12 Hour Intensive Masterclasses
By members of the Berlin Philharmonic and the Boston Symphony Orchestra
May - June 2018
Programs for Violin, Viola, Cello
Application Form: Submit
DEADLINE for 2018 applications: Sunday, April 15, 2018, AT 11:59 PM EST
DECISIONS: By email in late April 2018
This program is intended to develop highly skilled musicians and prepare them for a career in music performance. The program is efficient and intensive, consisting of twelve hours of training with experts. The idea is to establish a mentorship between experienced musicians and students.
All Intensive Masterclasses will be small group sessions for twelve to fourteen students, for twelve hours, over the course of three days. Masterclasses will not be open to the public.
Students will be invited on full scholarship. Twelve to fourteen students will be selected by audition tape. Each student will be ensured an equal amount of performance time and the BMI specialists will work in their specific area and give insight into their historical, traditional style.
Students from overseas will also have the opportunity to exchange their knowledge, inspiration, and motivation during the course.
All masterclasses are open to young instrumentalists between the ages of 18 and 26. Everyone accepted into the program will receive a full fellowship. BMI does not provide housing or transportation. All participants must attend for the full twelve hours.
Program Overview ( The order of content subject to change)
Day 1: Bach
Day 2: Concertos
Day 3: Orchestral excerpts
- Practicing tips
- Suggestions for fingerings and bowings
- Ideas for effective orchestral, solo and chamber music performance
- Orchestra audition tips
- Advice about trial period after winning an audition
- Suggestions for effective leadership as Concertmaster and principal player
Masterclasses by Berlin Philharmonic members will be at Berlin Philharmonie concert hall, Berlin, Germany
Masterclasses by Boston Symphony members will be at Symphony Hall, Boston, U.S.A
Apply online here
Application fee: $125
All applicants must upload to Youtube to fulfill the following requirements:
Two contrasting movements from a sonata and partita by Bach
Two contrasting movements from a work from the Classical Era
Two contrasting movements from a work from the Romantic Era
Alternate recordings will not be accepted, nor will recordings sent by email.
Unaccompanied recordings will not be accepted unless the piece was written to be unaccompanied.
Email with any questions or concerns.