Peter the Great Music Academy



with Maestro VALERY RAEVSKY (Russia)
(Ilya Musin Technique)
and Kirov (Vyatka)
Symphony Orchestra

June 23-30, 2011

Repertoire to be studied:
Free choice of
repertoire - subject to confirmation by the Orchestra and the Maestro.

Preliminary Workshop Schedule:
DAYS 1 to 7 - Work with Symphony Orchestra
DAY 8 - Final Public Concert

All active participants will conduct at the Final Public Concert.

1) This workshop is open to conductors at all levels of proficiency, from beginners to professionals. There is no age limit. The official language is ENGLISH.
2) Participants will work with the orchestra for EIGHT days. Each participant will conduct the orchestra every day for 30 minutes (total 3.5 hrs on the podium, plus the dress rehearsal and the concert).
3) Accommodation at Music College student hostel at a reasonable price (usually around €20 per day) and 3 meals per day can be arranged on your behalf.
4) Assistance with Visa issuance (i.e. Invitation Letter) for Russia is available at no additional cost (required for most nationals). You can download the Visa Support Form from this website.
5) All sessions can be videotaped (please bring your own cameras and DV tapes).
6) Final concert will be videotaped - the performance DVD will be sent to each participant free of charge (i.e. included in the price of the Masterclass)
7) Please note that, if you are to bring a musical instrument and/or bow into Russia, you may need to declare it with the customs, as well as give a photo of your instrument.
8) RECOMMENDED ARRIVAL TO MOSCOW IS BY PLANE, THEN TO KIROV BY AN OVERNIGHT TRAIN. Free transfer from/to the airport will be provided to participants.

Active Participant Fee - ONLY €1,700 (approx. US$2,300)
Auditors (Passive Participants) - €650 (approx. US$975)
Deadline for Applications: May 15, 2010 - limited to 6 participants only!

The Workshop Fee covers all Masterclass sessions.
A Certificate of Completion will be issued to each participant after the final concert.
Places are limited - please inquire today.

About the Faculty:
Maestro VALERY RAEVSKY (Russia).

Valery Raevsky was born on February 17, 1938 and educated at the LENINGRAD CONSERVATORY (1965-1973), where he studied symphony conducting under the tutelage of Professor Ilya Musin.

While he was still a student at the Conservatory, he held the position of Assistant Conductor at the YAROSLAVL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (1971-1974). After graduating from the Conservatory, Valery Raevsky served as Conductor at the CHELYABINSK OPERA AND BALLET THEATER. In 1975 he took an internship at the ACADEMY OF MUSIC AND PERFORMING ARTS IN VIENNA, under K. Osterreicher. In 1979 Maestro Raevsky was appointed Music Director at the CHELYABINSK OPERA AND BALLET THEATER. His theater experience extends from opera and ballet to operetta.

Valery Raevsky's other former posts include the positions of the Chief Conductor at the GROZNY PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA (1980-1992), and the Music Director at the ULAN-UDE OPERA AND BALLET THEATER (1992-1994). Currently, Maestro Raevsky is in his 17th season as Chief Conductor at the KIROV (VYATKA) SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA. The repertoire of his orchestra includes a wide range of Russian and foreign classics, including Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Glinka, Tchaikovsky, Rakhmaninov and many others.

The following are some of the soloists who have performed with the KIROV (VYATKA) SYMPHONY under the baton of Valery Raevsky: M. Voskresensky (pianist), D. Matsuev (pianist), D. Shapovalov (cellist), D. Kogan (violinist), as well as many leading singers of the Bolshoi and Mariinsky Theaters.

Valery Raevsky was invited to be a jury member at a number of prestigious competitions, including the I. Musin Conducting Competition in Kostroma, where Maestro Raevsky gave master classes for young conductors.

Valery Raevsky has been a guest conductor in major orchestras throughout Russia, including those in Moscow and St.Petersburg. In 2011 Maestro Raevsky performed an all-Beethoven programme (Piano Concerto No.2, Symphony No.2) at the STATE ACADEMIC CAPELLA OF ST. PETERSBURG.

Valery Raevsky was awarded the honorary title of "Meritorious Artist" by the President of Russian Federation.

About the Orchestra:

Orchestra size:
3 flutes / 2 oboes / 2 clarinets / 2 bassoons
3 french horns / 3 trumpets / 3 trombones
piano / 3 percussionists
String stands: 3/3/3/3/1


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