An orchestral training programme
for the next generation
LEAD! The Orchestra Project has as its mission to develop effective musical leadership and communication skills within the context of orchestra playing.
Through tailored mentorship schemes designed by an exceptional team of experienced leaders and teachers from top international orchestras, LEAD! offers training programmes comprising workshops and coaching sessions designed to train young musicians who aspire to excel in leading orchestra positions and want to fully master the skills required for their role. LEAD! also aims to create a greater awareness of how an orchestra can perform to its full potential by encouraging the development of individual personalities.
LEAD! works closely with a wide range of musical institutions, including conservatories, orchestras and festivals.
LEAD! builds on the long-standing teaching traditions of musical mentors of the very highest level, supported by an experienced organisational team operating under the artistic direction of renowned conductor Jukka-Pekka Saraste.
LEAD!’s very first collaboration with the Aurora Festival will take place between the 18th and 26th of August 2018 in Stockholm. The project will encompass musical mentorship, leadership training, conductors’ masterclasses and advice on the music industry for those who are about to embark on a professional career. LEAD! and the Aurora Festival Orchestra will perform two concerts at the end of the project period — at Musikhögskolan on August 25th, and in Stockholm’s Konserthus on August 26th — conducted by Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Johannes Gustavsson and participating student conductors.
LEAD! founding members Alexander Zemtsov, Franz Bartolomey and Igor Gruppman will all be contributing as musical mentors.
LEAD!’s first collaboration with Haute Ecole de Musique de Lausanne involved the conservatory’s Master level students playing together with HEMU mentor-teachers and LEAD!’s guest mentors, led by Jukka-Pekka Saraste.
Four intense days of working together on musical leadership through rehearsing Beethoven’s 4th symphony, Sibelius’ 3rd symphony, and Stravinsky’s Symphony in C-major resulted in surprises, unexpected challenges, and a very impressive performance by the student/mentor orchestra. The workshops were finalised with a roundtable discussion, and the entire teaching and rehearsal process was filmed by DaKapp.