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“MASTERING the EUROPEAN MASTERS”
International Conducting Masterclass & Competition

22-27 January 2019, Taipei, Taiwan
Maestro Luis Miguel Clemente & the Evergreen Symphony Orchestra

Applications deadline: November 15, 2018

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.

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Evergreen Symphony Orchestra (ESO 長榮交響樂團)

The Evergreen Symphony Orchestra (ESO) is the only professional orchestra in Taiwan overseen by a private foundation, and one of but a few of its kind on the international stage. Young and energetic, full of team spirit and discipline, and characterized by outstanding professionalism and a unique style.

   Luis Miguel Clemente    (Conductor, Musicologist, PhD Researcher in Conducting)   Luis Miguel Clemente is a prominent conductor, professor of orchestra conducting and a notable Portuguese researcher, recognized as one of the foremost experienced and exciting talents of his generation, that develops an intense activity in Portugal and abroad. Charismatic and refined conductor, he is motivated by a deep belief in the positive power of music to unite and inspire people. Luis is considered "a charismatic conductor and inspiring leader, endowed with flawless conducting technique coupled with meticulous musical and musicological knowledge”. He is currently in the final phase of his research in order to obtain a Doctorate in Orchestra Conducting at the University of Aveiro, with a thesis focused on maestro Carlos Kleiber.

Luis Miguel Clemente (Conductor, Musicologist, PhD Researcher in Conducting)

Luis Miguel Clemente is a prominent conductor, professor of orchestra conducting and a notable Portuguese researcher, recognized as one of the foremost experienced and exciting talents of his generation, that develops an intense activity in Portugal and abroad. Charismatic and refined conductor, he is motivated by a deep belief in the positive power of music to unite and inspire people. Luis is considered "a charismatic conductor and inspiring leader, endowed with flawless conducting technique coupled with meticulous musical and musicological knowledge”. He is currently in the final phase of his research in order to obtain a Doctorate in Orchestra Conducting at the University of Aveiro, with a thesis focused on maestro Carlos Kleiber.

  Sebastian See-Schierenberg (Violinist)   Sebastian See-Schierenberg performances have been consistently described as emotional, passionate and idiomatic, and praised by musicians such as Igor Oistrakh, Rodney Friend, Augustin Leon Ara and Maestro Tadaaki Otaka, he has performed as soloist in such venues as the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, Konzerthaus Berlin, Luxembourg Philharmonie, London Southbank Centre, Singapore Esplanade and the Dewan Philharmonic Kuala Lumpur among others. He records for Signum Classics.

Sebastian See-Schierenberg (Violinist)

Sebastian See-Schierenberg performances have been consistently described as emotional, passionate and idiomatic, and praised by musicians such as Igor Oistrakh, Rodney Friend, Augustin Leon Ara and Maestro Tadaaki Otaka, he has performed as soloist in such venues as the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, Konzerthaus Berlin, Luxembourg Philharmonie, London Southbank Centre, Singapore Esplanade and the Dewan Philharmonic Kuala Lumpur among others. He records for Signum Classics.

Maestro Luis is a person that, from the beginning, we can not avoid! Pedagogically and musically extremely good. Raise us to a much higher level.”

”Luis is a brilliant conducting teacher! Usually the maestro tell us something we should “repeat”, but Luis shows us different ways to get a certain sound with the orchestra... it’s spectacular! It presents us with various solutions to the problem and stimulates our interpretive identity... a fantastic teacher!”

”Maestro Luis Clemente is the best teacher I have ever had, a fantastic musician.

GENERAL INFORMATIONS

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 eight conductors to conduct at the final concert. 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.

APPLICATION PROCESS

  1. Submit the Application Form (HERE).

  2. The Application deadline is November 15, 2018. There are no application fees;

  3. After applying, you should wait for a confirmation email regarding your acceptance (you will receive this within approximately 1 week);

  4. Applications will be reviewed by received order (early submissions of application will be given priority);

  5. 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;

      OR

      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