Teacher: M° Günter Neuhold
Orchestra: Chamber Orchestra of Maggio Musicale Fiorentino – Orchestra di Toscana Classica
Period: 19 – 25 August 2019
Place: Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino (piazza Vittorio Gui, 1 Firenze)

Programme of the Course

Course fee and requirements for the application




The masterclass is directed to conductors who want to increase their musical experience and work as professionals in the world of classical music.

The course is articulated in n°7 (seven) days of lesson. The lessons with the orchestra will be recorded and at the end of the day the students will discuss with the M° about their performance with the help of the recording.
The recording will be given to the students in digital format (USB pendrive or SD memory card) at the end of the course.

There will be 6 days of orchestra and 1 with piano, with an average podium time of 90 minutes per student. The organisation and the teacher, by common consent,  will recommend the best students to the following institutions: Chamber Orchestra of Maggio Musicale Fiorentino (Italy); Orchestra Sinfonica di Sanremo (Italy); Orchestra di Toscana Classica (Italy); Symphony Orchestra MAV (Hungary); Budapest Strings Chamber Orchestra (Hungary); Witold Lutoslawsky Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra (Poland); Pazardzhik Symphony Orchestra (Bulgaria).



Monday August 19
14.00 – 19.30 (2 p.m – 7.30 p.m. )
registration and lesson with the piano on pieces chosen among the whole repertorie (conducting technique, analysis)

Tuesday August 20, Wednesday 21 and Thursday 22 – Programme A
10.00 – 13.00 ( 10.00 a.m. – 1.00 p.m.) and 14.00 – 17.00 (2.00 p.m. – 5.00 p.m.) lessons with the orchestra, each students will have at least one podium session per day
17.30 – 20.00 (5.30 p.m. – 8.00 p.m.) theoric lesson and analysis of the videos

Friday August 23 and Saturday 24 – Programme B
10.00 – 13.00 ( 10.00 a.m. – 1.00 p.m.) and 14.00 – 17.00 (2.00 p.m. – 5.00 p.m.) lessons with the orchestra, each students will have at least one podium session per day
17.30 – 20.00 (5.30 p.m. – 8.00 p.m.) theoric lesson and analysis of the videos

Sunday August 25
Timetable to be defined: dress rehearsal and final concert.

Active students must prepare al least 1 (one) piece from Group A and 2 (two) from Group B. One movement of a wider work (i.e. a Symphony), is considered 1 (one) piece. The programme of the final concert awill be chosen during the week of the course.

Group A – Strings (days 20, 21 and 22)

J.S. Bach: Air from the Suite in D major BWV 1068
M.E. Bossi: Intermezzi goldoniani
B. Britten: Simple Symphony
E. Grieg: Holberg Suite
G. Mahler: Adagietto from 5th Symphony
W.A. Mozart: Divertimento K136, K137, K138
W.A. Mozart: Eine kleine Nachtmusik K525
C. Nielsen: Suite for Strings op.1
O. Respighi: Antiche arie e danze Suite III
A. Schoenberg: Verklaerkte Nacht (original version for string sextet)
P.I. Tchaikovsky: Serenade for strings

Group B – Symphony Orchestra (days 23, 24 and 25)

B. Bartók: Romanian folk dances
L. van Beethoven: Symphony n°6 mov. 1, 2
L. van Beethoven: Symphony n°1
L. van Beethoven: Symphony n°5 mov. 1
L. van Beethoven: Symphony n°7
J. Brahms: Symphony n°1, mov. 1,2,3
J. Brahms: Symphony n°2, mov. 3
J. Brahms: Symphony n°3, mov. 3
J. Brahms: Symphony n°4, mov. 1,2,3
C. Debussy Prélude à l’apres midi d’un faune (ensemble version by Benno Sachs, ed. Belmont)
F. Mendelssohn: Symphony  n°3 “Scottish”
F. Mendelssohn: Symphony n° 4 “Italian”
F. Mendelssohn: Ouverture “The Hebrides”
M. Ravel: Le tombeau de Couperin
G. Rossini: Sinfonia from “Il barbiere di Siviglia”
G. Rossini: Sinfonia from “La Ceneretola”
G. Rossini:  Sinfonia from “L’italiana in Algeri”
G. Verdi: Prelude from Act I of  “La traviata”
G. Verdi: Prelude from Act III of  “La traviata”
R. Wagner: Siegfried – Idyll

Course fee and  requirements
Couse fee, active students: € 1350,00
Application fee: € 250,00
Total amount of fees: € 1.600,00

The applications will be processed in order of arrival, there is no admission examination, even if we expect a basic knowlege of conducting technique and recommend some experience in conducting professional orchestras. In order to evaluate properly if Florence Conducting Masterclass is a good choice for the students particular situation, we encourage them to send an email or call the organiser before applying.

The partecipation fee for the auditors is unique and permits to assist to the whole day lessons;
Course fee, auditors: € 400,00

Meals and Accomodation
Meals and accomodation are up to the participants. The organisation can offer assistance in finding a proper accomodation in Florence for the period of the masterclass. Prices for a single bedroom range from € 30 per night.

Final provisions
The course fee will be payed the first day of the course. The courses will be activated with a minimum number of students.
The application fee will not be returned in any case, except the cancellation of the courses; in that case the students will be promptly advised. The partecipaton at the courses implies the full acceptance of the present rules. Artes Association will give prompt notification of any modification of the rules that may occur. For any legal action the Italian text of the announcement must be considered. The competent forum is Prato’s.


Thanks to Fondazione CR Firenze
CR fondazione