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25.02–28.02.2020, Wrocław

The National Forum of Music cordially invites you to a Conductors’ Workshop, which will be held as part of the Beethoven Academy. One of the ideas of the Academy is the meeting of masters and outstanding artistic personalities with young musicians who are at the threshold of their careers. Teachers and students work together to prepare the works of the most famous composers and present their work during joint concerts. In previous editions, the Academy master classes were led by, among others: Philippe Herreweghe, Rachel Podger, Robert Hollingworth, Giovanni Antonini and Rinaldo Alessandrini.

The goal of the organizers of this year’s workshop is to enable graduates and students of conducting to deepen their skills in the field of performance practice of Ludwig van Beethoven’s works along with the presentation of the latest historical research, which gives more and more complete knowledge on how to read the composer’s scores.

Graduates and students of conducting at universities of music in Poland and abroad can take part in the workshop. The selected participants will have an opportunity to conduct the NFM Wrocław Philharmonic orchestra in a repertoire consisting of fragments of Beethoven’s Symphonies (indicated by the organizer in Annex 2) during rehearsals and a concert that will take place as part of the Beethoven Academy at the NFM on 28 February 2020.

During the workshop, renowned conductors and instrumentalists specializing in historical performance will work with the students and graduates participating: Jos van Immerseel, artistic director of the early music ensemble Anima Eterna Brugge, and Jarosław Thiel, artistic director of the Wrocław Baroque Orchestra. Classes with workshop teachers and orchestra will begin on 25 February 2020.

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Dear Sir or Madam,
due to technical reasons, the workshop schedule has changed:

Workshop schedule:
• 16 December  2020 – applications open
• 31 January 2020 – applications close
• 3 February 2020 – completion of the first stage of verification of candidates
• 7 February 2020 – announcement of the list of people qualified to participate in the workshop
• 14 February 2020 – payment deadline for participation in the workshop
• 25 February 2020 – workshop starts
• 28 February 2020 – concert of selected workshop participants with the NFM Wrocław Philharmonic

Candidates are asked to check the e-mail boxes to which information about the current status of the candidate has been sent.

If you are interested in participating in the workshop, please complete and send the application form available on the website along with the required audio-video recording. The recording should last a minimum of 15 minutes and contain the performance of a freely chosen work with an orchestral ensemble recorded not earlier than in the last 12 months.

Classes will take place in the building of the National Forum of Music at pl. Wolności 1 in Wrocław. The organizers will provide accommodation throughout the workshop.

The cost of participation in the workshop is EUR 50 or PLN 200.



Jos van Immerseel

Pianist, conductor, researcher, collector, professor: the work of Jos van Immerseel is his life and that life is music. His primary teachers were Flor Peeters, organ and composition; Eugeen Traey, piano; Jef Alpaerts, chamber music; Lucie Frateur, voice; Kenneth Gilbert, harpsichord; and Daniël Sternefeld, conducting. He is also self-taught in organology, rhetoric, fortepiano and clavichord.

In 1987 he founded Anima Eterna Brugge, a symphony orchestra that aims to use the instruments that were actually familiar to the composers and that inspired them. Anima has been in residence at the Bruges Concertgebouw since 2003 where it, next to performing concerts, also participates in educational activities and recording albums. Van Immerseel taught for years at the Conservatories of Antwerp, Amsterdam and Paris and has been invited as guest teacher by the Scola Cantorum Basiliensis (Basel), Indiana University (Bloomington) and Kunitachi College (Tokyo).
He has been a guest conductor with many orchestras including the Budapest Festival Orchestra, the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, the Wiener Akademie, the orchestra of the Mozarteum, etc. He has built up a unique collection of historic keyboard instruments that occasionally accompany him at his concerts and are used in album recordings. His work can be heard on over 120 CD recordings from Sony, Deutsche Grammophon, Channel Classics and the prestigious Outhere label Alpha.

In 2010 he received the Career Prize from the city of Bremen, the Klara Career Prize followed in 2018. Recently, Vice-president of the Flemish Government and Flemish Minister of Culture, Sven Gatz awarded him the highest distinction for a life in service of classical music in Flanders. Currently van Immerseel is working together with Anima Eterna Brugge’s team, musicians and the board of directors, to ensure a solid future for this internationally based organization.

Jarosław Thiel

Cellist and conductor. A graduate of the Poznań Talent School. He studied cello at music academies in Poznań and Łódź and completed post-graduate studies at the Universität der Künste in Berlin in the Baroque cello class of Phoebe Carrai and Markus Möllenbeck (diploma with honours).

In his artistic activity, he focuses primarily on the issues of historical performance practices. He regularly performs as a soloist and chamber musician – he played in this position at many Polish and international festivals of early music. He has collaborated with the most important Polish ensembles performing Baroque music. For several years, he was the principal cellist of the Dresdner Barockorchester, and since 2006 has been a member of the FestspielOrchester Göttingen led by Laurence Cummings. He collaborates with other leading German ensembles such as Cantus Cölln, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, and Gaechinger Cantoray.

Since 2006, he has been Artistic Ditrector of the Wrocław Baroque Orchestra – recordings of the ensemble under his direction won a Fryderyk in the Phonographic Debut of the Year category and a number of nominations for this award. The lastest WBO album with Phantoms by Moniuszko (conductor Andrzej Kosendiak) received a Fryderyk 2019 in the category Album of the Year – Choral Music, Oratorio and Opera. Since 2017, he has also been serving as Deputy Director for Programme Coordination at the NFM.

Jarosław Thiel runs the historical cello class at the Academy of Music in Poznań and during the Varmia Musica Festival in Lidzbark Warmiński. In 2017, he released his album, recorded in a duet with Katarzyna Drogosz, featuring Cello Sonatas op. 5 and Variations WoO 45 by Ludwig van Beethoven (CD Accord); the album was nominated for the Fryderyk 2018 award.


Justyna Banaś
Justyna Banaś
Asystentka w dziale programowo-organizacyjnym
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