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In 2011 Achim Holub’s annual summer conducting masterclass will take place in Graz, Austria from Friday 19 August till Friday 2 September. Participants in the earlier courses include postgraduate conducting students of the Royal Academy and College of Music London, the Royal Northern College of Music Manchester, New England Conservatory Boston, Tokyo Geijutsu Daigaku, Vienna University of Music and all major German music colleges. Encouraged by the enormous success of the last four summers, Achim decided to invite one of the best orchestras in London to work with the students. The Orpheus Sinfonia consists of some of the finest young musicians in the UK and many of them already play in other major orchestras, such as the London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Philharmonia and BBC Symphony. The courses benefit from an extraordinarily creative and exciting social atmosphere and in 2010 more than half of the participants from the previous year returned.

The main focus will be on technical instruction, score analysis including mnemonic training and historically informed interpretation of 18th and 19th century music. All participants will conduct the Orpheus Sinfonia at the Final Concert in Graz on Thursday 1 September. Furthermore, there will be the opportunity for one outstanding student to conduct Haydn’s Symphony No 94 “Surprise” at an additional concert on Friday 2 September.

"I like your approach: you are direct and clear in your requirements and don’t allow me to do things wrong. But you give a powerful sense of caring passionately about conducting and music in general, which makes me feel very safe." Peter Fender, Music Director Philharmonia Britannica Graz is part of the UNESCO World Heritage and is famous for its countless cultural activities, restaurants and night life. The South of Styria is not only well-known for its varied landscape and Mediterranean lifestyle, it is also one of the world’s greatest wine-producing regions.

Graz 2011 Conducting Masterclass Details Page 1 of 2 a) b) c) d) e) f) g) h) i) i) k) l)

General information Additional performance opportunity Course fees Schedule Podium time with orchestra Main focus Repertoire without orchestra Repertoire with orchestra Number of participants Application Contact Accommodation

a) General information Arrival: Thursday 18 August Departure: Saturday 3 September Course starts: Friday 19 August 9.00am Course ends: Friday 2 September 13.00pm [Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines and Ryanair fly to Graz regularly.] Final concert: Thursday 1 September with all participants of the two week course Part time participation without orchestra is also possible. Week I: Friday 19 August till Friday 26 August Week II: Friday 26 August till Friday 2 September b) Additional performance opportunity There will be an additional opportunity for one participant to conduct a performance of Haydn’s Symphony No 94 “Surprise” at a concert on Friday 2 September. The decision about that will be made after the Final Concert on 1 September.

c) Course fees Registration deadline: Friday 1 July 2010 5.00pm Registration fee to secure your place: €290 One week only (without orchestra): €300 + €290 registration fee Two weeks (with orchestra): €800 + €290 registration fee Early Bird Concession (for participants who transfer the registration fee before Friday 6 May 2010 5.00pm): €100 Loyalty Bonus (both weeks only): students who already participated in one of Achim Holub’s previous courses in London or Austria are entitled to an additional fee reduction of €100 [For instance, a student who participated in one of the last five

years’ courses and transfers the registration fee by 6 May pays for two weeks €890 in total.]

d) Schedule Every day from 9.00am till 7.00pm, with lunch and coffee breaks Daily group lessons with piano accompaniment e) Podium time with orchestra (both weeks only) ca. 30-40 min for each single participant f) Main focus Conducting technique and the ability to communicate performance concepts Score analysis including mnemonic training Interpretation and inclusion of findings of the historically informed performance practice movement Efficient preparation of parts and rehearsals Target group: conducting students and professionals; chorus masters; instrumentalists and music pedagogues who would like to improve their skills in ensemble leadership

Graz 2011 Conducting Masterclass Details Page 2 of 2 f) Repertoire without orchestra Compulsory for all participants: Haydn Symphony G major “Surprise”, Hob I/94 [UE] Mozart Symphony No 41 C major “Jupiter”, K 551 [BA] Schubert Symphony No. 7 B minor “Unfinished”, D 759 [BA] Dvořák Holoubek (“The Wild Dove”), Op 110 [ES] Stravinsky Pétrouchka, Premier Tableau, 1911 [BH] And optionally (both weeks only): One work of the participant’s own choice (please bring additional scores and piano reductions) g) Repertoire with orchestra Compulsory for all participants in both weeks: Bach Brandenburg Concerto No 2 F major, BWV 1047 [BA] Haydn Symphony G major “Surprise”, Hob I/94 [UE] Mozart Violin Concerto No 4 D major, K 218 [BA] Mozart Symphony No 41 C major “Jupiter”, K 551 [BA] h) Number of participants Max. 14 in the two week course i) Application To apply, use the PDF Application Form or send an email to with name, address, nationality, phone and mobile numbers and a short CV. Please note that there are only a limited number of places available. To secure your participation, please make sure to pay the registration fee of €290 by 1 July 2011 5.00pm (transfer details will be sent to you after the review of your application).

j) Contact Graz 2011 Conducting Masterclass 64 Combemartin Road, London SW18 5PR Please visit for updates regularly. Administrator: Outi Pesola, phone +44 20 8780 1372 Artistic Director: Achim Holub, mobile +44 7522 737199, Assistant: Christof Harr, mobile +49 1704 813132, Orpheus Sinfonia 22 Hanover Square, London W1S 1JA Chief Executive: Marc Corbett-Weaver k) Accommodation The course will take place in the town centre of Graz. A monastery within 20 min walking distance offers single accommodation for around €30-35 per night including breakfast. Private accommodation is available for €20 per night and limited to a few places. Please get in touch with us as soon as possible if you are interested in one of the above possibilities. Additionally, you can find a wide variety of accommodation in Graz, more information on For further details on Graz, please visit

Brochure Graz 2011 Conducting Masterclass  

Information on Achim Holub's next conducting masterclasse in Austria which will take place in Graz this year.

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