Conducting Masterclass with Prof. Nicolás Pasquet

July 13-21, 2024
Sofia, Bulgaria


Application deadline May 20, 2024
We are excited to present Professor Nicolás Pasquet’s masterclass for professional conductors and advanced conducting students as part of Allegra Festival and Academy.

A maximum of 12 active participants will have podium time of approximately 135 minutes each. 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
  • Deposit: €800 payable due  Juni 05, 2024
  • Balance: €950 payable due July 10, 2024, or in cash on the first day of the masterclass.
  • Course fee for passive participants: €300 (payable due  Juni 05, 2024)

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 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. Nicolás Pasquet

University of Music Franz Liszt Weimar, Germany

Professor Nicolás Pasquet was born in Montevideo/Uruguay, where he studied violin and conducting at the State Music Academy. He later completed his studies at the Music Academies in Stuttgart and Nuremberg, Germany.

In 1986 and 1987 Pasquet was selected for the National Young Conductors Program by the German Council of Music, and in 1987, he was awarded the First Prize at the 37th International Conducting Competition in Besançon, France.

Nicolás Pasquet has led several international concert tours with different national and foreign orchestras, travelling to Switzerland, Italy, Portugal, South America (Chile, Uruguay, Brazil, Colombia), USA, Australia, South-Korea, Namibia and several countries in Southeast Asia.

In 1993, he became Chief Conductor of the Symphony Orchestra of Pécs, Hungary, with which he toured nationally and internationally, in addition to conducting the regular concert series in Pécs and Budapest. In 1998, he was awarded the Béla Bartók/Ditta Pásztory Prize and the Lászlo-Lajtha Prize in Budapest in honor of his support, promotion, and performances of Hungarian music.

From 1996 to 2001 Nicolás Pasquet was Chief Conductor and GMD (General Music Director) of the Philharmonic Orchestra in Neubrandenburg, Germany (Neubrandenburger Philharmonie), conducting its concert series, concert tours in Germany and abroad, and several CD recordings, as well as its regular collaboration with the Deutschlandfunk Cologne and the DeutschlandRadio Berlin.

Subsequently, Nicolás Pasquet was Chief Conductor of the Coburg State Theater Orchestra, where he was responsible for its concert series.

So far, Pasquet has recorded a large discography for the labels Marco Polo, Naxos and Beyer. With the Pécs Symphony, he recorded the complete series of symphonic works by the Hungarian composer Lászlo Lajtha (7 CDs) for the Marco Polo label. His most recent recordings were the integrale of Pierre Rode’s works for violin and orchestra, with the violinist Friedemann Eichhorn and the Jena Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as the SWR orchestra Kaiserslautern, and the highly acclaimed recording of violin and cello concertos by Max and Antoine Bohrer, again with Friedemann Eichhorn, violin, and Alexander Hülshoff, cello.

In 1994, Nicolás Pasquet was appointed Professor for Conducting at the University of Music FRANZ LISZT in Weimar, Germany, where he teaches an international conducting class and is Chief Conductor of the symphony orchestra. Nicolás Pasquet will retire from this position in Summer 2024.

He also has taught master classes in Spain, Austria, Brazil, Uruguay, Great Britain, Switzerland, Finland, Norway, Bulgaria, Romania and the Czech Republic and is a regular member of national and international competition juries.

Over the years, Pasquet has also developed an intense collaboration with youth and student orchestras such as the Baden-Württemberg, Bavarian and Hessen State Youth Orchestras, the Chamber Orchestra Belvedere in Weimar and the Interregional Youth Orchestra Baden-Württemberg/Ochsenhausen (IRO). He has conducted the South-East Asian Youth Chamber Orchestra, based at the Mahidol University, Salaya/Bangkok (Thailand), and the OJCA, the Central American and Caribbean Youth Symphony Orchestra. Until March 2024, Nicolás Pasquet has been Chief Conductor of the Youth Symphony Orchestra of the state of Hesse, Germany (LJSO Hessen). For his outstanding work with this orchestra he has been awarded the Order of Merit of the state of Hessen, in 2024.

From the academic year 2024/25 on, Nicolás Pasquet will lead the Zubin Mehta chair of Conducting at the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía, Madrid.

W. A. Mozart
Sinfonie Nr. 41 C-Dur KV 551 (»Jupiter«)
1st and 2nd movements
Ludvig v. Beethoven
Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67
1st movement
Overture to Fidelio Op.72
Johannes Brahms 
Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68
3rd and 4th movements
Felix Mendelssohn
Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 56
all movements!
Gioachino Rossini
Overture La Gazza Ladra
Claude Debussy
Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune
Alexander Glazunov
Violin Concerto in A minor’’’, Op. 82

13.07.2024, Saturday
20h First class meeting

14.07.2024, Sunday
10:00-13:00h Ensemble
14:30-17:30h Ensemble

15.07.2024, Monday
10:00-13:00h Ensemble
14:30-17:30h Ensemble

16.07.2024, Tuesday
10:00-12:30h Full Orchestra
14:00-16:30h Full Orchestra

17.07.2024, Wednesday
10:00-12:30h Full Orchestra
14:00-16:30h Full Orchestra

18.07.2024, Thursday
11:50-13:00h Full Orchestra
14:30-17:30h Full Orchestra

19.07.2024, Friday
10:00-12:30h Full Orchestra

20.07.2024, Saturday
10:00-12:30h Full Orchestra
14:00-16:30h Full Orchestra

21.07.2024, Sunday

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