Eötvös 80 - workshop for conductors

2024.06.10. - 2024.06.15.

Workshop for conductors

Budapest, 10-15 June 2024


workshop for conductors

featuring Ensemble Ars Nova

10-15 June 2024, Budapest, Hungary


The Peter Eötvös Contemporary Music Foundation announces a workshop for conductors between 10-15 June 2024, in Budapest (Hungary). Selected active conductors will have the possibility to work on pieces by Peter Eötvös, György Kurtág and György Ligeti during rehearsals and a live performance.

The workshop offers working sessions with Benoît Sitzia and Gregory Vajda.

The call is open for conductors of all nationalities.

Age limit for active conductors is 35 years, observers are accepted without age limit.

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


GREGORY VAJDA, conductor and composer (Hungary / USA), program director

Guest: BENOĪT SITZIA, composer, artistic director of Ensemble Ars Nova (France)

Language of the course: English, French, Hungarian

Course program for conductors:

Consultations, rehearsals and concert, conductor-cam video recording during concert and concert recording. The program will be performed twice, as a mirror-performance.

Peter Eötvös: Ligetidyll (Schott Music, 2022) 12’


György Kurtág: Brefs messages op. 47 (Editio Musica Budapest, 2011) 9’


György Ligeti: Melodien (Schott Music, 1971) 13’


Thorough and detailed knowledge of all works is required for active participation. Each participant must provide his/her own scores.

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. www.eotvosmusicfoundation.org

Up to 6 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 with your application. The number of conductors selected by the professors is subject to change. We notify first the selected conductors and all other applicants are invited to join as observers.

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



Budapest Music Center (1093 Budapest, Mátyás u. 8.) www.bmc.hu

Application deadline: 30 April 2024

Confirmation of the active status will be sent until 10 May 2024.

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 other candidates from the waiting list.


Those who are not selected as active participants, are also welcomed as observers during the masterclass if they wish to. Please indicate the observer option after the confirmation of your status. You can also come only as an observer, please choose this option in the online application form. 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: 800 €

(to be paid until 25 May 2024)

Observers: 100 € (to be paid until 01 June 2024)

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 at the Budapest Music Center and they can attend public meetings and concerts organized by the foundation.

The fee does not include travel, accommodation and meals, participants shall arrange their own 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, and we highly recommend their service.


10 June 9:30: Registration at Budapest Music Center

18:00: mustMEET Composers – public meeting with Benoît Sitzia, Gregory Vajda, and others

10-14 June Rehearsals with Ars Nova ensemble, Gregory Vajda, and Benoît Sitzia at BMC Concert Hall

15 June Dress rehearsal and closing concert at the BMC

The rehearsals will be recorded in part on video, 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, National Cultural Fund Budapest, French Ministry of Culture, Région Nouvelle Aquitaine, Ville de Poitiers, Départment de La Vienne, Sacem, Spedidam, TAP-Théâtre Auditorium Poitiers, Centre National de la Musique and Ars Nova Ensemble.