Conducting Masterclass with Prof. Ole Kristian Ruud

April 22 – 29, 2023
Sofia, Bulgaria


Application deadline February 22, 2023*

We are excited to present Professor Ole Kristian Ruud’s masterclass for professional conductors and advanced conducting students.

A maximum of 12 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 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 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 March 01, 2023,
  • Balance: €850 payable due April 17, 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. Ole Kristian Ruud

After many years performing as a musician, and subsequent conducting studies at the Norwegian Academy of Music and the Sibelius Academy, Ole Kristian Ruud made his conducting debut with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra in 1985. He quickly established himself as a guest conductor with all the Norwegian symphony orchestras.

Ole Kristian Ruud was Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of Trondheim Symphony Orchestra from 1987-1995. He was Chief Conductor of Norrköping Symphony Orchestra from 1996-1999, and Artistic Director of Norwegian repertoire for Stavanger Symphony Orchestra from 2000-2003. From 2006 to 2012 he was in the post of Artistic Director of the the Staff Band of the Norwegian Armed Forces,

In Scandinavia Ole Kristian Ruud regularly conducts the Oslo- and Bergen Philharmonic Orchestras, Trondheim- and Stavanger Symphony Orchestras, the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Swedish Radio, Norrköping Symphony, Lahti Symphony and Stockholm Chamber Orchestras. He has also guested orchestras in France, Spain, England, USA and Japan.

Ruud has regularly guested the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra since his debut in Tokyo in 1990. He has also on numerous occasions toured with orchestras in Japan and Europe. With Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, Stockholm Chamber Orchestra and Jeunnes Musicales World Youth Orchestra, he has guested such cities as Vienna, Berlin, Praha, Budapest, Madrid, Amsterdam and Rotterdam.

Ole Kristian Ruud has made several CD-recordings with Oslo- and Bergen-Philharmonic, Trondheim-, Stavanger- and Norrköping-Symphony Orchestras. He has made a series of recordings of Norwegian composers for BIS recording company, which have received fantastic reviews in the international music press. These include recordings of Geirr Tveitt and Harald Saeverud with Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, and Edvard Grieg with Bergen Philharmonic.

The 2L recording company, he have made recording with The Norwegian Radio orchestra and the Staff Band of the Norwegian Armed Forces.

Since 1999 has Ruud has been Professor of Conducting at the Norwegian Academy of Music. Many of his students have started a professional conducting career, and are doing important work in the Scandinavian music scene. From 2003 to 2016 Mr. Ruud was Artistic Director of the Norwegian National Youth Orchestra (Ungdomssymfonikerne). 

Ruud has won a variety of music awards. He received the Edvard Grieg Prize in 1992 and 2007, the Norwegian Critic Prize in 1993, the Lindeman Prize in 1994, the Johan Halvorsen Prize in 1996 and the Stiklestad Prize in 2004. In 2004, 2005 and 2007 he received the Record of the Year award from the Grieg Society in London along with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra.

Hector Berlioz
Symphonie fantastique 1. + 3. Movements

Jean Sibelius
Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 43, 1st. + 2nd. Movements

Edvard Grieg
Peer Gynt
– Morningmood
– Ingrids Lament
– Solveigs song
– Anitras dance
– Death of Aase
– Mountain King

Igor Stravinsky
Firebird 1919

Felix Mendelssohn
Hebrides Ouverture

Carl Maria von Weber
Freischütz – Ouvertüre

Carl Nielsen
Helios Ouverture

Richard Wagner
Tristan Prelude and Liebestod (Ian Farrington)

22.04.2023, Saturday
19:00h First class meeting

23.04.2023, Sunday
10:00-13:00h Ensemble
14:30-17:30h Ensemble

24.04.2023, Monday
10:00-12:30h Full Orchestra
14:00-16:30h Full Orchestra

25.04.2023, Tuesday
10:00-13:00h Ensemble
14:30-17:30h Ensemble

26.04.2023, Wednesday
10:00-12:30h Full Orchestra
14:00-16:30h Full Orchestra

27.04.2023, Thursday
10:00-12:30h Full Orchestra
14:00-16:30h Full Orchestra

28.04.2023, Friday
10:00-12:30h Full Orchestra
14:00-16:30h Full Orchestra

29.04.2023, Saturday

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