3 – 7 February 2018

The application deadline is 15 January 2018.

Composition masterclasses are a part of the BAO Academy and will be taking place predominantly in Tartu, Estonia. Tartu is considered to be the intellectual center of the country, especially since it is home to the nation’s oldest and most renowned university, the University of Tartu, established in 1632.

The accepted composition students will get the chance to work with Gediminas Gelgotas – Lithuanian composer whose music is especially captivating the new and younger audiences of the classical music world. Meanwhile, critics acclaim his unmistakably unique and highly attractive musical language.

The masterclasses shall include not only individual lessons on musical material, form, and orchestral instrumentation, but also various discussions helpful to discover and provoke different musical ideas. Students will also get a unique chance to hear their music performed by the Glasperlen Sinfonietta, conducted by the participants of the BAO Academy Conducting masterclasses. This incredible opportunity will provide a real-life experience of the situation between a composer and an orchestra, often proving to be quite a professional challenge for a young composer.

“We all are similar in a way. But also we all have some differences deep in ourselves. And I believe music writing is all about those differences. We shouldn’t be afraid of them. And if we are, we most likely will always try to ‘fit’ somewhere, or copy something, and that is not what the music writing is all about” – says Gelgotas, a long-time collaborator of the Baltic Sea Philharmonic.

You can read the latest news on Gediminas Gelgotas here at the Strad Magazine. Gediminas Gelgotas’ first violin concerto will be premiered at the Kissinger Sommer Festival on Saturday, 7 July 2018 by Kristjan Jarvi, David Nebel (violin) and the Baltic Sea Philharmonic.

The BAO Conducting Academy is a great opportunity for young composers to develop their skills, be in a supportive and dynamic atmosphere, and experience the unique moments of creation and collaboration with the orchestra.

If you have any questions, please contact bao@gmf-lanota.com