German nationwide support program Conductors’ Forum targets future generations of conductors. With a view to prepare highly gifted young conductors for future leadership positions in the national and international music world, the program organizes master classes, assistant positions and sponsored concerts for its scholarship holders. Above all, it is a forum throughout Germany allowing a continual dialogue between the young generation of conductors and renowned conducting personalities.
As of 2018, the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra will join this significant project for the first time. The Conductors’ Forum will take place in Belgrade, on 17–21 June 2018, and it will also be the first time that it includes a candidate from Serbia, selected at an audition. They will be mentored by Gabriel Feltz, Chief Conductor of the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra. The masterclass will end with a concert conducted by all four trainees of the forum. The programme will include pieces by Richard Wagner, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Maurice Ravel and, for the first time, the music of a Serbian composer – Milan Ristić.
Scholarship holders can look forward to an extensive program of work with professional orchestras. The main focus is on rehearsals and performances of opera and symphonic music. Beyond that, the program includes collaborations with ensembles specialised in early and contemporary music.
In realizing its program, the Conductor’s Forum works together with an increasing number of renowned conductors, orchestras and musical theatre ensembles, music academies and the public broadcasting corporations. Today more than one hundred German orchestras are partners of the Conductors’ Forum. Collaborations with international partners complete the widespread program. In the past years the Conductors’ Forum has worked together with the Theater Vanemuine Tartu (Estonia), the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg (France) and the Israel Chamber Orchestra (Israel) amongst others.
Many former scholarship holders of the Conductors’ Forum now have important positions in German and international musical life: for example Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla (principal conductor City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra), Cornelius Meister (Principal Conductor of Radio Symphonie Orchester Wien, Designated Chief Musical Director of Staatsoper Stuttgart), Francesco Angelico (Chief Musical Director of Staatstheater Kassel), Markus Poschner (Chief Musical Director of Bruckner Orchester Linz), Gabriel Feltz (Chief Musical Director of Dortmunder Philharmoniker and Chief Conductor of Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra).