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The 55th Beethoven Performance International Conducting Workshop

Maestro Karolos Trikolidis (Austria)

In cooperation with the “Beethoven plus - Festival” and Europe United Festival Orchestra

Dates: 10 - 20 July 2017
Deadline for Applications: Till the Class is full
Place: in the middle of Austria
Seminar language: German, English, Greek

Aim: "The authentic performance of Beethoven’s Symphonies"


  • L.v.Beethoven: All Symphonies from Nr. 1 to Nr. 9 included,
  • Violin Concerto, Piano Concerto Nr. 5
  • Overtures: Egmont, Leonore Nr. 3
  • Concert Aria “Ah-Perfido…” Opera - Excerpts (will be announced after application)
  • Symphonies: 1, 2 & 4, 5, 6 Edition “Henle Verlag” Symphonie Nr.3, 7, 8, 9 Breitkopf - Urtext

Masterclass information:

Preparations :

1) for Lectures, Lessons and conducting sessions with 2 pianos, Profound knowledge of:
a) all Symphonies including the 9th with its complete 4th movement
b) one or both Instrumental Concertos
c) both Overtures

2) for rehearsals and performance with Orchestra
a) Symphonies Nr. 6 , Nr. 7, Nr. 9 (Finale Orchestral Recitativo only)
b) one Overture
c) one of the Instrumental Concertos
d) “Ah Perfido” and one of the Opera Excerpts
  • Work - Analyzes from the conductors point of view
  • Knowledge about the meanings of the Composers Indications
  • Authentic Tempi - Dynamics - Articulations

  • Lectures – Group & single Lessons, Podium Preparation - with Piano
  • Orchestra sessions
  • Final Public Concert

Active Participants
  • 12 active Participants will be selected (no age limit)
  • Podium time for each active Participant approx. 130 min.
  • Each active Participant will conduct at the Final Concert on July 20th
Semi-active Participants
  • take part at all Lessons, Lectures, partly repertoire conducting with Pianos, and receive on their request one or two single lessons on their request;
Permanent passive Participants
  • attend at all phases of the entire Seminar issues of the seminars content.
Guest Listeners per day
  • are welcome to attend at any of the seminars phase, the day of their choice.

Arrival - Departure
  • Day of arrival - July 9th at the address & telephone TO BE CONFIRMED and will be send to the participants after their application.
  • 1st Workshop Lessons - Mo 10th July from 9.30h
  • Last Workshop day – gen. rehearsal & Final Concert Wed. July 19th
  • Day of departure - July 20th
  • Seminar Schedule and Daily Timetables TO BE CONFIRMED and will be sent to the participants after their application.

Participation fees
  • Registration fee - €50.- with the application
Workshop fee
  • Active participants €1800
  • Early Birds to confirm by May 2017 – €1600
  • Semi active participants €850
  • Permanent passive participants €400
  • Guest Attenders - per day - €50 - to be paid at the entrance of the seminar hall
  • Fees paid by accepted Participants are not refundable.

  • All sessions can be videotaped. Please bring your equipment.
  • Assistance with the accommodation.

About the Faculty:

Karolos Trikolidis

(German: Karl Kaspar Trikolidis, Greek: Κάρολος Τρικολίδης) is a conductor of Greek-Austrian origin, born on July 24, 1947 in Bad Aussee, Austria.


Trikolidis was born in Bad Aussee of Austria by a Greek father and an Austrian mother. He studied at the music universities of Vienna and Salzburg. He studied violin with Günter Pichler, composition with Alfred Uhl and Cesar Bresgen, percussion with Richard Hochrainer and conducting with Hans Swarowsky and Miltiades Caridis.

He took part as active participant in the annual masterclasses of Franco Ferrara, Pierre Boulez and Herbert von Karajan. Along with Swarowsky and Caridis, he received conducting lessons by composer and conductor Bruno Maderna.

He started to work as assistant to Giuseppe Patanae and Sir Adrian Boult, and after competing in Paris he was chosen to work as selected fellowship conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra next to Leonard Bernstein, Seiji Ozawa and André Previn. He won the first prizes of the international conducting competitions in Besançon in 1970, Florence in 1971 and Budapest in 1977.

Since 1972 he worked in permanent positions as 1st Kapellmeister at several Opera houses in West Germany and Hungary, served as permanent conductor of the Ballet National de Marseille “Roland Petit” with which he toured through Europe, was also invited by the Aterballetto and the Ballets of Bolshoi and Kremlin, worked as principal guest conductor of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, as general music director of the Debrecen Philharmonic Orchestra and repeatedly as guest conductor of the Russian National Orchestra for concerts in Moscow and tours to the Volga cities and the Athens Festival.

He was at the same time, since 1972, the permanent conductor and music director of the Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra for 38 years. As guest conductor he repeatedly conducted more than 140 orchestras in Europe, Australia, Russia and Japan, including: the Orchestre national de l'ORTF, the Russian National Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestras of Berlin, Nuremberg, Prague, Melbourne, the Symphony Orchestra of the Hungarian Radio and Television, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the Radio Symphony Orchestras of Hilversum, Sofia, Budapest, Belgrade, Bucharest, Lille, Athens and Moscow, the Budapest Philharmonic, Dresden Philharmonic, Yerevan Philharmonic, the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon, the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bruckner Orchestra Linz, the Graz Philharmonic, the Tonkünstler Orchestra in Vienna, the State Symphony Orchestra of Brandenburg in Berlin and the Athens State Orchestra.

He appeared at the festivals of Dresden, Paris, Budapest, Aix-en-Provence, Besançon, Athens, Vienna “Music Summer” and the “Dimitria festival” of Thessaloniki. He conducted in radio productions and TV concerts with ABC, BBC, ORTF, RAI, WDR, ORF, MRT, NRU, and a cycle of 12 TV concerts with the Hungarian television.

He has recorded CDs with: the Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra (Hungaroton), Verdi – Overtures, the Gulbenkian Symphony Orchestra of Lisbon (Syrinx), Mozart – Piano Concertos with soloist Georges Pludermacher, with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra (S.C.U.), Works of Icelandic composers.

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