Conducting Masterclass with Cristian Măcelaru

Available places: 6

Term of application: 20th of July 2021

Communicating the results: 24th of July 2021

Masterclass schedule: 

12th – 14th of August 2021 – Timișoara

Schedule & repertoire:

  • Day 1 – Igor Stravinsky – L’Histoire du soldat
  • Day 2 – Igor Stravinsky – Dumbarton Oaks and L’histoire du soldat
  • Day 3 – Antonín Dvořák – Sinfonia n. 9
  • The selected conductors will have the possibility to conduct during the masterclass the Romanian Chamber Orchestra.
  • The selected participants will have full access to all the orchestra’s rehearsals and concerts, which will take place during 15.8 – 21.8.2021.
  • Topics related to the conductor-orchestra relationship and other aspects particularly important for the artistic development of the participants will be addressed.
  • Each selected participant will have the opportunity to conduct the Romanian Chamber Orchestra, for at least 30 minutes every day.

Application and full information:

  • The masterclass is open to all conductors aged 18-35.
  • In the online application form, the participants will submit a video recording, of approx. 10 minutes, as a link (YouTube, Vimeo) which can be from a rehearsal, concert, or competition. The video applicant must be seen all the time during the provided recording (preferably front camera recording, to be able to observe the gestures and expression).
  • The participant must upload a personal resume of max. 2 pages.
  • The submission of a letter of recommendation from a musician or a conductor with whom the participant has collaborated (written in Romanian, English, French, or German).
  • The applicant has to submit a cover letter (max. 1800 characters) which must briefly include details related to the reason of appliance, and long term carries plans.

Participation fee:

  • The participation fee is €750 and includes the masterclass fee and the accommodation in a single room, in the hotel where the orchestra is accommodated. The transportation and meal fees are covered by the participants.
  • If accommodation is not required, the masterclass fee is €500.
  • On receiving notification of acceptance for the masterclass, the selected students must confirm their attendance and pay the course fee by the specified deadline.
  • In case the conducting masterclass will not be held due to exceptional restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the organizer will refund the full amount.

Scholarship for Romanian conductors:

  • Romanian Chamber Orchestra offers a limited number of full/partial scholarships to Romanian conductors, as support for circumstances where the precarious financial situation does not allow them to participate in the masterclass.
  • In this case, the scholarship covers the participation fee.
  • The accommodation, meal, and transportation fees are covered by the participant.
  • The application for the scholarship is made through the cover letter, which is uploaded in the form below. The scholarship request must be supported by financial documents that will be processed by the organizers by following the GDPR standards.


  • After all complete applications have been received, Cristian Măcelaru, alongside the artistic directors of the Romanian Chamber Orchestra, will evaluate the applications and select the participants.
  • The results will be announced on 24th July 2021 at the latest.
  • On receiving notification of acceptance for the course, the selected students must confirm their attendance and pay the course fee by the specified deadline

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