International masterclass & concert for conductors

International masterclass & concert for conductors


Sunday 3 July – Friday 8 July 2022 in Belgrade, Serbia

With maestro Martin Akerwall
Belgrade Chamber Orchestra, Serbia

Application deadline 7 June 2022

Enjoy a total of 1050 minutes active-time including 140 minutes podium-time with Belgrade Chamber Orchestra, sessions in conducting technique, individual video analysis, evaluations, lectures and personal coaching. All orchestral sessions will be recorded on video. The masterclass has no age limit or level-limit.

We welcome you to an inspiring week in Belgrade City, known as the smaller version of Berlin and New York City. While you conduct Belgrade Chamber Orchestra enjoy your stay at the peak of the Serbian summer.

The masterclass takes place in center of Belgrade City at Dr Vojislav VučkovićMusic school.

We offer you an intense week where you will conduct six symphonic masterpieces of the classical romantic standard repertoire. It gives you the opportunity to sharpen your conducting technique and strengthen your understanding of yourself as a conductor a in a non-competitive atmosphere.

Additionally, you also gain a thorough and important practical knowledge in aspects of score analyzing, psychological aspects of orchestral conducting, rhetoric communication and rehearsal techniques.The masterclass also includes a 240 minutes workshop in how you build, achieve and retain long lasting goals in your life or career as a conductor. Finally the masterclass include daily warm-up in Conductors-Body-Mind-Coordination (CBMC). A highway for the synchronization of your mind and body while conducting the orchestra.

The masterclass allows max 10-12 conductors.

Mozart Symphony No. 40 K. 550 (1. version)
Schubert Symphony No. 5 D.485
Beethoven Symphony No. 1
Beethoven Symphony No. 5 (1. 2. and 3. movement)
Schumann Overture and Scherzo op. 52
Mendelssohn Hebrides overture Op. 26

Active Participation: € 1350

Passive Participation: Free
The masterclass is public and open for everybody interested in classical symphonic music and the art of conducting.

Martin Akerwall has regularly worked with symphony orchestras in Scandinavian and appeared in concerts with orchestras in Denmark, Sweden, Finland, USA, France, Singapore, Czech Republic, Germany, Austria and Switzerland. He has been awarded with several Nordic prizes. Akerwall began his career at German opera houses as Principal Conductor before he became positions as conductor at Bern State Opera in Switzerland, The Royal Danish Theater and The Finnish Opera.

Martin Akerwall has given masterclasses in USA, Finland, Latvia, Bulgaria, Serbia and Denmark. His teaching is rooted in the Finnish conducting tradition. Akerwall was student of Jorma Panula at the Sibelius Academy in the period 1988-91. Further influence of Esa Pekka Salonen, Leif Segerstam and Pavo Berglund became decisive for his understanding and acquisition of the Finnish conducting style.

Martin Akerwall is a dynamic teacher. He works with the students individual skills and improvement from a broad range of approaches. He has a master in NLP, Hypnosis and Leadership. His professional experience, psychological insight parred with his musical comprehensive and effective conducting technique makes his teaching extended, individualized, nuanced and differentiated.

Considered one of the leading violists of today, Milan Milisavljević is Principal Viola with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, New York and is on the viola faculty at Mannes School of Music. Milisavljević participated in one of Martin Akerwall´s masterclasses. Watch his impression of Akerwall and his teaching here:


Your application will be processed within few days. Participants are accepted successively. When you have been accepted your booking are guaranteed by your transfer of the participation fee.

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The Belgrade Chamber Orchestra (BCO) was established in 2018 with Martin Akerwall as its principal conductor. The orchestra consists of leading musicians from Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra and the elite of young musicians in Belgrade.

The Belgrade Chamber Orchestra shares the culture and idea of being an active and supportive part of the masterclasses for conductors. The Belgrade Chamber Orchestra and maestro Akerwall believes that true development of conductors only takes place through honest knowledge-sharing dialogue between the orchestra, the maestro and the conductors participating in the masterclass.

Saturday 2 July

Sunday 3 July
09.00 – 09.50  Welcome and opening of the masterclass
10.00 – 13.00  Lecture / Score analyzing: Beethoven / Schumann/ Mendelssohn
14.00 – 17.00  Conducting session (piano-duo): Schubert / Mozart
18.00 – 19.00  Conducting technique / Conductors-Body-Mind-Coordination (CBMC)

Monday 4 July
09.00 – 09.45  Warm up – Conducting Technique / (CBMC)
10.00 – 13.00  Orchestral rehearsal with BCO: Schubert / Mozart
14.00 – 17.00  Orchestral rehearsal with BCO: Schubert / Mozart
18.00 – 19.00  Lecture
19.00 – 20.00  Evaluation

Tuesday 5 July
09.00 – 09.45  Warm Up – Conducting Technique / (CBMC)
10.00 – 13.00 Orchestral rehearsal with BCO: Schubert / Mozart
14.00 – 17.00 Video analyzing
16.45 – 20.00  Conducting session (piano-duo): Beethoven / Schumann/ Mendelssohn

Wednesday 6 July
09.00 – 09.45  Warm Up – Conducting Technique / (CBMC)
09.30 – 13.00  Orchestral rehearsal with BCO: Beethoven / Schumann/ Mendelssohn
14.00 – 18.30  Orchestral rehearsal with BCO: Beethoven / Schumann/ Mendelssohn
19.00 – 21.00  Video

Thursday 7 July
08.45 – 09.15  Warm Up – Conducting Technique
09.30 – 13.00  Orchestral rehearsal with BCO: entire repertoire
14.00 – 18.30  Orchestral rehearsal with BCO: entire repertoire
19.00 – 20.00  Evaluation

Friday 8 July
09.30 – 13.00 Video
14.00 – 18.00  Orchestral rehearsal / concert with Belgrade Chamber Orchestra: entire repertoire
19.00 –  24.00 Dinner and closure of the masterclass

The course will be taught primarily in English or German. Secondarily Swedish or Danish for Scandinavian participants.

Enjoy your stay at the peak of the Serbian summer in Belgrade City, known as the smaller version of Berlin and New York City. The gritty exuberance of this old city makes it one of the most exciting beautiful, adventurous and audacious cities in Europe with its art nouveau masterpieces, and remnants of the Habsburg legacy contrast with Ottoman relics. Read more


Belgrade center is located 12 km from the international airport Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport. Read more

We recommend to find your accommodation on Airbnb There are many very nice apartments in Belgrade for rent. You can also make your stay just as comfortable in one of the nice hotels in the city.

To fulfill you booking your payment has to be transferred no later than 3 weeks after acceptance of your participation or no later than deadline. You can pay the fee via PayPal (link) or via bank transfer. Due to administration please be aware of the extra fee of €40 when paying with PayPal.

Transfer to bank:
Bank name JYSKE BANK
Account number 5050-0001575802
Iban DK0550500001575802
Swift code JYBADKKK
Bank address Tvedesvej 7, 3000 Helsingør, Denmark

Orchestral Conductors Academy (OCA) reserves the right to changes at any time without notice. The masterclass is financed entirely on the fee from the participants. Your fee is refundable before the deadline. After the deadline we only refund in case your place can be taken over by another applicant. In case OCA cancels the masterclass, OCA will refund paid fee at any time. Any additional costs such as flight, etc will not be refunded. The Masterclass demands a minimum of 6 participants. With less participants Orchestral Conductors Academy have the right to cancel the masterclass before deadline.



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