SZOLNOK MASTERCLASS 2019 International Masterclass for Orchestra Conductors

Szolnok Symphony Orchestra will organize an International Masterclass for Orchestra Conductors in June, 2018 in Martfű. Six orchestra conductors will have the opportunity to improve their skills under the direction of Maestro Alpaslan Ertüngealp. Participants will receive five 30-minutes podium sessions (minimum 150 minutes of podium time over the course of the five days). Rehearsals will be held at Martfű Cultural Center.  All podium sessions and Gala Concert will be digitally recorded.

Each morning there will be private sessions with the symphonic orchestra personally supervised by Maestro. Every afternoon Maestro will hold additional lessons for all participants collectively. The afternoon sessions are mandatory for all participants and they will be accompanied by a pianist. Each morning depending on availability, participants can schedule one-on-one practice sessions with pianists to prepare for the afternoon or the following day’s repertoire.  Maestro Ertüngealp will hold special evening presentations the subjects of which will be confirmed later: conducting technique, style, tips on movement and gesture, score reading tips and group discussions on selected pieces from the repertoire of the Masterclass.

This Masterclass offers an opportunity for the participants to improve their conducting skills, broaden their repertoire with one of the best professional orchestras of the region led by an extraordinary Maestro.

The training will be followed by a Gala Concert in Cegléd, Cultural Center on June 16th.


  • Erkel: Hunyadi – Overture
  • Weber: Euryanthe – Overture
  • Beethoven: Egmont – Overture
  • Kodály: Dances of Marosszék
  • Mendelssohn: Midsummer Night’s Dream suite (overture and scherzo)
  • Dukas: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

Brahms: Symphony No. 1 (single movements can be chosen)

  • 1. Movement
  • 3. Movement

Brahms: Symphony No. 3 (must combine two movements from below for a single orchestra session)

  • 1. Movement
  • 2. Movement
  • 4. Movement

Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition (must combine two blocks from below for a single orchestra session)

  • Block 1: 1-4 Movements
  • Block 2: 5-9 Movements
  • Block 3: 10-14 Movements

Each participant shall select 5 pieces (overtures/works/movements/group of movements or blocks) from the repertoire above, and submit his/her selection with the application. Each selected work/movement/section will be rehearsed with orchestra.

Classes by:

Maestro Alpaslan Ertüngealp

Participating ensemble:

Szolnok Symphony Orchestra

Schedule for the rehearsals:

Arrival on June 10th.

Daily classes/rehearsals between 11th and 15th June in Martfű

Gala concert:

16th June – Cegléd

How to apply:

Dates, Deadlines and Fees:

Participation (full) fee includes: tuition fee, minimum 150 minutes podium time (rehearsals with the orchestra), rehearsals with the pianists, afternoon piano sessions, lectures, opportunity to conduct at Gala Concert, seven days accommodation and full board (daily meals x3) in a four star spa hotel, spa facilities, local  transports in Hungary.

We will start accepting applications on 1 March, 2019. “Early Bird” discount period is open from March 1st to April 10th. Applications received after 10th April will be reviewed and processed on a space-available basis. If the class is full, applications will be considered for Auditor status only.


Hotel: Martfű Thermal Spa

Participants will be able to enjoy all wellness facilities at the hotel during the Masterclass period.  For more info please visit:

Online registration opens:

1st March, 2019

“Early bird” period March 1st– April 10th

Full-participant tuition: €2200

Auditor tuition: €500

(Application during the early bird period will be valid only with a500 € non-refundable deposit.)

10th  April, 2019

After the ‘early bird’ period full tuition fees are applicable

Full-participant tuition: €2500

Auditor tuition: €500


Kristof Ignacz

Mobile: 0036-20-366-5844

Application and Payment Terms

Applications will be evaluated by the Art Committee of the Masterclass by 30th April 2019. Applications submitted after 10th April will be reviewed and processed on a space-available basis. Once the evaluation has been completed, applicants will receive confirmation of acceptance, which will inform them about payment details. If the chosen class is full, applicants will be offered participation as Auditors. €500 non-refundable deposit is due within 10 days upon acceptance both for full participants and for auditors. The deposit will be part of the participation fee. The outstanding part of the participation fee is due by 30th April, 2019. Participation is confirmed upon receiving the payment of the full participation fee. The Masterclass organizers reserve the right to replace a full participant’s position with another applicant if the former fails to meet the deadline with the participation fee.
All application materials must be submitted in English. Your application is treated as confidential material and it will not be shared with any 3rd party.
The organizing team will be in continuous contact with the applicants.