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The 67th International Master Class in Orchestral Conducting

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Maestro Leonid Korchmar (Russia)

and St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra

Ilya Musin Technique
Dates: 09 - 13 April 2020
Fee: Active Participant - €2000, Auditor (Passive Participant) - €700
Deadline for Applications: till the class is full

*Please note that we are also always open to all ideas and suggestions of our participants regarding repertoire and are usually willing to include any other works in the list.
  • L. v. Beethoven
    Symphony no. 1
    Symphony no. 5
    Symphony no. 7
    Egmont Overture
  • J. Brahms
    Symphony no. 1: 1st and/or 4th movements
    Symphony no. 4: 1st and/or 4th movements
  • W. A. Mozart
    Symphony no. 40
    Symphony no. 41 Jupiter
  • M. Mussorgsky
    Night on the Bald Mountain (Rimsky-Korsakov version)
  • N. A. Rimsky-Korsakov
  • D. Shostakovich
    Symphony no. 5: 1st movement
  • J. Strauss
    Die Fledermaus Overture
  • P. I. Tchaikovsky
    Symphony no. 5
    Symphony no. 6
Obligatory for 1 session with string quintet:
A. Dvořák Serenade for Strings: 1st movement
P. I. Tchaikovsky Serenade for Strings (any movement)

Preliminary schedule

  • Thursday, April 9th:
    10:00 - 14:00 Sessions with 2 pianos
    15:00 - 19:00 Orchestra rehearsal I (each participant 30 min.)
    Venue: Radio House, 2 Malaya Sadovaya Street/27 Italyanskaya Street

  • Friday, April 10th:
    10:00 - 14:00 Sessions with 2 pianos
    15:00 - 19:00 Orchestra rehearsal II (each participant 30 min.)
    Venue: Radio House, 2 Malaya Sadovaya Street/27 Italyanskaya Street

  • Saturday, April 11th:
    15:00 - 19:00 Orchestra rehearsal III (each participant 30 min.)
    Venue: Radio House, 2 Malaya Sadovaya Street/27 Italyanskaya Street
  • Sunday, April 12th:
    15:00 - 19:00 Orchestra rehearsal IV (each participant 30 min.)
    Venue: Radio House, 2 Malaya Sadovaya Street/27 Italyanskaya Street

  • Monday, April 13th:
    16:00 Dress rehearsal
    19:00 Final public concert
    Venue: TBA

Subject to alteration.

Master class venue: Radio House, 2 Malaya Sadovaya Street/27 Italyanskaya Street

Master class information:

  • This workshop is open to conductors at all levels of proficiency, from beginners to professionals.
    There is no age limit.
  • The official language is English and Russian.
  • Participants will work with the orchestra for 4 days. Each participant will conduct the orchestra every day for at least 30 minutes (total 2 hours on podium, plus the dress rehearsal and the concert).
  • Assistance with Visa issuance (i. e. Invitation Letter) for Russia is available at no additional cost (required for most nationals).
  • Assistance with finding accommodation.
  • All sessions can be videotaped.
  • Final public concert will be videotaped. The performance DVD will be sent to each participant free of charge (i. e. included in the price of the master class).
  • All active participants will conduct at the final public concert.
  • The workshop fee covers all master class sessions.
A Certificate of Completion will be issued to each participant, whether active or passive, after the final public concert.

Places are limited - please inquire today.
About the Faculty:

Leonid Korchmar

The N. A. Rimsky-Korsakov Saint Petersburg State Conservatory,
Mariinsky Theatre St. Petersburg

Leonid Korchmar, Conductor of the State Academic Mariinsky Theatre and Principal Guest Conductor of the State Opera and Ballet Theatre of the Republic of Buryatia, is one of the finest conductors of his generation.

Korchmar studied Operatic/Symphonic Conducting with Leo Ginzburg at the Moscow State Conservatory and graduated from the Leningrad State Conservatory from the class of Ilya Musin. He was a Diploma-winner at the 1981 All-Russian Conductors Competition. From 1976 to 1979 he served as Conductor of both the Voronezh and Sverdlovsk (Ekaterinburg) Philharmonic Orchestras, and in 1979 became Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Saratov Philharmonic Orchestra, a position he held until 1984. He served as conductor for the State Saint-Petersburg Opera from 1986 to 1989, and for the past 30 years has been a resident conductor of the State Academic Mariinsky Theatre where he has led hundreds of performances.

Maestro Korchmar has appeared as a guest conductor with leading orchestras across the former Soviet Union and present-day Russia, including both orchestras of the Leningrad Philharmonic, the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, the USSR State Symphony Orchestra, the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestra of Russia, the Petrozavodsk Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Nizhny Novgorod Philharmonic Orchestra, the Odessa Philharmonic Orchestra, the Dnepropetrovsk Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Philharmonic Orchestras of Samara, Omsk, Irkutsk, Tomsk, Kazan and other cities. He worked with the Estonian National Opera and the opera theatres of Novosibirsk, Kazan, Vladikavkaz, Ulan-Ude and Almaty. He has appeared with the Mariinsky Theatre company on international tours to Finland, Spain, France, Italy, Portugal and Chile.

Korchmar has a vast symphonic and operatic repertoire, including all the major works from the Baroque era to the present. During his career, Korchmar has personally collaborated with many important composers of the 20th and 21st centuries, including Alfred Schnittke, Sofia Gubaidulina, Sergei Slonimsky, Boris Tishchenko and Giya Kancheli. He has also worked with such renowned soloists as Leonid Kogan, Viktor Tretyakov, Vladimir Krainev, Vladimir Feltsman, Bella Davidovich, Natalia Gutman, Oleg Kagan, Igor Oistrakh, Elisso Virsaladze, Ivan Monigetti, Vladimir Viardo and many others.

For the past 25 years, Korchmar has been a professor of Symphonic and Operatic Conducting at the St. Petersburg Conservatory, and has led numerous master classes, both in Russia and internationally. His students have gone on to win international competitions and conduct leading orchestras all over the world.

Leonid Korchmar was awarded the title of Honored Artist of the Russian Federation in 2014.

For more information, please visit:

The N. A. Rimsky-Korsakov Saint Petersburg State Conservatory, Department of Orchestral Conducting

Maestro Leonid Korchmar's personal page on the official website of the Mariinsky Theatre

Maestro Leonid Korchmar's page on Wikipedia

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