Conducting Masterclass with the Berlin Sinfonietta

In April 2016, I had the opportunity to learn from Prof. Colin Metters, the Professor of Conducting at the Royal Academy of Music in London where he founded the Conductors’ Course in 1983.  We perfected our conducting technique, stance and expressive control while working with the Berlin Sinfonietta to finally put on a concert for the public.

Repertoire:

L. v. Beethoven
Die Geschöpfe des Prometheus Overtüre, Op.43
Symphony No. 8 in F major op. 93

J. Brahms
Violin Concerto in D major op. 77
Symphony No. 3 in F major op. 93

The highlight of the show was the Brahms Violin Concerto, where we learned to balance where the control lies when working with a soloist and their own expression and tempo fluctuations.

It was an intense week of practicing, memorizing repertoire and learning how subtle movements are suffice.  This experience definitely helped to shape the conductor I am now and how to best lead students to play for you.

 

 

 

 

Here are photos of the studying process prior to the concert

 

 

 

 

 

Here is the workshop style masterclass setup working with pianists prior to the sinfonietta.The final concert was a big hit.