Douglas Bostock, Leitung


SWDKO 3rd Douglas Bostock International Conducting Masterclass

3. Internationaler Meisterkurs Dirigieren - 24.-28. Oktober 2023

The Conducting Masterclass is designed for advanced students of conducting and for young conductors who have concluded their professional training, wishing to extend their knowledge and experience in conducting and interpretation of the chamber orchestra repertoire under the expert guidance Maestro Douglas Bostock.

The British conductor Douglas Bostock, Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of the Southwest German Chamber Orchestra since 2019 and Honorary Conductor of the Argovia Philharmonic in Switzerland, enjoys an outstanding reputation as a conducting teacher. He has been Guest Professor in the conducting and opera departments at Tokyo University of the Arts, and his conducting masterclasses in many countries are widely acclaimed.


• 24 October Two 3-hour sessions with 2 pianos à 4 hands.
• 25 October Two 3-hour sessions with 2 pianos à 4 hands.
• 26 October Two 3-hour sessions with orchestra.
• 27 October Two 3-hour sessions with orchestra.
• 28 October 3-hour session with orchestra (quasi dress rehearsal) + final concert
(conducted by the active participants) + presentation of diplomas.

In addition, class meetings with Maestro Bostock will be held daily.


The course language is English.

Active participation is limited to 10 conductors. Each conductor receives a minimum of 2 hours podium time + dress rehearsal and participation in the final concert.

The number of auditors is unlimited, but attendance must be registered in advance.


W.A. Mozart Symphony No. 33, B-flat major KV319 (Bärenreiter Urtext)
Aaron Copland Appalachian Spring (Original Version for 13 instruments) (Boosey & Hawkes)
Carl Nielsen Little Suite for Strings Op. 1 (Carl Nielsen Edition 2001)
Frank Bridge Suite for String Orchestra (Goodwin & Tabb / IMSLP)


CongressCentrum Pforzheim
Am Waisenhausplatz 1
75172 Pforzheim


Application is made by email in English to and must include:

• CV including general musical background, education, and conducting experience.
• Date of birth and nationality.
• Main repertoire (studied and conducted).
• Recent video(s), not requiring download (YouTube link or similar) of the applicant conducting (rehearsal or concert), frontal view, 5-15 minutes duration.

Deadline for applications: 3 September 2023

The list of applicants selected for active participation will be announced on 7 September.


• Active participants: € 700 payable before the beginning of the Masterclass
The course fee includes lunch 24.-28.10.
• Auditors: € 50 per day (two sessions) or € 250 complete Masterclass (five days)

The Southwest German Chamber Orchestra will recommend a range of suitable accommodation in Pforzheim.


Südwestdeutsches Kammerorchester Pforzheim (Southwest German Chamber Orchestra)
Westliche Karl-Friedrich-Straße 257A
75172 Pforzheim

Tel.: +49 (0)7231 464644
Mail: Masterclass / General

Fotos: Christoph von Zepelin, u.a.

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