Conducting Workshop

1st Session (July 21 - August 2, 2017)

2nd Session (August 4 - August 16, 2017)

Objective of the course

The course is designed for advanced conducting students and pianists who already have some experience in full score or orchestra transcript playing but are eager to improve their skills.


With the specific aim of focusing on piano and string concerti and learning the art of orchestral accompaniment.

Further, in the lessons participants will also have the chance to work on symphonic repertoire with maestri Uri Segal, Avner Itai, Alessandro Alonzi and Eitan Globerson.

Number of participants accepted: 4-6 conductors, 2-4 pianists

Lessons take place every other day shared according to the availability of the maestri, leaving the students with about 5-7 lessons during the time of the session.
These will be in masterclass style where the students can listen to the professors instructions for other participants.

Duration per student 45 min/each.
The lessons will be accompanied by two pianos at all times.

Practice with orchestra: each participant will get the chance to conduct one movement during a rehearsal and in an evening concert. Duration of rehearsal would be 15-20 min depending on the length of the movement.

Joint project for conductors and pianists: there is possibility to participate in the workshop in three different ways:

1. Conductor: the participants pay full tuition and get about 5-7 lessons/each during the session, as well as the chance to conduct a movement in rehearsal and in concert with the orchestra and soloist. The applicants are required to send a video recording of their conducting as audition tape.

2. Pianist: the participants pay a reduced tuition and play in conducting lessons. Participants as pianists are required to send a video recording as audition tape where they are required to play from full score or transcripts of orchestra pieces for two piano settings. The chosen repertoire will be sent to them about a month before the festival so that they can prepare for the workshop ahead. These participants also have the opportunity to perform a short solo piece in the festival’s Marathon Recital as well as free entrance to all piano master classes and 2 one-on-one lessons with members of the piano faculty. They will also have the chance to book further private lessons with piano faculty members.

3. Conductor/Pianist: For outstanding talents who can participate both as pianists and conductors the festival would offer a significant scholarship. The applicants are required to send video recording of their conducting and playing as well. Number of places for such participation are limited. 

4.The workshop will focus on the special attributes of concerto performance. Performing a concerto with orchestra is a demanding task, for both conductor and soloist. The conductor must be tuned to the interpretative needs of the soloist, while the soloist is expected to be able to follow the conductor at all times. Both are required to be acquainted with the intricate, unwritten rules of conductor-soloist interaction. The workshop is planned for both conductors and soloists. The orchestra will be played by the piano students, enabling them to acquire experience at following a conductor. The solo part will be played by the students intending to perform with orchestra during the Perugia Music Fest. They will receive intensive instruction on the art of playing with an orchestra, mainly focusing on the give and take interaction with the conductor. Conductors participating in the workshop will receive training in the art of concerto accompaniment, covering a range of topics, including preparation of concerto scores, baton technique, personal interaction with a soloist, etc. The instructor of the course will be Professor Eitan Globerson, Professor of Piano and Conducting at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, and the Music Director of the Mendi Rodan Symphony Orchestra in Jerusalem.