Masterclass in Sofia, Bulgaria July 7–11, 2023

The Finnish conductor Sasha Mäkilä will be leading an intense masterclass over five days in Sofia, Bulgaria. Ten students will have the opportunity to work with Sofia Sinfonietta on masterpieces by Beethoven, Mozart and Mendelssohn. The course consists of five rehearsals and a public concert at the cultural center “Nadezhda”, as well as technique sessions together with a faculty pianist. Each participant will enjoy approximately 20 minutes daily podium time with the orchestra, plus the final concert on July 11. The focus of the masterclass will be conducting technique and communication skills with the orchestra. Participants are allowed to videotape all the sessions. To apply, send a free-form application to maestro Mäkilä to Add a link to video footage of your conducting if you have any. The course is open to conductors of all ages and skill levels.


Beethoven: Overture “Coriolan”
Beethoven: Piano concerto No. 3 in C minor
Mozart: Overture “Marriage of Figaro”
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3 “Scottish”


Sofia Sinfonietta is a professional orchestra working in the Bulgarian capital.музикални-състави/симфониета-софия/


The venue for all sessions, rehearsals and the final concert will be “Nadezhda” Cultural Center right next to the metro station Han Kubrat. The address is 2 Lomsko Shosse street, Sofia.


The course fee is 1500 € which does not include accommodation. To reserve your place on the masterclass you will have to pay a 200 € non-refundable reservation fee, and the rest of the fee you can either pay before the masterclass starts, or on the first day of the masterclass. Note that there is an EARLY BIRD FEE of 1400 € for those, who register and pay their fee in full by May 12, 2023!


Early Bird deadline May 12. After that we will be accepting applications until the course is full.


Every student takes care of their own accommodation. There are many affordable hotels in Sofia, and the public transport is good. Remember also to check AirBnb and Couch-surfing options!