Conducting seminar


Michael Engelbrecht (the Netherlands), Andreja Šolar (Slovenia)

Friday, January 19, 2024
Saturday, January 20, 2024
Sunday, January 21, 2024


Individual preparation of the conductor
Conducting technique
Communication with the orchestra
Rehearsal with the orchestra

Rehearsal with the orchestra:

Each active conductor (8) will get each rehearsal 20 minutes podium time in front of the Wind orchestra Komen

1. Alfred Reed: Armenian Dances
2. Percy Aldridge Grainger: Colonial song
3. Gustav Holst: Second Suite for Military Band, Op.28, No. 2
4. Arturo Marquez: Danzon no. 2

I will send you the scores in pdf format.


15:00 – 18:00 short introduction to the seminar and preparation for the rehearsal with the orchestra
19:00 – 22:00 rehearsal with the orchestra


8:30-09:00 preparation for the rehearsal
09:00-12:00 rehearsal with orchestra
lunch break
14:00-17:00 video analyses following rehearsal with orchestra and working on conducting technique
coffee break
17:30 – 19:00 possibly looking ahead to the repertoire for Sunday.


09:00-12:00 rehearsal with the orchestra
Coffee time
12:30-14:00 analyses and preparation for the concert
lunch break
17:00 concert


Send the application form by December 30, 2023


400 EUR (active)
40 EUR (passive)

The official language of the masterclass is English and Slovenian.

Lokacija seminarja:
Kulturni dom Kobjeglava, Štanjel

Participants are responsible for their own accommodation. In order to get the best rates, I recommend booking in time via booking sites, like

Look for town Štanjel or Komen.

Michael Engelbrecht

The Dutch conductor Michael Engelbrecht was first prize winner at the ‘Blue Danube/Béla Bartók International Opera Conducting Competition’ in June 2021. The programme included four complete operas: Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Bizet’s Carmen, Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci and Bartók’s Duke Bluebeard’s Castle.

Mr. Engelbrecht was also first prize winner at the Budapest International Masterclass & Competition for Orchestral Conducting, where the members of the MÁV Budapest Symphony Orchestra acted as a jury and elected him as the winner.

Mr. Engelbrecht is currently chief conductor of Philharmonie Gelre in Arnhem, the Netherlands. As a guest conductor, he conducted a.o. the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra, State Theatre Kosice (Slovakia), State Opera Stara Zagora (Bulgaria), the MÁV Budapest Symphony Orchestra, the Eindhoven Symphony Orchestra, Neos Brass Amsterdam and the Dutch National Student Orchestra during their tour in Croatia. He also conducted concerts of the Philips Symphonic Wind Orchestra during their tour in China in Beijing, Nanjing and Shanghai.
He attended masterclasses and lessons with: Jan Cober, Ivan Meylemans, Marien van Staalen, Ilona Meskó & Jukka-Pekka Saraste.

Mr. Engelbrecht began his professional musical career at age 17, as a euphonium player in the Royal Dutch Military Band in The Hague. He won first prize at the prestigious ‘Concours Mondial de Tuba et Euphonium’ in Guebwiller (France) while still at a very young age. He completed his euphonium and conducting studies with distinction at the Tilburg and Maastricht conservatory. Mr. Engelbrecht performed a.o. with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, the Ballet Orchestra Amsterdam, The Hague Philharmonic (Residentie Orkest) and the Aachen Symphony Orchestra. He collaborated with conductors such as Riccardo Chailly, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Ingo Metzmacher, Marc Albrecht and Sir George Benjamin.
He also performed as a soloist with orchestras and as a chamber musician.
Since winning first prize at the ‘Blue Danube/Béla Bartók International Opera Conducting Competition’, Michael Engelbrecht has focused exclusively on his conducting career.

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