Conducting Masterclass with Prof. Johannes Schlaefli

26.05.2024 – 01.06.2024
Sofia, Bulgaria


Application deadline April 10, 2024*

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

A maximum of 12 active participants will have podium time of approximately 135 minutes each. Besides the sessions with full orchestra, there will be conducting sessions with ensemble on the first and third 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 the recording sessions on the last day of the masterclass.

Masterclass Fees:

  • Application fee: €75 (non-refundable)
  • Course fee for active participants: €1750
  • Course fee for passive participants: €300
  • Deposit: €800 payable due April 26, 2024
  • Balance: €950 payable due May 24, 2024, 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 serving as “artistic director” of the Swiss Youth Symphony Orchestra and of “Alumni-Symphony-Orchestra Zürich”. He acts as Principal Guest Professor for the Conducting Classes at the Music Universities in Zürich and Frankfurt.

As one of the most highly sought after conducting teachers, Schlaefli is in demand throughout the world and was invited by institutions such as the Sibelius Academy Helinski, the Juilliard-School New York, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Aspen music festival and many others. He also serves as “head of teaching” at the Gstaad Menuhin Festival Conducting Academy, and works together with the prestigious “Dirigentenforum” in Germany as well as with the Norwegian “Dirigentloftet” in Oslo. As a guest professor, he has taught throughout Europe at the Music Universities of Vienna, Berlin, Leipzig, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Manchester, Copenhagen, Helsinki.

Johannes Schlaefli was the co-founder of Basel Chamber Orchestra in 1984. From 1995-2013 he was chief conductor of Bern Chamber Orchestra before leading the Mannheim chamber orchestra as chief conductor from 2013-2019. Since 2018 he was chief conductor of the symphony orchestra “Collegium Musicum Basel” and will end his tenure in summer 2024. As a guest conductor, he has performed in his home country with orchestras such as the Tonhalleorchester Zürich, orchestra della Svizzera Italiana Lugano, symphony orchestras in Biel, Bern, St. Gallen, Lucerne, Kammerphilharmonie Chur, Zürich chamber orchestra, Argovia philharmonic an others. Internationally he also guest conducted Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Knoxville symphony orchestra, Munich Radio Orchestra, Janacek Philharmonic orchestra Ostrava, Philharmonia Prague, Allegra Festival orchestra Sofia, Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie Konstanz, Symphony orchestra Göttingen, Berlin sinfonietta etc.

Wolfgang A. Mozart
Symphonie 39 in E♭major, KV 543
1st movement
Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36
1st and 2nd movements
Johannes Brahms
Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68
1st, 2nd and 4th movements
Franz Schubert
Symphony No.7 in B minor „Unfinished“ D 759
1st movement
Pyotr I. Tchaikovsky
Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64
1st and 2nd movements
Richard Wagner
Tristan Vorspiel(arr Tarkmann)
Anton Bruckner
Symphony No. 7 in E major,
1st movement
Gustav Mahler 
Symphony No.4
3th movement
Reduced version Georg Kohler

26.05.2024, Sunday
20:00h First class meeting

27.05.2024, Monday
10:00-13:00h Ensemble
14:30-17:30h Ensemble

28.05.2024, Tuesday
10:00-12:30h Full Orchestra
14:00-16:30h Full Orchestra

29.05.2024, Wednesday
10:00-13:00h Ensemble
14:30-17:30h Ensemble

30.05.2024, Thursday
10:00-12:30h Full Orchestra
14:00-16:30h Full Orchestra

31.05.2024, Friday
10:00-12:30h Full Orchestra
14:00-16:30h Full Orchestra

01.06.2024, Saturday
Video recordings
10:00-12:30h Full Orchestra
14:00-16:30h Full Orchestra

02.06.2024, Sunday

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