We are very excited to announce the first edition of the inspiring and extraordinary International Conducting Masterclass and Competition entitled “Mastering the European Masters” in the beautiful Taipei City (Taiwan). The Masterclass and Competition will provide a unique opportunity for conductors from all over the world to train and develop the art of orchestral conducting in an exceptional professional music environment under the mentoring of Maestro Luis Miguel Clemente, Head of Conducting Studies at the Atlantic Coast International Conducting Academy (Portugal) and PhD researcher in Orchestra Conducting, one of the foremost inspiring, supportive, experienced and internationally renowned conducting teacher of his generation.
During the week, up to 11 active conductors will deepen their knowledge and will perfect their conducting skills, musicality and interpretation by working a challenging repertoire from some of the greatest European composers. The practical sessions will be held with piano 4H and full professional symphony orchestra.
All conductors will also compete for the “Mastering the European Masters” conducting competition title awards. The competition is an internal part of the masterclass and the main goal is to give an extra motivation for conductors in the development of their knowledge. The masterclass and competition will end with a closure concert in Taipe with full symphony orchestra, which represents also an important opportunity for conductors present themselves in Taiwan professional music context.
Do not miss the opportunity and make sure to apply as early as possible!
MASTERCLASS & COMPETITION REPERTOIRE
Sibelius | Finlandia op. 26
Schubert | Symphony No. 8, Unfinished D.759
Bartok | Rhapsody Nº 1 for Violin & Orchestra Sz. 87
Tchaikovsky | Symphony No. 4 op. 36
The “Mastering the European Masters” International Conducting Masterclass and Competition is directed to conductors and conducting students at intermediate and advanced levels and all participants are required to prepare the repertoire. Through his unique and personal approach to teaching and mentoring, Maestro Luis Miguel Clemente generates an atmosphere that combines intensity of study with a mutually supportive and creative environment. The main focus of the “Mastering the European Masters” will be the craft and art of conducting, technique and effective communication. The daily curriculum covers: conducting gesture and technique; conducting practice; rehearsal skills; the ability to convey musical intention through gesture and influence all aspects of a high standard artistic performance.
Number of active conductors: Up to a maximum of 11
Podium time with full symphony orchestra: 4 conducting sessions (75 min) + dress rehearsal + final concert (total ca. 110 min)
Podium time with piano 4 H: 4 conducting sessions (65 mins)
Competition: Following the last orchestra conducting session, the jury (Maestro Luis Miguel Clemente, Mr. Sebastian See-Schierenberg and members of the ESO) will vote in order to select the conductors who will conduct at the final concert (Schubert, Bartok and Tchaikovsky). At the end of the concert, the jury will elect the 3 conductors to be awarded with the respective oficial diplomas of 1st, 2nd and 3rd places at the “Mastering the European Masters” masterclass and conducting competition, Taipei 2019.
Language: English (official), Portuguese, Italian, Spanish
Video Recording: Conductors are allowed to video-record all sessions. A video camera will be available free of charge. Participants should bring their own SD card.
Masterclass & Competition starts: Tuesday 22nd January 2019 (afternoon)
Masterclass & Competition ends: Sunday 27th January 2019 (evening)
Concert: Sunday 27th January, 7.30pm
The masterclass and competition will take place in the Chang Yung-Fa Foundation building (rehearsal/concert room B1) , Section 1, Ren’ai Road, Taipei, Taiwan.
MASTERCLASS & COMPETITION FEE
ACTIVE CONDUCTORS (Masterclass + Competition): 1475€
PASSIVE CONDUCTORS: 175€
Each participant should arrange and pay for their own personal accommodation and meals. There are many options available that can be arranged through a booking service or equivalent.
Passive Conductors are also welcome and can attend all practical and theoretical sessions. During the week, passive conductors will have the opportunity to have an individual class with Mº Luis Miguel Clemente.
Submit the Application Form (HERE).
The Application deadline is November 15, 2018. There are no application fees;
After applying, you should wait for a confirmation email regarding your acceptance (you will receive this within approximately 1 week);
Applications will be reviewed by received order (early submissions of application will be given priority);
After receiving a successful acceptance email the applicant must transfer the amount listed below. Fees are non-refundable. You should provide the exact amount of fee to the organizers and it is your responsibility to cover bank transfer):
o Active Conductors:
1. a) one payment of 1475€ within 2 weeks after acceptance;
2. b) a deposit of 775€ within two weeks after acceptance + 700€ one month after your first payment
o Passive Conductors: one payment of 175€ within 2 weeks after acceptance