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Course for conductors
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18 – 23 January 2022, Prague, Czech Republic
Maestro Alim Shakh & PKF - Prague Philharmonia

Orchestral conducting masterclass with Maestro Alim Shakh icon link
and PKF - Prague Philharmonia icon link (one of the top Czech professional orchestras)


Dmitri Shostakovich: Chamber Symphony in C minor op. 110a
Antonin Dvořák: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in A minor op. 53
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 2, in D major op. 36
Ludwig van Beethoven: Coriolan, Overture op. 62

Conductors are expected to purchase and study their scores before the start of the masterclass. It is important that you listen to the pieces and prepare them as much as possible to gain the maximum benefits from the masterclass.
Participants are required to select and prepare 3 music works from this repertoire.
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Each Active participant will be entitled to:

a minimum of 90 minutes podium time conducting PKF - Prague Philharmonia icon link
60 minutes of podium time in four hand piano sessions with the soloist
• each Active participant will conduct a Dress rehearsal and the Final concert
• attending all meetings, classes and rehearsals

Each Semi-active participant will be entitled to:

90 minutes of podium time in four hand piano sessions and the soloist
• attending all meetings, classes, rehearsals and the final concert, without an opportunity to conduct the orchestra

There is no age limit for participation. The Certificate of participation will be provided for all Participants who have completed the masterclass for conductors.


The concert program will be divided among participants.
The final concert / dressed recording session will be held on 23rd January 2022.


All sessions with the orchestra will be video recorded and each conductor will receive his/her videos via E-mail / transfer link

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

Masterclass fees

Please email the Masterclass manager regarding Active participant fee.
Semi-active participant fee is € 600
Daily Visitors' (passive participation) fee is € 35
There is no registration/application fee.
Payment schedule
- 25 % of the participant fee has to be paid as a deposit via bank transfer two weeks at the latest after the organizers` confirmation of your participation;
- The payment deadline for the full participation fee is 30 days prior to beginning of the course.
The masterclass fee is 100 % refundable only in case of cancellation or postponing of the masterclass by the organizer.
For an individual payment plan or more options, please contact the Course Manager icon link


The masterclass/course will be taught in English.

Transportation & Accommodation

The course will take plce in Prague, KD Ladvi - the base of the PKF - Prague Philharmonia.
Address: Burešova 1661/2, 182 00 Praha 8 - Kobylisy, the Czech Republic. Metro - line "C"
Travel and accommodation costs are not included in the masterclass fee, must be covered by each participant.


Maestro Alim Shakh is Principal conductor of St. Petersburg State Conservatory Opera and Ballet Theatre, Principal conductor of the Novosibirsk Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra.
Alim Shakh graduated from St. Petersburg Conservatory twice: in 1998 (choral conducting) and in 2001 (symphonic and opera conducting). He was taught by such celebrated conductors and teachers as Fyodor Kozlov (1927-2003) and Ilya Musin (1904-1999).
Prof. Musin was the creator of the Leningrad/St. Petersburg school of conducting and an internationally known innovator in advanced conducting techniques. Alim Shakh is the last of Prof. Musin's students, who get knowledge from first hands.
His outstanding conducting technique lets Maestro conduct the most difficult pieces of the classical and modern music. Talented works of distinguished modern composers have been marvelously interpreted by the conductor, so it is no mere chance that Shakh is held in esteem. Among his recent premieres is the vocal cycle "Run of the Time” by B. Tishchenko, dramatic musical “Anna Karenina” by V. Uspensky, "Tragicomedy” by S. Slonimsky, Russian premiere of "Symphony No. 2” by John Corigliano. In 2008, Boris Tishchenko composed his Symphony No. 8 which he devoted to Alim Shakh (premiere in Novosibirsk on 20.12.2008, in St. Petersburg on 24.03.2009).
Maestro Shakh maintains and spreads traditions of St. Petersburg Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatory...
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PKF - Prague Philharmonia was founded in 1994 on the initiative of the conductor Jiří Bělohlávek (1946-2017), today is one of the best Czech professional orchestras and the most recognised orchestra among world ensembles. Freshness, energy and perfectionism are characteristics inscribed in the orchestra’s ‘Birth Certificate’, as well as a love of music expressed in each of their concerts. Behind the highly valued distinctive sound of the PKF — Prague Philharmonia is partly its key repertoire, which has been from the beginning Viennese Classicism, namely compositions by Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Ludwig van Beethoven, to which works from the period of Romanticism, as well the 20th and 21st centuries, are added.
Over the period of its existence, the orchestra has recorded over 90 CDs released by leading Czech and world music publishers, such as Deutsche Grammophon, Decca, Supraphon, EMI, Warner Classics and Harmonia Mundi. A number of them have been awarded prizes, such as the Gold Record RAC Canada in 2000, Harmony Award in 2001 and Diapason d’Or in September 2007. The CD Heroique with Bryan Hymel was in 2016 nominated for an International Opera Award and a recording of Bohemian Rhapsody with the trumpet player Gábor Boldoczki for Sony Classical was nominated at the Classical Music Award 2018.
The PKF — Prague Philharmonia has collaborated on recordings with Anna Netrebko, Magdalena Kožená, Bryan Hymel, Isabelle Faust, Eva Urbanová, Andrew von Oeyen, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Iva Bittová and Dagmar Pecková. Among the critically acclaimed CDs stands out the live recording of Smetana’s Má vlast (My Country) from the Prague Spring Festival in 2010, conducted by Jakub Hrůša...
You can read more about the orchestra here. Website of Prague Philharmonia is www.pkf.cz


Filip Zaykov violin started playing the violin at the age of 5 with Magdalena Micková and continued his studies under Jiří Fišer at the age of 11 at the Premier Music College of Prague and Prague Conservatory. He also studied piano for a long time with Peter Toperczer. Nowadays he is in the class of Natalia Prishepenko on Hochschule für Musik Carl Maria von Weber in Dresden.
Filip is laureate of international competitions in Czech Republic (Jaroslav Kocian International Competiton, Concertino Praga), as well as abroad (Concours Bravo!, International Violin Competition Kloster Schönta or Premio Clivis).
He made his debut with PKF – Prague Philharmonia at the age of 10 playing Vivaldi Contcerto A minor for 2 violins with Josef Suk. He also appeared then several times as a soloist with Prague Symphony Orchestra in Rudolfinum in Prague.
As a member of Incendio Piano Trio he is a first prize winner of several competitions like Giani Bergamo Music Award, International Chamber Music Competitions Kiejstut Bacewicz and Bohuslav Martinů, COOP Music Awards or Concorso Internazionale „Marcello Pontillo“ and gave concerts on some important venues like Wigmore Hall or Philharmonie Berlin. Trio Incendio is also a member ensemble of European Chamber Music Academy.
Filip got his orchestral experience in the Orchestral Academy of Czech Philharmonic. He also was a member of the Akademie komorní hudby (Academy of Chamber Music) and currently is he a member of Villa Musica.

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