The number of female participants was particularly high this time, namely 6 out of 8. As usual, the participants had very diverse backgrounds, this time ranging from ballet pianist, musicology student, professional harpist and double bass player to Assistant Concertmaster in the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra London.
The structure of the master class was as usual. The first three days everyone was individually taught in conducting technique, the prepared repertoire was covered and there were group lessons in the morning and evening. On the fourth day, there were lessons only in the morning and the rest of the day was used to take a wonderful walk together through the beautiful surroundings of Chiny.
The last two days were devoted to conducting the prepared repertoire with our fantastic pianists Mourik Jan Heupink and Evert-Jan de Groot, however, in the morning and evening, there were still the group lessons.
At the end of the course everyone showed by means of a short presentation what he had learned the previous week.
During one of the afternoons, however, lightning struck, leaving us without power and water for a short time, but due to the amazing efforts of all the participants, the problem was quickly fixed.
Unlike previous editions, the sauna was used by the majority of the participants this time.
Here is the fabulous whole team that grew in one week to a close-knit group.
Standing from left to right: Evert-Jan, Lonneke, Maximilian, Cécile, Shana, Colombe, Meija, René, Astrid; Sitting from left to right: Niccolò, Mourik Jan, Tarana.
Participant Tarana Taylor tells afterwards in this short video how she experienced the masterclass.