What if there were a conducting course that provided conductors with
the opportunity to work with soloist and professional orchestra on two complete concertos? What if there were a course for soloists that gave them the opportunity to work with a conductor and professional orchestra on two complete concertos? What if this course also included daily instruction and mentoring from prominent conductors and soloists plus
two public concerts featuring all participating students? The International Institute for Conductors faculty posed these questions and answered with the creation of Mastering the Concerto, a groundbreaking intensive course that pairs conductors with aspiring soloists for 12 days of study, instruction and performance.
Since 2009 Jeunesses Musicales has been organising the masterclasses in the UNESCO city of Ohrid, welcoming participants from Germany, Austria, Russia, Croatia, Slovenia, Georgia, Greece and Macedonia.
The final concerts are been held at the beautiful St. Sofia Church as a part of the Ohrid Summer Festival.
Masterclasses for specially gifted
The Institute invites highly accomplished violinists and pianists at least 16 years of age who are preparing for careers as soloists to apply. The course has openings for up to 5 pianists and 5 violinists. Experience performing with a symphony orchestra is not required, but applicants are expected to have two concertos from the list of concertos below—one Classical and one Romantic—fully prepared when they apply. The soloist curriculum includes six instructional sessions at least 15 minutes in length with orchestra, six 10-minute sessions with string sextet plus a general rehearsal and concert performance of at least one movement from your two concertos. The curriculum also includes 180 minutes of one-on-one with master teachers Emilio Percan (violin) or Mattia Ometto (piano), two group masterclasses with your master teacher and a combined masterclass for conductors and soloists.