Paris Conducting Workshop
Beethoven 5 1st movement video-recording
February 17-19th 2021
AJMADAC is proud to present, in collaboration with l’Orchestre Prométhée, its 5th Paris Conducting Workshop. The last few years have seen the increase in the amount of conductors, conducting competitions, masterclasses, study programs, and with them the increased necessity of having professional-grade and presentable videos for applications.
The aim of this workshop is to produce high quality video recordings with l’Orchestre Prométhée of the 1st movement of Beethoven’s 5th symphony for young conductors who wish to apply to the 2021 Tokyo International Conducting Competition.
Participants will be under the supervision and mentorship of Pierre-Michel Durand that will coach them throughout their recordings. Participants will also be given the opportunity for an optional private 25 or 50 minute lesson with Pierre-Michel Durand, concert-master Anne-Claire Gorenstein, and a string quintet of composed of the first chairs of the Orchestre Prométhée to be even more prepared for the recording.
Participants who don’t wish to apply to the 2021 Tokyo International Conducting Competition but would like a professional video session of the 1st movement of Beethoven’s 5th symphony may still apply.
The Orchestre Prométhée is a French internationally acclaimed orchestra founded by Pierre-Michel Durand in 2004. In the past years they have produced over 400 concerts and many collaborations with the New York City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, National Ballet of Canada and the Wiener Staatsballett, including many performances of the Tchaikovsky Serenade for Strings with the NYC Ballet.
The Orchestre Prométhée also produces a wide array of symphonic and operatic concerts with soloists like Roberto Alagna, Joyce Di Donato, Natalie Dessay, Sonya Yoncheva ...
At the age of 21, Pierre-Michel Durand won the 1st Prize of the Prague International Conducting Competition, the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra Prize and the Talich Prize.
He is invited by the Orchestre de Paris, the Monte-Carlo Phil Orchestra, the Lamoureux Orchestra, the Lorraine Phil Orchestra, the Orchestre de Picardie, the Simon Bolivar Orchestra of Caracas, and the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra with which he recorded Stravinsky’s Petrushka.
Associate conductor of Jean-Claude Casadesus at the National Orchestra of Lille for several seasons, he conducts on tour Rossini’s La Cenerentola and Gounod’s Faust at the Lille Opera. In 2004, he founded l’Orchestre Prométhée with which he performed in numerous festivals.
Pierre-Michel Durand worked with great soloists: P. Amoyal, M. Beroff, G. Capuçon, M. Coppey, A. Dumay, B. Engerer, H. Grimaud, G. Hoffman, L. Korcia, M. Maisky , P. Meyer, X. Phillips, N. Radulovic, M. Rudy... He also accompanied K. Deshayes, N. Dessay, J. DiDonato, B. Hendricks, F. Lott, P. Petibon, S. Piau, B. Uria Monzon, R. Alagna, G. Bacquier, I. D'Arcangelo, F. Ferrari, L. Tezier, R. Villazon...
He has directed many operas of Adam, Bizet, Donizetti, Gounod, Mozart, Offenbach, Puccini, Rossini, Verdi (including La Traviata with Sonya Yoncheva).
He performs regularly in the Parisian halls: Salle Pleyel (R. Strauss’ Don Quichotte, The Rite of Spring, symphonies No. 3 and No. 6 Mahler ...), Radio France (Petrouchka, symphony No. 5 Shostakovich .. ), Théâtre du Châtelet for ballets Prelude in the afternoon of a Faun, Cinderella, Petrushka as well as Don Quixote with the Wiener Staatsballett.
Pierre-Michel Durand performs each season at the Philharmonie de Paris. He recently directed Les Mozarts de l'Opera at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and the Figaro Gala at the Opéra Comique. Pierre-Michel Durand is Director of the Orchestra Training Department at CRR de Paris and conducting professor at the Pôle Supérieur Paris-Boulogne.
After her studies with Florin Szigeti, then Frédéric Laroque and Luc Héry at the CRR de Paris (solo violin class), Anne-Claire Gorenstein perfected herself with Alexandre Bederski, Larissa Kolos and most recently Daniel Strabawa (concert-master of the 'Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra) during master classes.
After being 1st chair of the 2nd violins, she has been the concert-master of l'Orchestre Prométhée since 2014, with which she performs in major concert halls and at festivals. She is especially noticed while touring New York City Ballet at the Théâtre du Châtelet where she performed the great solos of the ballet repertoire (notably Mozartiana during the Gala evening) as well as at the Gala for 30 years of Roberto Alagna's career at the Ancient Theater of Orange. She is also regularly invited as guest concert-master by several orchestras including the Aarhus Symfoniorkester in Denmark.
She also performs in recital and chamber music, notably with clarinetist Florent Héau, pianist David Bismuth and in sonata with François Dumont at the invitation of Eve Ruggieri at the St-Malo festival and Radio Classique and at Les Journées Lyriques de Chartres and Eure et Loir where she gave and led several shows for young audiences.
As a soloist, she is programmed at the “100% Classique” festival in La Grande Motte with the Four Seasons by Vivaldi and the Languedoc Chamber Orchestra (ex Moscow Soloists) and regularly plays accompanied by l'Orchestre Prométhée : concerto for violin and oboe by Bach, Bohemian Airs by Sarasate, violin concerto by Tchaikovsky…
Recently, she had an acclaimed great success at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées for the solos of Scheherazade by Rimsky-Korsakov.
Details and Application Process
This masterclass will be lead by Maestro Pierre-Michel Durand, and assisted by concert-master Anne-Claire Gorenstein for the optional string quintette sessions. The goal for the participants is to take away a high-quality video-recording for their portfolio.
Orchestre Prométhée - 35 musicians
(Subject to Modification)
Day 1 :
- 10.00-10.50 : Introductory session
- 11.00-13.00 : score study and preperation w/Pierre-Michel Durand
- 13.00-14.00 : Lunch Break
- 14.00-18.00 : *Private lessons with Pierre-Michel Durand and 1st chair string quintet
Day 2 :
- 13.00-14.00 : Orchestra open rehearsal w/Pierre-Michel Durand
- 14.00-17.30 : Orchestra video-recording session 1 w/participants (15mins/participant)
- 17.30-18.30 : Discussion and de-/briefing.
Day 3 :
- 14.00-17.30 : Orchestra video-recording session 2 (15 mins/participant)
- 17.30-18.30 : Group Conclusion
- One score study session
- *One 25 or 50 minute study session with Pierre-Michel Durand, Anne-Claire Gorenstein, and String Quintet
- Two professionally recorded 15 minute sessions with 35-piece professional orchestra - Orchestre Prométhée
Maximum 12 participants
Limited spots for *quintet private lessons
- 875 € Active Participants:
- Deposit due with the application to reserve your spot in the masterclass.
Optional (for active participants only) :
- 280€ : 50 min private lesson with 1st chairs string quintet and maestro (for active participants only)
- 145€ : 25 min private lesson with 1st chairs string quintet and maestro (for active participants only)
- 50€ : Auditor for private lesson with 1st chairs string quintet and maestro
- Active participants who chose the private lesson with string quintet option and auditors will have access to all private lessons.
In order to apply please send the following information to firstname.lastname@example.org before January 10th 2021:
- Copy of Valid ID
- Video of yourself conducting (optional)
- Active Participant + other option
Once your application sent via email, you will be receive all banking information within 24 hours.
Your reserved spot in the masterclass will be guaranteed upon reception of the 875€ deposit.
Once your spot confirmed on the program, you will then receive all details of the masterclass (ie. exact addresses, schedule, instructions.)
- All safety measures will be respected by the staff and orchestra.