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Best music school/conservatory/conservatoire for orchestral conducting.

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Please rate the best places in the world to study orchestral conducting based on: 1) quality and prestige of the faculty 2) prestige of the institution 3) famous conductors graduated from the program

Rated 9 points - posted 5 years ago by robc1982 in category Music.
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Sibelius Akatemia, Helsinki (Finland) Report Abuse
Leif Segerstam. 2.5 years master or 5 years bachelor + master.
66 points - added 5 years ago by robc1982 - 3 comments
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Is there any other universities than Sibelius-Academy where the students can conduct live orchestra twice a week.
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Atso Almila is the new professor, but Segerstam and Panula stil visit regularly.
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He is still learning there?
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Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien, Vienna (Austria) Report Abuse
Prof. Uri or Prof. Stringer 3 year Bachelor or 2 year master
58 points - added 5 years ago by robc1982 - 3 comments
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It has the highest standard in the world. Maybe the most difficult music conservatory to get in in the world.
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Utterly underrated. Should be on the top of list. Bruckner, Schõnberg and Weingartner taught in this school, and Mahler, Hugo Wolf, Sibelius, Janáček, Hans Richter, Kreisler, Nikisch, Karajan, Abbado, Mehta, Harnoncourt, Horenstein, Jansons, Sinopoli... all of them graduated from MDW. I don't think that there's a second choice for conducting learning.
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where should i go for learn conducting ? europe ? US ? where has better teachers and professors ? if the answer is europe , which city exacly ? graz ? vienna ? salzburg ? weimar ? berlin ? where ???? and why ???
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Universität der Künste Berlin, Berlin (Germany) Report Abuse
Prof. Lutz Köhler
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Royal Academy of Music, London (UK) Report Abuse
Professor Colin Metters. 3 year master degree.
54 points - added 5 years ago by robc1982 - 6 comments
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It is now run by Sian Edwards. She is a wonderful teacher, musician, conductor and person. I have studied with both and I think she is a better teacher than Metters. Lots of piano classes for 3 years but you do get many masterclasses from great conductors like Zinman, Elder, Bychkov etc etc.
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I dream with studying at the RAM.
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I don't know if without Metters it is still good. I mean, it is still among the best schools in the world, with great programs, opportunities, masterclasses et, but without Metters...
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Colin Metters retired last year.
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Colin Metters is very good indeed, and so are the main visiting professors; Semyon Bychkov (Klemperer Chair of Conducting), Mark Shanahan... and the late Sir Colin Davis and George Hurst.
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Positive: Colin Metters is probably the best teacher in Europe. Many hours with orchestras and other ensembles. Great masterclasses: Semyon Bychkov, Claus Peter Flor, Yuri Simonov, Lutz Köhler, Sir Roger Norrington, Leonard Slatkin, Kenneth Kiesler, and regular masterclasses with the late Colin Davis and George Hurst. A very small department (just 5-6 students). Negative: they don't pay so much atention to repetiteur training, aural lessons etc.
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Universität Mozarteum Salzburg, Salzburg (Austria) Report Abuse
Karl Kamper, Jorge Rotter.
51 points - added 5 years ago by robc1982 - 1 comment
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I had a lesson with Jorge Rotter. Rotter is a very nice man from Argentina, but he's not so good as a conductor and teacher.
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Hochschule für Musik "Franz Liszt", Weimar (Germany) Report Abuse
Professor Pasquet.
39 points - added 5 years ago by robc1982 - 1 comment
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I had lessons with Pasquet and I don't understand why is he so famous. I thought he was very bad indeed, both as a musician and as a teacher, The prestige of the program comes from a couple of highly gifted conductors to happen to study there... but Pasquet is just terrible.
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Peabody Institute, Baltimore (USA) Report Abuse
Professor Meier. 2 year master's.
26 points - added 5 years ago by robc1982 - 1 comment
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The teacher is very famous and has written many books. I think it is good.
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Benjamin T. Rome School, CUA, Washington DC (USA) Report Abuse
Professor Sidlin
24 points - added 3 years ago by guest - 1 comment
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An excellent program. Sidlin and Tartaglione are very good, the school is good, and it is the only music conservatory in the DC metro area. I'm jewish, but the fact that it is a Roman Catholic university doesn't bother me.
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Zürcher Hochschule der Künste, Zürich (Switzerland) Report Abuse
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Curtis Institute, Philadelphia (USA) Report Abuse
Prof. Otto-Werner Mueller.
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Best in America.
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Müller is a conductor trained in the Central European tradition of the Kapellmeister. He's very serious and analytical . Taught at Juilliard in the past and his students include Alan Gilbert and Paavo Järvi. The access to this is school is highly selective and accepts only 4% of the applicants. The conducting program is good, but it does not lead to a bachelor. Podium time is good and there are many opportunities with the school's orchestra.
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Bard College Conservatory, NY State (USA) Report Abuse
Prof. Boltstein, Prof. Faberman. 2 year masters including compulsory summer courses (Condutor's Institute).
20 points - added 5 years ago by robc1982 - 9 comments
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Thank you all for that info I am 13 years old and I've been looking farward to being a conductor for the past 3 YEARS!!! I'm trying to see which one woul suite my desire to be on that podium :)
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My experience is that if you can take Farberman's continuous abuse, it is a good place to go. The college is isolated but the academic and learning environment is first class. The conservatory is terrific, small, but with some of the greatest teachers in the East Coast (most of them also teach at Juilliard, Curtis and Mannes).
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Farberman is not for everyone. He's old, and he might retire soon. Otherwise, it is a very prestigious program.
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No podium time. Very few graduate students.
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Podium time great? We get 1 hour with a reduced ensemble a month, and 30' every 3 months with the conservatory's orchestra. Where did you get that the lessons are with a string ensemble???? That's just NOT true. We have lessons with a pianist (very good one, by the way). Great teacher? Farberman is a VERY bad teacher. I don't know if you ever had a lesson with him, but if you did you wouldn't say that he is good. The choral conducting teacher is good... I agree that some of the supporting studies are good (music history, and musicianship...).
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The Conductor's Institute is outstanding, so I guess that the Master's program is also very good.
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I went to the Conductor Institute some years ago and it was very good. I am sure the master program is very good too...
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I think it is currently one of the best programs. It's not one of the big name schools, but the program is well designed and the fees include to Conductors' Institute (2 summers).
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Positive: This program is gradually becoming on of the most important conducting programs. The faculty is not so famous, but they are very good teachers. There are no private lessons, and all the extudents attend the other students' lessons. Lessons are with a string quintet and piano. Podium time is great. The academic part of the program is good with individual instrumental lessons, composition lessons, ear training, score playing.... Negative: rural campus.
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Hochschule für Musik "Robert Schumann", Düsseldorf (Germany) Report Abuse
Rüdiger Bohn.
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Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester (UK) Report Abuse
Mark Heron. 2-year master
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I went to one of his conducting days an I thought he was nothing special. I know from students of the Master's that they do have a lot of prodium time but I don't think it is as much as the other major conservatoires in England (RAM and RCM) and the States (Juilliard, Peabody...) and definitely more than in Germany and Austria.
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st.petersburg Conservatory Report Abuse
Very great teacher Ilya Musin was there. Lots of conductor from this school. Like Mravinsky, Gergiev, Jansons, recently Sokhiev, Petrenko, Nelsons. What do you say?
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Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music Report Abuse
Mark Gibson
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Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris Report Abuse
Zsolt NAGY.
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Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln, Cologne (Germany) Report Abuse
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The Juilliard School, NY (USA) Report Abuse
Alan Gilbert + assistant. 2-year masters
9 points - added 5 years ago by robc1982 - 1 comment
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I don't think Gilbert is a good teacher, but you go to Juilliard for the prestige of having a Juilliard diploma, not for the quality of the teaching.
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Hochschule für Musik "Carl Maria von Weber", Dresden (Germany) Report Abuse
Prof. Klemm.
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If you are into learning German traditions, definitely the place to go. Lots of piano and not so much conducting. Lovely city, but the teacher was just OK.
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Benjamin T. Rome School (Catholic Unviersity of America), Washington DC (USA) Report Abuse
It is a good program with few students. The teacher, Sidlin, is a terrific conductor's coach. It is not the program with more podium time, but they offer professional assistantships.
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Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow (UK Report Abuse
2-year master
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Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow (UK) Report Abuse
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Northwestern University Report Abuse
One of the best conducting teachers out there - Victor Yampolsky - whose fame precedes him. World class venue, several orchestras playing, and benefitting from the proximity to Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Civic Opera.
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conductorschool.com Report Abuse
Online teaching and workshops in the Saito Conducting Method with Wayne Toews. Students rave about their artistic empowerment after having developed the skills. Toews has 40 years experience as an award-winning conductor and has given 17 international workshops. Free information at www.conductorschool.com
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The combination of a clear, concise methodology and sequential pedagogy coupled with a vocabulary of gestures make the Saito method superior. Mr. Toews is a gifted musician and teacher and the entire experience was incredible.
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Royal College of Music, London (UK) Report Abuse
Professor Philip Stark. 2-year Masters.
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No doubt Stark is the worst conductor's trainer in Europe.
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University of Michigan Report Abuse
Master's Degree or DMA a lot of podium time as well as great teaching by Kiesler
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Moscow Conservatory Report Abuse
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Royal Danish Academy of Music, Copenhagen (Denmark) Report Abuse
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Hochschule für Musik Würzburg, Würzburg (Germany) Report Abuse
4 year bachelor or 2 year master. Ari Rasilainen
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Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff (UK) Report Abuse
2 year masters.
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Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst Mannheim, Mannheim (Germany) Report Abuse
4 year bachelor (in both choral and conducting) and 2 year master.
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koninklijk conservatorium Brussel Report Abuse
Koen Kessels
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Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya, Barcelona (Spain) Report Abuse
4-year Master.
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Real Conservatorio Superior de Música de Madrid, Madrid (Spain) Report Abuse
Madrid's Royal Conservatoire. 4-year bachelor in conducting.
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Now with Jesús Amigo as principal teacher, the level has raised substantially. Good conductor, with a quite remarkable career, and nice teacher also.
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This program is a joke. The teachers are bad conductors and worst teachers,
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Cleveland Institute of Music, Cleveland (USA) Report Abuse
Prof. Topilow.
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The teacher is maybe not one of the most famous, but the program gives you tons of podium time. Mostly one hour each week with great level of players for which CIM is very known. Plus one recital each year of the Master.
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Hochschule für Musik, Nürnberg (Germany) Report Abuse
Guido Johannes Rumstadt.
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Lemmensinstituut - Luca-school-of arts - Leuven (Belgium Report Abuse
Ivan Meylemans and Kurt Bikkembergs
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