13th International Sasha Mäkilä Conducting Masterclass in Helsinki, Finland

Oct 11, 2017

13th International Sasha Mäkilä Conducting Masterclass

February 19-23, 2018
Helsinki Metropolitan Orchestra

Ten participants will get an intense masterclass experience over five days in Helsinki, Finland, working with maestro Sasha Mäkilä and the musicians of Helsinki Metropolitan Orchestra (http://www.metorchestra.fi/). The course consists of four rehearsals and a public concert at the hall of Helsinki Conservatory, as well as sessions with piano every day before the rehearsal. Each participant will enjoy a minimum of 20 minutes daily podium time with the orchestra, plus the concert on February 23rd. The focus of the masterclass will be conducting technique and communication skills with the orchestra. Participants are allowed to videotape all the sessions. Participants are also encouraged to bring their instrument and join the orchestra during the rehearsals as well as in concert.

The course fee is 1240 EUR total, consisting of a 100 EUR reservation fee and the remaining 1140 EUR to be paid before or on the first day of the masterclass. Each participant will take care of their accommodation by themselves, but there are plenty of options in the Helsinki area. There will be a limited number of places for passive participants who will be willing to play in the masterclass orchestra – ask!

We are accepting applications from this moment until all ten places are full. Send a free form application to sasha@sashamakila.com and add a video link to your conducting if you haven’t applied for his masterclasses before.


W.A. Mozart: Magic Flute overture
L. van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy: Symphony No. 5, ”Reformation”


Piano sessions at Käpylä Music School, Taivaskalliontie 3
Orchestra rehearsals at Koskela Church, Käpyläntie 11
Concert at the Helsinki Conservatory, Ruoholahdentori 6


Mon Feb 19: At 12 registration at Taivaskalliontie, 13-15 piano session, 16-20 orchestra
Tue Feb 20: 13-15 piano session, 16-20 orchestra
Wed Feb 21: 13-15 piano session, 16-20 orchestra
Thu Feb 22: 13-15 piano session, 16-20 orchestra
Fri Feb 23: dress rehearsal, concert at Helsinki Conservatory at 19.

The masterclass is organised in cooperation with the Metropolia University of Applied Sciences in Helsinki.