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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

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Project co-funded by the Administration of the National Cultural Fund

This project does not necessarily represent the views of the Administration of the National Cultural Fund. AFCN is not responsible for the content of the project or the use of its results. These are the responsibility of the beneficiary.

Jeunesses Musicales Conducting Masterclass

Maestros: Christian Ehwald & Sigmund Thorp

Orchestra: Royal Camerata Orchestra
August 19 – 24, 2018 in Bucharest, Romania

1.1. The Jeunesses Musicales Conducting Masterclass in Bucharest is opened to conductors of all ages and all nationalities.
1.2. All participants are expected to have thoroughly studied the repertoire before the beginning of the course.
1.3. The Masterclass will take place in August 19 – 24, 2018 in Bucharest, at the National University of Music, Ştirbei Vodă Street, no 33.
1.4. The classes will be held by professors Sigmund Thorp and Christian Ehwald.
1.5. The official orchestra of the Masterclass is the Royal Camerata.
1.6. The official pianists of the Masterclass are Verona Maier and Raluca Ouatu.

2.1. Active participants are those participants who repeat with 2 pianos and the orchestra.
2.2. Semi-active participants are those participants who repeat with 2 pianos.
2.3. Passive participants do not rehearse, but participate as spectators.
2.4. Participants will be chosen by professors Christian Ehwald and Sigmund Thorp based on their application documents.
2.5. Maximum 15 active participants will be accepted.
2.6. Maximum 15 semi-active participants will be accepted.
2.7. The number of passive participants is unlimited.
2.8. Courses will be held in English.
2.9. Each participant will receive a certificate signed by Christian Ehwald and Sigmund Thorp.
2.10. Prize: the best active participant will be chosen by the professors and will sustain a concert at the lectern of the Royal Camerata in the future season of the orchestra.

3.1. Only applications sent by e-mail at masterclass@bucharestcompetition.ro will be accepted.
3.2. The applications must contain the following documents:
• Application form in English. The application form can be downloaded here
• A biography in English, between 250 and 600 words
• Scanned copy of passport or national identity papers
• Video material, 10 – 15 minutes long – optional. Online videos and files sent by mail or transfer will be accepted. The candidate must be visible from the front and the sound must be of good quality.
3.3. Applications must be sent by July 2, 2018, 23:59 CET
3.4. If the candidate does not receive an e-mail from the organization in 3 business days accepting the application then they should contact the organization at masterclass@bucharestcompetition.ro or +40748 100 279.
3.5. The participants chosen by the professors will be contacted by e-mail by July 16, 2018.
3.6. The participants must pay their registration fee by July 26, 2018.
3.7. The participation fees are:
• Active participants: 1.700 €
• Semi-active participants: 850 €
• Auditors: 250 €

3.8. For the active participants who send their applications by May 18, 2018 the registration fee will be 1550 €
3.9. The participation fee must be paid in the following account:

 

Beneficiary: ELITE ART Club UNESCO     
IBAN Euro: RO92BACX0000000586870001
Swift code: BACXROBUXXX     
Bank name: UNICREDIT TIRIAC SUCURSALA UNIRII
Bank address: Piaţa Unirii nr. 1, magazin Unirea – Corp central, tronson A+B, parter, sector 3

4.1. On the 19th there will be a coaching session with the 2 professors before the start of the courses
4.2. The meeting will take place at Elite Art Gallery, Piaţa Naţiunilor Unite 3-5, Bl B2, Parter, Sector 4, Bucharest
4.3. The classes will be held on August 20, 21, 22 and 23
4.4. The final rehearsal and the Gala Concert will be held on September 24th in the “George Enescu” Hall of the National University of Music
4.5. Rehearsals with 2 pianos
10:00 – 13:00 (10.00 AM – 1.00 PM) and 15:00 – 18:00 (3.00 PM – 6.00 PM)
Each of the 15 active participants and the 15 semi-active participants will rehearse for 15 minutes a day with 2 pianos. Each participant will conduct 2 works of their choice from the repertoire list.
The other participants may assist during rehearsals.
4.6. Rehearsals with the Royal Camerata
10:00 – 13:00 (10.00 AM – 1.00 PM) and 15:00 – 18:00 (3.00 PM – 6.00 PM)
Each of the 15 active participants will rehearse for 20 minutes a day with the orchestra. Each participant will conduct 2 works of their choice from the repertoire list.
The other participants may assist during rehearsals.
4.7. Discussions, 18.00 – 20.00 (6.00 PM – 8.00 PM). Throughout the courses the participants will be filmed and at the end of the day they will assess their performance with the professors.

5.1. Every day, the participants will be graded by the professors.
5.2. Maximum 8 participants will be selected to conduct the Gala Concert which will mark the end of the Masterclass
5.3. Participants will be selected based on the arithmetic mean of the grades that they have received every day.

6.1. Rehearsals with 2 pianos
W.A. Mozart – Symphony no. 40 in g minor, K550 – 1st movement
L. van Beethoven Symphony no.6 in F major, op. 68 ”Pastorale” – 1st movement
F. Schubert – Symphony no. 8 in b minor, D759 „Unfinished” – 1st movement

6.2. Rehearsals with the Royal Camerata
J. Sibelius – Valse triste
L. van Beethoven Symphony no.6 in F major, op. 68 ”Pastorale” – 1st movement
L. van Beethoven – Symphony no. 7 in A major, op.92 – 1st movement
F. Mendelssohn – Bartholdy – Symphony no. 3 in a minor, op. 56 ”Scottish” – 1st movement

7.1. Jeunesses Musicales Romania is offering 4 scholarships for Romanian conductors. The scholarships are reserved for active participants.
7.2. The winners of the scholarships will be determined by the 2 professors based on their applications.
7.3. The application must contain the following documents:
• Application form in English. The application form can be downloaded here
• A biography in English, between 250 and 600 words
• Scanned copy of passport or national identity papers
• Video material, 10 – 15 minutes long – mandatory. Online videos and files sent by mail or transfer will be accepted. The candidate must be visible from the front and the sound must be of good quality.
• A letter of intent of minimum 450 words. The letter must contain information regarding the reason why the candidate is applying for the scholarship and the relevance of the masterclass for the candidate’s professional development.
7.4. Applications must be sent by July 2, 2018, 23:59 CET
7.5. The participants chosen by the professors will be contacted by e-mail by July 16, 2018
7.6. The participation fees for active participants who have received the scholarships is
250 €.
7.7. The participants must pay their registration fee by July 26, 2018
7.8. The participation fee must be paid in the following account:

 

Beneficiary: ELITE ART Club UNESCO     
IBAN Euro: RO92BACX0000000586870001
Swift code: BACXROBUXXX     
Bank name: UNICREDIT TIRIAC SUCURSALA UNIRII
Bank address: Piaţa Unirii nr. 1, magazin Unirea – Corp central, tronson A+B, parter, sector 3

 

For any information regarding the Jeunesses Musicales Conducting Masterclass, please contact the organizers at masterclass@bucharestcompetition.ro or  +40 748 100 279

 

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CHRISTIAN EHWALD

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 became a laureate of the „Herbert von Karajan” International Conducting Competition.

From 1981 to 1988 Christian Ehwald was the main 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 in 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 appeared in numerous 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 has been the 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 performed numerous concerts with orchestras in many European cities, including London, Paris, Berlin and St. Petersburg.

He was the 1st Prize winner of the 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 the 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 the artistic leader of the Norwegian Academy Sinfonietta, and has conducted more than 350 works by contemporary composers, many of which were 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 musical projection and for non-verbal communication between the musicians and the conductor.

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

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Royal Camerata

ROYAL CAMERATA ORCHESTRA

The Royal Camerata Orchestra was founded in 2009 under the High Patronage of His Royal Highness Prince Radu of Romania, following the initiative of a group of students and graduates from the National University of Music who wanted to create a professional orchestra capable of contributing to the promotion and development of young musical talents in Romania.

The high artistic level which characterizes this young orchestra is due to the group’s inner enthusiasm, passion and energy and to the exceptional talent of each individual musician. The Royal Camerata is a united and homogeneous group in continuous metamorphosis and renewal, as a consequence of the young generations of musicians which are continuously selected to be part of this orchestra.

Despite the fact that the Royal Camerata is a young orchestra, it has worked with leading musical figures such as Maestro Jin Wang, Zhani Ciko (Tirana Opera Director), Maestro Wolfgang Doerner (Austria), Maestro Enrique Garcia Asensio (Spain), Maestro Rony Rogoff (USA), Dumitru Goia, Constantin Adrian Grigore, Cristian Lupes, the violinists Cristina Anghelescu, Ioana Goicea and Simina Croitoru, the percussionist Alexandru Anastasiu, the mezzo sopranos Marianne Cornetti ( USA) and the soprano Nelly Miricioiu.