Spotlight on George Benjamin / CANCELLED

2020.10.04. - 2020.10.09.

workshop for conductors and composers

4-9 October, 2020, Budapest, Hungary

Spotlight on George Benjamin

workshop for conductors and composers

4-9 October, 2020, Budapest, Hungary


The Peter Eötvös Contemporary Music Foundation announces a workshop for conductors and composers focusing on chamber music between 4-9 October 2020, in Budapest (Hungary). Selected active conductors will have the possibility to work on George Benjamin’s Three Inventions and Divertimento by Béla Bartók.

Sir George Benjamin is one of the world’s foremost musicians, composer, conductor and professor at King’s College.

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, George Benjamin, Gregory Vajda and the two mentored composers: Leonardo Marino and Hankyeol Yoon.

The call is open for conductors and composers of all nationalities.

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

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


PETER EÖTVÖS, conductor and composer (Hungary / Germany), founder
GREGORY VAJDA, conductor and composer (Hungary / USA ), program director

Guest: GEORGE BENJAMIN, composer-conductor (UK)

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.

George Benjamin: Three Inventions (Faber Music)

Béla Bartók: Divertimento op. BB118 (Boosey and Hawkes)

New pieces written for the workshop by Leonardo Marino, Hankyeol Yoon following the instrumentation of Bartók’s Divertimento.

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 if possible.

Application material for active conductors: online application form, video recording, curriculum vitae with repertoire list, photo. 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. The number of conductors selected by the professors is subject to change. We notify the selected conductors first and gradually all other applicants are invited to join as observers.

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

Course program for composers:

At this masterclass we welcome up to 6 composers to take part to learn and consult professors and sit in rehearsals. We offer consultations with the professors where composers can show their works but these works will be only consulted not performed. Selection will be made by professors.

Application material for composers: online application form, curriculum vitae with photo and at least 3 pieces uploaded in pdf. Online application submitted through the website of the foundation is obligatory.


Danubia Orchestra Studio (1033 Budapest, Flórián tér 1.)

Budapest Music Center (1093 Budapest, Mátyás u. 8.)

Application deadline: 24th August 2020

Confirmation of the active status will be sent until 31st August 2020.

We kindly ask selected active participants to get back to us right after the confirmation of their status so in any case of change we can select an other candidate from the waiting list.

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 conductor participants: 700 € (to be paid until 7 September 2020)

Selected composer participants: 300 (to be paid until 7 September 2020)

Observers: 100 € (to be paid until 2 October 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.

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 organized by the foundation.

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.


4 October Consultation without orchestra

5 October Rehearsal at Danubia Orchestra Studio

5 October Public meeting with composer George Benjamin

6-9 October Rehearsals with orchestra at BMC

9 October Dress Rehearsal and closing concert at BMC

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, National Cultural Fund Budapest and CAFé Budapest Festival.