How to conduct chamber and ensemble music?

2020.02.17. - 2020.02.23.
Budapest, Hungary

Workshop for conductors
17-23 February 2020 Budapest, Hungary
Fabian Panisello: Chamber Concerto, Arnold Schönberg: Verklärte Nacht, op. 4,new pieces written for the workshop by Leonardo Marino, Hankyeol Yoon

How to conduct chamber and ensemble music?
Workshop for conductors
17-23 February, 2020, Budapest, Hungary


The Peter Eötvös Contemporary Music Foundation announces a workshop for conductors focusing on chamber music between 17-23 February 2020, in Budapest (Hungary). Selected active conductors will have the possibility to work on Fabián Panisello’s Chamber Concerto and the Verklärte Nacht by Arnold Schönberg.

Fabián Panisello, Argentinian-Spanish composer and conductor, is internationally known on the contemporary music stage for the high quality of his work. In the words of Karlheinz Stockhausen: “full of ideas, intense and bursting with energy (…) I am very happy to see that the spirit of Webern continues to live in a changed world”. Fabián is the director and founder of PluralEnsemble and professor of composition at the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía in Madrid.

As this workshop is part of the foundation’s Mentoring Program there will be new chamber pieces written for the workshop by 2 mentored composers of the foundation. The workshop offers working sessions with Peter Eötvös, Fabián Panisello, Gregory Vajda and the two mentored composers.

The call is open for conductors of all nationalities.

The course is suitable for advanced students and professionals with special interest in contemporary music repertoire.

PETER EÖTVÖS, conductor and composer (Hungary)
GREGORY VAJDA, conductor and composer (Hungary)

Guest: FABIÁN PANISELLO, composer-conductor (Spain)

Featuring: Danubia Orchestra Óbuda

Language of the course: English, German, French, Hungarian

Course program for conductors:

Consultations, rehearsals and concert, conductor camera recording during concert and concert recording.

Fabian Panisello: Chamber Concerto (Edition Peters)
Arnold Schönberg: Verklärte Nacht, op. 4 (Universal Edition Wien, string sextet version which can be puchased upon request at UE Wien website.)
New pieces written for the workshop by Leonardo Marino, Hankyeol Yoon

Thorough and detailed knowledge of all works is a requirement of active participation.
Each participant must provide his/her own scores.
The new pieces will be sent to selected active conductors 1 month prior to the workshop.

Application material for active conductors:
online application form
video recording (Only Youtube/ Vimeo links are accepted. Please, send only one link, cut or a link of a playlist, if possible.)
curriculum vitae with repertoire list

Online application submitted through the website of the foundation is obligatory.

Up to 8 conductors will be accepted as “active” participants. The selection will take place based on the video recordings (youtube/vimeo links) provided by the applicants.
Regarding the videos, we kindly ask you to send us recordings of rehearsals instead of concerts, and we also recommend choosing 20th or 21st century repertoire for conducting.
Please, send only one link, cut or a link of a playlist.

Danubia Orchestra Studio (1033 Budapest, Flórián tér 2.)
Budapest Music Center (1093 Budapest, Mátyás u. 8.)

Age limit for active conductors is 35 years, observers (conductors and composers) are accepted without age limit.

Application deadline: 16th December 2019

Confirmation of the active status will be sent until 20th December 2019.

Those who are not selected as active participants, are also welcomed as observers during the master course. And you also choose from the beginning that you would like to just come as an observer. Concerning the unique program we highly recommend to consider this opportunity as well. Observers can attend all rehearsals, the public meeting and the closing concert.

Selected active participants: 700 € (to be paid until 10 January 2020)
Observers: 100 € (to be paid until 13 February 2020)
by bank transfer to the following account:

Peter Eötvös Contemporary Music Foundation
Bank name: K&H Bank Budapest
IBAN: HU76 1020 1006 6019 4912 0000 0000

Partial attendance gives no right for fee reduction. We accept only bank transfer or PayPal payment.

The course fee includes extra programs: during the course all participants receive tickets for jazz concerts in the Opus Jazz Club in Budapest Music Center and they can take part in a public meeting and concerts.

The fee does not include travel, accommodation and meals, participants shall organize their accommodation. Upon request, we can help to find private or hotel accommodation within walking distance of the venue. Our hotel partner is Ibis Centrum in Budapest, we highly recommend their service.


17 February Public meeting with composer Fabian Panisello

17-18 February Consultation without orchestra

19-22 February Rehearsals with orchestra at Danubia Orchestra Studio

23 February Rehearsal and closing concert at Budapest Music Center

The rehearsals will be recorded on video partially and a short professional documentary film will be available online after the course. The concert will be available via live stream and a conductor cam recording will be made available for active conductors.

Active participants will receive diploma, observers will receive attendance certificate, signed by all professors.


We are thankful for the support of the Budapest Music Center, Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne and National Cultural Fund Budapest.