NRW Orchesterzentrum, Dortmund, Germany

LEAD!’s first project with NRW Orchesterzentrum, Dortmund
LEAD! connects with NRW Orchesterzentrum with the aim of honing the skills of developing orchestra leaders and to explore the potential of using one’s true personality in music.

LEAD! continues its work with its first project in Germany, this time with students from the NRW Orchesterzentrum in Dortmund. The project will focus on developing leadership and communication skills in the context of orchestra playing — we aim to provide special guidance for section leaders as well as offering workshops which are relevant for all members of the orchestra.

9-12 December 2019, Dortmund, Germany

Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra, Bulgaria

At the end of November LEAD! was able to try out its principles and methods in the context of a professional orchestra for the first time. The aim was to develop the leadership skills of aspiring young leaders and work on communication skills and sound in an orchestral environment. For this, LEAD! invited five talented musicians from different parts of Europe: Oleh Kurochkin from Ukraine, Emma Mali and Essie Hoglund from Finland and Izabel and Lora Markova from Bulgaria, as well as two cellists studying at the Bulgarian National Academy of Music – Momchil Pandev and Alek Canov. During an intense four-day rehearsal period, supported by Jukka-Pekka Saraste, the LEAD! mentors Tero Latvala, Sasha Zemtsov and Franz Bartolomey and by the leaders of the Sofia Philharmonic, the young musicians took turns leading their sections and were mentored on all aspects of their roles.

The results exceeded all expectations. An enriching learning context was developed in which an exchange of knowledge and skills at all levels took place. The young musicians grew into their roles and rose to the challenge, leading the sections of the Sofia Philharmonic in a moving concert with music by Stravinsky, Mozart and Sibelius under the baton of Jukka-Pekka Saraste.

27-30 November 2018, Sofia, Bulgaria

Aurora Festival, Stockholm, Sweden

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.

18-26 August 2018, Stockholm, Sweden

Haute Ecole de Musique de Lausanne, Switzerland

LEAD! teams up with Haute Ecole de Musique de Lausanne. LEAD! embarks on its first collaboration with HEMU in a project dedicated to developing effective leadership in aspiring section leaders.

In a series of tailored workshops, LEAD! has invited a selection of mentors who will coach and prepare the students to develop the leadership and communication skills needed to become successful orchestra leaders. Our mentors for this project are leaders who have worked with the Vienna Philharmonic, the Rotterdam Philharmonic and the London Philharmonic Orchestras. Teachers from IDHEAP (Institut de Hautes Etudes en Administration Publique) will be joining the sessions, which will all be led by our Artistic Director, Jukka-Pekka Saraste. The sessions will be supplemented by roundtable discussions on the subject of communication, the different facets of authority, and using one’s true personality in leadership situations.

22-25 January 2018, Lausanne, Switzerland
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Conducting masterclass

LEAD! also offers the opportunity for a selection of talented young conductors to be a part of the project. Conductors will actively participate in leadership training sessions, where they will have the opportunity to observe the orchestra’s internal structures and functions as well as receiving feedback on their own performance.

The masterclasses will focus on giving concrete information on the subject of interpretation pertaining to the different instruments and groups in the orchestra. There will be an emphasis on how to communicate effectively with section leaders and concertmasters with the aim of achieving the precise results desired by the conductor.


Meet our mentors

“Every conductor and soloist knows how essential a good mentor is, and it’s no different for orchestra members and leaders”

LEAD! mentors