FAQ

Frequently Asked Question

HOW ARE THE LESSONS ORGANIZED?
There are two sessions: one in the morning, one in the afternoon.
In the morning there is a short technical lesson (study of the figures, practice with techniques such as simple and complex figures, fermatas, ritenuto and stringendo, legato/staccato etc.) then the teacher, with the aid of the video projections of the lessons of the day before, discusses with the students about the pieces that will be perfomed in the afternoon’s session.
The afternoon’s session is entirely devoted to the orchestra time: the students will alternate themselves on the podium and will conduct the pieces decided with the teacher. The afternoon’s lessons are recorded with a front camera and the recording is used for the next morning session.

IS THAT TRUE THAT THE BEST STUDENTS WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE INVITDED BY IMPORTANT CONCERT INSTITUTIONS ?
Yes. Like we did in every edition until now we do a great effort to recommend our best students to the most important concert institutions we cooperate with. In particular for this edition we have the opportunity to recommend one student for being enrolled as guest conductor by the Cameristi del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in the prestigious theatre of Opera di Firenze.
Having said this, we want to clarify that Florence Conducting Masterclass is a course, not a competition, and the students must be very open minded and willing to learn.

WILL I BE ALLOWED TO SPEAK TO AGENTS AND JOURNALISTS ?
Of course you will. Like every year we will invite agents and journalists and they usually like to be introduced to the students.

WILL THE STUDENTS OBTAIN A DIPLOMA AT THE END OF THE MASTERCLASS ?
The students will obtain an official certificate

HOW MANY STUDENTS WILL CONDUCT THE FINAL CONCERT ?
This choice is up to the teacher and there is not a minimum or a maximum number of students admitted to the final concert

HOW MUCH PODIUM TIME WILL THE STUDENTS HAVE ?
Up to 120 minutes for the students selected for the final concert and around 75 for the others. The average podium time is around 90 minutes.

I AM A MUSICIAN, I’D LIKE TO CONDUCT BUT I HAVE NOT EXPERIENCE WITH ORCHESTRAS, IS FCM A GOOD CHOICE FOR ME ?
It is hard to say in a few words: the best thing is to call or email the organisation and explain your actual situation.

WHAT DO YOU DO IN ORDER TO HELP ME TO DEVELOP MY CAREER ?
First of all, we provide teachers of great experience and active at the highest level in the world of classical music. Our teachers are musicians able both to guide you on the first paces in the world of conducting and in the more advanced stages of your career. We also give you an impressive amount of podium time and we prepare you to use this time in the most effective way.
Finally we do great effort in order to give our best students the maximum visibility and we recommend them to well known international orchestras, theatres and agencies. Until now not less than 12 of our students have been hired by professional orchestras worldwide and some of them are now working as professionals around the world.

CAN I VIDEO RECORD THE LESSONS ?
Of course you can. The organisation also records every orchestra session with a front camera (that is also used for the theoric lessons in the morning) and the recorded material is given to the students at the end of the course

DO I HAVE TO PAY FOR THE RECORDINGS ?
No, the recordings are included in the course fee

IS THE FINAL CONCERT RECORDED AS WELL ?
Yes, the final concert is recorded. We will also give a copy of the recording to the students.

DO YOU HAVE ANY HOTEL OR MEAL DISCOUNT FOR THE STUDENTS? ?
No, but we are in the very historic centre of Florence, one of the most important cities in Italy, and there are so many opportunities for accommodation (from €30 per night) and meals. We are nonetheless at your disposal to help you in finding the accommodation that suits better your needs.