ICWF 2019: Violin Concerto

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ICWF 2019: Violin Concerto

Lviv Philharmonic, Kalena BovellFrom July 20 to August 3, 2019 the International Conducting Workshop and Festival is proud to present a new workshop in Lviv, Ukraine in partnership with the Lviv National Philharmonic Orchestra. ICWF 2019: Violin Concerto is an opportunity for 36 violinists and 6 conductors to study great violin concertos under the tutelage of master teachers Krzysztof Wegrzyn (Hannover Musik Hochschule), Michael Ludwig (Soloist and Montclair State University), Dylana Jenson (Tchaikovsky Competition Prizewinner), John Holloway (Guildhall School of Music, Classical and Baroque specialist), Zhi-Jong Wang (Shanghai Conservatory), Solomiya Ivakhiv (University of Connecticut and Longy School), and conductors David Lockington (Pasadena and Modesto Symphonies Music Director) and Benjamin Loeb (ICWF Artistic Director)

Additionally, up to six violinists and two conductors will be chosen at the end of the workshop to appear with the Lviv National Philharmonic Orchestra as guest artists in the 2019-20 season along with $1000 prizes.

The Workshop Details

Date of Workshop: July 20 through August 3, 2019
Location: Lviv, Ukraine
Host Orchestra: Lviv National Philharmonic Orchestra

All violin participants will prepare one Mozart Concerto and one Romantic concerto to play in Master Classes and will solo in rehearsals with full orchestra. 18 violinists will be chosen to participate as Concerto Soloists to perform one movement of a Mozart Concerto and one or two movements of the Romantic Concerto. All participants will learn both from the master teachers and from each other focusing not only on the technical and musical challenges of the pieces, but also on the performance challenges. Six conductors will be selected to conduct the six orchestra concerts and collaborate with the performing violinists. All violin participants will become familiar with all of the repertoire performed in the master classes, creating a unique learning environment of study and practical training. 

Basic details for violinists:

  • There will be two levels of participation:
    • Concerto Soloists will play in 8 master classes with piano for 200 minutes total and perform one movement of a Mozart Concert and one or two movements of a Romantic concerto in concert with a full orchestra. Concerto Soloists will have approximately 250 minutes in front of the orchestra.
    • Participants will not perform with orchestra, but will have one orchestra session for Mozart and one for the Romantic Concerto. Participants  will play in 10 master classes for 250 minutes and will perform one movement of a Mozart Concerto and one or two movements of the Romantic Concerto with piano accompaniment.
  • Up to six violinists will be chosen at the end of the workshop to appear with the Lviv National Philharmonic Orchestra as guest artists in the 2019-20 season. Each will also receive a $1000 prize.
  • Limit of 18 Concerto Soloists and 18 Participants.
  • Post-session discussions focusing on repertoire, career, score study, and more
  • Lunch (or one other meal included)
  • Hotels and breakfast are not included in the tuition this year, but violinists may choose from the affordable hotel option at a significantly reduced rate which includes breakfast.
  • Airport transfers included
  • Farewell party
  • Beautiful rehearsal hall setting for all sessions
  • All concerts will be Digitally Recorded in High Definition and concert quality audio. Participants must provide his or her own storage media (USB 3.0 hard drive is recommended).
  • Faculty and guest artists will perform chamber concerts to illuminate the repertoire of the workshop.

Who is this Workshop For?

This workshop is for you if you are:

• A high school or college-age violinist planning to audition for conservatory
• Preparing for international competitions
• Preparing for Orchestra auditions
• A conductor who wants to learn more about the art of accompaniment
• A conductor who wants more experience conducting professional orchestras
• A conductor who wants superb video footage

You will get extraordinary hands on instruction from master teachers and performers who experience and knowledge will help you be a better violinist or conductor. All violinists will have the unique opportunity of master classes accompanied by a full orchestra. And, you may have a chance to perform your concerti in concert. 

Up to two conductors will be chosen at the end of the workshop to appear with the Lviv National Philharmonic Orchestra as guest artists in the 2019-20 season. Each will also receive a $1000 prize. 

There is no age limit for the workshop - either low or high. But, all participants 18 and under must have permission of both the parent or guardian and primary private teacher to participate, and all participants under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Participation for Conductors

  • Six Conductors will conduct all six orchestra concerts
  • Each conductor will conduct one Mozart concerto, two Romantic Concertos, and one short overture.
  • Repertoire will be equally divided among all conductors. 
  • Conductors will receive guidance and training from Benjamin Loeb.
  • Conductors may also accompany the violinists in the master classes.


We will present two Chamber Concerts featuring faculty and guest artists in programs designed to illuminate the workshop repertoire. Participants will not perform on these concerts.

Faculty, Staff, Guest Artists


  • Mozart Violin Concertos
  • Any Romantic Violin Concerto from the following list: Brahms, Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Sibelius, Saint-Saëns #3, Lalo, Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev #2, Wieniawski #2, Bruch #1, Dvorak
  • Overtures TBD

Lviv Philharmonic

Historically, in every city - whether it is Kyiv, Warsaw, Krakow or Berlin - Philharmonic holds a special place. Lviv National Philharmonic Orchestra has a rich history that goes back to different periods - Austrian, Polish, Soviet and Ukrainian.

Lviv PhilharmonicThe first official concert season of the Lviv National Philharmonic Orchestra (1902-1903) started in the concert hall of Skarbkowski Theatre (now Maria Zankovetska Theatre), which served as an excellent auditorium for public performances - 1200 seats, a large concert stage, fountains, confectionery, buffet and winter garden. In 1962 Philharmonic was settled into a magnificent Secession building (7 Tchaikovsky Street), built in 1907 for the Musical society of Galicia. The organ with two manuals and pedal was the luxury for organ recitals. Now in the center of the stage we can observe only façade of the instrument with its wooden pipes being decorated in Baroque style.

Lviv National Philharmonic Orchestra is one of the leading concert institutions of Ukraine, which in various forms has been popularizing good music at the international festivals, monograph concerts, concerts of young musicians and thematic evenings for secondary school students.

The annual International Music Festival "Virtuosi" was established by the Lviv Philharmonic in May 1981 (till 1990 it was called United Music Festival “Virtuosos of the Country”). Other festivals, including International Festival of Contemporary Music "Contrasts", International Festival of Conductors in Commemoration of Mykola Kolessa and the International Festival "Shymanovski Quartet and friends" also take place in the Lviv Philharmonic season.

Read more here.

Orchestra Sessions

  • Concerto Soloists will perform twice with full orchestra (one movement of a Mozart Concerto and one or two movements of a Romantic Concerto).
  • Additionally, each Concerto Soloist will play in four master classes with full orchestra accompaniment creating a unique opportunity to focus on the specific challenge of performing with orchestra.
  • Participants will have one session with full orchestra for Mozart and one session with full orchestra for the Romantic Concerto.
  • Conducting participants will conduct all orchestra sessions. 
  • All orchestra sessions will take place in the Lviv Philharmonie.ICWF 2018 Conductor group

Master Classes

  • Master Classes will be led by the faculty. 
  • Piano Accompaniment will be provided.
  • Violinists will be divided and rotated so that each will have the opportunity to work with every faculty member. 
  • While Concerto Soloists are rehearsing with the orchestra, Participants will have additional master classes with piano led by the faculty.
  • Master class slots are generally 25 minutes.


This year, hotel accommodations are not included in the tuition fee, but we have made very good arrangements with the IBIS Styles hotel. If you would prefer to find other accommodations, you are free to do so. ICWF will still provide a group lunch (or one meal). 

Ibis Styles Lviv Center (3-star)

  • Modern, Single rooms
  • Air-conditioning
  • Breakfast included
  • 7 minute walk from the Lviv Philharmonie
  • Free Wifi
  • Restaurant on site
  • $800 for 17 nights single occupancy (special rate). Hotel check in is July 14 and check out is August 8. For ICWF 2018: Performance, check out is August 13.
  • Double room occupancy available for $450 additional
  • Additional single room nights are $50/night which include breakfast only.

    Ibis Styles

Detailed schedule

Numbered Master classes are for both Concerto Soloists and Participants. Lettered Master classes are for Participants only.   Each faculty member will present master classes simultaneously and individually.
July 20, 2019 9:00-10:00 Orientation
  10:00-13:00 Master Class 1
  13:00-14:00 Lunch
  14:00-16:00 Individual Practice
  16:00-19:00 Master Class 2
July 21, 2019 10:00-13:00 Master Class 3
  13:00-14:00 Lunch
  14:00-16:00 Individual Practice
  16:00-19:00 Master Class 4
July 22, 2019 10:00-14:00 Orchestra Session 1 - Mozart
  10:00-13:00 Master Class A
  13:00-15:00 Lunch
  15:00-18:00 Orchestra 1a (Participants) - Mozart
  15:00-17:00 Individual Practice
  17:00-20:00 Master Class 5
July 23, 2019 10:00-13:00 Orchestra 2 - Romantic
  10:00-13:00 Master Class B
  13:00-14:00 Lunch
  14:00-17:00 Orchestra 3 - Mozart
  14:00-17:00 Master Class C
July 24, 2019 10:00-14:00 Orchestra 4 - Romantic
  10:00-13:00 Master Class D
  13:00-15:00 Lunch
  15:00-18:00 Orchestra 4a (Participants) - Mozart
  15:00-17:00 Individual Practice
  17:00-20:00 Master Class 6
July 25, 2019 10:00-14:00 Orchestra 5 - Concert 1 Dress
  10:00-13:00 Master Class E
  13:00-15:00 Lunch
  15:00-16:00 Individual Practice
  16:00-19:00 Master Class 7
  20:00-22:30 Orchestra 6 - Concert 1
July 26, 2019 10:00-14:00 Orchestra 7 - Concert 2 Dress
  10:00-13:00 Master Class F
  13:00-15:00 Lunch
  15:00-16:00 Individual Practice
  16:00-19:00 Master Class 8
  20:00-22:30 Orchestra 8 - Concert 2
July 27, 2019 10:00-14:00 Orchestra 9 - Concert 3 Dress
  10:00-13:00 Master Class G
  13:00-15:00 Lunch
  18:00-20:30 Orchestra 10 - Concert 3
July 28, 2019 10:00-13:00 Master Class 9
  13:00-14:00 Lunch
  14:00-16:00 Individual Practice
  14:00-17:00 Orchestra 11a (Participants) - Romantic
  16:00-19:00 Master Class 10
July 29, 2019 10:00-14:00 Orchestra 11 - Mozart
  10:00-13:00 Master Class H
  13:00-15:00 Lunch
  15:00-17:00 Individual Practice
  17:00-20:00 Master Class 11
  15:00-18:00 Orchestra 12a (Participants) - Romantic
July 30, 2019 10:00-13:00 Orchestra 12 - Romantic
  10:00-13:00 Master Class I
  13:00-14:00 Lunch
  14:00-17:00 Orchestra 13 - Mozart
  14:00-17:00 Master Class J
July 31, 2019 10:00-14:00 Orchestra 14 - Romantic
  10:00-13:00 Master Class K
  13:00-15:00 Lunch
  15:00-17:00 Individual Practice
  17:00-20:00 Master Class 12
August 1, 2019 10:00-14:00 Orchestra 15 - Concert 4 Dress
  10:00-13:00 Master Class L
  13:00-15:00 Lunch
  15:00-16:00 Individual Practice
  16:00-19:00 Dress Rehearsal with Piano
  20:00-22:30 Orchestra 16 - Concert 4
August 2, 2019 10:00-14:00 Orchestra 17 - Concert 5 Dress
  14:00-15:00 Lunch
  16:00-18:30 Concert 1 with Piano
  20:00-22:30 Orchestra 18 - Concert 5
August 3, 2019 10:00-14:00 Orchestra 19 - Concert 6 Dress
  14:00-15:00 Lunch
  16:00-18:30 Concert 2 with Piano
  20:00-22:30 Orchetsra 20 - Concert 6


Fees and deadlines

  • Application fee $50
  • ICWF 2019: Violin Concerto Soloist Tuition $2,950
  • ICWF 2019: Violin Participant Tuition $2350
  • ICWF 2019: Violin Conductor Tuition $2600
  • IBIS Styles (17 nights) $800
  • Friday, April 19, 2019 First Application Deadline
  • Monday, April 29, 2019 Notifications for acceptance
  • After April 29, 2019 Applications will be reviewed and processed on a space-available basis.
  • One weeks after notification $500 non-refundable tuition deposit due to hold space. Generally, applications are processed within two weeks of receipt.
  • Tuition remainder and hotel fee are due one month after notification of acceptance.
  • Late payment of tuition deposit or tuition payment may result in loss of spot.
  • If a violinist or conductor must cancel his or her spot, the tuition deposit and/or tuition will be refunded only if a suitable replacement is found to fill the spot.
  • There is no age limit - lower or upper - but all participants 18 and younger must have permission from both a parent/guardian and from the primary violin/conducting teacher, and all participants younger than 16 must be accompanied by at least one parent/guardian.

Fees must be paid according to schedule in $US.

We are not accepting applications at this time.

All tuition fees paid by credit card will have a 3.5% service fee added.

Online payments preferred, but US checks (free) and bank transfer ($45 fee) will be accepted. The application is not complete and will not be processed until the payment is received. 

Application fees and tuition deposits are non-refundable.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

The Joel Fan Foundation

The International Conducting Workshop and Festival has a fiscal sponsorship relationship with the Joel Fan Foundation. This means that the ICWF can accept grants, accept tax-deductible donations, and carry on other activities under the tax-exempt status of their sponsor. To help you raise money for yourself, the Joel Fan Foundation and the ICWF can each write letters on your behalf. In the last ten years the ICWF granted over $150,000 in tuition scholarships through the generous help of the Joel Fan Foundation.

Technically, you can act as a fundraising agent for the ICWF and raise money from your own network of support for your tuition scholarship. Anyone you know who would like to help you would then send their support to the Joel Fan Foundation ArtMatch and suggest that the money go to your scholarship. Then, the Foundation will grant the ICWF the money along with the suggestion to whom the money should be applied. The ICWF would then accept the suggestion of the Joel Fan Foundation and apply the money received to the conductor. In the past, the money was 100% granted according to the suggestions. The ICWF guarantees full credit for the amount raised through the Joel Fan Foundation, even if the specific money is not allocated directly to your scholarship. The Joel Fan Foundation has generously agreed not to charge any fees for the processing of this money - the usual fees for fiscal sponsorship relationships are 3-6%.

ArtMatch Process:

  1. Make all checks to the "Joel Fan Foundation ArtMatch". Please do not indicate the name of the participant on the check.
  2. To facilitate the processing of the grants, the sponsor should say exactly the following in a cover letter:
    To The Joel Fan Foundation:
    I am making this donation to the Joel Fan Foundation ArtMatch in support of the International Conducting Workshop and Festival. I suggest that this money be applied to the tuition scholarship of [name of participant].

    [Name of Sponsor]
    [Address of Sponsor]
    [Email Address of Sponsor]
  3. Mail checks and letters to:
    The Joel Fan Foundation ArtMatch
    c/o International Conducting Workshop and Festival
    3955 E 59th St.
    Davenport, IA 52807
  4. The receipt of the check will be acknowledged by the Joel Fan Foundation and the application of the tuition scholarship will be acknowledged by the ICWF.

The Joel Fan Foundation is a registered 501(3)(c) non-profit corporation and qualifies for tax-deductible contributions.

The International Conducting Workshop and Festival is also supported by the REC Music Foundation, a recognized 501(c)3. To help ICWF, please consider making a donation.



  • Dates July 20th thru August 3rd
  • Location Lviv, Ukraine
  • Orchestra Lviv Philharmonic