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Overview of the conducting masterclass, 7 -11 June 2016

We are happy to offer you 5-day orchestral conducting masterclass with
Maestro Alim Shakh (Principal conductor of St. Petersburg State Conservatory Opera and Ballet Theatre, Principal conductor of the Novosibirsk Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra)
and the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra.
Maestro Shakh was taught by famous Russian conductors and teachers - Fyodor Kozlov (1927–2003) and Ilya Musin (1904–1999), he maintains and spreads traditions of St. Petersburg Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatory.

The program of the conducting course includes music works of European and Russian composers.
We offer you for studying several of the most beautiful scores in the orchestral repertoire. They are in different styles, forms and particularities of conducting.
The main aim of the course: using the main conducting principles to develop your conducting scale in different styles and research the individual way to music expression.
Besides individual lessons with piano you will work with a big professional orchestra, it will give you big emotional satisfaction and the new impulse to continue your professional career.

The masterclass is suitable for advanced conducting students and professional conductors.

Each Active participant will get:

100 minutes of podium time with the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra

60 minutes of podium time in sessions with piano

- attending all meetings, classes and rehearsals

Each Active participant will conduct a Dress rehearsal and the Final concert

Each Semi-active participant will get:

90 minutes of podium time in sessions with piano

- attending all meetings, classes, rehearsals and the final concert, without an opportunity to conduct the orchestra.


L. Beethoven, 7th symphony,

F. Liszt, Les préludes,

S. Rachmaninoff, Symphonic dances,

N. Rimsky-Korsakov, Sheherazade.

Conductors are expected to purchase and study their scores before the start of the course. It is important that you listen to the pieces and prepare them as much as possible to gain the maximum benefits from the course.


The Final concert will be held 11th June 2016 in the Reduta Hall, Olomouc

The concert program will be divided between participants.


The course will be taught in English.
Nevertheless Maestro Shakh can speak also German and Russian.

We will make our best effort to provide a language support if you don't speak these languages.

Please make a note in your application if you need that support.


Accommodation costs must be covered by each participant of the masterclass.

We provide an accommodation in the FLORA hotel ***.

Standard double rooms with single occupancy with breakfast costs 38 EUR/night for masterclass participants.

There is also a possibility to stay in cheaper- Economy-class rooms in the same hotel.

Nevertheless you can stay in any hotel.


Travel costs must be covered by each participant.

There are several airports around Olomouc: in Prague, Vienna, Brno and Ostrava.


All sessions with the orchestra will be video recorded and each participant will receive his/her videos on USB stick.

You can use also your own cameras for video recording.

Video recording of rehearsals and the concert included in the price.

The concert will be recorded with one professional camera, HD sound quality.

We can provide also a multi-angle recording of the concert upon your request with additional cost.

The Certificate of participation will be provided for all Participants who have completed the masterclass.