Aurora & LEAD! Conducting Masterclasses with Saraste/Gustavsson

Stockholm 18-26/8 2018

Carrying on the tradition of exciting masterclasses for international conductors started in 2015 with Kurt Masur and 2016 with Leif Segerstam, both times paired with Johannes Gustavsson, Aurora now offers a new opportunity – masterclasses partnering with Jukka-Pekka Saraste and his LEAD! program and also welcoming back maestro Johannes Gustavsson.

The master classes takes place during the ongoing Aurora Fine Arts Festival – Stockholm and includes free entrance to all festival events and concerts.

Take risks, inspire audiences, meet people and have fun.

Become an integral part of a performing arts community of which many of the world’s most important performers are also members.

In recent years, over 4000 amazing young artists from 50 countries have participated during the now world famous Aurora Master Classes & Festivals.

We take pride in what we offer our participants. Please take time to read all of the information before you apply.

The Festival

The Aurora Conducting Masterclasses are part of the Aurora Fine Arts Festival in Stockholm. Over 200 musicians from 50 countries take part in masterclasses and concerts on all orchestral instruments in solo, chamber music and symphony orchestra formats. Around 50 famous professors, soloists and artists participate in the festival.

You will experience amazing people and concerts as well as in the newly built Royal College of Music in the Venice of the north – Stockholm.

Please take a good look at the festival and your potential new friends and contacts HERE

Aurora Music and Jukka-Pekka Saraste present:

LEAD! for Conductors

Jukka-Pekka Saraste, the LEAD! team and LEAD! mentors present a unique opportunity for aspiring conductors.

Integrated into the dynamic environment of the LEAD! project is the course for conductors, a chance to not only work with and learn from the expertise of Maestro Saraste, but also to receive feedback from the invaluable experience of some of the worlds best orchestral leaders and to be coached through the process of both learning to interact with and become part of the complex organism that is a symphony orchestra.

Through both observing the rehearsals and workshops of LEAD! and actively conducting both rehearsals and concerts with the Aurora Symphony Orchestra, conductors will have unparalleled access to the orchestral environment and the chance to intensively acquire experience and knowledge in a unique and vibrant working environment.

The LEAD! team with its remarkable background in top level arts management and organization will also host discussions and workshops covering other essential music industry topics while offering a support network with unique access to all facets of musical life.

“Every conductor and soloist knows how essential a good mentor is, and it’s no different for orchestra members and leaders” – Jukka-Pekka Saraste

The core of our LEAD artistic team is made up of musicians and educators with exceptional backgrounds whose goal is to pass on their knowledge and experience to aspiring orchestral players and leaders to help them along the path to acquiring and developing these very specific skills and experiences.

Igor Gruppman – Concertmaster, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
Alexander Zemtsov – Former Principal Violist, London Philharmonic Orchestra
Franz Bartolomey – Former Principal Cellist, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

LEAD is designed by maestro Saraste and his team to be a training ground both for young instrumentalists and conductors and will therefore be integrated both into the long-standing tradition of Aurora’s Symphony Orchestra program as well as the Aurora Music Conducting Masterclasses.

To read more about LEAD! visit www.leadorchestraproject.com.

Johannes Gustavsson and the LEAD mentors

Conditions


Dates: August 18 – 26, 2018 A
vailable places
: 25 (divided in 3 different categories)
Course fee: 10 000 SEK/category 1, 6 000 SEK/category 2, 3 000 SEK /category 3 The course fees do not include accommodation, food or travel however Aurora offers participants good and cheap accommodation options starting from 2500 SEK in total for all days
Registration fee: 700 SEK
Application Deadline: 5 June, 2018

Application process/schedule

5 June: Last application day

The selection process is based on individual application: CV & video

You can choose which or how many categories you want to sign up for. After the selection you can be offered a place in a category you have chosen or a category you did not sign up for. You can also be listed on a waiting list. The registration fee of 700SEK is the same for all categories and covers all applications, even if you select more than 1 category. The registration fee is no-refundable, and is not part of the course fee.

No matter what category you participate in when you are at Aurora in Stockholm, you may be offered another category on site if someone becomes ill or a place becomes available.

12 June: Announcement of selected students for each category 1, 2 and 3
15 June: Last day to pay the course fee
16 June – 17 August: Individual preparations
18-26 August: Course days in Stockholm

Certificate: On concluding the course, all participants will receive an Aurora Music certificate.

CATEGORY 1

4 SELECTED CONDUCTORS – SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

  • The individual conducting of the Aurora Symphony Orchestra will be video recorded. This will be individually analyzed and discussed in separate classes
  • Audit all daily orchestra rehearsals/masterclasses with Maestro Saraste & Gustavsson (approx. 3-4h/day)
  • Actively participate at daily seminars presented by LEAD! (A large variety of topics from programming, public relations, career management, collaboration with soloists and orchestras, personal development and much more) and review sessions with Maestros Saraste & Gustavsson.
  • Access to all masterclasses on all orchestral instruments and chamber music lessons
  • Free entrance to all festival concerts
  • Conduct the Aurora Symphony Orchestra during rehearsals (2 x 45 min/student) and in a public concert (1 movement). All this under guidance of Maestro Saraste.
  • Course fee 10 000 SEK (accommodation and travel expenses not included)

CATEGORY 2

6 SELECTED CONDUCTORS – CHAMBER ENSEMBLES

  • Conduct chamber music ensembles in rehearsals and 2 x 45 min master class  and a public concert, (see the repertoire list below) All this under guidance of Maestro Gustavsson.
  • The individual conducting of the chamber music will partly be video recorded. This will be individually analyzed in separate classes Maestro Saraste & Gustavsson
  • Audit at all daily orchestra rehearsals/masterclasses with Maestro Saraste & Gustavsson (approx. 3-4h/day) 18-26 August.
  • Actively participate at daily seminars presented by LEAD! (A large variety of topics from programming, public relations, career management, collaboration with soloists and orchestras, personal development and much more) and review sessions with Maestros Saraste & Gustavsson.
  • Access to all masterclasses on all orchestral instruments and chamber music lessons
  • Free entrance to all festival concerts
  • Course fee 6 000 SEK (accommodation and travel expenses not included)

CATEGORY 3

15 SELECTED CONDUCTORS – AUDITING

  • Audit all daily orchestra rehearsals/masterclasses with Maestro Saraste & Gustavsson (approx. 3-4h/day) 18-26 August.
  • Actively participate at daily seminars presented by LEAD! (A large variety of topics from programming, public relations, career management, collaboration with soloists and orchestras, personal development and much more) and review sessions with Maestros Saraste & Gustavsson.
  • Access to all masterclasses on all orchestral instruments and chamber music lessons
  • Free entrance to all festival concerts
  • Course fee 3 000 SEK (accommodation and travel expenses not included)

Requirements

Category 1 and 2 – The course is aimed at advanced students and/or musicians who have completed a course of musical study (instrumental study, singing or conducting) and who already have some conducting experience
Category 3 The course is aimed at both students, professionals and amateurs who wish to deepen their knowledge of music, leadership and/or conducting

There is no age limit. Teaching will be given in English.

 Documents/Information to be submitted in the online application form

  • Personal data
  • CV in English
  • Video recording (in the form of a web link) showing applicant in the role of conductor

Selection procedure

After all complete applications have been received; the course organizers will decide which applicants will be admitted to the different categories.
The results will be announced June 12, 2018.
On receiving notification of acceptance for the course, the selected students must confirm their attendance and pay the course fee by the specified deadline.
Otherwise the course organizers will offer your place to another applicant.

The organizers’ decisions are final. No legal recourse will be permitted; no correspondence will be entered into.

Obligations 


Students must declare that they are willing to create diary entries or post information on Facebook, and be prepared to give short interviews.

Aurora Music retains all rights in respect of photographic or video materials which have been created during the course or recorded at the concerts.

Students are responsible for obtaining visas and paying visa costs.

Students must also pay for their own insurance.

Repertoire List  

The selected participants shall prepare and study this repertoire during June  – August. Repertoire is subject to change and you will be notified as soon as something changes.

Orchestra – preliminary
Tjaikovskij – Symphony No. 5
Sibelius –
Symphony No. 1
Dvorak –
Cello Concerto
Sibelius – Violin Concerto
Sibelius – Karelia Suite
Grieg – Peer Gynt Suite No. 1
Hannah Kendall –
The Spark Catchers
Missy Mazzoli – Violent, Violent Sea

Chamber Music with conductor – preliminary
Varese
–  Octandre
Stravinsky – Octet for Wind Instruments
Varese – Intégrales
Stravinsky – Soldiers Tale Suite (Selections)
Andrea Tarrodi – Serenade in Seven Colours for Winds & Percussion
George Enescu –  Decet for Winds, Op.14

APPLICATION – STEP BY STEP 

5 June: Last application day
12 June: Announcement of selected students for each category 1, 2 and 3
15 June: Last day to pay the course fee
16 June – 17 August: Individual preparations
18-26 August: Course days in Stockholm

Ola Larsson                                                         

General manager +46 (0)70 654 12 50

ola.larsson@auroramusic.se

Willem Stam

Artistic Coordinator  +31 642 05 62 57

willem.stam@auroramusic.se