Working around the Soldier’s Tale

2018.02.09. - 2018.02.14.
Budapest Music Center

Master Course for Conductors and Composers
9 - 14 February, 2018 Budapest, Hungary
Bartók: Bluebeard’s Castle , Stravinsky: The Soldier’s Tale, and young composers’ new works

Working around the Soldier’s Tale
9-14 February, 2018, Budapest, Hungary


The Peter Eötvös Contemporary Music Foundation announces a master course for conductors and composers between 9th-14th February, 2018, in Budapest (Hungary).
The call is open for conductors and composers of all nationalities.
The course is suitable for advanced students and professionals with special interest in contemporary music repertoire.

PETER EÖTVÖS, conductor and composer (Hungary)
GREGORY VAJDA, conductor and composer (Hungary)
JOHANNES SCHÖLLHORN, composer (Germany)

Featuring: UMZE Ensemble, Budapest, Hungary

Language of the course: English, German, French, Hungarian

Course program for conductors:
Consultations, rehearsals and concert.
Béla Bartók: Bluebeard’s Castle (Universal Wien) - study material, only with singers and piano.
Igor Stravinkij: Soldier’s Tale (Chester Music)

Thorough and detailed knowledge of all works is a requirement of active participation. Each participant must provide his/her own scores.

Application material for active conductors: online application form, video recording, curriculum vitae with repertoire list, photo. Online application submitted through the website of the foundation is obligatory.

Up to 4 conductors will be accepted as “active” participants. The selection will take place based on the video recordings (ONLY youtube / vimeo links) provided by the applicants. Regarding the videos, we kindly ask you to send us recordings of rehearsals instead of concerts, and we also recommend choosing 20th or 21st century repertoire for conducting.

Application material for composers: online application form, curriculum vitae with list of work, photo and submission of a maximum 12 minutes piece following the instrumentation of Soldier’s Tale (minimum 4 instrument): violin, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, trombone, doublebass, percussion. Online application submitted through the website of the foundation is obligatory.

Up to 4 composers will be selected as active participants. (2 pieces will be selected for the closing concert, the other 2 will be rehearsed and recorded.)

Venue for conductors and composers:
Budapest Music Center (1093 Budapest, Mátyás u. 8.)

Age limit for active conductors and composers is 35 years, observers are accepted without age limit.

Application deadline: 15th December 2017

Those who are not selected as active participants, are also welcomed as observers during the master course. Concerning the unique program we highly recommend to consider this opportunity as well.
Application material for observers: online application form only. Observer composers will have private consultations, too.

Selected active participants: 600 € (to be paid until 15 January, 2018)
Observers: 100 € (to be paid before the course starts)

by bank transfer to the following account:

Peter Eötvös Contemporary Music Foundation
Bank name: K&H Bank Budapest
IBAN: HU76 1020 1006 6019 4912 0000 0000

Partial attendance gives no right for fee reduction.

The course contribution includes extra programs: during the course all participants receive tickets for jazz concerts in the Opus Jazz Club in Budapest Music Center and they can take part in a public meeting and concerts.

The fee does not include travel, accommodation and meal, participants shall organize their accommodation. Upon request, we can help to find private or hotel accommodation within walking distance of the venue.


9-10 February Consultation without orchestra, working on Bluebeard’s Castle for conductors.
Vsit of MÜPA Bluebeard’s Castle rehearsals and performance (10 February) with Peter Eötvös.
Consultations for composers.

11-13 February Rehearsals with orchestra for conductors and composers.

12 February Public meeting with Johannes Schöllhorn at BMC Library

14 February Closing concert

The rehearsals and the concert will be recorded on video partially and a short professional documentary film will be available online after the course.

Active participants will receive diploma, observers will receive attendance certificate, signed by all professors.

We are thankful for the support of the Budapest Music Center, Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne, National Cultural Fund Budapest, Goethe Institute Budapest.