IMB Proudly Presents:
31st International Masterclass for Orchestral Conductors in Berlin:
SYMPHONIC JOURNEY VOL. II
WORKSHOP AND FINAL CONCERT with
Prof. Colin Metters (Royal Academy of Music, London)
Beethoven, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky
November 19th – 24th 2017
After our many successful collaborations, cuminating in a great Choral Masterclass in June 2017, we are proud to cooperate again 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 Guest 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 manu masterclasses with Prof. Metters, we have decided to dedicate also this masterclass to the many differences and likes between the many aspects of conducting a symphony and accompanying a soloists. Prof. Metters chose this time the challenging and the very beloved Rococo Variations for Cello, beside Beethoven 7th and other great masterpieces, making a very interesting program musically, and has its technical issues, problems 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.
Address: Bernburger Str. 3-5, 10963 Berlin
For this masterclass we are happy to be invited to hold the masterclass week including the final concert in the very intimate St. Lukas Church, in the center of Berlin, (Bernburger Str. 3-5, 10963). The church has great atmosphere and its regular concert visitors. We are thankful that the masterclass’ final concert was inserted to the church’s concert season programs, and expecting many audiences. (image: Berlin Sinfonietta and English Choir Berlin performing Händel’s Messiah) at the final concert of a masterclass, in front the full St. Lukas Church.)
You are more than welcome to apply here.
All rehearsals and the final concert will be video recorded and will be given after the concert on a USB stick. The USB stick will be provided by us. Participants are welcome to bring their own recording devices.
P. I. Tchaikovsky
Variations for cello and orchestra on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33 (Fitzenhagen edition)
Cello: Ildikó Szabó
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
Symphony No. 4 in A major, Op. 90 <Italian>
Overture, Scherzo and Finale, Op. 52
The participants expected to prepare all the repertoire pieces.