Conducting Masterclass with Prof. Nicolás Pasquet

September 23 – 30, 2023
Sofia, Bulgaria


Application deadline July 15, 2023
We are excited to present Professor Nicolás Pasquet’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 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: €1750
  • Course fee for passive participants: €350
  • Deposit: €900 payable due  July 25, 2023
  • Balance: €850 payable due September 22, 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 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. Later he completed his studies at the Music Academy in Stuttgart and Nürnberg, Germany.

In 1984 and 1986, he won the National Selection for Young Conductors of the German Council of Music, and in 1987, Mr. Pasquet was the Winner of the First Prize at the 37th International Conducting Competition in Besançon, France.

From then on, Nicolás Pasquet has been working with several renowned German and foreign Orchestras.
 He has led several international concert tours to Switzerland, Italy, Portugal, South America (Chile, Uruguay, Brazil, Colombia), USA, Australia, South Korea, and Namibia, and several countries of the South East Asia.

In 1993 he became Chief Conductor at the Symphony Orchestra of Pécs, Hungary with which he led concert tours in Germany and Switzerland, along with the regular concert series in Pécs and Budapest. Pécs Symphony under the baton of Pasquet also recorded the complete series of the Symphonic Works by the Hungarian composer Lászlo Lajtha for the label Marco Polo (total of 7 CDs). In 1998, honouring Mr. Pasquet’s support, promotion, and performing of Hungarian music, he was awarded the Béla Bartók/Ditta Pásztory Prize and the Lászlo-Lajtha Prize in Budapest. Following that appointment, Prof. Nicolás Pasquet was Chief Conductor at the Philharmonic Orchestra in Neubrandenburg, Germany (Neubrandenburger Philharmonie), where he conducted concerts, concert tours in Germany and abroad, and several CD recordings. There also was a regular co-operation with the Deutschlandfunk Köln (National Broadcasting) and the Deutschland Radio Berlin (National Broadcasting).

Nicolás Pasquet was also Chief Conductor at the Coburg State Theater Orchestra, where he was responsible for the concert series. Since then, he has had a close relationship with this Bavarian Orchestra.Mr. Pasquet has recorded (and continues so) a large discography for the labels Marco Polo, Naxos, and Beyer. His last production was the recording of Pierre Rode’s complete works for violin and orchestra with the violinist Friedemann Eichhorn and mainly the Jena Philharmonic Orchestra. In 1994 Nicolás Pasquet was appointed Professor in Conducting at the University of Music FRANZ LISZT in Weimar, Germany where he coaches an international conducting course and serves as Chief Conductor of the symphonic orchestra. He also has led master courses in Spain, Austria, Brazil, Great Britain, and Czech Republic. He is a member of several national and international competition juries. Prof. Pasquet works intensely with youth and student orchestras, such as the Baden-Württemberg, Bavarian Youth Orchestra, and Hessen State Youth Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra Belvedere in Weimar (with which he was two times Winner of the 1st Prize at the German Youth Orchestras Competition), and the Interregional Youth Orchestra Baden-Württemberg/Ochsenhausen (IRO), which gathers young musicians from 10 countries every summer. He has conducted the South-East Asian Youth Chamber Orchestra, which gathers young musicians of several countries of the region, having its base of work in the Mahidol University, Salaya/Bangkok (Thailand), and the OJCA, the Central-American and Caribbean Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Currently, Nicolás Pasquet is Chief Conductor of the Youth Symphony Orchestra of the state of Hesse, Germany (LJSO Hessen).

Ludvig v. Beethoven
Symphony No. 5 in C Minor Op.67
1st movement
Overture Leonore No. 3
Johannes Brahms
Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90,
1st and 3th movements
Robert Schumann
Symphony No. 3 in E♭ major, Op. 97
1st, 3th and 4th movements
Pyotr I. Tchaikovsky
Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64
2nd and 3th movements
Gustav Mahler
Adagietto from the 5. Symphony
Giuseppe Verdi
Overture La forza del destino

24.09.2023, Sunday
10:00-13:00h Ensemble
14:30-17:30h Ensemble

25.09.2023, Monday
10:00-12:30h Full Orchestra
14:00-16:30h Full Orchestra

26.09.2023, Tuesday
10:00-12:30h Full Orchestra
14:00-16:30h Full Orchestra

27.09.2023, Wednesday
10:00-12:30h Full Orchestra
14:00-16:30h Full Orchestra

28.09.2023, Thursday
14:00-18:00h Full Orchestra

29.09.2023, Friday
10:00-13:00h Full Orchestra
14:30-17:30h Full Orchestra

30.09.2023, Saturday

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