Masterclass for Orchestra Conductors

International Masterclass for Orchestra Conductors with Maestro Ertüngealp Alpaslan

In memoriam Claudio Abbado

„Appreciate and respect the silence, at this very moment! This is the most important aspect of my ars poetica. I lay emphasis on active listening, transparency in music, respect for the composer and freedom for the musicians.”
Maestro Ertüngealp is delighted to work with conductors of diverse background and he ensures that with the offered repertoire and the professional orchestra, young counductors will gain an experience that enable them to work with a wide range of repertoire in the future

Schedule for orchestra conductors

Sessions will be held in Martfű
7th June, 2017 – Arrival, Registration, Meet & Greet
8th – 13th June – Tuition
10th June – Concert in the Garden of the City Hall, Marfű
14th June – Concert in Catholic Church, Törökszentmiklós
15th June – Concert in Calvinist Church, Tiszaszentimre
16th June – Concert in Calvinist Chruch, Kunmadaras

Although our masterclass is not a competition, we will award two extra concert opportunities for the 5 best performing orchestra conductors to perform with the Szolnok Symphony Orchestra at the gala concerts in the regional capital (Szolnok) and in the capital of Hungary (Budapest).

Awarded participants will be asked to cover the extra accommodation (€350).

Dates of the gala concerts:
17th June, Aba-Novák Cultural Center, Szolnok
18th June, MOM Cultural Center, Budapest

To apply and registration

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Dates, deadlines and fees

Applications are being accepted now and will be reviewed starting on 31st January, 2017. Applications received after 31st January will be reviewed and processed on a space-available basis. If the class is full, applications will be considered for Auditor status.

Full- participant

Early bird fee: €1,500 / Standard fee: €1,750 (including accommodation and full board)
Schedule: 8th – 16th June

• active participation at the orchestra conductor masterclass
• min. 30 minutes podium time daily coached by Maestro Ertüngealp Alpaslan (a total of 180 minutes)
• piano rehearsal opportunities available daily
• conducting at min. two concerts during the concert tour
• auditor attendance is encouraged at the choral conductor masterclass

Full-participant for both workshops

Early bird fee: €2,400 / Standard fee: €2,800 (including accommodation and full board)
Schedule: June 6th – 16th

• active participation at the choral and orchestra conducting masterclass
• min. 30-30 minutes podium time daily (total 360 minutes conducting time)
• piano rehearsal opportunities available daily
• conducting at minimum two-two concerts during the concert tour


€750 (including accommodation and full board)
Schedule: 8th – 16th June

• access to both choral and orchestra conductor masterclass led by Maestro Izaki Masahiro and Maestro Ertüngealp Alpaslan respectively
• attend presentations, workshops and concerts
• no conducting opportunity offered

Payment schedule

Once the evaluation of the applications have been completed, applicants will receive confirmation of acceptance. €250 non-refundable deposit is due within 10 days upon acceptance for full participants as well as for auditors. The deposit is part of the participation fee. The outstanding part of the participation fee is due by 31th March 2017. Participation is confirmed upon receiving the payment of the full participation fee.


Marfű Thermal Hotel & Spa***
Accommodation and full board is included in the registration fee.

Buffet style breakfast & dinner and a daily variety of set meals for lunch will be served. Twin rooms will be assigned and shared by two participants. Single room is available on request (Additional fee: €400). All hotel and spa facilities are available for participants.
Check in: 7th June, 2017
Check out: 17th June, 2017


Martfű is located 120 km from Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport. We can assist with airport shuttles. Please inform us of your arrival time and flight company latest 12 days before the masterclass begins.


The language of the masterclass is English


All participants will receive a personalized video of their rehearsals and concerts performances. Participants are welcome to bring their own recording device as well.

Repertoire for choir conductors

Compulsory pieces
• Beethoven: Egmont Overture Op. 84
• Strauss: Die Fledermaus – Overture Op. 0362
• Bartók: Dance Suite Sz. 77 BB 86

Select one piece from each of these groups
Group No.1
• Beethoven: Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21 – 1st Movement
• Beethoven: Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36 – 1st Movement
• Beethoven: Symphony No. 4 in B flat major, Op. 60 – 1st Movement

Group No.2
• Schumann: Symphony No. 2 in C major, Op. 61 – 1st Movement
• Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36 – 1st Movement
• Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 5 in D major, Op. 107 ‘Reformation’ – 3rd, 4th Movement

Group No.3
• Wagner: Siegfried Idyll
• Weber: Oberon – Overture
• Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K. 620 – Overture
• Rossini: Gazza Ladra – Overture
• Bartok: Divertimento for String Orchestra, Sz. 113 BB 118 – 3rd Movement