Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam


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Daniele Gatti to give public masterclass

14 June 2017

Chief conductor of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra shares his knowledge and experience with young conductors

The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra is presenting a masterclass open to the public presided over by chief conductor Daniele Gatti. The masterclass will take place on 28, 29 and 30 June from 10.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. each day. Tickets may be obtained through The masterclass is streamed live each day through the orchestra's Facebook page

The masterclass is the follow-up to successful masterclasses in orchestral conducting given by Mariss Jansons in 2012 and Valery Gergiev in 2015.

Candidates and repertoire

Four highly talented young conductors have been selected to take part in the masterclass: Sergey Neller (Russia), Valentina Peleggi (Italy), Jiří Rožeň (Czech Republic) and Dawid Runtz (Poland). Daniele Gatti will be sharing his knowledge and experience with them in orchestral works from three style periods: Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K 550, Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 and Stravinsky’s Petrushka.


Daniele Gatti and education

The chief conductor of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra sets great store by education, having given a number of masterclasses to young orchestral musicians in Milan and Siena last year. ‘It’s our duty to pass on our experience to younger generations,’ Maestro Gatti recently said in Preludium.


Conservatory masterclass

On 22 June Maestro Gatti will also be giving a separate masterclass at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, in which four conducting students will be taking part. The masterclass is open to the public and will be given in the conservatory’s Bernard Haitink Hall. Beginning at 10 a.m., Daniele Gatti himself will start by conducting the orchestra of the Conservatorium van Amsterdam in Debussy's La mer, after which this work will form the masterclass repertoire until 1 p.m. From 3.30 to 4.30 p.m. the masterclass will continue with Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 and Mozart's Symphony No. 39, KV 543.


Successful careers

The young conductors having taken part in previous conducting masterclasses with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra are enjoying considerable professional success. Below is a brief overview.

2012 masterclass with Mariss Jansons:

·       Alexander Prior was recently appointed chief conductor of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra in Canada, a post he will assume starting from the 2017/2018 season.

·       Gergely Madaras has held the post of music director of the Orchestre Dijon Bourgogne since 2013 and that of chief conductor of the Savaria Symphony Orchestra in his native Hungary since 2014.

·       Alternate candidate Alexandre Bloch was appointed music director of the Orchestre National de Lille in September 2016 and principal guest conductor of the Düsseldorfer Symphoniker in September 2015. Bloch has also made appearances – in October 2012 and December 2015 – as a guest conductor with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.

·       Alternate candidate Justus Thorau has held the post of chief conductor and assistant Generalmusikdirektor of the Sinfonieorchester Aachen since 2014.


2015 masterclass with Valery Gergiev:

·       Zaurbek Gugkaev currently conducts the Symphony Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre. He served as principal conductor of the Academic Symphony Orchestra of the Mineralnye Vody Philharmonic from 2010 to 2015.

·       Ben Gernon will assume the post of principal guest conductor of the BBC Philharmonic starting this autumn.

·       Joshua Weilerstein is artistic director of the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra. On 2 October 2016, he led the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in a Family Concert which featured parts from Mahler’s Symphony No. 7.


Talent development

The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra is committed to investing in the development of outstanding young musicians. Indeed, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Academy has helped many young instrumentalists make the difficult transition from advanced student to professional orchestral musician. The orchestra also collaborates with young musicians attending the Conservatorium van Amsterdam’s Sweelinck Academy and with young musicians from South Africa. As part of RCO meets Europe, the orchestra is performing in all twenty-eight member states of the European Union. Members of a youth orchestra in each country perform an opening work together with (or Side by Side) members of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.