Masterclass with Prof. Metters November 2016

IMB presents: 24th International Masterclass for Orchestral Conductors

Prof. Colin Metters (Royal Academy of Music, London)
Berlin Sinfonietta
Mozart, Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky
November 27th – December 2nd 2016

After our three successful masterclasses, we are happy to have the opportunity to cooperate again, for the fourth time with one of the leading and most distinguished conducting pedagogues of our time, Prof. Colin Metters. He is the Professor emeritus of Conducting at the Royal Academy of Music in London where he founded the Conductors’ Course in 1983.  Colin has an international reputation as a leading pedagogue, and has given masterclasses in Germany, Poland, Finland, Australia, Venezuela, Vietnam, China and the USA. His wide experience affords him an enviable reputation as professional conductor, orchestral trainer and conducting instructor.

He has worked with leading symphony orchestras in the UK, and guest-conducted extensively abroad. In 1997 he was appointed Music Adviser and Principal Guest13229-ded6533f55f0bc8f8d6110aeba1b878c_large Conductor to the Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra, directing a five-year program of development. In 1999, in recognition of his work, he was awarded the Vietnamese equivalent of the Order of Merit, the first to be made to a British citizen.

After the positive feedbacks we have received after  our last masterclass with Prof. Metters, we have decided to dedicate also this masterclass for the many differences and likes between the many aspects of conducting a symphony and accompanying a concerto. Prof. Metters chose this time one of the greatest and challenging and very loved Violin concerto beside Mozart Sympohniy No. 41 and other great masterpieces, making a very musically interesting program and has its technical issues and challenges. 

Besides intensive active conducting sessions with a professional orchestra, each one of the participants will have the chance to work with Prof. Metters on critical aspects of conducting including studying the score, musical analysis, conducting technique and string technique.  We will have four orchestra rehearsals (4 hours long each) with the professional and dedicated musicians of the Berlin Sinfonietta.  All the participants will have the chance to perform in the final, public concert.

The course will be taught primarily in English, and secondarily in German. If you don’t speak these languages, and you would like to participate in the masterclass, we will make our best effort to provide a translator. Please mention that in your application.


W. A. Mozart
Symphony No. 35 in D major KV. 385 <Haffner>
Symphony No. 41 in C major KV. 551 <Jupiter>

P. I. Tchaikovsky
Violin Concerto in D Major op. 35
Violin: TBA
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” op. 61:
1. Scherzo
5. Intermezzo
7. Notturno

The participants must prepare all the repertoire pieces.


We would like to express our enormous gratitude to the Juedische Gemeinde zu Berlin, and specially to Mr. Kosche for cooperating and supporting us on this masterclass.