THE ETHICS BEHIND
“I believe the ethics behind Akerwalls teaching is what conductors around the world should incorporate as part of their training as musicians and as human beings”
“It’s actually the second time I come to the course. I’m not the only one who returns – and there’s good reason for that. I’m impressed that there is no lower limit and no upper limit for the participants level. There is no competition here, and the two gentlemen Akerwall and Rasmussen deserve praise for the fact that they have created and maintained a framework that is so humanly inclusive, in addition to being almost relentlessly demanding for all”
Denmark / Israel
SIMPLY THE BEST MASTERCLASS
“Let me say once more thank you for the wonderful week and for what stands out as simply the best conducting masterclass I ever had:
and let me tell you, I had quite many!!!
In brief, a wonderful experience, for which I am full of gratitude to the Danish Conductors Association, and which I strongly hope to get the possibility of repeating as soon as possible”.
TO HELP & IMPROVE
“What I find the most astounding fact is that you have the pretty singular masterclasses that I’ve found yet where there are actually open discussions about interpretation. I can honestly tell you that I haven’t seen any students as baffled and fascinated about questioning their musical ideas than at your masterclasses. I find it so immensely important to have this discussions and actually having teachers that are willing to listen to anyone’s points and keep fighting the good fight so that everyone, at least has to rethink and put more effort in their decision-finding/making process.
I want to applaud you for your obvious will to help and improve students for their own sake. While this, in my opinion, should be a logical standpoint if anyone’s wanting to teach I’ve seen to many conductors just seeing the easily earned money through the dreams of other young, and admittedly often naive musicians. They’re just not willing to give you everything they’ve got and mostly have some general ideas that they try to get through the week with. With Akerwall and Rasmussen one can feel every minute that they’re giving 100%, no matter the students previous capabilities, the learning tempo of every individual or even the willingness of a specific student to at least try to see and adapt to your point of view”.
A YEAR OF IMPROVEMENET
INTO FIVE DAYS
"Martin is an outstanding teacher who is entirely devoted to his students. His approach pushed me through my ceiling at the time and made entirely clear how I should continue in my conducting journey.
His masterclasses condense a year of improvement into five days. Each day was challenging and pushed me to new heights, and at the same time Martin is constantly watchful to adapt to the abilities and potential of each student. His energy and commitment inspires me to this day, and his human approach to teaching and music has served as a foundation for myself in my career".
USA / Canada
A WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE
“Firstly, thank you very much for organizing an excellent masterclass in Liepaja. As I flew back I wrote down all I had learnt throughout the week and it really was astounding just how much that was. I would like to build on that experience by attending the upcoming masterclass”
“For me it was the best masterclass I have attended because I could improve my musical skills in all aspects in a relaxed ambiance with perfect organization and two great teachers. I finally understood how I must study a score and how I can create a connection with the orchestra. I am very grateful for this opportunity for learning. Congratulations again”.
NOTHIN LESS THAN EXCELLENT
“These masterclasses are nothing less than excellent. Both because of the good teachers and exceedingly accommodating orchestra. I have attended a few times and each time, I have been given new skills and improved skills. Martin Akerwall and Frans Rasmussen complement each other in amazing ways.
It is a pleasure! Martin’s incredible focus and insistent quality would be overwhelming if not for his simultaneously gentle and generous praise and support. These two teachers have an interaction that makes it an unspeakable pleasure to attend – and that you can be happy being invited to”.
Jonas Viggo Pedersen
I HAVE NEVER FELT SO CONFIDENT IN FRONT OF THE ORCHESTRA
"I can not recommend working with Martin Åkerwall enough. I have had the pleasure of both attended a masterclass with Martin and also worked with him in a one on one capacity and thanks to his guidance, my conducting skills have greatly improved, and I now have a deeper understanding of how gestures can be used to enhance musical phrasing and overall musicality. I have never felt so confident in front of the orchestra than after my time with Martin. His yoga exercises have been incredibly helpful in developing a relaxed and organic conducting technique and to ready the mind and body before conducting and I use them regularly. Martin is a wonderful conductor, teacher and mentor who is skilled and passionate about his craft and truly cares about his students' progress."
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