Mentoring Programme



Supported by Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne

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 conductors and composers for 2019
Boon Hua Lien (Singapore) - conductor
Rémi Durupt (France) - conductor
Donghoon Shin (South-Korea) - composer
Mikel Urquiza (Spain) - composer

Selected conductors and composers for 2020
Holly Hyun Choe (USA) – conductor
Joanna Natalia Ślusarczyk (Poland) – conductor
Hankyeol Yoon (South-Korea) – composer
Leonardo Marino (Italy) – composer

Selected conductors and composers for 2021

Martin Rajna (HUN) - conductor
Jonas Bürgin (SUI) - conductor
Francísco Dominguez (ESP) - composer
Balázs D. Kecskés (HUN) - composer

Selected conductor and composer for 2022

Nicoló Forón (IT-GER) - conductor

Jonsung OH (South-Korea)


Upcoming mentoring concerts

7 December 2021 Mentoring concert at Müpa / Danubia Orchestra Óbuda with Holly Hyun Choe conductor, Donghoon Shin composer, piano soloist: József Balog

7 April 2022 Mentoring concert at Kodály Center, Pécs / Pannon Philharmonic Orchestra Pécs with Joanna Slusarczyk conductor, Leonardo Marino composer, cello soloist: Ditta Rohmann

Past mentoring concerts

14 November 2019 Pécs with Pannon Philharmonic Orchestra feat. Aaron Holloway-Nahum's new concerto, Toby Thatcher conducting (soloist: Horia Dumitrache bass clarinet)

26 November Budapest 2019 Franz Liszt Academy of Music with Hungarian Radio Orchestra feat. Alex Nante’s new concerto, Su-Han Yang conducting (soloist: Camilla Hoitenga flute)

Find the detailed program for 2018-2020 HERE.

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2019 composers

2019 conductors



General informations about the program

Peter Eötvös Contemporary Music Foundation
has announced a mentoring program for young professional conductors and composers for 2018, 2019 and 2020, and the period has been extended until 2023. Due to COVID-19 some mentoring concerts and workshops has been cancelled or postponed, or just held online for the mentees.

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 main 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 have an ongoing cooperation with Pannon Philharmonic Orchestra and Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Danubia Orchestra Óbuda (permanent orchestra partner of the foundation).

We welcome 2 conductors and 2 composers for each mentoring year. Application for the 2022 period is not yet announced.

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


2021 - Mentees: Jonas Bürgin, Martin Rajna, Francisco Dominguez, Balázs Kecskés D.


9-14 October 2021 Spotlight on Georges Aperghis masterclass and closing concert

Feat. Danubia Orchestra Óbuda

Guest professor: Georges Aperghis

Georghes Aperghis: Migrants
Peter Eötvös: Aurora (Double bass soloist: Matthew McDonald)
Richard Strauss: Serenade op. 7.
New pieces by Francisco Dominguez, Balázs Kecskés D.

Conductors: Martin Rajna, Jonas Bürgin, selected conductors of the masterclass

Supporters: Liszt Fesztivál, NKA, BMC


February 2021 Kurtág 95 - Meeting of Generations - joint masterclass for mentees of 2020 and 2021

Guest professor: György Kurtág

Hankyeol Yoon: Hipab – Premiere
Lenardo Marino: Previsioni del tempo – Premiere
György Ligeti : Aventures
György Ligeti : Nouvelles Aventures
György Kurtág : ... pas à pas - nulle part ...
György Kurtág : Four Poems by Anna Akhmatova

Feat. UMZE Ensemble

Conductors: Peter Eötvös, Gregory Vajda, Jonas Bürgin, Martin Rajna

Photos of Bálint Hrotkó HERE.

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2020 - Mentees: Hankyeol Yoon, Leonardo Marino, Holly Hyun Choe, Joanna Slusarczyk

4-10 2020 October Spotlight on George Benjamin - online masterclass for mentees of 2020 and online closing concert

Guest professor via ZOOM: George Benjamin

George Benjamin: Three Inventions - Hungarian premiere
Hankyeol Yoon: Idly Idyll - Premiere
Leonardo Marino: Looking at your soul with a telescope - Premiere
Béla Bartók: Divertimento

Conductors: Peter Eötvös, Gregory Vajda

Feat. Danubia Orchestra Óbuda

mustMEET Composers ONLINE event

March 2020 Three Sisters by Peter Eötvös

Visit of Vienna State Opera | dress rehearsal, consultations

17 - 23 February 2020 How to conduct a chamber orchestra?

Guest professor: Fabián Panisello
Fabián Panisello: Chamber Concerto
Arnold Schönberg: Verklärte Nacht, op. 4. (Streichsextett)
Leonardo Marino: Autoritratto - Premiere
Hankyeol Yoon: Theaterleben - Premiere

feat. Danubia Orchestra Óbuda

17 February 2020 mustMEET Composers | Fabián Panisello
Program by Fabián Panisello: Choral Reflections, Biltine, Cuatro canciones de Silvia

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2019 - Mentees: Rémi Durupt, Boon Hua Lien, Mikel Urquiza, Donghoon Shin

November 25 - 30 2019 Workshop with Singer and Ensemble
Guest professors: Hanspeter Kyburz, Elizabeth Laurence
Hanspeter Kyburz: Réseaux
Luciano Berio: Folksongs, O'King
Donghoon Shin: Song Book - Premiere
Mikel Urquiza: Ars memoriae - Premiere

25 November 2019 mustMEET Composers Hanspeter Kyburz
Program by Hanspeter Kyburz: Tropus, Abendlied, Quasi-á-due

September 2019 Rehearsals and consultations in Berlin for mentees with Peter Eötvös

Feat.: Berliner Philharmoniker

Special concerts:

15 September Cologne with Musikfabrik feat. Alex Nante’s Jeu et Rite
17 September Müpa Budapest with Musikfabrik feat. Alex Nante’s Jeau et Rite

7 - 14 April 2019 Spotlight on Kaija Saariaho
Guest professor: Kaija Saariaho
Sibelius: Symphony No.2. op. 43.
Donghoon Shin: Concerto for the Most Ordinary Things - Premiere
Mikel Urquiza: Respirare L'Ombra - Premiere

8 April 2019 mustMEET Composers | Kaija Saariaho
Program by Saariaho: Duft, Spins and Spells, Oi Kuu

18 April Mardid with Plural Ensemble feat. Aaron Holloway Nahum's new piece

20 - 27 February 2019 Holliger 90
Guest professor: Heinz Holliger
Heinz Holliger: Turm Musik
Leos Janacek: Taras Bulba
Donghoon Shin: Your Doubles - Premiere
Mikel Urquiza: Monte Altissimo - Premiere

25 February 2019 mustMEET Composers |Heinz Holliger
Program by Heinz Holliger: Contrechant for solo bass clarinet, Klaus-Ur, Mileva Lieder

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2018 / Debut year of the program, mentees: Aaron Holloway-Nahum, Su-Han Yang, Alex Nante, Toby Thatcher

30 September - 6 October 2018 Working around the Wind Quintet
Guest professors: Catherine Milliken, Camilla Hoitenga
Magda Dávid: Three Pictures (part) - III. Busy City Scene
Alex Nante: Dynamis - Premiere
Aaron Holloway-Nahum: Ezra's Nursery - Premiere

Abram Omri: Zohar - Premiere

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Serenade in B flat major (Gran Partita), K. 361

Feat.: Danubia Orchestra Óbuda

1 October 2018 mustMEET Composers | Catherine Milliken
Bruno Maderna: Solo
Cathy Berberian: Stripsody
Cathy Milliken: Catalogue of Blue

20 May - 2 June 2018 Stockhausen 90
Guest professors: Kathinka Pasveer, Alessandro Solbiati
Stockhausen: Punkte
Alex Nante: Ora - Premiere
Aaron Holloway-Nahum: Words repeated arrive eventually and irresistibly at prayer - Premiere
Arnold Schönberg: Kammersymphonie op.9.

Feat.: Danubia Orchestra Óbuda

29 May 2018 mustMEET Composers | Kathinka Pasveer

April 2018 Paris Rehearsals and consultations in Paris for mentees with Peter Eötvös, Bruno Mantovani

Feat. Ensemble Intercontemporain

8-17 February 2018 Working around the Soldier's Tale
Guest professor: Johannes Schöllhorn
Aaron Holloway-Nahum: The Long March - Premiere
Alex Nante: Jeu de Rite - Premiere
Stravinskij: A Soldier's Tale with Pál Mácsai


17 February 2018 mustMEET COmposers | Johannes Schöllhorn
Program by Schöllhorn: In Nomine, Hommage á Ravel, Oréade