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Conducting Masterclass










The Orchestra of the Royal City of Krakow Sinfonietta Cracovia is pleased to announce a conducting masterclass led by internationally renowned prof. Jorma Panula, which will take place between the 11th and 16th of December 2016 in the Krzysztof Penderecki European Center for Music in Lusławice (90 km from Krakow).

Prof. Jorma Panula’s wide experience affords him an enviable reputation as professional conductor, orchestral trainer and conducting instructor. He has worked with leading symphony orchestras in Finland and guest-conducted extensively abroad. Maestro Panula was the artistic director and chief conductor of the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra from 1963 to 1965, the Helsinki Philharmonic from 1965 to 1972 and the Aarhus Symphony from 1970 to 1973. He has been a frequent guest conductor of the Finnish National Opera. Panula was Professor of Conducting at the Sibelius Academy from 1973 to 1994 and the faculties of the Stockholm Royal Academy and the Copenhagen Royal Academy. Prof. Panula has an international reputation as a leading pedagogue, and has given conducting masterclasses in Paris, London, Amsterdam, Moscow, New York and Sydney.





  • Dates: December 11-16, 2016.
  • Application deadline: 9 November, 2016.


The course is open to conductors of all ages and nationalities. There will be maximum of 10 active participants, all of which will be selected by Jorma Panula, based on the submitted application with a video recording. The reviewed material should have a form of a short video recording of max. 10 minutes of representative conducting session led by the applicant.


Active participants

Active participants will be selected by prof. Jorma Panula, based on submitted video recordings. All participants will conduct the Orchestra of the Royal City of Krakow Sinfonietta Cracovia. Each active participant will have 20 minutes daily podium time and; additionally, the final concert’s participants will take part in a dress rehearsal scheduled on the day of the concert. All conducting sessions are digitally video recorded. The individual needs of each participant will be covered by personal video analysis lesson with Jorma Panula.

Final concert’s participants will be selected by Maestro Jorma Panula. Audio and video recordings of the rehearsals and performance will be made available to all participants once the course is finished.


Passive participants

Passive participants take part in all rehearsals, concerts, seminars, video analysis lessons and audio-video recording sessions organized during the course.



1. Joseph Haydn – Symphony No. 43 in E-flat major “Mercury”, Hob. I:43

2. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Symphony No. 29 in A major, K. 201

3. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major, K. 467

4. Ludwig van Beethoven – Symphony No. 4 in B-flat major, Op. 60

5. Franz Schubert – Symphony No. 5 in B-flat major, D. 485

6. Krzysztof Penderecki – Sinfonietta No. 1


The organizer reserves the right to modify the repertoire.

Each active participant must prepare all the repertoire works.



All applicants must submit a brief curriculum vitae, contact details (full name, address, phone number, e-mail address) and a short video recording (YouTube/Vimeo or other streaming service link) of max. 10 minutes of representative conducting session.

The application should be sent to:


Sinfonietta Cracovia

ul. Papiernicza 2

31–221 Kraków



with additional information: Conducting Masterclass

or to the e-mail address: office@sinfoniettacracovia.com


Application deadline: November 9, 2016.

Applicants will be informed of their acceptance by: November 15, 2016.


Accommodation and meals


Active participants’ fee covers full board (three meals). The organisers guarantee accommodation in the Krzysztof Penderecki European Center for Music in Lusławice for all active participants.


Passive participants are responsible for making their own arrangements for lodging and meals. The organiser might make the arrangements for lodging and meals for passive participants, if necessary.


Costs & payments


Active participation fee1.400 EUR – includes:


  •  Rehearsals with the orchestra under the guidance of prof. Jorma Panula.
  • Audio-video recordings of rehearsals and final performance.
  • Personal video analysis lesson with prof. Jorma Panula.
  • All meals during the course.
  • Transfer from the airport / railway station / bus station.


Organisers guarantee accommodation in the Krzysztof Penderecki European Centre for Music in Lusławice for all pactive participants.


Scholarships for Polish participants

Polish applicants are eligible to apply for a partial scholarship. The recipients will be selected based on their achievements and submitted video recordings. There will be 2 scholarships granted.


Passive participation fee75 EUR – includes: Entry to all rehearsals, concerts, seminars, video analysis lessons and audio-video recording sessions organized during the course.

Daily fee for passive participants 12,50 EUR.

Payment for passive participation have to be made by December 5, 2016.


Each active participant is required to make a non-refundable advance payment of

1.400 EUR by November 22, 2016 to the following bank account:



PL 24 1240 4722 1111 0000 4857 0541


BIC: PL 24 1240 4722 1111 0000 4857 0541

Transfer title: [Participant’s full name], CONDUCTING MASTERCLASS


The advance payment reserves a place in the course.


The advance payment should be made once the selection results are announced. Each active participant will be informed about the results via e-mail. The fee includes all costs of the participation in the course. The reference field of the bank transfer form should indicate the participant’s full name and an information: “Conducting Masterclass”.


Getting to the Krzysztof Penderecki European Centre for Music

The venue is located 90 km from Krakow. Each active participant is guaranteed a transfer from the airport / railway station / bus station in Krakow to Lusławice.


ECM website:  www.penderecki-center.pl

Contact: office@sinfoniettacracovia.com, tel.: +48 12/416 70 75

More information available at: www.sinfonietta.pl