ICWF 2006: R. Strauss/Stravinsky

It is not too late to apply. There are still spaces available in this workshop.

The ICWF 2006: Strauss/Stravinsky will focus on four works for large orchestra by R. Strauss and Stravinsky -- Don Juan, Death and Transfiguration, Petroushka, and The Rite of Spring. In the 10 orchestra sessions, participants will have 10 minutes on the podium. Each conductor will have individual choice of repertoire during sextet and score study sessions. In all sessions, podium time slots will be flexibly pre-assigned. In addition to the conducting sessions there will be score study sessions TBA with Mr. Mueller covering the repertoire of the workshop.

In the sextet sessions, participants will conduct a string quintet plus piano, which covers woodwinds and brass parts. Parts of some quintet sessions may be devoted to difficult excerpts that are pre-selected from the workshop repertoire. All participants will be encouraged to study this list of excerpts in preparation for the workshop. In the remainder of the sextet sessions, passages are to be selected by the participant.

Concurrent with the workshop, the International Conducting Workshop Festival will hold a chamber music festival -- 2 concerts devoted to music of the two composers and their contemporaries. All rehearsals and concerts are open to the participants.

Filharmonie Bohuslav Martinu

The Bohuslav Martin? Philharmonic Orchestrais named after one of the great Czech composers. The orchestra has made many radio recordings and CDs of his works since it was founded in the 1960's.

The repertoire of the The Bohuslav Martin? Philharmonic Orchestra consists of nearly all symphonic works of different periods including a considerable number of contemporary compositions. The members of the orchestra have formed several chamber groups whose performances supplement the concert season. Cooperation with radio and television stations together with recording activities have become a regular part of the orchestra's work. Some activities in recent years included recordings for the label Vienna Modern Masters, which concentrates on contemporary music recordings; Sergei Rachmaninov's complete symphonic works recorded for Bayer Records (Germany); and music of Anton?n Dvo??k for Albany Records (USA). Orchestra has recorded also movie music for Hollywood and new works of the contemporary american composers.

The home of the The Bohuslav Martin? Philharmonic Orchestra is Zl?n, a town in the east of the Czech Republic. With a population approaching one hundred thousand, it is a modern industrial center, owing its development to the BATA company, the founder of which Tom?? Ba?a succeeded in successfully combining his entrepreneurship and his philosophy of life.

Levels of Participation

All participants will have 8 sessions with the full orchestra. The criterion for participation placement is potential and promise that emerge from the audition videotape, musical background and previous experience. The workshop will be limited to 18 participants.

Participation will be mostly limited to returning participants and applicants who demonstrate a high level proficiency as well as experience and training. The auditor level is designed for those who have little experience and training, but show promise. Auditors participate in two designated auditor sextet sessions allowing ample opportunity to put the techniques they have observed into action.


All participants will stay in single rooms at a hotel located within easy walking distance to the rehearsal and performance facilities. Breakfast and one additional meal is included in the tuition fee.


  • Dates June 15th thru June 24th
  • Location Zlin, Czech Republic
  • Orchestra Filharmonie Bohuslav Martinu