The Concertgebouworkest’s conducting masterclass is invaluable to the conductors participating, to the young musicians attending as listeners and to music lovers looking to learn more about the fascinating interaction between conductor and orchestra. This season, the masterclasses are being given by Iván Fischer, one of the Concertgebouworkest’s most popular guest conductors.
In the conducting masterclass with Iván Fischer, each of the four participants will conduct the orchestra each day. Iván Fischer will give each participant specific feedback about what he or she needs in order to grow and develop further as a conductor. This may include musical ideas, conducting technique, rehearsal technique, listening, communication, and leadership. The participants will also receive feedback from members of the orchestra.
Like the Concertgebouworkest itself, Iván Fischer attaches great importance to education and talent development. He regularly gives masterclasses, and has even developed a hot chocolate concert series for young children, as well as surprise concerts and ‘one-forint concerts’ with his own Budapest Festival Orchestra, which he has successfully led for thirty-five years. The various festivals and open-air concerts he has initiated in Budapest have drawn thousands of listeners.