International Masterclass Conducting Technique
Due to many applications, the masterclass from the 23rd to the 30th of August 2021 is already fully booked.
Therefore a second masterclass is opened for subscription. It will take place from the 30th of August to the 6th of September, again in the beautiful “Chateau du Bois” in Nassogne (Belgium).
More details about both masterclasses and a report of the latest masterclass below.
The masterclasses are about conducting technique and score study
“I can highly recommend the conducting courses given by René Gulikers;
As a conducting-student having joined one of René’s courses,
I have to say the organization and classes were excellent.
René is a talented and experienced professor who skillfully improves
everyone’s conducting technique and vision on music.
More important, I’ve gained a great amount of knowledge, ideas
and inspiration towards the future!”
Solo-percussion Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.
Teacher Classical Percussion Conservatory of Amsterdam
The masterclasses are open for music students and professional musicians of all ages and nationalities.
There will be a minimum of 7 and a maximum of 8 participants.
The first masterclass will take place from the 23rd of August (arrival after 18:00 h) until the 30th of August (departure before 10:00 h), 2021. The lessons will take place from Tuesday, the 24th to Sunday, the 29th of August.
The second masterclass will take place from the 30th of August (arrival after 18:00 h) until the 6th of August (departure before 10:00 h), 2021. The lessons will take place from Tuesday, the 31st to Sunday, the 5th of September.
The masterclasses take place in Nassogne, a very beautiful place in the Ardennes, Belgium. The address of the accommodation is Rue Château du Bois, Nassogne
The lessons will take place in “Château du Bois”, an accommodation with, on the ground floor, several rooms and a kitchen. On the first floor, there are 4 bedrooms for the participants, each with two single beds and a shower. The lessons will take place on the second floor. In and around the accommodation, there is enough space to relax and enjoy nature.
Château du Bois is reachable by car. The nearest train station is Forrières and the nearest airports are Liège and Charleroi. Participants can be picked up by car from the train station Forrières.
During the week, there will be a minimum of 5 individual lessons of 50 minutes for each participant. In the evening, there will be a lesson of 90 minutes for the whole group. On the last two days of both masterclasses, there will be one or two pianists. For clarity: there will be no external instrumental ensemble or orchestra.
René Gulikers, former professor Orchestra Conducting at Royal Conservatoire The Hague (Nehterlands) and professor at Music Academy Bremen (Germany). Also see website www.renegulikers.nl
“The international masterclass by René Gulikers is inspiring and instructive,
a real must for every orchestra conductor!
René Gulikers knows how to motivate experienced conductors as well as starting conductors
(professional musicians who want to start conducting) to get their musical ideas across
in the best possible way with a solid conducting technique.
A perfect preparation for a new concert season!”
MA Double bass
MSc Art management
The lessons will be in English, German or Dutch.
Will be announced to the admitted candidates later. The repertoire will partly be taillored to the level of the individual candidates and will partly be the same for all candidates. In certain cases, personal wishes of the candidates could be considered.
Breakfast, lunch, dinner and non-alcoholic drinks are free for all participants.
“I was one of the two pianists who played the orchestral parts
on the piano at this masterclass by René Gulikers.
The combination of rest (beautiful surroundings),
good care (food, accommodation) and hard work (whole days)
resulted in remarkable progress for many participants.
René Gulikers’ approach was very constructive, calm,
making everyone feel safe and open,
but at the same time approaching everyone differently
and stimulating everyone to take a step forward at their own level.”
Pianist in orchestral conducting class
Maastricht Academy of Music
€ 800,00. This amount includes all lessons, full board and a copy of “A complete conducting technique” by prof. Gulikers.
The application for both masterclass is open from the 15th of March to the 5th of May 2021. Candidates will be admitted in order of application. The application is final once the application form (to be downloaded below) has been fully completed, signed and returned to firstname.lastname@example.org and a down payment of € 200,00 has been transferred to bank account DE45 4016 0050 1217 9474 00 (Swift or BIC-Code: GENO DE M1 MSC) in the name of René Gulikers. For those living outside the European Union and/or those with other currencies: take the exchange rate and/or transfer costs for your own account.
No later than the 31st of May, candidates will be informed about their status: “admitted”, “rejected” or “on reserve list”.
- Candidates with the status “admitted” will have to transfer the remaining € 600,00 to the same bank account before the 14th of June
- Candidates with the status “rejected” will get their down payment refunded before the 14th of June
- Candidates with the status “on reserve list” will hear no later than the 21stof June, if they can still participate (transfer of the remaining € 600,00 before the 28th of June), or not (refund of down payment before the 28th of June)
In case there will be less than seven candidates by the 31st of May, or due to the Corona measures it will not be possible to let (the organization of) the masterclass take place, the masterclass will be cancelled and all down payments will be refunded.
There will be no refund of the down payment, if the candidate withdraws for whatever reason.
“René Gulikers is a wonderful teacher, who inspires as well as uplifts
conductors in their own personal needs and wishes.
Apart from that he offers new, unexpected, challenges during the lessons.
At the same time, we, the participants, were looked after
in a very personal and culinary way by mrs. Gulikers.
A truly recommendable masterclass for each level!”
Professional harp player
Report of the masterclass from August/September 2020
International masterclass in conducting technique and score study
During the first lockdown period, I planned to organise an international masterclass in conducting technique and score study. Finally, it took place under my leadership two weeks ago in “Château du Bois”, a hunting lodge build by Pierre Bonaparte, the nephew of Napoleon Bonaparte I, in Nassogne (Ardennes, Belgium).
Six participants with different musical backgrounds worked during 7 days very hard in a beautiful environment.
The first three days were filled with individual lessons, mainly on conducting technique and score study. The repertoire consisted of two overtures (Hebriden, Freischütz) and two symphonies (Beethoven 5, Haydn 104), but some of them worked on individual repertoire as well.
On the fourth day, we worked in small groups in the morning and in the afternoon we made a lovely walk in the woods and the village of Nassogne. On day 5 we concentrated on the repertoire mentioned above and the last two days, we worked with two pianists, making a video recording of all lessons.
Every evening, we worked in group lessons on matters like the Christ-recitatives from Bach’s Matthew-Passion.
During the day, everybody enjoyed the delicious joint meals and at the end of the day, there was some time to have a drink from the bar.
The participants and the pianists were a fantastic group. I was very satisfied about all my students and proud of my wife Astrid who cared for the meals.
Here are some quotes by the participants and pianists:
Mark: “René is a talented and experienced professor who skilfully improves everyone’s conducting technique and vision on music.”
Linda: “I learned more in this single week than I could otherwise have hoped in several months.”
Aafko: “I definitely hope to return!”
Meija: “A truly recommendable masterclass for each level!”
Lonneke: “René Gulikers knows how to motivate experienced conductors and starting conductors (professional musicians who want to start conducting).”
Uschik: “It was an instructive and intensive week with René Gulikers, and I hope for further courses with him.”
Constant (pianist): “René Gulikers’ approach was very constructive, calm, making everyone feel safe and open, but at the same time everyone was approached differently and stimulated to take a step forward on his own level.”
Mourik Jan (pianist): The way René teaches is very much tailored to each individual student: Always finding ways to best express the student’s own musical views and ideas.
After this very succesfull week, I am planning already the next masterclasses: one will be in March 2021 and the other one in August 2021. In case you are interested in participating, or in case you know someone who could be, please let me know.