16th Danube Conducting Masterclass and Competition



The 16th Danube Conducting Masterclass is still being held!  We have free places for apply ! 

However there are some new Rules and precautions.  


Most of us have doubts and questions about how to carry on in this situation caused by the Pandemic. In an effort not to cancel the masterclass, we have made some new rules depending on any possible non-expected situations.  

In Hungary it looks like everything is getting back to normal. From the side of the orchestra it looks like we can carry on with the masterclass. The biggest question is the possible travelling limitations of the attendees. 


We made some new rules in line with the Hungarian pandemic advice, however, it is the participants' responsibility to comply with their governments guidance considering travelling, and their expenses involved. 

Our new rules: 

- If you are unable to attend, you can cancel by 13 August :  either we keep your registration fee for you to attend next year's course  or  we refund the registration fee (we just keep the cost of bank transfer)

- If the number of participants is between 7-16 we keep the masterclass rules as to the original plan.

- If the number of participants is 2-6, we need to make restrictions:

we reduce the number of days, but everybody still gets 3x1-hour long individual lessons with pianists and the professor, and 80-minute orchestra time, plus the best participants will take part in a 30-45-minute long concert.


I do hope we can see many of you attend the masterclass in spite of these trying times.

Be positive and see you in Budapest! 


Danube Symphony Orchestra's concert hall and rehearsal room, Danube Palace

Hungary, Budapest, H-1051.  Zrinyi Street 5.



13th-23rd August 2020 


Music programme of the course:

Mozart: Symphony No.40 in G minor, K.550

Beethoven:  Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92

Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 in E minor   "From the New World"

Strauss: Die Fledermaus- Overture

Bartok: Dance suite  

             Romanian Dances

Tutition fees:

Active participants €1280

Active participants – students (valid enrollment proof required) €1180

Passive participants  €200


Registration fee €300 ( part of the whole amount and refundable until 13th August ) 

Registration deadline:     

Danube Conducting Masterclass: 13th August  2020

The participant is responsible for paying the extra costs of the bank transfer. 




Payment information will be sent via email to applicants. 


About the course:

During the course the active participants are working on the music programme  with  Professor Andras Deak,  at the half time with two pianists, at the other half of the course every active participants will get 80 minutes conducting time with the Danube Symphony Orchestra.


Tuition languages: English 


Participation in the course is confirmed with a certificate.



At the end of the orchestra rehearsals the Professors and the Orchestra will decide which participants will be awarded with prizes.


1st.2nd.3rd. Prize: Conducting in the Final concert.


Final concert: There will be a final concert in Danube Palace with a selected programme from the course repertoire.

In the concert the first 2-5 participants chosen by the Professor an the Orchestra will conduct.



More conducting practice time: 

We  offer  more practice time possibility with the orchestra. 80 minutes/ 650 Eu / 35 member of orchestra.  We can give you the possible dates and times after your inquires. 

Click here for details:





We can also help you find a good accommodation in Budapest, and provide you with all the information you need.



How to apply:

Please send us an email if you are interested. 

Laszlo Blaskovics


tel: 0036703623921


Registration fee is refundable !  

In the event that the masterclass is cancelled by the organizer due to unforeseen circumstances, the course and registration fees will be fully refunded. However we are not responsible for any incidental expenses such as non-refundable travel fares and accommodation fees.

If the participant forced to cancel due to circumstances beyond her/his control, the course fee is refundable, at the discretion of the organizer.