Mentoring Programme





Peter Eötvös Contemporary Music Foundation
is announcing a mentoring program for young professional conductors and composers for 2018, 2019 and 2020.

Leading professors of the program: Peter Eötvös (conductor, composer), Gregory Vajda (conductor, composer). For all working periods we are inviting renowned guest professors and musicians. The detailed program for 2018 is already announced here, the program of 2019 and 2020 will be promoted later, with a similar working pattern.

The supporter of the program is Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne.

Peter Eötvös Foundation provides accommodation and travel costs for the selected composers and conductors. They can participate in the programs free of charge, as part of the mentoring program. The mentored composers and conductors will get the chance to have special consultations with orchestra managers, festival managers, communication specialists and they could also visit great concerts halls, opera houses and widen their professional network.

A full portfolio will be ready for all of them by the end of the mentor year, it will contain photos, video- and audio-recordings, interviews, recommendation letters and other promotional materials.

After the mentoring year, the conductors and composers will have the possibility to showcase their work with a big orchestra.

We welcome 2 conductors and 2 composers for each mentoring year.

Program for conductors in 2018:
Bartók: Bluebeard´s Castle (Universal Edition Wien)
Stravinsky: The Soldier´s Tale (Chester Music)
Schönberg: Kammersymphonie Op.9. (Schott Music Mainz/ Universal Edition Wien)
Stockhausen: Punkte (Universal Edition Wien) Version 1952/62 Korrekturen bis 1993 UE 19474
Mozart: Serenade No. 10. KV361 (Schott Music Mainz)
2019: Orchester concert with classical and contemporary pieces

Program for composers in 2018
Ensemble piece (possible instruments: violin, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, trombone, double bass, percussion)
Solo, duo or trio piece (possible instruments: violin, viola, violoncello)
Special workshop - wind quintet (instruments: flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn)
Preparation of a concerto for wind instrument and orchestra
2019: New concerto premiere - concert with orchestra

Selected conductors and composers for 2018:
Toby Thatcher (AUS-UK) - conductor
Su-Han Yang (Taiwan) - conductor
Aaron Holloway-Nahum (USA) - composer
Alex Nante (ARG) - composer

Selected composers for 2019:
Donghoon Shin (South-Korea)
Mikel Urquiza (SP)

For more information and questions about the mentoring program please contact Ms. Melinda Sőregi at:

Detailed description of Mentoring Program in 2018

1. working phase:

6-15 February 2018 Budapest, Hungary

Program for conductors:
Bartók: Bluebeard’s Castle , Stravinsky: The Soldier’s Tale, and the mentored composers’ works.
Featuring UMZE ensemble (Stravinsky) and singers with piano (Bartók).

Professors: Peter Eötvös and Gregory Vajda

Program for composers:
Consultation, rehearsal, and concert of the mentored composer’s own work.
Ensemble piece, instrumentation (minimum 4 instruments): violin, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, tombone, doublebass, percussion, following the Soldier’s Tale. (max. 10-15 min.)

Professors: Johannes Schöllhorn and Peter Eötvös

Additional program: performances, public meeting, concert (MÜPA), meeting with orchestra managers, interview training.

2. working phase:

20-25 April 2018 Paris, France

Visit of rehearsals with Ensemble Intercontemporain and Peter Eötvös.

Program - Bruno Mantovani’s new piece, Eötvös: Steine, Boulez: Derive II.
Professors: Peter Eötvös, Bruno Mantovani

Additional program: Bruno Mantovani-lecture, visit at Conservatoire de Paris, visit at Philharmony building, concert at Cité de la Musique, visit at IRCAM.

3. working phase

25 May – 4 June 2018 Budapest, Hungary

Program for conductors:
Schönberg: Kammersymphonie op. 9.
Stockhausen: Punkte

Featuring: Danubia Orchestra Óbuda
Professors: Peter Eötvös and Gregory Vajda

Program for composers:
Solo, duo or trio composition for violin or/and viola or/and violoncello (max. 10 minutes)
Lectures, analyses, consultations about Stockhausen: Punkte
Consultations, rehearsals, and concert of the mentored composer’s own work.

Professors: Alessandro Solbiati and Peter Eötvös
Special guest: Kathinka Pasveer (Stockhausen Foundation)

Additional programs: lectures, meeting with the representative of Stockhausen Foundation, opera-visit, meeting with an international manager.

4. working phase

30 September – 6 October 2018 Budapest, Hungary

Program for conductors:
Mozart: Serenade no. 10. KV 361 (Gran Partita)

Featuring: Danubia Orchestra Óbuda
Professor: Gregory Vajda

Program for composers:
Instrumentation for this course: piece for wind quintet of flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn (8-10 minutes).
Special workshop, rehearsals and concert of the pieces with renowned professors.
The composers will be also prepared for a woodwind concerto piece, premiered in the frame of the mentor program in 2019.

Professors: Peter Eötvös, Camilla Hoitenga (flute), Catherine Milliken (oboe), Horia Dumitrache (clarinet), György Lakatos (bassoon), András Kovalcsik (horn).

Preliminary program for 2019

20-27 February 2019 Budapest

Holliger: Turm-Musik

Beethoven: Symphony No 8

Professors: Heinz Holliger, Peter Eötvös, Gregory Vajda

7-14 April 2019 Budapest

Saariaho: Trans

Sibelius: Symphony No 2

Professors: Kaija Saariaho, Peter Eötvös, Gregory Vajda

6-11 May 2019 Concertgebouw, Amsterdam

Visit of rehearsals with Peter Eötvös at Concertgebouw.

Professor: Peter Eötvös

24 November - 2 December 2019 Budapest (in preparation)

Professors: Peter Eötvös, Gregory Vajda

Detailed program for 2019 and preliminary program 2020 will be posted soon!