What if there were a conducting course that provided conductors with
the opportunity to work with soloist and professional orchestra on two complete concertos? What if there were a course for soloists that gave them the opportunity to work with a conductor and professional orchestra on two complete concertos? What if this course also included daily instruction and mentoring from prominent conductors and soloists plus
two public concerts featuring all participating students? The International Institute for Conductors faculty posed these questions and answered with the creation of Mastering the Concerto, a groundbreaking intensive course that pairs conductors with aspiring soloists for 12 days of study, instruction and performance.

The Vidin State Philharmonic Orchestra

The Vidin State Philharmonic Orchestra

Soloists
The Institute invites highly accomplished violinists and pianists at least 16 years of age who are preparing for careers as soloists to apply. The course has openings for up to 5 pianists and 5 violinists. Experience performing with a symphony orchestra is not required, but applicants are expected to have two concertos from the list of concertos below—one Classical and one Romantic—fully prepared when they apply. The soloist curriculum includes six instructional sessions at least 15 minutes in length with orchestra, six 10-minute sessions with string sextet plus a general rehearsal and concert performance of at least one movement from your two concertos. The curriculum also includes 180 minutes of one-on-one with master teachers Emilio Percan (violin) or Mattia Ometto (piano), two group masterclasses with your master teacher and a combined masterclass for conductors and soloists. (See faculty bios on the Institute Facutly page.) The soloist course fee of $1,995 US also covers the cost of a private hotel room with breakfast.

Kaili (Taiwan) and Bernardo (Portugal) 2017 Institute

Kaili (Taiwan) and Bernardo (Portugal) – 2017 Institute

Mastering the Concerto Repertoire

The list of concertos is quite extensive. Consider it a cafeteria menu from which you are able to choose the concertos that best suit your needs and study goals. We believe you are the best judge of what you need to study so we invite you to create your own personal program of study.

Violin – Small Classical Orchestra
Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61
Dvořák: Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53
Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in D minor (posth)
Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64
Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, K. 216
Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 4 in D major, K. 218
Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, K. 219
Paganini: Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major, Op. 6

Violin – Large Romantic Orchestra
Brahms: Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77
Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26
Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Op. 44
Khachaturian: Violin Concerto in D minor
Lalo: Symphonie espagnole, Op. 21
Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major, Op. 19
Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 63
Saint-Saens: Violin Concerto No. 3 in B minor, Op. 61
Sibelius: Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47
Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35
Wieniawski: Violin Concerto No. 1 in F-sharp minor, Op. 14
Wieniawski: Violin Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Op. 22

Piano – Small Classical Orchestra
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, Op. 15
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major, Op. 19
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 73 “Emperor”
Mendelssohn: Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25
Mendelssohn: Piano Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Op. 40
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K. 488
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K. 491
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 25 in C major, K. 503
Saint-Saëns: Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22
Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No. 1 in C minor, Op. 35

Piano – Large Romantic Orchestra
Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15
Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major, Op. 83
Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11
Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21
Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16
Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major, S. 124
Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major, Op. 26
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18
Saint-Saëns: Piano Concerto No. 5 in F major, Op. 103
Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54
Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major, Op. 102
Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat major, Op. 23

Kira (USA), Bernardo (Portugal), & Olivia (USA) 2017 Institute

Kira (USA), Bernardo (Portugal), & Olivia (USA) – 2017 Institute

Jennifer (Austria) - 2017 Institute

Jennifer (Austria) – 2017 Institute

The Institute has a well-earned reputation for addressing gaps in conductor training with Conducting Concertos (introduced in 2010) and Conducting Opera Arias (first offered in 2013). Mastering the Concerto offers hands-on solutions for conductors and soloists alike. Both will benefit from incomparable opportunities to gain rare and vital experience with a professional orchestra while being mentored by master teachers in their chosen disciplines. By partnering highly accomplished aspiring soloists with conductors seeking to develop their skills as accompanists, the Institute has introduced a powerful synergistic educational model that offers unsurpassed opportunities for rapid advancement and artistic growth.

Bernardo (Portugal) - 2017 Institute

Bernardo (Portugal) – 2017 Institute

Conductors
The Institute will accept up to 10 conductors for the course. After acceptance conductors will submit a list of 3 concertos each from the Classical and Romantic repertoire chosen by the soloists (see complete repertoire lists below). The conducting faculty will use this information
and audition video clips to assign each conductor 2 complete concertos. The curriculum includes 6 fifteen minute instructional sessions with orchestra and soloist, 6 ten minute instructional sessions with string sextet, 20 minutes of video review with the conducting faculty plus a general rehearsal and concert performance of at least 1 movement from the two concertos studied during the course. The Institute faculty will also present masterclasses focusing on score study and transposition, a special round table discussion for soloists and conductors about the challenges and rewards of collaboration between conductors and soloists and daily Embodied Conducting™ instruction. The US $2,595 course fee also covers the cost of a private hotel room with breakfast.

Alicja (Austria) - 2017 Institute

Alicja (Austria) – 2017 Institute

Kira (USA) with Maestro Gambetta - 2017 Institute

Kira (USA) with Maestro Gambetta – 2017 Institute

2017 Mastering the Concerto Concert Billboard

2017 Mastering the Concerto Concert Billboard

Suthipong (Thailand) - 2017 Institute

Suthipong (Thailand) – 2017 Institute

Awards, Scholarships and Discounts

The Institute faculty may award a professional return engagement with the Vidin State Philharmonic during the following season to one outstanding soloist and conductor. Travel expenses are not part of the award; hotel accommodations are provided by the Philharmonic.

Institute alumni receive a US $200 scholarship. Conductors participating in Mastering the Concerto and either the Advanced Conducting Academy or Conducting Choral Masterpices receive a US $400 discount. Conductors and soloists who wish to attend the course together receive a 10% discount ($250 for conductors and $200 for soloists). The discounts cannot be combined with the scholarship.


 

2016 Mastering the Concerto Course Highlights


Institute Alumni Comments

“Mastering the Concerto a truly unique event that should be experienced by every musician who is aspiring
and working on his/her artistic career.”
-2017 Mastering the Concerto soloist

“I gained so much hands-on experience in a wonderful, supportive, and safe environment. I really enjoyed expanding
my concerto repertoire as well as working with different soloists and the talented orchestra.”
-2017 Mastering the Concerto conductor

“The faculty was very knowledgeable of each student’s literature. They set high expectations and were very respectful
of each other’s insight.”
-2015 Advanced Conducting Academy conductor