The special significance of the Master Class lies in its base: an outstanding orchestra that is known both in Hungary and abroad for its intensive manner of play, uniform playing culture, high professional and human motivation and that will be available to the participants of the Class practically during the entire course. The Master Class will not primarily be focused on improving technical skills but on acquiring deep knowledge, rested on understanding each minute detail of the pieces and the sheet music. Moreover, Gábor Hollerung will, during the Class, lay considerable emphasis on the most important functions of a conductor’s activity, the conductor’s necessary and unnecessary activity and the mechanisms of communicating with the orchestra. Some of the rehearsals will be held under the Class Leader’s direct leadership, accompanied by either a piano or the orchestra. The aim is that the most possible active participants of the Class should conduct as many as possible parts of the pieces and so expand their experience, based on their own or the others’ work. Each active participant may conduct in the concert. The Maestro will decide about the movements that will be conducted in the concert, and two days before the concert, i.e. on Friday afternoon and on Saturday everyone will only rehearse his/her own program. The participants will have to follow a schedule made by the Class Leader for the last rehearsals before the concert.

Number of active participants: max. 11

Language of the Master Class: English
(The Master Class Leader can help in Hungarian and German, if required.)


14-22 July 2018

14 July, from 3 p.m.: music analysis
15, 16 July, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.: rehearsal with 2 pianos
17 July, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.: rehearsal with 2 pianos; 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.: rehearsal with orchestra
18, 19 July, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. rehearsal with 2 pianos for passive participants, 12 – 3 p.m. and 4-7 p.m.: rehearsal with orchestra
20, 21 July, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.: rehearsals with orchestra
22 July, 10 a.m.: final rehearsal; and 7.30 p.m.: closing concert


Chopin: Piano Concerto in F minor op. 21
Beethoven: Symphony No. 2
Bartók: Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta

The participants shall be prepared in each of the pieces.


Active participants: EUR 1500 (gross) participation fee, including a non-refundable grant of EUR 300. (The participation fee shall be refunded to the participants who cannot be admitted as active participants and are not willing to participate in the Class as passive participants.)
Passive participants: EUR 300 (gross) participation fee.

The participation fee includes a video recording (conductor camera) of the participant’s closing concert.

The participants are requested to arrange their travel, accommodation, meals and sheet music on their own. The organizers can offer accommodation, if required.


Term of application: 28 February 2018

The application will be registered and confirmed within two weeks. The applicant will get a notification until 14 March 2018 the latest, informing the applicant if the Class Leader receives him/her as an active participant.

Mode of application:
Complete the Application Form and send it here: Application Form

With regard to application, preference will be given to a video recording with the applicant conducting.

The application shall be considered valid if the application fee is credited on the account of the Master Class until the term of application. The application fee will be refunded to the applicants who are not accepted as active participants and do not intend to attend the Class as passive participants. The Master Class organizers reserve the right to replace an active applicant’s position with another applicant if the former fails to pay the participation fee until the term.

Payment term of the participation fee, for active and passive participants alike: 15 April 2018.

Please transfer the application and participation fee to the below bank account number:

Beneficiary’s name and address:

Budafoki Dohnányi Ernő Szimfonikus Zenekar Közhasznú Nonprofit Kft.
1221 Budapest, Tóth József utca 47.
Name and address of the bank: OTP BANK Nyrt.
1051 Budapest, Nádor u. 6.
IBAN: HU16 1172 2003 2014 1178 0000 0000

The Master Class organizer reserves the right to make minor changes in the conditions, if necessary.

For any further questions please don’t hesitate to contact us in Hungarian, English, German or Spanish.

Budafok Dohnányi Orchestra
1087 Budapest, Kerepesi út 29/b, Hungary
e-mail: [email protected]
tel.: +36 1 322-1488

„To my dear conductor friends, As we may already have participated in hundreds of masterclasses, I sincerely recommend the Dohnanyi Academy with Maestro Gábor Hollerung and BDZ, simply because it IS one of a kind.
The insightful interpretation learning experience and wonderful working atmosphere with a super musical orchestra gave me a completely different view on how we should study Haydn, Dvorak and Bartok.
I am grateful to have the opportunity to attend this Academy in 2016, and to those who are going for the 2017 edition, I certainly believe that you will also find it as one of the most real learning experience of our life.”
Yu-An Chang (Taiwan)

„This has been a tremendous week.”
„I felt myself grow as a conductor and become more confident.”
Lee Pophal (USA)

„I’ve been to about 12 masterclasses now, and this is one of the best for learning about classical articulation – I have learned more about classical articulation in a week with the Maestro than perhaps my whole career prior – and Hungarian-specific phrasing traditions.
I feel like I’ve learned a lot from this masterclass…”
„The orchestra is one of the best I’ve worked with.”
„Gabor is a fantastic, patient, and always approachable teacher – a rarity in the business.”
Daniel Whisler (USA)

„The orchestra is like a family, which I’ve never seen anywhere else in my life.”
Yu-An Chang (Taiwan)

„Maestro has a wealth of knowledge and a wonderful orchestra. Thanks for sharing both with us.”
„I will have many warm and fond memories of for many years to come.”
„… the artistry, the abilities, the collective heart, the dedication, the warmth – and the humor(!) – of your fine orchestral members…”
Adrian Head (Australia)

„I have been guided in viewing music more elaborately and been shown the true classical style.”
„Thanks for the opportunity to learn from the Maestro.”
Daniel Michael Galant (USA)

“Loved the orchestras (as well as pianists) openness with all conductors and willingness to help improve the young conductors technical and musical level.”
Kornel Laszlo Thomas (USA/Hungary)