Conducting Masterclass with Joshua Weilerstein.

Philharmonic Amphitheatre of Kalamata
July 28 – August 2, 2023

The International Kalamata Music Days are offering for a second time a masterclass in conducting! Under the guidance of acclaimed conductor Joshua Weilerstein, the masterclass will be held from July 28 until August 2, 2023, at the Philharmonic Amphitheatre of Kalamata. This course provides the chance to young conductors to gain experience in conducting real musicians (piano quintet – pf, vn, vn, va, vc). The masterclass participants will be guided in conducting by Joshua Weilerstein and will also receive feedback by the ensemble musicians. One of the candidates will have the chance to conduct the opening piece (Tchaikovsky’s second movement of Serenade for Strings in C major, Op. 48) of the festival concert with the Kalamata Festival Orchestra (chamber orchestra of 13-15 musicians) on August 4, 2023.

The conducting masterclass gives the opportunity to young conductors to develop their skills in conducting and musicianship whilst also assisting them to reach their personal goals. Through a small group of four (4) active participants, the festival is cultivating an inspiring and friendly environment for the best possible development of each musician. 

The masterclass with Joshua Weilerstein is aimed at conductors from all around the world and of all ages – from those aiming to study conducting to students and graduates of conservatories and music universities. The masterclasses will be open to the broader public. Students of the Municipal Conservatory of Kalamata are invited to attend and get inspired.

The repertoire for the masterclass is:

  • Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67 (I. Allegro con brio)
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 38 in D Major, K.504 “Prague” (all movements)
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings in C major, Op. 48 (II. Valse: Moderato – Tempo di valse)

Further repertoire might be added throughout the week based on the availability of the material. 

Each participant will have personal conducting sessions with the piano quintet (pf, vn, vn, va, vc) and group sessions together with the other participants and Joshua Weilerstein. A detailed schedule will follow after all the applications have been received.

You are welcome to bring your camera and audio recording equipment with you and use it during the classes. If you do not have such equipment, we can provide it.

Lesson languages: English and French

The cost of active participation in the conducting masterclass is 400 € per person.

An active participation in the masterclass is only possible after application through the website and admission by the conducting tutor. 

Application requirements: CV as well as a video of conducting (can be anything: from conducting a pianist to a full orchestra).

Application deadline: June 25, 2023!

For more information see the Terms of Participation.

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