ICWF 2014: Sibelius, Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky

ICWF 2014: Sibelius/Rachmaninoff/Tchaikovsky

From July 20-28, 2014 the International Conducting Workshop and Festival is again proud to hold a workshop in Zlin, Czech Republic hosted by the Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic, led by two of the most internationally esteemed conducting teachers:  Larry Rachleff (Rice University) and Donald Schleicher (University of Illinois). They will be assisted by Benjamin Loeb (ICWF Artistic Director)

Donald SchleicherAs in the past, we will offer conducting training and critique in a non-competitive, professional and supportive atmosphere.  It is a great opportunity to immerse oneself deeply in important standard and challenging orchestral repertoire which will include Sibelius Symphony #2 and Violin Concerto, Rachmaninoff Symphonic Dances and Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Tchaikovsky Symphonies #4 and 6.  (Repertoire is subject to change).

The schedule currently includes 11 Orchestra sessions (both 3- and 4-hour), 7 3-hour Sextet sessions, at least discussion, study and special subject sessions led by Susan Dunn, and a Chamber Music Concert.  Each full participant will have 60 minutes of podium time with the full orchestra and at least 30 minutes with the sextet.

In the Orchestra sessions, generally conducting slots are 10 minutes long, but this year, we will schedule the time flexibly after consulting with faculty, so that a participant may choose to have four slots, which are each longer rather than the usual six slots.  In the Sextet sessions, participants will conduct a string quintet plus piano, which covers woodwinds and brass parts.  Parts of some quintet sessions will be devoted to difficult excerpts that are pre-selected from the workshop repertoire that all participants will be expected to prepare.  In the remainder of the sextet sessions, passages are to be selected by the participant.  Each conductor will have individual choice of repertoire during orchestra sessions.  In all sessions, podium time slots will be flexibly and transparently pre-assigned. 

Levels of Participation

For this workshop we are offering only one level of participation which will include 60 minutes with the full orchestra.  Sextet sessions will be equally divided among all conductors.  All orchestra and sextet sessions will take place in the beautiful and modern Congress Center.

Auditing is also available, but does not include any active podium time. The auditor level is designed for those either who have little experience and training, but show promise, or those with ample opportunity to conduct throughout the year, but want to use this workshop as a chance to observe master teaching. 

All tuition fees include hotel and two meals each day
Fees must be paid in $US.

All sessions will be Digitally Recorded and ample opportunity will be provided to view session recordings. At the end of each conducting session, each conductor will receive a copy of the video file either on flash drive, card or DVD.  ICWF will provide DVD’s, but participants must provide other storage media (hard drive is most recommended).


Concurrent with the workshop, the International Conducting Workshop Festival will present one Chamber Music Concert featuring faculty, guest artists, and BMP Orchestra members.  Participants will not perform on these concerts. The repertoire on these concerts will be devoted to music of the three composers and their contemporaries. All rehearsals and concerts are open to the participants.

Filharmonie Bohuslav Martinů

The Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic Orchestra is 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 Martinů 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 has 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 Antonín DvoÅ™ak 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 Martinů Philharmonic Orchestra is Zlín, 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 Tomaš Batá succeeded in successfully combining his entrepreneurship and his philosophy of life.

Czech FoodAccommodations

All participants will stay in single rooms at the Hotel Baltaci U Náhonu located within easy walking distance to the rehearsal and performance facilities. Breakfast and one additional meal (usually lunch) is included in the tuition fee. All rooms have free wireless Internet access. It is possible to arrange for spouses to stay at the hotel for a small additional cost.


  • Dates July 20th thru July 28th
  • Location Zlin, Czech Republic
  • Orchestra Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic