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Ammodo Conducting Masterclass with Iván Fischer and the Concertgebouworkest

23 January 2020

On Wednesday, 24, Thursday, 25 and Friday, 26 June 2020, the Concertgebouworkest will be presenting the Ammodo Conducting Masterclass presided over by Iván Fischer. The event is open to the public. The Hungarian conductor will be sharing his knowledge and experience with four very gifted young conductors: Earl Lee (Korea/Canada), Corinna Niemeyer (Germany), Jaume Santonja (Spain) and Katharina Wincor (Austria).

The masterclasses on 24 and 25 June will take place from 10.00 a.m. to approximately 1.00 p.m., and on 26 June from 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. They will also be streamed live on the orchestra’s Facebook and YouTube channels and at

The Ammodo Conducting Masterclass is made possible in part by Ammodo, the Kirill Kondrashin Fund and the Schweizer Mengelberg Stiftung.

What will the conductors be learning?

The masterclass will see each of the four participants conducting the orchestra on all three days. Maestro Fischer will be giving the individual participants specific instruction regarding their growth and development needs as conductors. This may involve musical ideas, baton technique, rehearsal technique, listening skills, communication and leadership. The young conductors will also be getting feedback from members of the orchestra. In addition, Artistic Director Joel Ethan Fried will be presenting an interactive career development workshop on the young conductors’ behalf.

The four young conductors will be working on the second movement (Andante cantabile) of Mozart’s Symphony No. 41 (‘Jupiter’), the first movement (Allegro con brio) of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, the final movement (Allegro energico e passionato) of Brahms’s Symphony No. 4 and the third movement (Ruhevoll, poco adagio) of Mahler’s Symphony No. 4.


The Concertgebouworkest’s Ammodo Masterclass will prove invaluable to the conductors participating, to young musicians attending as listeners and to music lovers looking to learn more about the fascinating interaction between conductor and orchestra.

Previous masterclasses

The Concertgebouworkest’s conducting masterclasses are highly regarded throughout the world. Past masterclasses were presided over by Mariss Jansons (in 2012), Valery Gergiev (2015) and Daniele Gatti (2017 and 2018). Some 100,000 viewers worldwide watched the last two masterclasses thanks to live streaming on social media.

Iván Fischer

Iván Fischer has been a popular guest conductor with the Concertgebouworkest for many years. Always captivating and enlightening, his working methods invariably involve asking questions and looking at the score with a fresh perspective to ensure its current relevance. He is also a gifted educator who, like the orchestra itself, sets great store by education and talent development. Maestro Fischer regularly gives masterclasses with his own Budapest Festival Orchestra, which he has successfully led for thirty-five years.

The participants

All four young conductors have had solid musical training and have been working professionally for several years now.

Earl Lee is currently associate conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. He pursued his training at the Curtis Institute of Music, the Juilliard School and the Manhattan School of Music, and served as resident conductor with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Lee is also a successful cellist.

Corinna Niemeyer is assistant conductor with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. After studying cello, musicology and conducting at the conservatories of Munich, Karlsruhe and Shanghai, she completed her training as a conductor at the Zurich University of the Arts (Zürcher Hochschule der Künste). She has won several conducting competitions and served as assistant to François-Xavier Roth at the SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg, the Cologne Opera and Les Siècles.

Jaume Santonja is assistant conductor with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and has also led the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the RTVE Symphony Orchestra in Madrid. After his conservatory studies in Barcelona, he obtained master’s degrees in percussion and conducting at the conservatories of Amsterdam and Antwerp respectively. He has worked as a substitute percussionist with orchestras including the Concertgebouworkest.

Katharina Wincor is assistant conductor with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. She initially trained as a pianist, oboist and composer in Linz. In 2014, she began studying conducting with Mark Stringer in Vienna. Riccardo Muti selected her as the youngest member to participate in his Italian Opera Academy; she was also the youngest participant ever in the London Symphony Orchestra’s renowned Donatella Flick conducting competition. She recently served as assistant to Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla at the Salzburg Staatstheater.