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Conducting Competition

Puccini 100 International Conducting Masterclass with Maestro David Crescenzi

July, 20-25, 2024




Conductor,  Artistic Director of Cluj-Napoca National Opera House and Cairo Opera House



“George Enescu” Concert Hall
Bucharest National Music University Romania



Ionel Perlea Cultural Center, SUONARTE Cultural Association and International Acclaimed Conductor David Crescenzi offer an intensive week-long course in Opera Conducting.

Limited to maximum 10 active participants and 10 passive participants, the masterclass guarantees each participant 105 minutes of orchestra podium exposure, including public performance, in addition to 105 minutes of conducting practicum with piano duo, and extensive score study. The masterclass provides a unique opportunity to study and conduct two of the Puccini’s Masterpieces, La BOHEME and TOSCA. The course provides a great opportunity to not only work with a professional orchestra, choir and soloists but also to produce professional-quality videos, in rehearsal and concert. The program will be able to accommodate aspiring and practicing conductors at all stages of experience.


Pianist, Chorus Master and Orchestra Conductor

For several years he collaborated with Alessio Vlad and was also a student of Gustav Kuhn.

He started his career as accompanist and substitute conductor in several theatres and lyrical festivals, both in Italy and abroad, and now he is a twentyfive-years career Orchestra Conductor and Chorus Master.

 (read his full biography)


The course will take place in Bucharest, at Bucharest National University of Music, Strada Știrbei Vodă 33, București 010102 .

The General Rehearsal and the Final Concert will take place at Europa Concert Hall, Slobozia, Romania

The city of Slobozia is situated 120 km east of Bucharest, the capital of Romania, and 150 km west of Constanța, an important port at the Black Sea.


Giacomo Puccini:

La Boheme ( Act I, Act III)
Tosca ( Act I, Act III)

Participants have the opportunity to rehearse all the scenes selected alongside “Ionel Perlea” Orchestra, which includes musicians from the Bucharest National Opera and the George Enescu Philharmonic and alongside soloists from the Bucharest National Opera, the “Oleg Danovski” Opera and Ballet Theatre in Constanta, the Romanian National Opera Cluj-Napoca. ALL PARTICIPANTS will conduct in the Final Concert. Maestro David Crescenzi will make final assignments for the performance.


The duration of each rehearsal is 3 hours (180 min.) + 2 breaks of 15 min. The masterclass guarantees each participant minimum 105 minutes of orchestra podium exposure, including public performance, in addition to 105 minutes of conducting practicum with piano duo, and extensive score study.

• July 19, 2024

Arrival in Bucharest Romania;

• July 20–22, 2024

Piano Sessions and Score Study: daily 3-hr sessions with piano duo between 11:00 – 14:30 and 17:30 – 21:00; additional score study and optional technique sessions;

• July 23, 2024

Orchestra Session between 11:00 – 14:30
Orchestra Session between 17:30 – 21:00

• July 24, 2024

Orchestra Session between 11:00 – 14:30
Orchestra Session between 17:30 – 21:00

• July 25, 2024

General Rehearsal — between 13:00 – 16:30

Final Concert: 19:00

• July 26 , 2024


All active participants will receive video and audio recordings (raw or edited) from front and back of the General Rehearsal and Performance as well as a large publicity poster.


This masterclass is open to all conductors. There is no upper age limit. Applicants of varying levels of training and experience will be considered. A maximum of 10 active applicants and 10 passive applicants will be selected to participate.


Complete application form here.

The application documents to be send uploaded for each participant are:

– a short curriculum vitae

– a copy of an identity document

– a recent photo

– a proof of payment of the registration fee

All documents must be sent at:

Applications will be accepted until July 7, 2024

Important: The application for active participants requires a recent video recording with a length of maximum 10 minutes which shows the applicant

working as a conductor (frontview). Passive participants will be accepted in the order of registration (no video recording needed).

𝐀𝐩𝐩𝐥𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐧𝐭𝐬 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐛𝐞 𝐧𝐨𝐭𝐢𝐟𝐢𝐞𝐝 𝐨𝐟 𝐚𝐜𝐜𝐞𝐩𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐛𝐲 July 10, 2024.


Preselection fee:

• Active Participant Application Fee – 100€

All application fees will be refunded only if the participants do not pass the pre-selection phase.

Tuition Fee:

• Active Participant Tuition & Recording Fee – 1800€

• Passive Participant Tuition Fee – 300€.

The payment of the tuition fee in euro or the equivalent in RON at the National Bank of Romania exchange rate on the day of payment will be paid into one of the following accounts:

For payment in EURO:

Asociatia SUONARTE

Banca Transilvania, Romania



With the mention: “Conducting Masterclass”

For payment in the equivalent in RON at the NBR exchange rate on the day of payment:

Asociatia SUONARTE

Banca Transilvania, Romania



With the mention: „Conducting Masterclass”

For questions or further information regarding the masterclass, please contact us:


Tel.: +40 721 665 332