Fabio Luisi

DR Koncerthuset in Copenhagen, organizer of he Malko Competition for Young Conductors, has announced a new initiative, i.e. a two-year educational program for conductors from the whole of Europe, offering masterclasses with a.o. Fabio Luisi, Chief Conductor of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra.

The new school is to be called the Malko Academy for Young Conductors, and, according to the announcement « it is a fresh, ambitious venture in DR Koncerthuset’s strategy to develop a strong new generation of young conductors. The house already has the Danish Malko School of Conducting for a slightly younger age group of Danish students, who each week receive teaching and gain inspiration from its professional artists, choirs and orchestras. According to the manager of the future Malko Academy for Young Conductors, Dominik Falenski, the idea behind the new international school of conducting is to discover exceptional musical talents earlier who possess the ‘conductor gene’, but have not yet had time, opportunity or financing to really give the profession a try. »

The program at the new Malko Academy for Young Conductors will include such classical subjects as aural training, piano and musical theory. But the most important thing is that the young people will have the chance of conducting proper, professional musicians. « It is absolutely crucial to the future of classical music that we gain a new generation of proficient young conductors who can carry the music further, » Fabio Luisi says. « When I was young, I really had to struggle to get proper teaching and the opportunity to test my abilities in front of a real orchestra. So I feel a truly great responsibility for forming and raising a new generation – via the Malko Competition, the Danish Malko School of Conducting and the new international Malko Academy for Young Conductors. »

For further information, go to: www.malkoacademy.dk

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