai Malko. Throughout his long career, Frans Rasmussen has regularly been guest conducted orchestras and ensembles in Denmark, Scandinavia, the United States, Africa, and Asia. He has been First Guest conductor at Ho Chi Minh City Ballet and Symphony Orchestra and Artistic Leader of The Danish Royal Lifeguard 1994-2000. As an opera conductor Frans Rasmussen has worked as music director on productions at the Royal Danish Theater and Danish National Opera for 50 years. From 1981-86, he was Chief Conductor of the Royal Theater’s choir.

Maestro MARTIN AKERWALL is regarded one of his generation’s most outstanding and gifted Danish conductors. Since 1989 has regularly worked with symphony orchestras in Scandinavian and appeared in concerts with orchestras in Denmark, Sweden, Finland, USA, France, Singapore, Czech Republic , Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Awarded with several distinguished Danish prizes Akerwall began his career at German opera houses as Principal Conductor before he became positions as conductor at Bern State Opera in Switzerland, The Royal Danish Theater and The Finnish Opera. Encouraged by the world acclaimed maestro Jorma Panula, Akerwall was the first Danish conductor to become member of the conductor’s class in 1988 with maestro Panula at the Sibelius Academy. In his early years Akerwall also enjoyed the exclusive mentoring from the great Russian maestro Dimitri Kitajenko. Martin Akerwall’s teaching are rooted in the education and influence from the Finnish conducting tradition with world class conductors as Jukka Pekka Sareste, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Leif Segerstam, Jorma Panula. Further his teaching gains benefit from his acquisition of the German conducting school as conductor at German theaters.

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.

The course will be taught primarily in English and German and secondarily Swedish or Danish for Scandinavian participants.


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