2019.04.07. - 2019.04.13.
Budapest, Hungary

Master Course for Conductors
7-13 April, 2019 Budapest, Hungary
Kaija Saariaho: Trans, Sibelius: Symphony no. 2. op. 43

Master course for conductors
7-13 April, 2019, Budapest, Hungary

The Peter Eötvös Contemporary Music Foundation announces a master course for conductors between
7th – 13th April, 2019, in Budapest (Hungary).
The call is open for conductors of all nationalities.
Age limit for active conductors is 35 years, observers are accepted without age limit.
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)
PÉTER HALÁSZ, conductor (Hungary)

Special guest: KAIJA SAARIAHO, composer (Finland)

Featuring: Danubia Orchestra Óbuda
Harp soloist: Klára Bábel

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

Rehearsals: Danubia Orchestra Studio (1033 Budapest, Flórián tér 2.)
Concert: Budapest Music Center (1093 Budapest, Mátyás u. 8.)

Course program for conductors:

Consultations, rehearsals and concert, conductor camera recording during concert and concert recording.

Kaija Saariaho: Trans (Chester Music) - partiture provided by the foundation for active participants
Sibelius: Symphony no. 2, op. 43 (Breitkopf) - partiture to buy from the publisher

Thorough and detailed knowledge of all works is a requirement of active participation. Each active participant must provide the Sibelius score to conduct and the Trans partiture will be sent to each selected active conductor after receiving the course contribution. Therefore each active participant must provide a relevant postal address where the Foundation can send the partiture to.

Application material for active conductors:
online application form
video recording (Only Youtube/ Vimeo links are accepted. Please, send only one link, cut or a link of a playlist, if possible.)
curriculum vitae with repertoire list

Online application submitted through the website of the foundation is obligatory.

Up to 8 conductors will be accepted as “active” participants. The selection will be based on the video recordings provided by the applicants.
Regarding the videos, we kindly ask you to send us recordings of rehearsals instead of concerts.
We also recommend choosing 20th or 21st century repertoire for conducting.

Application deadline
: 8th February 2019
Confirmation of the active status: until 22nd February 2019

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.
Observers can attend all rehearsals, the “mustMeet Composers – Kaija Saariaho” public meeting and the closing concert.

Application material for observers:

online application form only
Observer composers could be accepted also, and have private consultations with the professors upon discussion.
Observer applications could be accepted until the beginning of the master class, but please note, that ONLY bank transfer or PayPal is possible as payment.

Selected active participants: 700 € (to be paid until 8th March, 2019)
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 contribution reduction.
We accept only bank transfer or PayPal payment.

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 attend the public meeting and concerts.

The contribution does not include travel, accommodation and meal, participants shall organize it themselves. Upon request, we can help find private or hotel accommodation within walking distance of the venue. Our reliable partner is Hotel Ibis Centrum in the centre of Budapest, we highly recommend their service.


7 April Consultation without orchestra

8 April Public meeting with Kaija Saariaho

8 – 11 April Rehearsals with orchestra at Danubia Orchestra Studio

12 – 13 April Rehearsals with orchestra at Budapest Music Center

13 April Closing concert

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

The concert will be available via live stream and a conductor cam recording will be made.

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

We are thankful for the support of:
Budapest Music Center
Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne
National Cultural Fund Budapest