Masterclass in Helsinki, Finland February 19–23, 2024

Ten participants will get an intense masterclass experience over five days in Helsinki, Finland, working with maestro Sasha Mäkilä and Helsinki Metropolitan Orchestra. The course consists of four rehearsals and a public concert as well as technique sessions together with our faculty pianist every day before the rehearsal.

Each participant will enjoy a minimum of 20 minutes daily podium time with the orchestra, plus the concert on February 23rd. The focus of the masterclass will be conducting technique and communication skills with the orchestra. Participants are allowed to videotape all the sessions. Participants who are string players are encouraged to bring their instrument and join the orchestra during the rehearsals as well as in concert.


Mozart: Symphony No. 33
Glazunov: Serenade No. 2
Rossini: La scala di seta overture
Madetoja: Elegia
Elgar: Serenade for Strings
And possibly a solo piece TBA


Helsinki Metropolitan Orchestra was founded in 2017 by a group of professional musicians, music students and dedicated amateurs. It plays symphonic concerts and takes part in opera productions and other events in the Helsinki metropolitan area.


Piano sessions at Käpylä Music School, Käpylänkuja 1
Orchestra rehearsals at Koskela Church, Käpyläntie 11
Concert at the Viikki Church, Agronominkatu 5


Mon Feb 19: At 12 registration at Käpylänkuja 1, 13-15 piano session, 17-21 orchestra
Tue Feb 20: 13-15 piano session, 17-21 orchestra
Wed Feb 21: 13-15 piano session, 17-21 orchestra
Thu Feb 22: 13-15 piano session, 17-21 orchestra
Fri Feb 23: dress rehearsal, concert at 19, feedback session and afterparty


The course fee is €1320 total, consisting of a €100 reservation fee and the remaining €1220 to be paid before or on the first day of the masterclass. You can also take part as a passive participant in which case the fee will be €200.

For this masterclass there is a €80 discount for the members of the International Conductors Guild who register as active participants. If you are not yet a member, you can join easily through their website (


Each participant will take care of their accommodation by themselves, but there are plenty of options in the Helsinki area. Consider sharing accommodation with other students to economise.


Deadline for the applications is January 18, 2024. We only accept late applications in case there are free places left on the masterclass.


Sasha Mäkilä
Taru Ritavesi (piano)
Dr. Roland Davis (teaching assistant)