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“Music is a means capable of expressing dark dramatism and pure rapture, suffering and ecstasy, fiery and cold fury, melancholy and wild merriment and the subtlest nuances and interplay of these feelings which words are powerless to express and which are unattainable in painting and sculpture.”

Dmitiri Shostakovich


Jeunesses Musicales Conducting Masterclass

Maestros: Christian Ehwald & Sigmund Thorp

Orchestra: Royal Chamber Orchestra
September 20th -24th 2017, Bucharest, ROMANIA

Admission: conductors of all nationalities and all ages can take part in this course. All candidates are expected to have thoroughly studied the program before the beginning of the course.


15 active participants (with 2 pianos and orchestra) will be accepted.
15 semi-active participants (only with 2 pianos) will be accepted
Christian Ehwald and Sigmund Thorp will choose the participants based on their

Auditors are welcome. The course accepts an unlimited number of audience members.


Tuition Languages: German and English


Location: National University of Music Bucharest (Stirbei Voda Street, no.33, Bucharest, Romania)


Diplomas and certificates: each participant will receive an attendance certificate signed by Christian Ehwald and Sigmund Thorp.


Special PRIZE: The teachers, pianists and the orchestra will vote for the best active participant, who will receive a concert with the Royal Camerata Orchestra.

Day of arrival: September 19
Courses: September 20, 21, 22, 23
Gala Concert: September 24


Work with 2 pianos:

10:00 – 13:00 and 15:00 – 18:00
Rehearsals with 2 pianos for 15 active participants and 15 semi-active participants. Each participant will rehearse for 15 minutes daily. Each participant will conduct 2 works of their choice from the repertoire list.
All the other participants can assist at the rehearsals.


Work with the Royal Camerata Orchestra:

10:00 – 13:00 and 15:00 – 18:00
Rehearsals with the Royal Camerata Orchestra for 15 active participants. Each participant will rehearse for 20 minutes, daily. Each participant will conduct 2 works of their choice from the repertoire list.
All the other participants can assist at the rehearsals.

18:00 – 20:00
Free discussions and video review sessions.

With 2 pianos:
R. Wagner: Siegfried Idyll
S. Prokofiev: Symphony no. 1, op.25 – 2nd and 3rd movement
F. Liszt: Mephisto Waltz no. 1


With orchestra:
W.A. Mozart: Symphony no. 38, in D major, KV 504
L. van Beethoven: Symphony nr. 2, in D major, op. 36
P.I. Tchaikovsky: Symphony no.2, in c minor, op. 17
F. M. Bartholdy: Symphony no. 4, in A major, op. 90

Active participants (work with 2 pianos and with orchestra): 1700 €
Semi-active participants (only work with 2 pianos): 850
Auditors: 250 €


EARLY BOOKING: Special discount for active participants who will apply before the 15th of June 2017: 1550 € !

Note: Fees have to be paid in full, in 10 days, after the announcement of the selected participants in the following account:


Beneficiary: ELITE ART Club UNESCO
IBAN Euro: RO92BACX0000000586870001
Bank address: Piata Unirii nr. 1, magazin Unirea – Corp central, tronson A+B, parter, sector 3

1. Application form
2. Curriculum vitae
3. Passport or identity card copy
4. Short demo or YouTube links – if possible

You can send the applications via e-mail: or by post at the following address:


ELITE ART Club UNESCO (Jeunesses Musicales Conducting Masterclass)
Constantin Noica Street, no. 134, sector 6, 061055, Bucharest, ROMANIA


Please send your applications until August 5th, 2017.
Maestro Christian Ehwald and Maestro Sigmund Thorp will choose the 15 active participants and the 15 semi-active participants.


The selected participants will be anounced before August 10th, 2017 on


For any other information regarding the Jeunesses Musicales Conducting Masterclass, please contact the organisation office at the following address: or by phone at:

+40 742 355 775

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Art Director & Chief-Conductor, Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra

Christian Ehwald was born in 1953. After the completion of his studies in Berlin, he continued his education under Arvid and Mariss Jansons at the Leningrad Conservatory. In 1979 he was laureate at the Herbert von Karajan International Conducting Competition.

From 1981 to 1988 Chr. Ehwald was the principal conductor of the Jena Philharmonic. It was also during this time that his close cooperation with the Berlin State opera began, with Ehwald conducting several premieres and numerous performances. In addition, he conducted the Berlin State Orchestra on concert tours to Great Britain, Australia and New Zealand.

Christian Ehwald has gone on to perform as a guest conductor with all the leading german orchestras, including Berlin Philharmonic, Dresden Staatskapelle, Dresden Philharmonic and the symphony orchestras of the Bavarian Radio Munich, Western German Radio Köln and Berlin Radio. Invitations from the Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig have followed especially frequently. Abroad Christian Ehwald has served as a guest conductor with many important orchestras in Europe, America, Japan, Korea and China. He has produced television productions with the NHK Orchestra Tokyo, St.Petersburg Philharmonic, RAI of Rome, Prag Symphony and Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra.

From 1998 to 2003 Christian Ehwald was the general music director of the Magdeburg Theater and principal conductor of the Magdeburg Philharmonic. In 2002 he was appointed professor at the Academy of Music „Hanns Eisler“ in Berlin.

Since 2007 he also is Art Director and Chief-Conductor of the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra.

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Sigmund Thorp

Professor of conducting, Norwegian Academy of Music

Sigmund Thorp is one of Norway’s leading conductors. In addition to having conducted all the Norwegian orchestras, he has held numerous concerts with orchestras in many European cities, including London, Paris, Berlin and St. Petersburg.

He was the 1st. Prize winner of Biel International Conducting Competition 1989, and he also won 2nd prize in the Austrian-Hungarian International Conducting Competition in Pecz, 1994.

He studied orchestral conducting with Normal Del Mar and Christopher Adey at Royal College of Music in London. During his studies, he won several prizes, including “The Tagore Gold Medal”, as the best male student 1986.

Sigmund Thorp is professor of conducting at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo, educating tomorrow’s conductors, in addition to teaching contemporary music. He is artistic leader of the Norwegian Academy Sinfonietta, and has conducted more than 350 works by contemporary composers, of which a large number of national and international first performances.

Based on the theories and practices of Dr. Walter Hügler (Trossingen) Thorp has developed “The Anatomy of Conducting – a Method of Improving Conducting Technique”. The method has proven to be highly effective for the musical projection and for the non-verbal communication between the musicians and the conductor.

Sigmund Thorp has been Guest Professor at Trinity College of Music (London), the HAMU (Prague), Conservatorio Guiseppe Tartini (Trieste) and Kunstuniversität Graz.

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Royal Camerata


Romanian Royal Camerata was born at the initiative of 22 students and graduates of the National University of Music from Bucharest and their desire to organise a professional orchestra, able to contribute to the promotion and development of young musicians in Romania. His Royal Highness Prince Radu of Romania honoured the proposal of the founding members and offered them his High Patronage.

The Romanian Royal Camerata was inaugurated on the 13th of December, 2009, during a concert of Romanian classical music, placed in “George Enescu” hall of the National University of Music, in Bucharest.
The high artistic level of the performances is due to the enthusiasm, passion for music and inner energy of the group, but also to the exceptional talented individual members.

The Romanian Royal Camerata is an unite and homogeneous group who keeps itself open to changes and new ideas. In order to find the most appropriate sonority, the Romanian Royal Camerata has highly original stage appearances
Although a young orchestra, the Romanian Royal Camerata has worked with leading figures from the music world like Maestro Jin Wang, Zhani Ciko (Tirana Opera Director), Maestro Wolfgang Doerner (Austria), Maestro Enrique Garcia Asensio (Spain), Maestro Rony Rogoff (violonist and conductor USA), Dumitru Goia, young conductors like Constantin Adrian Grigore, Cristian Lupes, the violoniste Cristina Anghelescu, Ioana Goicea and Simina Croitoru, the percussionist Alexandru Anastasiu, the mezzo soprano Marianne Cornetti ( USA) and the soprano Nelly Miricioiu.

The Romanian Royal Camerata performed at the Romanian Atheneum and in the above mentioned hall of the National University of Music from Bucharest, and was invited to perform at important ceremonies of the Romanian Royal House, such as the Anniversary of the Jubilee of Prince Radu of Romania or the Coronation of Prince Nicolae of Romania with the title of Royal Highness, the celebration of the 90 birthday of His Majesty King Michael I.

At present, the Romanian Royal Camerata is preparing a national and international promoting tour in Romania, as well as in Albania.

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