17-22 October 2020

Szolnok – Hungary

Programm A

ca. 330 min Podium Time

Programm B

ca. 240 min Podium Time

The Workshop – Idea

This Workshop is designed for all conductors, professionals, advanced students and beginners.
Each participant should focus on his/her own goals and development: he/she will choose at least 3 movements (from the symphonies or overtures) which can be discussed with the teacher also in relation to the previous experience.
In order to accommodate the participants´ needs, the podium time and repertoire can be individually defined. Ask via mail for an individual program.
Our philosophy is to guide the participant to move truly steps forward in his musical development. Different people have different strengths, needs and approach what comes to standing in front of the orchestra. While someone might just need minor adjustments during the whole rehearsal, another one might need support in form of a more traditional lesson. The teacher will help all students to accommodate their different needs and to get as much as possible from this experience.
There will be daily sessions with feedback, discussions and concrete planing of the upcoming rehearsals. During the one-on-one meetings it will be possible to work on conducting and rehearsal´s technique, analysis and understanding of the score.
One analysis session will be also scheduled to have an overview about the preparation of the scores, which is always an important topic in the development of each conductor. This session will be also focus on how to relate the formal and harmonic analysis to the listening while conducting.
Working with a Choir gives the students the possibility to work intensively on learning how to connect breath, phrasing and conducting.
There will be just 6 places in order to have enough time to work intensively with everyone.


Repertoire with orchestra:
Beethoven – Coriolan, Ouverture
Beethoven – Symphony No. 5
Beethoven – Symphony n.9  (4th mov until the choir´s entrance)

Mozart Symphony n. 40 – 1st, 2nd and 3rd mov
Brahms Symphony n.1 – 1st, 2nd and 4th mov

2-3 movements at participant´s choice

Compulsory piece:
Strawinsky – Histoire du Soldat, Suite
2-3 movements at participant´s choice


Programm A – 1400€ Podium time ca.330 min*
ca.150 min per each participant with professional orchestra
ca. 180 min of one-to-one coaching with piano

Programm B – 1100€ Podium time ca.240 min*
ca. 100 min per each participant with professional orchestra
ca. 140 min of one-to-one coaching with piano

*included in the price is also a 40min individual (skype or zoom) about two weeks before the Workshop

Deadline for the application: 03 September 2020

Latest on Saturday 5th September all the applicants will be informed about the results.

Following the COVID-19 outbreak across the EU and the need to limit non-essential travel to and within the European Union, many Member States may impose containment strategies and travel restrictions such as border closures, flight suspensions and health screenings.
In case of cancellation due to the coronavirus epidemic we will reinbourse the whole participation fee to the workshop (not the travel expenses) and the accommodation will be canceled without charging any cost.

Accommodation (not included)

We have a deal with an Hotel directly in the center of Szolnok.
Double rooms: 36-40€ per person/day (Breakfast included). Single rooms are also available on request.

There is also an agreement with a restaurant close to the hotel for a warm lunch (about 7€/meal).


The closest airports to Szolnok is in Budapest Liszt Ferenc International Airport.
We will provide all information about how to reach Szolnok by train (about 80 min from Budapest).

Recording – Video

All lessons will be HD recorded. and the participants will receive their own recordings.


Programm AProgramm B


Further information via mail


Saturday 17 Sunday 18 Monday 19 Tuesday 20 Wednesday 21 Thursday 22
Arrival 10:00 – 13:00 Analysis 9:00 – 12:00 Ensemble Histoire Du Soldat 9:00 – 12:00 Chamber Orchestra 9:00 – 12:00 Chamber Orchestra 9:00 – 12:00 Symphony Orchestra
Check-In Lunch Break Lunch Break Lunch Break Lunch Break Lunch Break
Evening Meeting 15:00 – 19:00 Piano Session 14:30 – 18:30 Piano Session 14:30 – 18:30 Piano Session 14:30 – 18:30 Piano Session Departure

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Former participants say

It has seriously been my most meaningful conducting masterclass yet. The mentor is energetic and fresh and still wholly dedicated to his pedagogical style and method: he cares much more than any other conducting teacher I’ve worked with.

(Sam Hollister, USA)

This masterclasses is rare opportunity for conductors on every level to develop and improve their skills. You can study diverse repertoire with really responsive orchestra and exquisite and inspiring mentor with great skills to transfer his knowledge and accommodate every participate in the most relaxing and supportive atmosphere. I would recommend to all conductors who are serious and committed in their wish to improve their knowledge and skills.

(Ana Ćosović, Serbia)

A fantastic workshop that offers extensive podium time with an orchestra and one-to-one sessions with inspiring Maestro Giuseppe Montesano who nurtures your skills as a conductor, deepens your personal insight of orchestral music and shares with each and everyone of the participants his knowledge, approach and own experience in the most sincere way.

(Daniel Strahilevitz, Israel)

Maestro Montesano is a very honest but also considerate teacher. These lessons will continue to help me in the long term. From wherever you are, his teaching will challenge you to become a better version of yourself as a conductor and musician.

(Alexandra Jeffirs, USA)

Maestro Giuseppe Montesano tailors his teachings to meet the needs of each student, all with the intention of helping them make their musical imaginations reality. Over the course of four intense days, the workshop has introduced me to mentors and friends who have encouraged me to grow as a musician and conductor.

(Jun-Davinci Choi, USA)

About workshop’s leader

The italian conductor Giuseppe Montesano recently attracted attention for his debut in Theater Basel (Switzerland) with La Boheme e Le Nozze di Figaro and for his live recording of the lost opera Spontini´s „Le Metamorfosi di Pasquale“ (Dynamic/Naxos 2019).

Well known for his interesting approach to each repertoire, he is reliable in each situation and can combine harmoniously authority and sensitivity, which allow him to share his knowledge and help the colleagues to express always the best of themself.

About workshop’s orchestra

According to historical newspapers the Szolnok Symphony Orchestra held its first concert in 1927 on the occasion of commemorating the centenary of Beethoven’s death. However, after various attempts of establishing, the orchestra in its current formation officially was founded in 1965 by conductor József Bali. As the only professional orchestra in Jász-Nagykun-Szolnok County it fulfills an irreplaceable role in the region’s musical and cultural life.