2016.10.16. - 2016.10.20.
Budapest Music Center, Budapest, Hungary

16-20 October, 2016, Budapest, Hungary



We are pleased to see in recent years that it has become more and more common for young composers to conduct their own pieces. In order to do so, they need to acquire conducting and rehearsal techniques. Peter Eötvös, conductor and composer is leading by example and supporting these tendencies for several years now.

This Autumn by the invitation of CAFe Budapest Krystof Penderecki will come to Budapest and he will conduct his own composition. Penderecki as well as Eötvös became world-known as a composer-conductor. Linked to his guest performance in Budapest Peter Eötvös Contemporary Music Foundation organizes an open public meeting with him as well as a workshop for composers who will conduct their pieces themselves.

Guest professors:
Balázs Horváth, composer-conductor
Jean-Philippe Wurtz, conductor

Special guests:
Krzysztof Penderecki, composer-conductor
Peter Eötvös, composer-conductor

Featuring: THReNSeMBLe (Hungary)
Venue: Budapest Music Center

All participants shall be prepared of the scores of their own pieces as well as 1. and 2. theme of Anton Webern: Konzert, op. 24., which they will rehearse once only and it is not included in the program of the closing concert. The aim of it is to provide an opportunity to try an other type conducting task and to widen their conducting training. Each participant must provide his/her own scores.

The master course is suitable for composers, who intend to rehearse with the ensemble and conduct their pieces in concert.

Instrumentation: flute, oboe, clarinet (or bassclarinet), horn, trombone, trumpet, piano, violin, viola, violoncello. Any of the above listed instruments can be used in the compositions.

Any instrumentation of these instruments is possible, but no other instruments can be chosen. The duration of the compositions is maximum 8-10 minutes and shall include minimum 3 themes with different characters.

The scores attached to the application material shall be submitted until 31th August, 2016, the final version of the parts shall be sent to the foundation electronically until 15th September, 2016.
Confirmation of the active status will be sent before 20th September, 2016.

Up to 6 conducting composers will be accepted as “active” participants.

Application deadline: 31 August 2016
Age limit: 35 years

Application material:
online application form, curriculum vitae with list of works, photo, recording of composition (if available). Online application submitted through the website of the foundation ( is obligatory.


Selected active participants: 500 €, for citiens of Hungary: 75.000 HUF (to be paid until 25 September, 2016):
Observers: 100 €, for citizens of Hungary: 10.000 HUF (to be paid before the course starts)

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.

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 meetings and concerts.

The fee does not include travel, accommodation and meal, participants shall organize their accommodation. Upon request, we can help to find private or hotel accommodation within walking distance of the venue.


In total 3 active scholarships are available, applicants should indicate their request on the application form and a recommendation letter must also be enclosed.
Please note: we can not accept requests after we close the application process.


15th October Arrival of participants

16th October Discussions without ensemble
17th October Rehearsals with ensemble/ Habanera concert attendance at the academy
18th October Rehearsals with ensemble / afternoon with Peter Eötvös / public meeting with Krystof Pendereczki
19th October Rehearsals with ensemble
20th October Concert in BMC Loft Conference Room

21st October Departure of participants

The rehearsals and the concert will be partially recorded on video and a short professional documentary film will be available online after the course.

Editio Musica Budapest will engage the best composers to publish the scores.


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 CAFe Budapest.