15th International Sasha Mäkilä Conducting Masterclass in Helsinki

Dec 27, 2018

15th International Sasha Mäkilä Conducting Masterclass

February 18-22, 2019
Helsinki Metropolitan Orchestra

Ten participants will get an intense masterclass experience over five days in Helsinki, Finland, working with maestro Sasha Mäkilä and the string section of the Helsinki Metropolitan Orchestra (http://www.metorchestra.fi/). The course consists of four rehearsals and a public concert at Koskela Church in Helsinki, as well as technique sessions together with our faculty pianist Taru Ritavesi 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 22nd. The focus of the masterclass will be conducting technique and communication skills with the orchestra. Participants are allowed to videotape all the sessions. Participants who are string players 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.


Tchaikovsky: Serenade in C
Mendelssohn: String Symphony No. 10
Arensky: Variations on a theme by Tchaikovsky
Sibelius: Romance in C
Sibelius: Impromptu

(more short pieces can be added to the program according to the participants’ wishes)


Piano sessions at Käpylä Music School, Taivaskalliontie 3
Orchestra rehearsals and final concert at Koskela Church, Käpyläntie 11


Mon Feb 18: At 12 registration at Taivaskalliontie, 13-15 piano session, 16-20 orchestra
Tue Feb 19: 13-15 piano session, 16-20 orchestra
Wed Feb 20: 13-15 piano session, 16-20 orchestra
Thu Feb 21: 13-15 piano session, 16-20 orchestra
Fri Feb 22: dress rehearsal, concert at 19, feedback session