Next Masterclass 2 - 8 - July


                                                              with  maestro MARTIN AKERWALL and CAMERATA BELGRADE

                                                                                Sunday 30 June - Saturday 6 July 2024 in Belgrade, Serbia

Application deadline 31 May 2024

Enjoy 1450 minutes active-time including 140 minutes podium-time conducting Camerata Belgrade chamberorchestra. With six symphonic masterpieces of the classical romantic main repertoire we invite you to an intense week where you can sharpen your conducting technique and strengthen your understanding of yourself as a conductor in a non-competitive atmosphere. All participants will conduct at the final concert.

During the week practical methods of score analyzing, psychological aspects of orchestral conducting, rhetoric communication and rehearsal techniques will be lectured. The masterclass also includes a workshop in building, achieve and retain long lasting goals in your life and career as a conductor.

Next to the orchestral rehearsals the core of the masterclass are sessions including conducting technique, individual video analysis, personal coaching with maestro Akerwall and group-evaluations with open discussions about anything related to the impressions of the day in class, interpretation or any other topic related to you as a conductor.

The masterclass starts every morning with open-air warm-up training in Conductors-Body-Mind-Coordination (CBMC). A combination of Yoga and mental/physical conducting exercises that enhances synchronization of your mind and body in conducting. We are pleased that these exercises are always popular with the participants, also because they prove to be extremely effective.

All orchestral sessions are recorded on video. The masterclass has no age-limit or level-limit and allows the participation of 6 -12 conductors. Kondina 6, Belgrade, Serbia. 

The masterclass takes place in center of Belgrade at Dr Vojislav Vučković Music School Kondina 6, Belgrade, Serbia.

Finally, we encourage you not to miss the opportunity to explore Belgrade City, known as the small version of Berlin and New York City. While you conduct Camerata Belgrade chamberorchestra enjoy your stay at the peak of the Serbian summer in one of the most exciting beautiful, adventurous and audacious cities in Europe with its art nouveau masterpieces, and remnants of the Habsburg legacy contrast with Ottoman relics.


Repertoire for the masterclass is divided into two groups. It is mandatory to choose repertoire from both groups. From Repertoire A You should as a minimum prepare one of the symphonies. In Repertoire B the minimum are two movements from the same symphony. However, we recommend that you familiarize yourself with the entire repertoire in order to get the most out of the masterclass.


Mozart 40 Symphony K. 550 (1. version)

Schubert 5 Symphony

Tchaikovsky Serenade for strings op. 48


Beethoven 5 Symphony (mov. 1 and 2)

Beethoven 7 Symphony

Mendelssohn Hebrides overture Op 26


Martin Akerwall has been awarded with several nordic prizes and has regularly worked with symphony orchestras in Denmark, Sweden, Finland, USA, France, Singapore, Czech Republic, Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Martin Akerwall began his career at German opera houses as Principal Conductor before he held conducting positions at Bern State Opera in Switzerland, The Royal Danish Theater and The Finnish Opera.

Akerwall has given masterclasses in USA, Finland, Latvia, Bulgaria, Serbia and Denmark. His teaching is rooted in the Finnish conducting tradition. His understanding and acquisition of the Finnish conducting style became decisive as student of Jorma Panula in 1988-1991 at the Sibelius Academy. Further influence received Akerwall through his acquaintance with Esa Pekka Salonen, Pierre Boulez and Dimitri Kitajenko.

Martin Akerwall is a dynamic teacher. He works with the student’s individual skills and improvement from a broad range of approaches. He has a master in NLP, Hypnosis and Leadership. His professional experience, psychological insight parred with his musical comprehensive and effective conducting technique makes his teaching extended, individualized, nuanced and differentiated.


Milan Milisavljević participated in one of Martin Akerwall´s masterclasses. On this video he shares his impression of Akerwall and his teaching.

Considered one of the leading violists of today, Milisavljević is Principal Viola with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in New York. Besides his activity as soloist he teaches at masterclasses and is part of the faculty for viola at Mannes School of Music. Milisavljević participated in one of Martin Akerwall´s masterclasses.


The Camerata Belgrade (CB) is a Belgrade-based chamber orchestra founded in 2018 with Martin Akerwall as principal conductor. The orchestra consists of leading musicians from Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, Serbian Radio Symphonyorchestra and the elite of young musicians in Belgrade.

The Camerata Belgrade shares the culture and vision of being an active and supportive part of the masterclasses for conductors. The Camerata Belgrade and maestro Akerwall strongly believes that true development of conductors only takes place through honest knowledge-sharing dialogue between the orchestra, the maestro and the conductors participating in the masterclass. Conductors who have participated in our courses have found this culture both stimulating and encouraging.


Saturday 29 June

Sunday 30 June
09.00 – 10.30  Welcome & Opening of the masterclass
10.30 – 12.00  Lecture I - Perspectives of communication

13.00 -  14.30  Lecture II - Score analysis
14.30 – 17.45  Conducting session: Entire repertoire
18.00 – 20.00  Conducting technique / Conductors-Body-Mind-Coordination (CBMC)

Monday 1 July
08.30 – 09.15  Warm up – Conducting Technique / (CBMC)
09.30 – 13.00  Orchestral rehearsal with CB: Mozart / Schubert / Tchaikovsky
14.00 – 17.30  Orchestral rehearsal with CB: Mozart / Schubert / Tchaikovsky
18.00 – 19.00  Conducting session
19.00 – 20.00  Evaluation

Tuesday 2 July
08.30 – 09.15  Warm Up – Conducting Technique / (CBMC)
09.30 – 13.00  Orchestral rehearsal with CB: Mozart / Schubert / Tchaikovsky
14.00 – 16.00  Video analysis
16.15 – 17.15  Conducting session

17.30 – 19.00  Lecture III - Your Life & Career as a conductor

19.00 – 20.00  Evaluation

Wednesday 3 July
08.30 – 09.15  Warm Up – Conducting Technique / (CBMC)
09.30 – 13.00  Orchestral rehearsal with CB: Beethoven 5/ Beethoven 7/ Mendelssohn
14.00 – 17.30  Orchestral rehearsal with CB: Beethoven 5/ Beethoven 7/ Mendelssohn
18.00 – 19.00  Conducting session    

19.00 – 20.00  Evaluation

Thursday 4 July
08.30 – 09.15  Warm Up – Conducting Technique
09.30 – 13.00  Orchestral rehearsal with CB: Beethoven 5/ Beethoven 7/ Mendelssohn
14.00 – 17.30  Orchestral rehearsal with CB: complete repertoire (without score)

18.00 – 20.00  Video analysis

Friday 5 July
08.30 – 09.15  Warm Up – Conducting Technique

09.30 – 13.00  Orchestral rehearsal with CB: complete repertoire

14.00 – 16.20  Dress rehearsal with CB: Concert repertoire
17.00 – 19.00  Video analysis 

19.00 – 20.00  Evaluation

Saturday 6 July

09.00 – 12.00 Workshop - Launch Your Mission (part two)

17.00                Concert

19.00                Dinner and closure of the masterclass


Active Participation     € 1450

Semi-active                     €  550

                                                             Active participation in conducting-technique sessions 

                                                             Active participation in Conductors-Body-Mind-Coordination (CBMC) sessions.

                                                             Passive attendance in all other activities.

Visitor                               € 45 (per day)  


Payment via PayPal or bank.

Due to administration please be aware of the extra fee of €55 when paying with PayPal.

Name of bank      JYSKE BANK

Account number  5050-0001575802
Iban                     DK0550500001575802
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Your application will be processed within a few days. Applications are accepted successively. When you have been accepted your place are not guaranteed before you transfer the participation fee.



Orchestral Conductors Academy (OCA) reserves the right to changes in the program at any time without notice. The masterclass is financed entirely on the fee from the participants and demands a minimum of 6 participants. In case you cancel your participation your fee is refundable only before the deadline which is 31 May 2024. In case OCA cancels the masterclass, OCA will refund paid fee at any time. Any additional costs such as flight, etc. will not be refunded.