Masterclasses, Summer 2022

4th International Masterclasses Conducting Technique, Summer 2022



The masterclass is about conducting technique (partly based on Celibidaches 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 skilfully 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!”
Mark Braafhart
Solo-percussion Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Teacher Classical Percussion Conservatory of Amsterdam

For whom

The masterclass is open for music students, those who are preparing for an entrance exam orchestral or choral conducting, and professional musicians of all ages and nationalities.


Masterclass A will take place from the 4th of July (arrival between 18:00 and 19:00 h) until the 11th of July (departure before 10:00 h), 2022. The lessons will take place from Tuesday, the 5th to Sunday, the 10th of July.

Masterclass B will take place from the 11th of July (arrival between18:00 and 19:00 h) until the 18th of July (departure before 10:00 h), 2022. The lessons will take place from Tuesday, the 12th to Sunday, the 17th of July. 


The masterclasses will be held in Chiny, a beautiful place in the Ardennes, Belgium. The address of the accommodation is Rue de L’Embarcadère 52, 6810 Chiny.


The lessons will take place in “Gîte de la Semois”, an accommodation with on the ground floor several rooms, a kitchen and two sauna’s (wood-fired and infra red). On the first and second floor, there are 8 separate bedrooms, one for each participant, each with its own bathroom and toilet. Every participant has the opportunity to practise his conducting technique and to study his scores in his own room. In and around the accommodation, there is enough space to relax and enjoy nature.

“For me it turned out to be an unforgettable experience.
The luxury of a private lesson and a group-lesson every day,
combined with René Gulikers’ capacity
to adjust to anyone’s individual level

while providing for new challenges also,
resulted for me personally in an increased confidence
to express myself musically,

and a more clear image of techniques.
All this in the good care of Astrid
who provided for all our meals,

in a beautiful environment, and while sharing enthusiasm
and ideas with other participants,
made me leave this masterclass at the end of the week
in a slightly sad mood because it was over.
Fortunately I still feel super-inspired by all the knowledge,
impressions and experiences gathered in my head
and my heart after this masterclass.”
Myrthe van Dijk
Recording producer Dutch Radio (ex-pianist) 



The accommodation is reachable by car. The nearest train station is Florenville and the nearest airports are Charleroi and Luxembourg. Participants can be picked up by car from the train station Florenville.


During the week, there will be a minimum of 5 individual lessons of 50 minutes for each participant. In the morning and evening, there will be group lessons (30 and 60 minutes). All lessons are open to everyone. On the last two days of the masterclasses, there will be two highly professional pianists. The individual lessons of those two days will be recorded on video for personal use. For clarity: there will be no external instrumental ensemble or orchestra.


René Gulikers, former professor Orchestra Conducting at Royal Conservatoire The Hague (Netherlands) and professor at Music Academy Bremen (Germany). Also see website

“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!”

Lonneke Regter
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 tailored 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.

“René is an incredible pedagogue
who adapts to any level
and style of conducting students.
He perfectly knows what errors to expose
and how to solve the problems,
going from basics to more complexes issues.
This leads to a very fast learning
and a good confidence in everyone’s potential.
He starts from solid fundamentals
and then adapts it to every student.
The week was very intense
but it enlarged my perception of music quicker
than any other musical study so far”

Oscar Vaurs

Student Composition, Music Academy Bern


€ 950,00. This amount includes all lessons, full board with private rooms for everyone, use of saunas and a copy of “A complete conducting technique” by prof. Gulikers.


The application for the masterclass is open from the 25th of March 2022 until the maximum number of candidates has been reached. 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 info{at} and a down payment of € 250,00 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. Those living outside the European Union and/or those with other currencies should take the exchange rate and/or transfer costs for their own account.

Those who are not sure if their musical background fits the masterclass, please contact info{at}

Admitted candidates will have to transfer the remaining € 700,00 to the same bank account before the 10th of June 2022.

In case, due to 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
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!”
Meija Blok
Professional harp player
Choir conductor

Application form 

To download the application form for the Masterclass A, click this link

Application Form Masterclass A (4-11 July), Summer 2022.


To download the application form for the Masterclass B, click this link

Application Form Masterclass B (11-18 July), Summer 2022.

“The course with Mr. Gulikers was just right for me:
clear tasks, intensive cooperation,
sufficient feedback.”

Stanislav Gres
Professional harpsichord player
I have learned so much.
I can hardly believe it.
It will take some time to process everything.
…. Memorising the score is a great thing
that I have added to my daily routine.
I look at scores in a completely different way.
It’s really a great feeling.
And it gives me a whole new sense of confidence.”

Christian Casleanu
BA Piano
MA Orchestra Conducting


Read here the reports of the Masterclasses Winter 2022, Summer 2021 and Summer 2020.

If you are interested in private lessons, in-person or online, please take a look on this page: conducting lessons.