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Conducting Masterclass

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with Makris Symphony Orchestra and


January 5 – 12, 2020




FREE CHOICE of repertoire, with the suggestions from the following:

  • F.J. Haydn: Symphonies Nos. 44, 43, 104

  • W.A. Mozart: Symphony Nos. 29, 40 (also 39, 41);
    Overtures to Don Giovanni, The Magic Flute and Le Nozze
    di Figaro;
     Eine kleine Nachtmusik

  • L. van Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1 – 8,
    Overtures Careolan and Egmond

  • J. Brahms: Symphonies 1 – 4

  • F. Schubert: Symphony No. 5, Symphony No. 8 "Unfinished"

  • N. Rimsky-Korsakov: Sheherazade, Easter Overture

  • P.I. Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos. 4, 5 & 6; Serenade for strings; Overture-Fantasia Romeo and Juliet; The Swan Lake Suite, Op. 20

  • S. Prokofiev: Symphony No. 1 "Classical"

  • D. Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5

  • I. Stravinsky: Symphony in three movements, Apollon Musagete

  • J. Strauss: Die Fledermaus Overture

Another choice of repertoire is possible (subject to the confirmation by the Maestro and the orchestra).



  • January 5 - Arrivals and the Opening Session

  • January 6 and 7 - Sessions with 2 Pianos

  • January 8 and 9 - Chamber Orchestra Sessions

  • January 10 and 11 - Symphony Orchestra Sessions

  • January 12 - Dress Rehearsal and the Final Concert

All active participants will conduct at the Final (public) Concert, at the most prestigious concert hall in Belgrade - the Kolarac Concert Hall (address: Studentski trg 5). Click here to visit its website.


1) This workshop is open to conductors at all levels of proficiency, from beginners to professionals. There is no age limit. The official language is ENGLISH.
Participants will work with the orchestra for four days, and each one is GUARANTEED at least 120 MINS. AT THE FRONT OF THE ORCHESTRA (30 minute each day), PLUS the Dress Rehearsal and the Concert - THAT IS TOTAL OF 150 MINUTES OR MORE! (Additional time is possible for an additional fee - please inquire.)
3) Accommodation at a hotel or a private apartment at a reasonable price (usually around €40 per day) can be arranged on your behalf.
4) All sessions can be videotaped (please bring your own cameras). 
5) The Final Concert will be videotaped, and the performance video will be sent to each participant free of charge (i.e. included in the price of the masterclass)


  • Active participation fee is €1,500 (approx. US$1,700). Deposit upon acceptance: €250

  • Auditors (Passive Participants) pay €350 (approx. US$400)

  • Deadline for Applications: December 20, 2020 (or until full)

  • The Workshop Fee covers all masterclass sessions.

  • A Certificate of Completion will be issued to each participant after the final concert.

  • Places are limited - please inquire today. Acceptance is done on a "first come - first served" basis.


Maestro Alexander Polyanichko

Honoured Artist of Russia;

Conductor, Bolshoi Theatre Moscow & Mariinsky Theatre St. Petersburg 

Alexander Polyanichko, an internationally renowned conductor and educator regularly leads conducting masterclasses in cooperation with Peter the Great Music Academy, Royal Baltic Festival, Hermitage Theatre, and St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic. A graduate of the Leningrad State Conservatory, and former pupil and assistant of the eminent Ilya Musin (whose students include Yuri Temirkanov, Semyon Bychkov, Valery Gergiev, among many others), maestro Polyanichko has been one of Musin’s biggest proponents, carrying on the great tradition of the St. Petersburg school of conducting. 

Maestro Polyanichko’s artistry, knowledge, his genuine willingness to share his experiences, sense of humour, friendly and respectful manner of communication, create a free exchange of ideas, a spirit of collaboration as he and his students search for ways to resolve emerging issues, and a comfortable and productive master class atmosphere. 

Masterclasses traditionally consist of two parts: the first is accompanied by two experienced pianists, and the second gives students the opportunity to work with a professional symphony orchestra. The dress rehearsal preceding the concert is always open to the public, and the culmination of the master class is the final concert which is professionally video/audio recorded. 

During the almost twenty years of teaching master classes, Alexander Polyanichko has worked with conductors from countries around the world including Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Oman, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom and the United States of America. 

Students have consistently expressed their appreciation the pedagogical skills of Maestro Polyanichko and his master classes, and have gone on to conduct many successful performances of their own in their respective countries and beyond.

• The Honoured Artist of Russia (2009) 
• First Prize Laureate in the Sixth All-Union Conductor’s Competition (1988) 

Formerly a violinist in the Leningrad (St. Petersburg) Philharmonic Orchestra under Evgeny Mravinsky, Alexander Polianichko studied conducting at the St. Petersburg Conservatoire with Prof. Iliya Musin. In December 1988, he was awarded first prize in the Sixth All-Union Conducting Competition. In February 1989, he was invited by Maestro V. Gergiev to join to the Mariinsky (Kirov) Theatre as a House Conductor. Alexander toured with the Company throughout Europe, Asia, and the United States. 

In 1994, Polianichko made his London debut conducting English National Opera’s production of Eugene Onegin. This led to him conducting two productions of Tchaikovsky’s operas with the Royal Opera Covent Garden: a revival of Queen of Spades with Placido Domingo and new production, The Tsarina’s Slippers, by Francesca Zambello of Cherevichki. 

As a guest conductor, Polianichko has appeared at many renowned opera houses, including Bolshoi Theatre, Royal Opera House, La Scala, Deutsche Oper, San Francisco Opera, Australian Opera, English National Opera, Welsh National Opera, Danish Royal Opera, Stuttgart Oper, Colorado Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Norwegian Royal Opera, and Swedish Royal Opera. In 1996, he was invited to take the Opéra National de Paris to New York for their appearances at the MET. 

Polianichko has worked with leading orchestras around the world - Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, Russian National Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony, Hallé Orchestra, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Danish National Radio Orchestra, English and Irish Chamber Orchestras, among many others. 

From 1986 to 1989, Polianichko was the Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of the Belorussian State Chamber Orchestra in Minsk. He also taught conducting in Belorussian and Leningrad State Conservatoires. From 1996 to 1999, he was the Principal Conductor of the Bournemouth Sinfonietta. From 2012 to 2015, he was the Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Rostov Academic Symphony Orchestra. He also served as the professor of the conducting department of the Rostov State Conservatoire. 

From 2005, Polianichko gave orchestral masterclasses for the Swedish National Orchestra Academy, Symphony Orchestra of the Royal College of Music, London, Chamber Orchestra of the Cambridge University, and Britten-Pears Youth Orchestra. Since 2002, he has been holding annual conducting masterclasses in St. Petersburg organized by Peter the Great Music Academy, the Royal Baltic festival, and the Theatre of Hermitage Museum, to which students come from all over the world. 

Polianichko appears at many prestigious music festivals in Russia and abroad, including Edinburgh, Aldeburgh and Savonlinna, Golden Mask, White Nights and Chaliapin Opera Festivals, and had the privilege to work with many world-famous artists and singers, such as Anna Netrebko, Anne Sofie von Otter, Elena Obraztsova, Dawn Upshaw, Olga Borodina, Makvala Kasrashvili, Larissa Diadkova, Irina Bogacheva, as well as Placido Domingo, Jonas Kaufmann, Vladimir Galuzin, Ildar Abdrazakov, Sir Thomas Allen, Pata Burchuladze, Sergey Leiferkus, John Tomlinson and many others. 

Jury member at the Rimsky-Korsakov Opera Singers’ Competition (1996) 
Jury member at the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition (2011).

Featured in DVD recording of Julia & Romeo by Mats Ek with Royal Sweden Ballet (2013); 
Featured in DVD recordings Cherevichki/Tsarina’s Slippers with Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (2009); 
Featured in recordings of Beyond the Score with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (2008); 
Featured in television recordings and live radio broadcasts worldwide; 
Featured in audio recordings on the label Melodia in Russia. 

For more information, please visit:
Maestro A. Polyanichko's personal page on the official website of the Bolshoi Theatre

Maestro A. Polyanichko's personal page on the official website of the Mariinsky Theatre


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