Eiji Oue, Conducting – Buchenau Spring 2018, Germany 01 – 07 Apr, 2018


01. April 2018 – 07. April 2018

Application deadline: February 15th 2018

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Renowned for his ‘extraordinary interpretations’ (La Nacion) and his ‘trademark good humour […] and great energy’ (BackTrack), Eiji Oue has conducted many of the world’s top orchestras throughout his career, including the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, and the Munich Philharmonic. Oue is currently Conductor Laureate of both the Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra, having served as its Music Director from 2003-2011, and the NDR Radio Philharmonic Orchestra in Hanover, following an eleven year tenure as Principal Guest Conductor (1998-2009). He has also held the positions of Music Director of the Minnesota Orchestra (1995-2002) and Barcelona Symphony Orchestra (2006-2010). As previous Music Director of Wyoming’s Grand Teton Music Festival (1997-2003), Oue was the driving force behind the founding of one of the Festival’s most beloved events, its annual outdoor Fourth of July Community Concert. Recent and forthcoming highlights include an extensive world tour celebrating the centenary of the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, tours to Japan and South America with the NDR Radio Philharmonic, an upcoming visit to La Folle Journée in Warsaw, a cycle of American repertoire and notable celebration of Leonard Bernstein across the Wroclaw Philharmonic’s 2017/18 season. Other key orchestras that he is working with include the Malaysian Philharmonic, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Orquestra Sinfônica Brasileira, Shanghai Symphony, Guangzhou Symphony, the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI in Turin, MDR Sinfonieorchester Leipzig, Orquesta Sinfonica de Castilla y Leon, the Junge Deutsche Philharmonic, Janacek Philharmonic Ostrava, Belgrade Philharmonic, Orchestra della Toscana, Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana, Orquesta Sinfonia de Tenerife, and the Orquesta de Valencia. Past season highlights include engagements with the Sao Paolo Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi,
Warsaw Philharmonic, RTE National Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra National de Lyon, La Folle Journée in Warsaw and Nantes amongst others. Oue has recorded extensively with the Minnesota Orchestra in repertoire including Bernstein, Stravinsky, Mahler, Strauss, Copland, and Rachmaninov. With the NDR Hannover, he has recorded the music of Antheil, Martinů, Schnittke and Strauss’ orchestral songs with soprano Michaela Kaune, and for DG he recorded the violin concertos of Paganini and Spohr. Other collaborations include Sarah Chang, Nemanja Radulovic, Fazil Say, Midori, Conrad Tao, Nelson Goerner, Emmanuel Ceysson, Nicolas Altstaedt, Stephen Kovacevich, David Fray, Roger Muraro as well as Trio Jean Peul. Passionate ab out musical education and stewarding the next generation of musicians, Oue is Professor of Conducting at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover, a post he’s held since 2000. Amongst his many honours and awards are the 1980 Koussevitzky Prize
at Tanglewood and both first prize and the Hans Harin Gold Medal at the 1981 Salzburg Mozarteum conducting competitions. In November 2005 he received the Praetorius Music Prize from the state of Lower Saxony and the Lower Saxony Order of Merit in 2009. Born in Hiroshima, Japan, Oue began piano lessons at the age of four, eventually entering the Toho Gakuen School of Music as a performance major where he and began his conducting studies with Seiji Ozawa’s teacher Hideo Saito. In 1978, he was invited by Maestro Ozawa to spend the summer studying at the Tanglewood Music Center. It was there that he met Leonard Bernstein, who became his long-time mentor and colleague. They shared the podium on three international tours with concerts at La Scala, Wiener Staatsoper, Opéra de Paris, and in Moscow, St Petersburg, Berlin, Rome and other musical capitals. In 1990 he assisted Bernstein in the creation of the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan, serving as resident conductor for the Festival Orchestra.

Course services

  • closing concert
  • career counselling

Course fee

1499 €, passive listener 500 €, day pass 150 €

Professional multi-angle video recording of your performance 150 €

Preliminary schedule

March 31
Arrival – Schloss Buchenau

April 1
10:00 – 13:00 Orchestral rehearsal – Conducting masterclass Eiji Oue

April 2
10:00 – 13:00 Orchestral rehearsal – Conducting masterclass Eiji Oue

April 3
10:00 – 13:00 Orchestral rehearsal – Conducting masterclass Eiji Oue

April 4
10:00 – 13:00 Orchestral rehearsal – Conducting masterclass Eiji Oue

April 5
10:00 – 13:00 Orchestral rehearsal – Conducting masterclass Eiji Oue

April 6
10:00 – 13:00 Orchestral rehearsal – Conducting masterclass Eiji Oue
18:00 Warm-up rehearsal
20:00 – 22:00 Closing concert with symphony orchestra – Conducting masterclass Eiji Oue, Buchenau
Reception afterwards – The Festival closing

April 7

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