Active participants of the Masterclass 2024

Applications for the Dohnányi Masterclass for Conductors 2024 have been closed for the active participants.

Active participants will be:

Wei-Chung Chen Wei-Chung Chen  (Taiwan)

Wei-Chung Chen is a Taiwanese conductor who is currently pursuing his Doctoral Degree in Orchestral Conducting at Indiana University, USA, with full scholarships from both Indiana University and the Taiwanese Ministry of Education. Studying under professors Arthur Fagen, Thomas Wilkins, and Jeff Meyer, he currently serves as the Music Director of the Indiana University All-Campus Orchestra and the Bloomington Bridges MAYO Youth Symphony Orchestra. In 2023, Chen won first place in the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra's International Music Talent Elite Competition and will guest conduct the National Taiwan Symphony Youth Orchestra this November.

Benjamin Firer Benjamin Firer  (USA)

An award-winning conductor, Benjamin Firer is the Orchestra Director at Northeastern Illinois University, Assistant Conductor with the Rockford Symphony Orchestra and directs the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies Philharmonic. Benjamin received his Doctorate in Orchestral Conducting from Northwestern University and a Master’s Degree from Yale University. Firer is a frequent guest conductor, and as a committed educator, he was engaged as a teaching artist through the Yale University Music in Schools Initiative.

Roman Reshetkin Roman Reshetkin  (France)

Roman Reshetkin is a French conductor living in Paris. In May 2024 he graduated from the Conservatoire de Paris with a Master's degree in orchestral conducting, after five years of study in the class of Alain Altinoglu. This summer he will be making his professional debut with the Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra in Japan, after winning second prize in the inaugural Hiroshima International Conductor's Competition in 2022.

Yixing Sun Yixing Sun  (China)

Conductor student, now studying under both China Conservatory of Music and St. Petersburg Conservatory of Music. Assistant conductor in China Youth Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2023, Yixing won the 2nd prize in Milan International Conducting Competition.

Apor Szüts Apor Szüts  (Hungary)

Composer, conductor, pianist. Apor Szüts is a member of the Budafok Dohnanyi Orchestra since 2022. Founder, leader and arranger of the BDZ Chamber Workshop (BDZ Kamaraműhely) a 12-member chamber orchestra.

Szuyun Hsieh Szuyun Hsieh  (Taiwan)

SzuYun Swing Hsieh is the Associate-Conductor of Taipei Philharmonic Chamber Choir (TPCC), and the music director of The Rejuvenis Group, the conductor of Taipei Women’s Singing Society and Consolation Singers. Ms. Hsieh has conducted TPCC in Taiwan, China, Italy, Vatican, Austria, Russia, Hungary and Turkey. In 2023, TPCC was invited to the World Symposium on Choral Music in Istanbul and the 37th International Ankara Music Festival. In 2019, TPCC won the Golden Melody Awards “Best Vocal Group” conducted by SzuYun Hsieh. In 2018, Ms. Hsieh won the 2nd Prize in the 2nd Boris Tevlin Competition of Choral Conductors (the 1st Prize has not been awarded).

Anna Maria Tabor Anna Maria Tabor  (UK)

Anna Maria Tabor studied at the Guildhall school of Music in London, specialising in oboe, composing and conducting and has a master’s degree in music from the University of Surrey. She is a keen music educator and has furthered her experience as a director in Finland, France, Spain, Czech Republic, Hungary and the USA as well as conducting a wide range of music in the UK, including music-theatre, choirs, wind & symphony orchestras.