LEAD! Foundation Academy Masterclass and Mentorship Programme for Young Conductors — 27 July – 6 August 2023


LEAD! Foundation is seeking applications from conductors for the 2023 summer programme in Fiskars, Finland. Six conductors will be selected to participate in, and six conductors invited to observe a series of orchestral masterclasses led by Jukka-Pekka Saraste with James Gaffigan and Dalia Stasevska.

Each successful participant will work with a professional orchestra on a range of repertoire to be announced shortly, and will be given the opportunity to perform in at least one public concert. Participants and observers will also be offered 1-2-1 and group mentoring with LEAD! Foundation’s Paul Hughes and Sarah Osa on a range of topics relevant to the profession, including programming, career development, and management. There will also be opportunities throughout the week to meet with guest conductors, musicians and music industry professionals.

The full repertoire list will be announced shortly. The festival schedule will be updated on our website in April.

Successful applicants should be aged between 20 and 35 and should submit the following:

  • An up to date biography in English
  • A statement in English of no more than 300 words outlining your reasons for applying
  • A recent video of no more than 30’ duration showing you conducting in performance a minimum of two contrasting orchestral works. The video should be of high quality audio and video, and may contain rehearsal as well as performance material.
  • Please upload the video to YouTube and include the link in your application. Your given name and surname have to be mentioned in the title of your video. Do not send video attachments.

Price: Active participants: EUR 1000
Observers: EUR 500 for the whole period, or EUR 100 per day

Candidates are expected to arrange travel and accommodation themselves at their own expense. Lunch and some evening meals will be provided for.

Please submit applications by 30 April 2023 to auditions@leadorchestraproject.com
Decisions will be made by the end of May.
Thank you.

The LEAD! Foundation team