Conducting Masterclass with Prof. Johannes Schlaefli

Dezember 04-10, 2022
Sofia, Bulgaria


Application deadline October 10, 2022*

We are excited to present Professor Johannes Schlaefli’s masterclass for professional conductors and advanced conducting students.

A maximum of 10 active participants will have podium time of approximately 130 minutes each. Besides the sessions with full orchestra, there will be conducting sessions with ensemble on the first day.

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.

Participants will have the opportunity to create their own publicity video recording during two recording sessions on the last day of the masterclass.

Masterclass Fees:

  • Application fee: €75 (non-refundable)
  • Course fee for active participants: €1650
  • Course fee for passive participants: €350
  • Deposit: €800 payable due October 27, 2022
  • Balance: €850 payable due December 01, 2022, 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. 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.

Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No.3, 1st and 2nd movement
Johannes Brahms
Symphony No. 1, 1st and 2nd movement
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
Symphony No.3, 1st and 3th movement
Claude Debussy
Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune
Gustav Mahler 
Symphony No.4, 3th movement
Reduced version Georg Kohler

04.12.2022, Sunday
20:00h First class meeting

05.12.2022, Monday
10:00-13:00h Ensemble
14:30-17:30h Ensemble

06.12.2022, Tuesday
09:00-13:00h Full Orchestra
Afternoon – Video-feedback

07.12.2022, Wednesday
10:00-13:00h Full Orchestra
14:30-17:30h Full Orchestra

08.12.2022, Thursday
09:00-13:00h Full Orchestra
Afternoon – Video-feedback

09.12.2022, Friday
Video recordings
10:00-13:00h Full Orchestra
18:00-21:00h Full Orchestra (new!)

10.12.2022, Saturday

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