We welcome music students, professional musicians and teachers to come and learn in this unique intensive environment with 5 of the world’s greatest orchestral and chamber musicians including Gary Levinson, senior associate principal concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, soloist and chamber musician, Rachel Roberts, ex principal of the Philharmonia Orchestra and international chamber musician, Robert Demaine, principal cello of the LA Philharmonic Orchestra, soloist, chamber musician and composer and Helena Wood, ex concertmaster of the RTE Symphony Orchestra and guest international concertmaster .
Focussing on preparing for auditions, competitions and exams, the course will include individual lessons and masterclasses on audition repertoire, competition and exam preparation, the different audition techniques required for different countries, sight reading and orchestral excerpts.
The range of tutors from such differing parts of the globe will give the participants great insight into the multitude of audition and trial techniques required in various parts of the world.
The faculty, having sat on many audition and competition panels in their long established careers will give guidance to the participants on how to best prepare their repertoire, audition material and perform in the required styles as well as give insight into life as chamber musicians and orchestral techniques needed as principals and tutti orchestral players.
Performers work in a highly competitive environment where the margins between success and failure are often very small. This course provides an opportunity to work closely with some of the finest Concert Masters and section Principals in the world. It is a unique chance to explore the nuances of the different audition processes, trial & probation etiquette and an opportunity to showcase your playing. Discussion groups will focus on performance anxiety, instrument set up, behaviour in the workplace, job requirements, contract advice and starting out and changing jobs in the highly competitive classical music business.
The course is co-hosted by ESTA – the European String Teacher’s Association and Musical Orbit, the UK’s online music service linking up music students and professional musicians across the globe. Founder Nicole Wilson, ex LSO first violinist, ex principal violinist at ENO, session fixer, professor at the Royal Academy of Music and BBC radio presenter will be hosting discussion groups and online content to help the participants prepare thoroughly for auditions, exams, interviews and to enable them succeed in top level careers in the music industry.