Conducting Masterclass with Prof. Johannes Schlaefli & James Lowe

May 8-14, 2022
Sofia, Bulgaria

Application deadline March 20, 2022*
We are excited to present Professor Johannes Schlaefli and James Lowe’s masterclass for professional conductors and advanced conducting students. 

A maximum of 14 active participants will have podium time of approximately 130 minutes each. Besides the sessions with full orchestra, there will be conducting lessons with chamber ensembles (ten string and wind players plus piano). 

The individual needs of each participant will be addressed in video analysis sessions, class meetings, and coachings in front of the orchestra. Conducting techniques, presence in front of the orchestra, understanding of the score, and rehearsal techniques will be explored in individual lessons as well as in group meetings.

On the last day of the masterclass, participants will have the opportunity to create their own publicity video recording during two recording sessions.

Masterclass Fees:

  • Application fee: €75 (non-refundable)
  • The fee for the course is €1700 for active participants excluding travel, but including accommodation and breakfast.
  • Deposit: €900
  • Balance: €800 payable due May 08, 2022, or in cash on the first day of the masterclass.

All participants will be accommodated in single rooms in a centrally located hotel. The cost of accommodation with breakfast is included in the course fee. If you wish to come with a friend/spouse, please contact us for details.

*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. Johannes Schlaefli

Johannes Schlaefli is currently chief conductor of the symphony orchestra Collegium Musicum in Basel and Professor for Orchestral Conducting at the Zurich University of the Arts.

As one of the most highly sought after conducting teachers, Schlaefli is in demand throughout the world and collaborates with institutions including the Sibelius Academy Helinski, the Aspen Music Festival, USA, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and he also serves as “head of teaching” at the Gstaad Menuhin Festival Conducting Academy.  As a guest professor, he has taught throughout Europe at the Music Universities of Vienna, Berlin, Leipzig, Hamburg and Manchester. Furthermore, a regular co-operation as a lecturer and juror also links him to the prestigious “Dirigentenforum” of the German Music Council.

Johannes Schlaefli led the Basel Chamber Orchestra “Serenata” and the Bern Chamber Orchestra before leading the Kurpfälzische Kammerorchester in Mannheim as principal conductor from 2013-2019. Presently, he also leads the Alumni-Sinfonieorchester Zürich and the Academic Chamber Orchestra Zürich.  As a guest conductor, he has performed with and conducted orchestras including the Tonhalleorchester Zürich, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Zurich Chamber Orchestra,  Munich Radio Orchestra and Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana to name a few.

James Lowe

James Lowe is Music Director of the Spokane Symphony, USA and the City of Vaasa Orchestra, Finland. His work as Artistic Director of the Hallé Harmony Youth Orchestra was featured in a four-part documentary shown in the UK on Channel 4 in 2010.

A recipient of the Bernard Haitink Fund for Young Talent, Lowe is Principal Conductor of the Edinburgh Contemporary Music Ensemble, Principal Guest Conductor of Music for Everyone and held the position of Associate Conductor of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

Educated at the University of Edinburgh, Lowe continued his development as Benjamin Zander Conducting Fellow with the Boston Philharmonic, and has studied with leading conductors in masterclasses, including Jorma Panula, Neeme Järvi, Bernard Haitink and with Valery Gergiev and the London Symphony Orchestra. He has worked as Assistant Conductor to Haitink in performances with the Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam.

One of two prizewinners in the Tokyo International Competition for Conductors and special prize winner in the Jorma Panula International Competition, he has appeared in performance with the Osaka and Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestras, the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, the St. Petersburg Academic Symphony Orchestra, the New Japan Philharmonic, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Hallé Orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic, Scottish Ballet, the orchestra of Welsh National Opera, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, as well as working with numerous other ensembles in many European countries, South Africa and the USA.

Wolfgang A. Mozart
Symphony No. 39 in E-flat major, K. 543, 1st and 2nd movements

Ludwig v Beethoven
Symphony No. 2, Op. 36, 1st and 2nd movements

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
Hebrides Overture

Johannes Brahms
Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68, 2nd movement

Claude Debussy
Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune

Béla Bartók
Divertimento for String Orchestra, 1st movement

08.05.2022, Sunday
20:00h Meeting

09.05.2022, Monday
10:00-12:30h Ensembles
14:00-16:30h Ensembles

10.05.2022, Tuesday
10:00-12:30h Full Orchestra
14:00-16:30h Full Orchestra

11.05.2022, Wednesday
10:00-12:30h Ensembles
14:00-16:30h Ensembles

12.05.2022, Thursday
10:00-12:30h Full Orchestra
14:00-16:30h Full Orchestra

13.05.2022, Friday
14:30-17:00h Full Orchestra
18:00-20:30h Full Orchestra

14.05.2022, Saturday

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