Teacher: M° György G. Ráth
Orchestra: Chamber Orchestra of Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
Period: 24 – 30 August 2020
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 will 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 at the end of the course.

The students will have daily podium time; the total podium time will be not less than 90 minutes for each student, plus the dress rehearsal and the final concert.

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); Symphony Orchestra MAV (Hungary); Budapest Strings Chamber Orchestra (Hungary); Witold Lutoslawsky Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra (Poland); Pazardzhik Symphony Orchestra (Bulgaria).

The students that will conduct the final concert will be chosen by the teacher.

Among the best students of the last edition Charlotte Politi from France and Stefano Teani from Italy have been enrolled in the 2020 season of Orchestra Sinfonica di Sanremo.


Monday August 24
10:00 – 13:00 (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.)
Registration of the students and meeting with the teacher

14:00 – 19:30 (2 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. ) lesson with piano 4 hands

Tuesday August 25
10:00 – 13:00 (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.) e 14:00 – 19:30 (2 p.m. –  7:30 p.m.)  lesson with piano 4 hands

Wednesday 26, Thursday 27, Friday 28, Saturday 29 August
10:00 – 13:00 ( 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.) e 14:00 – 17:00 (2 p.m. – 5 p.m.) lesson with symphony orchestra

17:30 – 19:30 (5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.) theory lesson and analysis of the videos

Sunday August 30
10:00 – 13:00 (10 a.m. 1 p.m.) lesson/dress rehearsal

Time to be defined: final concert, a concert suit/dress is required.

The choice of the pieces to be performed during the lessons in up to the students; the programme of the final concert will be decided during the week of the course.

Repertoire of the masterclass: 

A. Dvorak: Symphony IX “New World”;
C.M. von Weber: Der Freischutz Ouverture;
F. Schubert: Symphony 8 Unfinished;
F.J. Haydn: Symphony 101;
G. Rossini: Guillaume Tell Ouverture;
G. Verdi: Sinfonia from La forza del destino;
G. Verdi: Sinfonia from Nabucco;
J. Brahms: Symphony 1;
J. Strauss: Die Fledermaus Ouverture;
L. van Beethoven: Symphony 4;
L. van Beethoven: Symphony 1;
L. van Beethoven: Symphony 7;
L. van Beethoven: Prometheus Ouverture;
L. van Beethoven: Coriolan Ouverture;
L. van Beethoven: Symphony 5;
L. van Beethoven: Egmont Ouverture;
L. van Beethoven: Fidelio Ouverture;
L. van Beethoven: Leonore 3 Ouverture;
R. Schumann: Symphony IV (1851);
F. Mendelssohn: the Hebrides;
W.A. Mozart: Symphony 39 in Eb;
W.A. Mozart: Die Zauberfloete Ouverture;
W.A. Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro Ouverture;

Excerpts of the following pieces will be studied in order to examine specific technical and musical problems, the preparation is not mandatory but highly recommended:

I. Stravinsky: Danse sacrale from “The rite of Spring”;
B. Bartók: Intermezzo interrotto from the “Concerto for orchestra”;
W.A. Mozart: from die Zauberfloete Tamino’s Recitativo “Die weisheitslehre dieser Knaben”;

Course fee and  requirements
Couse fee, active students: € 1400,00
Application fee: € 250,00
Total amount of fees: € 1.650,00

The application fee has to be paid at the moment of the application; the course fee has to be paid in two tranches, the first at the closing of the applications and the second within August the 20th.

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 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.