LEAD! with Jukka-Pekka Saraste
Starting in 2018 in Stockholm, Aurora Music launches its new collaboration with legendary conductor Jukka-Pekka Saraste and his new orchestral mentorship program “LEAD!”. The program has been specially designed with orchestral leaders from around the globe who will lead instrumental sections and help coach young musicians to develop the unique and necessary skills and understanding to become top orchestral players and leaders on their instruments.
LEAD! educates through the rehearsal and performance process focusing on helping musicians learn to communicate both as leaders and as section players, to understand and feel comfortable in a variety of styles and repertoire, to communicate with conductors and to ensure quality playing under any circumstances. Maestro Saraste and his mentors aim to give students the tools to develop their individual character and personality and the confidence and knowledge to use them in the orchestral environment and beyond. Although there will be a certain focus on section leaders, LEAD!’s philosophy applies to every individual in the orchestra, and the team seeks to strengthen the motivation and personality of each player.
The LEAD! team will also provide opportunities for both private and group discussions on a large range of topics central to artistic life. As well as Maestro Saraste, the LEAD! team includes Sarah Osa and Frances Maunder, two eminent figures in the arts world with backgrounds in the highest levels of arts managements, organization, and performance. Together they are prepared to provide young musicians with the opportunity to learn and discuss vital topics often ignored in music education including career development and maintenance, psychological and emotional life as an artist, personal and professional relationships, as well as more practical topics like handling contracts, negotiations, politics, programming and networking.
“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.