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18 – 23 November 2021, Prague, Czech Republic
Maestro Martin Sieghart & PKF - Prague Philharmonia
Igor Stravinsky - Concerto in D for String Orchestra (1946)
Ludwig van Beethoven - Symphony No. 7
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Overtures: Don Giovanni & Le nozze di Figaro
Joseph Haydn - Symphony no 104
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.
Each Active participant will be entitled to:
• a minimum of 90 minutes podium time conducting PKF - Prague Philharmonia
• 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 November 2021.
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.
Semi-active participant's fee is € 600 Daily Visitors' (passive participation) fee is € 35
There is no registration/application fee. Payment schedule
- 25 % of the participant’s 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
The masterclass/course will be taught in English.
Transportation & Accommodation
The course will take place in Prague, the Czech Republic. Travel and accommodation costs are not included in the masterclass fee, must be covered by each participant.
Maestro Martin Sieghart
Martin Sieghart (Austria) is one of the most versatile musicians of his country. He is a conductor of worldwide demand, a teacher of many successful international students, a founder and music director of several festivals, a former longstanding principal cellist of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, organist, repetiteur and has acted as an accompanist on the piano for his own Opera and Orchestral projects.
• Honorary Principal Conductor with the Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra (Holland) (since 2009)
• Chief conductor of the Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra (Holland) (since 2003)
• Permanent quest conductor with New Japan Philharmonic and Brucknerhaus Orchestra Linz
• Professor at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Graz. (2000-2016)
• Artistic Director of the chamber orchestra "Spirit of Europe" (2005-2008)
• Founder & Artistic Director of the opera festival "Mozart in Reinsberg" (2002-2006)
• Principal Guest Conductor of the Israel Chamber Orchestra (Israel) (since 2012)
• Artistic Director & Principal Conductor of the Linz's opera (1992-2000)
• Artistic Director & Principal Conductor of the Bruckner Orchestra Linz (1992)
• Co-founder of the "EntArteOpera" festival together with Susanne Thomasberger and Philipp Harnoncourt. (since 1997)
• Artistic Director & Principal Conductor of the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra ( 1990-1995)
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
Masterclasses for conductors with a full-size orchestra.
Conducting Programs include Opera & Orchestral Conducting masterclasses and workshops, Masterclass venues & locations: Prague, Olomouc, České Budějovice, Marienbad, Karlovy Vary, Budweis