Conducting Masterclass with Prof. Ruediger Bohn

August 31 – September 06, 2023
Sofia, Bulgaria


Application deadline July 10, 2023*

We are excited to present Professor Ruediger Bohn’s masterclass for professional conductors and advanced conducting students, in which a maximum of 12 active participants will have the opportunity to work with chamber ensembles and full orchestra.

In addition, various aspects of conducting and rehearsal techniques, analysis, and understanding of the music scores will be discussed during group meetings. Furthermore, instruction is tailored to meet individual needs during coachings in front of the orchestra.

Masterclass Fees:

  • Application fee: €75 (non-refundable)
  • Course fee for active participants: €1650
  • Course fee for passive participants: €350
  • Deposit: €800 payable due July 20, 2023,
  • Balance: €850 payable due August 31, 2023, or in cash on the first day of the masterclass.

Please note that these fees DO NOT include travel and accommodation. However, we are happy to recommend an affordable hotel in Sofia with which we have had good experience in the past years.

*The selection of the active participants will be communicated via email within seven days after the application deadline.

The organizer reserves the right to postpone or cancel the masterclass in case of force majeure or other unforeseeable circumstances such as governments restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, travel bans, etc. The organizer will immediately notify participants of such changes and will refund the paid fee in full in case of event cancelation. Participants may not assert any compensation claims for travel, visa, accommodation costs, etc.

Prof. Ruediger Bohn

Born in Lübeck, he studied piano with Günter Ludwig and David Levine and conducting with Volker Wangenheim at the conservatoires in Cologne and Düsseldorf, from which he graduated with distinction. He began his career as a concert pianist. After attending masterclasses with Leonard Bernstein, Sergiu Celibidache, and John Eliot Gardiner, in 1988 he became the chief conductor of the Tübingen Sinfonietta, with which he worked until 1996, also collaborating with Brussels’ Théâtre de la Monnaie, as well as theatres in Basel and Lübeck. In 1997–2007 he was the Artistic Director of the Contemporary Opera in Berlin, where he premiered works by Henze, Kagel, Battistelli, Feldman, Reimann, Hölszky, Martin, Sciarrino, Maxwell Davies, Rihm, and Holliger. At the 2002 Munich Biennale he led the German Youth Orchestra in the premiere of André Werner’s opera Marlowe: Der Jude von Malta. Subsequent invitations brought him to Munich, Vienna (Klangforum Wien) and Dijon (Why Note Festival); he then appeared with Collegium Novum and Neue Musik Berlin, and took part in various festivals: Ultraschall in Berlin, Venice Biennale and, with the European Workshop for Contemporary Music, the Warsaw Autumn Festival. As an orchestral conductor he has worked mainly outside his homeland. He has collaborated with the RAI symphony orchestras in Rome and Turin, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande in Geneva, Orchestre Radio-Symphonique du Luxembourg as well as the orchestra and chorus of Teatro Comunale di Bologna. As a guest conductor he appeared with Österreichisches Ensemble für Neue Musik at the Salzburg Festival, and with London’s Philharmonia Orchestra. He also regularly conducts ensembles and orchestras in South Korea (Tongyeong International Music Festival, Seoul Philharmonic, and Seongnam Philharmonic) and Japan (Next Mushroom Promotion Ensemble, Takefu Festival). He is regular guest-conductor at the Kobe Chamber Orchestra. Since 2003 he has been the Artistic Director of the European Workshop for Contemporary Music.

In addition to his conducting, Prof. Bohn is a passionate educator. Currently, he is Professor of Conducting at the „Robert Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf“ and is engaged in numerous international masterclasses for conducting in Basel, Leipzig, Weimar, Köln, Brescia, Vilnius, and Satu Mare.

In 2017 he received the Decoration of Honour For Services to the City of Warsaw.

Joseph Haydn
Symphony Nr. 104, 1st Movement

Wolfgang A. Mozart
Symphony No. 39 in E flat major KV 543, 1st Movement

Ludwig van Beethoven
2. Symphony, 1st Movement
5. Symphony, 1st Movement
Coreolan – Ouvertüre
Egmont – Ouvertüre

Carl Maria von Weber
Freischütz – Ouvertüre

Johannes Brahms
1. Symphony,  4th Movement
3. Symphony, 1st Movement

Robert Schumann
2. Symphony, Scherzo
4. Symphony Transition to the Finale and Finale

Claude Debussy
Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune
(Arrangement Iain Farrington)

Hector Berlioz
Symphony Fantastique 1st Movement

Igor Stravinsky
Dumbarton Oaks, 1st Movement

31.08.2023, Thursday
20:00h First class meeting

01.09.2023, Friday
10:00-13:00h Ensemble
14:30-17:30h Ensemble

02.09.2023, Saturday
10:00-13:00h Ensemble
14:30-17:30h Ensemble

03.09.2023, Sunday
10:00-13:00h Full Orchestra
14:30-17:30h Full Orchestra

04.09.2023, Monday
10:00-13:00h Full Orchestra
14:30-17:30h Full Orchestra

05.09.2023, Tuesday
10:00-13:00h Full Orchestra
14:30-17:30h Full Orchestra

06.09.2023, Wednesday

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