Audite 2023 – our latest project

The Conductors Academy was established in 2009 with the support and encouragement of the legendary Russian maestro, Yuri Simonov to further develop and disseminate knowledge about the development of the highest levels of conducting skills.

Directed by Jonathan Brett and Maciej Żółtowski, our projects have included more than twenty masterclasses with professional orchestras with students coming from every part of the world. These have been arranged with partners in the UK, Russia, Poland, Hungary, Estonia and Brazil.

In 2017 the Audite International Conducting Competition was a unique innovation: a conducting competition with screened jury and judgement on the basis of sound. The idea was to help clarify that skilled conducting is not merely visible but also clearly audible.

The move to online working through the pandemic led us to discover just how powerful online teaching can be. Now that we can return to live working we are creating programmes which maximise the benefit of that live work by incorporating preparatory online sessions.

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Mastering Time

Like stage magic, conducting is an activity steeped in mystery – many see the results but the complexity of the processes means that it is one of perpetual learning. This series of presentations explores the component tasks, exposes some of the myths, analyses the challenges and examines the principles underlying the connection between gesture and high quality sound.

In the words of one of our past participants: "This is a course for people who want their music to be the best it can possibly be – for the orchestra, for the composer, for the audience and for themselves. This course is about what really works and is taught by someone for whom it really does."

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