Alion Baltic International Music Festival 2018
July 10 - August 7, 2018


Summer Music Programs

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ie Strings, Woodwinds & Brass, Piano, Voice, etc.

Alion Baltic Strings Program - Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass

    • The Strings Program is extensive, intensive. and unique. It is designed with elements of the Russian school to boost students to the next level of playing. The beauty of Tallinn surroundings and cultural experience is ideal for artistic growth.

      Program includes:
      - 2 individual lessons with Professor per week
      - 1 Master class per week (open to public)
      - 2 chamber music coachings per week (upon request)
      - Participation in the IV Alion Baltic International Music Competition
      - Participation in student concerts in Tallinn
      - Concert trips to other cities in Estonia, Latvia, and Finland
      - Alion Baltic Orchestra Program
      - Attendance of concerts by Outstanding Artists
      - Accommodation and breakfast
      - Sightseeing tours around Tallinn and beyond

    • Each student receives two private lessons + 1 master class per week with an internationally-renowned artist faculty member.

    • Participants are preselected into chamber groups and assigned to partners and repertoire choices according to level, matched well in advance. Instrumentalists receive two fourty-five minute chamber coachings per week with Sergey Stadler, Albert Markov, Marco Misciagna, Giuseppe Devastato, Stanislav Pronin, Michael Bulychev-Okser, and other Professors.

    • Join Alion Baltic International Music Festival this summer in Tallinn for a masterclass with Albert Markov is the trasure of violin playing of today. He is a Professor of Manhattan School of Music in New York, USA. He has performed with all major orchestras, with such conductors as Kurt Sanderling, Nathan Rachlin, Kirill Kondrashin, James Conlon, Neeme Jarvi, David Zinman, Andrew Litton, Lukas Foss, Sixten Ehrling, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Kazuyoshi Akiyama, Sergiu Comissiona, Sir Charles Groves.More info »

      Join Alion Baltic International Music Festival this summer in Tallinn for a masterclass with Ivry Gitlis is the legendary violin star of today. He is an Israeli virtuoso violinist and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador. He has performed with the world's top orchestras, including the London Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, and Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and many more.
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      Join Alion Baltic International Music Festival this summer in Tallinn for a masterclass with Ivry Gitlis acclaimed Russian Violinist, Sergei Stadler. Grand Prix Winner - Jacques Thibaud competition in Paris of 1980, and Tchaikosvky international Music Competition 1982, Stadler has performed with the world top orchestras, and conductors such as Kurt Mazur, Gennadi Rozhdestvensky, Maris Janssons, Evgeny Svetlanov and Yuri Termirkanov.
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    • The orchestra presents 3 weekly rehearsals, 2 symphonic concerts, and culminating in the final Gala concert at Tallin's most prestigious hall: Estonia Concert Hall. Orchestra assignments will be e-mailed to all orchestra members prior to the start of the festival.

    • Each year, many of the artist faculty give Master Classes on subjects of their choice. The subjects of these Master Classes vary. In the past we have had lectures on Integrating the Musical and the Technical, Projection in Performance, Stage Presence, Jazz Improvisation, Orchestral Repertoire, Eurythmics, etc. More info - List of Master Classes »

    • Students have the opportunity to sign up to perform either as a soloist or with their chamber group in the performance master classes nearly every day of the festival. Master classes are open to all participants of the festival. Many of these Master Classes focus on specific composers or repertoire. More info - List of Master Classes »

    • Instrumentalists will have ample practice time each day.

    • With concerts almost every night, students are exposed to a high level both from artist faculty and their colleagues as they watch each concert. Students will have an opportunity to perform on the same stage with Outstanding Artists, including Sergei Stadler, Ivry Gitlis, and Alyssa Margulis. Concerts are combined with sight-seeing bus trips to Narva, Parnu, Tartu, Riga (Latvia), and a ferry trip to Helsinki (Finland).

Woodwinds & Brass: Flute, Clarinet, French Horn, Tuba, Saxophone, Trumpet, Trumbone, Tuba

    • The unique aspect of the winds and brass program is that students have the opportunity to explore repertoire that they do not usually get to study at home. Some players may have ensembles with all woodwinds or all brass, and others will play in mixed chamber music groups. A few examples of past repertoire include the Saint-Saens Septet, Op.65 for trumpet, 2 violins, viola, cello, bass, and piano; the Beethoven trios for flute, bassoon, and piano were the highlights of concerts in 2016 and 2017 seasons.
      Star Faculty presents principal flutist of several German orchestras, Patrick Dillery, the "Orchestra-man", International bands leader, Canadian Raffy "Swap" Ramiro, The flute virtuosi, Sityanko Brothers, flutist Rita D'Arcangello, and Spanish trumpeter Sebastián Gil Armas (Artistic Director - Maspalomas Music Festival).

      Program includes:
      - 2 individual lessons with Professor per week
      - 1 Master class per week (open to public)
      - 2 chamber music coachings per week (upon request)
      - Participation in the Alion Baltic International Music Competition
      - Alion Baltic Orchestra Program
      - Alion Baltic Wind Ensemble
      - Participation in student concerts in Tallinn
      - Concert trips to other cities in Estonia, Latvia, and Finland
      - Attendance of concerts by Outstanding Artists
      - Accommodation and breakfast
      - Sightseeing tours around Tallinn and beyond

    • Each student receives two private lessons + 1 master class per week with an internationally-renowned artist faculty member.

    • Participants are preselected into chamber groups and assigned to partners and repertoire choices according to level, matched well in advance. Instrumentalists receive two fourty-five minute chamber coachings per week with Rafael Ramiro Salvatus, Sebastian Gil Armas, Marco Misciagna, Giuseppe Devastato, Stanislav Pronin, Michael Bulychev-Okser, and other Professors.

    • The orchestra rehearses for the duration of the festival, culminating in the final Gala Opera concert at Tallin's most prestigious hall: Eestikontserdisaal. Orchestra assignments will be given at the festival.

    • Each year, many of the artist faculty give Master Classes on subjects of their choice. The subjects of these Master Classes vary. In the past we have had lectures on Integrating the Musical and the Technical, Projection in Performance, Stage Presence, Jazz Improvisation, Orchestral Repertoire, Eurythmics, etc. More info - List of Master Classes »

    • Join Alion Baltic International Music Festival this summer in Tallinn for a masterclass with Raffy RamiroA human orchestra who plays 6 instruments. His leadership in a field of music band speaks for itself. He was the Leader of 9 Bands in Philippines, China, Japan, South Korea, and Canada. Currently he is Professor in University in Canada, teaching jazz and classical saxophone.More info »

      Join Alion Baltic International Music Festival this summer in Tallinn for a masterclass with Sebastian Gil a remarkable Spanish Trumpet. His is Founder/Artistic Director of Maspalomas Music Festival. He is Trumpet Professor at Tenerife Conservatory of Canaries, Spain.More info »

    • Students have the opportunity to sign up to perform either as a soloist or with their chamber group in the performance master classes nearly every day of the festival. Master classes are open to all participants of the festival. Many of these Master Classes focus on specific composers or repertoire. More info - List of Master Classes »

    • Winds and Euphonium instrumentalists will have ample practice time each day.

    • With concerts almost every night, students are exposed to a high level both from artist faculty and their colleagues as they watch each concert. Students will have an opportunity to perform on the same stage with Outstanding Artists, including Sergei Stadler, and Members of Alion Baltic Ensemble. Concert trips are combined with sight-seeing to Narva, Parnu, Tartu, Riga (Latvia), and Helsinki (Finland).

Piano

    • Piano Program is extensive, intensive. and unique. It is designed with elements of the Russian school to boost students to the next level of playing. The beauty of Tallinn surroundings and cultural experience is ideal for artistic growth.

      Program includes:
      - 2 individual lessons with Professor per week
      - 1 Master class (open to public) per week
      - 2 chamber music coachings per week
      - Participation in the Alion Baltic International Music Competition
      - Participation in student concerts in Tallinn
      - Concert trips to other cities in Estonia, Latvia, and Finland
      - Attendance of concerts by Outstanding Artists
      - Accommodation and breakfast
      - Sightseeing tours around Tallinn and beyond

    • Each student receives two private lessons + 1 master class per week with an internationally-renowned artist faculty member.

    • Participants are preselected into chamber groups and assigned to partners and repertoire choices according to level, matched well in advance. Instrumentalists receive two fourty-five minute chamber coachings per week with Sergey Stadler, Albert Markov, Alyssa Margulis, Marco Misciagna, Giuseppe Devastato, Stanislav Pronin, Michael Bulychev-Okser, and other Professors.

    • He became an Honored Artist of the RSFSR in 1968 and a People's Artist of the RSFSR in 1990. Bruno Canino was born in Naples, Italy in 1935, where he studied piano with Vincenzo Vitale. He continued his musical education in Milan, studying both piano and composition. His teachers included Enzo Calace and Bruno Bettinelli. In 1956 and again in 1958 he won prizes at the Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition and in 1960 at the Darmstadt competition. He is a recording artist with the Swiss classical record label Claves, with which he has recorded works of Johann Sebastian Bach and Beethoven.More info »

      As a pedagogue at the Moscow Conservatory (and later at the Queen Sofia College of Music in Madrid), he raised many internationally renowned artists such as Arcadi Volodos, Dmitri Alexeev, Luis Fernando Pérez, Dang Thai Son, Nikolai Demidenko, Elena Bashkirova, Kirill Gerstein, Denis Kozhukhin, Eldar Nebolsin, Vestards Šimkus, David Kadouch, Jong Hwa Park, Claudio Martinez Mehner, Bruno Vlahek, Plamena Mangova, Stanislav Ioudenitch and many others.

      Bashkirov has a daughter, Elena Bashkirova, who is married to Daniel Barenboim.

      He is the only pianist ever to win the top prizes at both the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow (1982, first prize not awarded, received a joint 2nd prize with Peter Donohoe) and the Leeds International Pianoforte Competition (1987). Artistic Director of the Association of Tchaikovsky Competition Stars since 2000.More info »

      Served as a chairman and a member of the jury at the International Tchaikovsky Competition, the International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians, the International Russian Rotary Children Music Competition and many others.

      Ovchinnikov appointed as a headmaster of the Central Music School of the Moscow Conservatory in 2011.

    • The orchestra rehearses for the duration of the festival, culminating in the final Gala Opera concert at Tallin's most prestigious hall: Eestikontserdisaal. Orchestra assignments will be given at the festival.
      On July 25, selected pianists will have chance to perform their concerti with the Alion baltic International Orchestra.

    • Each year, many of the artist faculty give Master Classes on subjects of their choice. The subjects of these Master Classes vary. In the past we have had lectures on Integrating the Musical and the Technical, Projection in Performance, Stage Presence, Jazz Improvisation, Orchestral Repertoire, Eurythmics, etc. More info - List of Master Classes »

    • Students have the opportunity to sign up to perform either as a soloist or with their chamber group in the performance master classes nearly every day of the festival. Master classes are open to all participants of the festival. Many of these Master Classes focus on specific composers or repertoire. More info - List of Master Classes »

    • Pianists will have ample practice time each day.

    • Pianists will have an opportunity to perform their repertoire in front of fellow students and faculty members and have comments on their playing.

    • With concerts almost every night, students are exposed to a high level both from artist faculty and their colleagues as they watch each concert. Students will have an opportunity to perform on the same stage with Outstanding Artists, including Sergei Stadler, and Members of Alion Baltic Ensemble. Concert trips are combined with sight-seeing to Narva, Parnu, Tartu, Riga (Latvia), and Helsinki (Finland).

Voice

    • The voice program is intensive and unique. Vocal students will have the opportunity to specialize in opera or in bel canto style mixed chamber groups with art songs that they do not normally have a chance to study at home.
      Star Faculty and Guest Artists list features the Metropolitan Opera Soprano, Olga Makarina, La Scala Soloist, Denia Mazzola Gavazzeni, Award Wining French Countertenoe, Alexis Vassiliev, and The Bolshoj Theater bass, Vladimir Kudashev.
      Some voice students study arias, duets, or trios with singers accompanied by string quartet for their chamber music assignment.

      Program includes:
      - 2 individual lessons with Professor per week
      - 1 Master class (open to public) per week
      - 2 chamber ensembles per week (vocal duet/Trio or mixed ensemble with other instrumental)
      - Participation in the Alion Baltic International Music Competition
      - Participation in student concerts in Tallinn
      - Concert trips to other cities in Estonia, Latvia, and Finland
      - Opera Workshops
      - Arias with orchestra - July 25 - conductor - Robert Butts
      - Career advising and agent introduction
      - Pergolesi Stabat Mater production July 27 - 1 student chosen for performance
      - Accommodation and breakfast
      - Sightseeing tours around Tallinn and beyond

    • Each student receives two private lessons + 1 master class per week with an internationally-renowned artist faculty member.

    • Vocalists will be assigned to the pianist - vocal coach, who will work with them, rehearsing their arias and art songs, provide accompaniment, and advise on their progress.

    • All participants are preselected into chamber groups and assigned to partners and repertoire choices according to level, matched well in advance. Singers receive two fourty-five minute chamber coachings per week with coachings per week with an artist faculty member with their chamber group(s).

    • Join Alion Baltic International Music Festival this summer in Tallinn for a masterclass with Denia Mazzola Gavazzeni,Soloist - Teatro Alla Scala. Denia Mazzola Gavazzeni is an italian soprano, founder and president of "AB HARMONIAE ONLUS" association. From 1982, she sing all over the world, performing over 174 operas, oratorio, and sinfonico vocale.
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      Join Alion Baltic International Music Festival this summer in Tallinn for a masterclass with Olga Makarina, The Metropolitan Opera Soprano. Born in Archangel, Russia, Metropolitan Opera soprano Olga Makarina, made her first New York appearances at New York City Opera as Lucia di Lammermoor and has performed there as Gilda in Rigoletto, Konstanze in Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglioand Olympia in Les Contes d’Hoffmann. Other roles in Ms Makarina’s repertoire include Ilia in Idomeneo (Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival), Violetta in La Traviata (Kirov Opera) and Eudoxie in La Juive (Opera Orchestra of New York). Ms Makarina has also appeared as Zerbinetta in Ariadne aufNaxoswith the Minnesota Orchestra and in Orff’s Carmina Burana as well.
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    • The orchestra rehearses for the duration of the festival, culminating in the final Gala Opera concert at Tallin's most prestigious hall: Eestikontserdisaal.
      NEW! One vocalist will be chosen to have a role in the Final Concert Gala, sharing the stage with soloists from the world's greatest Opera Houses. An Opportunity not to be missed!

    • Each year, many of the artist faculty give Master Classes on subjects of their choice. The subjects of these Master Classes vary. In the past we have had lectures on Integrating the Musical and the Technical, Projection in Performance, Stage Presence, Jazz Improvisation, Orchestral Repertoire, Eurythmics, etc. More info - List of Master Classes »

    • Italian, German and French are essential languages for Singers. Subject diction class that meets 10 times in the duration of the festival and covers topics on Italian, German and French diction as well as elements of the language discussed. It is taught by a native speakers. More info - List of Master Classes »

    • Vocalists will have ample practice time each day.

    • With concerts almost every night, students are exposed to a high level both from artist faculty and their colleagues as they watch each concert. Students will have an opportunity to perform on the same stage with Outstanding Artists, including Sergei Stadler, and Members of Alion Baltic Ensemble. Concert trips are combined with sight-seeing to Narva, Parnu, Tartu, Riga (Latvia), and Helsinki (Finland).

Alion Baltic Composition Program

    • AB Composition Program is extensive, intensive. and unique. It is designed with elements of the Russian school of composition boost students to the next level of composing.
      Special emphasis is given to chamber music writing, choral considerations, and symphonic orchestration based on studying the scores of the greatest orchestrators of the past: Rimsky-Korsakov, Ravel, Mahler, etc. The beauty of Tallinn surroundings and cultural experience is ideal source of inspiration.

      Program includes:
      - 2 individual lessons with Professor per week
      - 1 Master class per week (open to public) where your music will be presented by soloists and chamber groups
      - 2 chamber music coachings per week (if you play an instrument)
      - Your music is performed at the concerts in Tallinn, Riga, Helsinki, and other cities
      - Your music is performed in Estonia, Latvia, and Finland
      - Orchestra Program (if student composer plays any instrument)
      - Attendance of concerts by Outstanding Artists
      - Accommodation and breakfast
      - Sightseeing tours around Tallinn and beyond

    • Each student receives two private lessons + 1 master class per week with an internationally-renowned artist faculty member.

    • If a student composer plays an instrument, he/she may be part of chamber groups and assigned to partners and repertoire choices according to level, matched well in advance. Instrumentalists receive two fourty-five minute chamber coachings per week with members of Alion Baltic Ensemble.

    • Alion Baltic International Music festival gives its compositional students a unique opportunity to have their music performed by Alion Baltic Festival Orchestras, Alion Baltic Ensemble, or other ensemble combinations.
      All performances will be recorded and can be used for future references amd compositional resume.

    • Each year, many of the artist faculty give Master Classes on subjects of their choice. The subjects of these Master Classes vary. In the past we have had lectures on Integrating the Musical and the Technical, Projection in Performance, Stage Presence, Jazz Improvisation, Orchestral Repertoire, Eurythmics, etc. More info - List of Master Classes »

    • Join Alion Baltic International Music Festival this summer in Tallinn for a masterclass with Jaan Rääts a legendary Estonian composer of today. Jaan Rääts is an Estonian composer who worked extensively on Estonian language film scores of the 1960s and 1970s. He has been a member of the Estonian Composer's Union since 1957.More info »

      Join Alion Baltic International Music Festival this summer in Tallinn for a masterclass with Steven Kemper one of the foremost American composers. Steven Kemper is a composer and music technologist. He creates music for acoustic instruments, instruments and computers, musical robots, dance and video..More info »

    • Student composers will have an ample amount of time and space to make a statement with their next brilliant idea or to rehearse their works with other participants at the festival.

    • With concerts almost every night, students are exposed to a high level both from artist faculty and their colleagues as they watch each concert. Student-composers will have an opportunity to have their music perform on the same stage with Outstanding Artists, including Sergei Stadler, and Members of Alion Baltic Ensemble. Concert trips are combined with sight-seeing to Narva, Parnu, Tartu, Riga (Latvia), and Helsinki (Finland).

Alion Baltic Conducting Program

    • The Alion Baltic Music Festival Conducting Academy (ABFCA) provides participants with intensive conducting training with a skilled orchestra, assists them in gaining podium experience, and supports each individual’s development as a conductor.

      Program includes:
      - Conducting the Alion Baltic Orchestra in readings, rehearsals, and performance under the guidance of Maestro Robert Butts (USA)
      - Coaching sessions with Guest conductor 2018:
      Maestro Sergey Stadler – Music Director – Sankt-Peterburg Symphony (Russia)

      - Technique classes
      - Periodic classes in score reading and analysis and score preparation
      - Concerts in Small Hall of Estonian Philharmony - House of Blackheads
      - Attendance of concerts by Outstanding Artists
      - Accommodation and breakfast
      - Sightseeing tours around Tallinn and beyond

    • Each student-conductor receives multiple podium sessions per week.

    • All conducting students are assigned to specific chamber msuci group, mostly string quartets and larger ensembles. Chamber partners and repertoire choices according to level, matched well in advance. Conductors are supervised by Maestro Robert Butts.

    • Join Alion Baltic International Music Festival this summer in Tallinn for a masterclass with Robert Butts, United States of America. A receipient of a prestigious Arts Professional of the Year—2003 Award, Maestro Robert Butts is a music Director of a Baroque International Orchestra of New Jersey, USA. More info »

    • The heart of the Academy is the opportunity for student conductors to work with Alion Baltic International Orchestra, made of talented young artists and experienced professionals: Members of The Estonian Symphony Orchestra, and other European Orchestras. For conductors-instrumentalists it’s an opportunity to play as a member of Alion Baltic International Orchestra under the baton of program colleagues—all under the guidance of Maestro Robert Butts and Maestor Sergey Stadler.

    • Participants learn by conducting a wide range of repertoire and types of performances, including:

      • · Orchestral concerts, including symphonic repertoire - July 25, July 27 and August 7
      • · Concerto performances - July 25
      • · Opera master class arias and scenes - July 21
      • · Repertoire readings - Rehearsals
      • · Chamber groups - TBA
      • · Composer readings - July 21 (these include works by student composers, and Estonian compositions)

    • The Alion Baltic Conducting Academy Program Components include:

      • · Conducting the Alion Baltic Orchestra in readings, rehearsals, and performance under the guidance of
        Maestro Robert Butts
      • · Coaching sessions with Guest conductors 2018:
        Maestro Sergey Stadler – Music Director – Sankt-Peterburg Symphony (Russia)
      • · Observation and commentary by guest conductors
      • · Technique classes
      • · Periodic classes in score reading and analysis and score preparation
      • · All sessions are videotaped for individual use and artist-faculty review

    • Conductors will have ample practice time each day.

    • With concerts almost every night, students are exposed to a high level both from artist faculty and their colleagues as they watch each concert. Students will have an opportunity to conduct on the same stage with Outstanding Artists, including Sergei Stadler, and Members Alion Baltic Orchestra and Alion Baltic Ensemble. Concert trips are combined with sight-seeing to Narva, Parnu, Tartu, Riga (Latvia), and Helsinki (Finland).

Classical Guitar

    • The Alion Baltic Classical Guitar Program is an intensive 2-weeks program that offers master class instruction with Rafael Salvatus Ramiro, concentrating on technique, sound production, interpretation of all repertoire, and Portuguese performance practices. Advanced students will receive all of their master class lessons from Mr. Ramiro. Schedule will be developed on an individual basis. Qualified students enjoy many opportunities for performance, including chamber music collaborations. The program culminates with a class concert.

    • Each student receives two private lessons + 1 master class per week with an internationally-renowned Stanley Alexandrowicz (USA).

      Program includes:
      - 2 individual lessons with Professor per week
      - 1 Master class (open to public) per week
      - 2 chamber music coachings per week
      - Participation in the Alion Baltic International Music Competition
      - Participation in student concerts in Tallinn
      - Concert trips to other cities in Estonia, Latvia, and Finland
      - Alion Baltic Orchestra Program - guitar substitutes string instruments
      - Attendance of concerts by Outstanding Artists
      - Accommodation and breakfast
      - Sightseeing tours around Tallinn and beyond

    • All participants are preselected into chamber groups and assigned to partners and repertoire choices according to level, matched well in advance. Combinations may include Guitar duets, trios, quartets, or a mixture of guitar with other instruments. Instrumentalists receive two fourty-five minute chamber coachings per week with members of Alion Baltic Ensemble.

    • Join Alion Baltic International Music Festival this summer in Tallinn for a masterclass with Rafael Salvatus Ramiro, a guitar virtuoso. A human orchestra, Rafael Ramiro plays 6 instruments.
      His leadership in a field of music band speaks for itself. He was the Leader of 9 Bands in Philippines, China, Japan, South Korea, and Canada. Currently he is Professor in University in Canada, teaching Brass and Guitar. More info »

    • The orchestra rehearses for the duration of the festival, culminating in the final Gala Opera concert at Tallin's most prestigious hall: Eestikontserdisaal. Orchestra assignments will be given at the festival.

    • Each year, many of the artist faculty give Master Classes on subjects of their choice. The subjects of these Master Classes vary. In the past we have had lectures on Integrating the Musical and the Technical, Projection in Performance, Stage Presence, Jazz Improvisation, Orchestral Repertoire, Eurythmics, etc. More info - List of Master Classes »

    • Students have the opportunity to sign up to perform either as a soloist or with their chamber group in the performance master classes nearly every day of the festival. Master classes are open to all participants of the festival. Many of these Master Classes focus on specific composers or repertoire. More info - List of Master Classes »

    • IGuitar students will have ample practice time each day.

    • With concerts almost every night, students are exposed to a high level both from artist faculty and their colleagues as they watch each concert. Students will have an opportunity to perform on the same stage with Outstanding Artists. Concert trips are combined with sight-seeing to Narva, Parnu, Tartu, Riga (Latvia), and Helsinki (Finland).

Alion Baltic Orchestra Program - all instruments

    • In addition to weekly private lessons, students in this program play in the Alion Baltic International Orchestra.
      The orchestras are a mixture of all-student and student and artist-faculty players. Upon arrival to Alion Baltic, students will audition for placement.
      The ensemble provides its members with an important opportunity to continue to develop their orchestral playing skills while rehearsing and performing major orchestral works. The orchestra is led by ten student mentor fellows who rotate through the principal string positions and is coached by artist-faculty.
      Students of all ages are welcome to Alion Baltic International Orchestra.

      Program includes:
      - 3 Orchestra Rehearsals per week - 1 individual lesson with Professor per week
      - 1 Master class (open to public) per week
      - 2 chamber music coachings per week
      - Participation in the Alion Baltic International Music Competition (75 Euro additional entry fee)
      - Participation in orchestra and chamber music concerts in Tallinn
      - Concert trips to other cities in Estonia, Latvia, and Finland
      - Attendance of concerts by Outstanding Artists
      - Accommodation and breakfast
      - Sightseeing tours around Tallinn and beyond

    • Orchestras perform weekly with prominent conductors and soloists and in the Baltics most prestigious concert Halls: Estonia Concert Hall and Riga's Liela Gilde. The rehearsal and performance schedule is rigorous, and performances are at a professional standard.

    • Join Alion Baltic International Music Festival this summer in Tallinn for a masterclass with Sergei Stadler, one of the world's foremost violinists and conductors today. Sergei Stadler is a Russian musician who was born in Saint Petersburg on May 20, 1962. He studied the violin with David Oistrakh and Leonid Kogan and took the first prize and gold medal in the 1982 Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. He is also a laureate of the Jacques Thibaud competition in Paris, where he won the Grand Prize in 1980. He has performed as soloist with the London Philharmonic, the Russian National Symphony, and the Dresden Staatskapelle Orchestras, collaborating with world famous conductors, including Kurt Masur, Gennadi Rozhdestvensky, Mariss Jansons, Evgeny Svetlanov and Yuri Temirkanov.


      More info »

    • A large symphony orchestra composed of Alion Baltic artist-faculty members and students in side-by-side performance.
      It is led by world-renowned conductors and joined for most concerts by star guest soloists: Ivry Gitlis, Sergej Stadler, and others.
      Repertoire consists of standard and contemporary works for symphony orchestra.

    • Each year, many of the artist faculty give Master Classes on subjects of their choice. The subjects of these Master Classes vary. New in 2018! Orchestral students who are preparing for a professional orchestral audition will have the opportunity to participate in an orchestral excerpt master class led by Sergei Stadler (Conductor of Sankt-Peterburg Symphony). More info - List of Master Classes »

    • Orchestral students who are preparing for a professional orchestral audition will have the opportunity to participate in an orchestral excerpt master class led by Sergei Stadler (Conductor of Sankt-Peterburg Symphony).

      More info - List of Master Classes »

    • Principal and assistant of the Alion Baltic International Orchestra will be chosen based on the results of placement auditions.

    • Orchestra members will have ample individual practicing time each day.

    • Based on the results of the Alion Baltic International Competition, selected instrumentalists, vocalists, and pianists will be chosen to perform as soloists with any of the festival's orchestras.

    • With concerts almost every night, students are exposed to a high level both from artist faculty and their colleagues as they watch each concert. Students will have an opportunity to perform on the same stage with Outstanding Artists, including Sergei Stadler, Ivry Gitlis and others. Concert trips are combined with sight-seeing to Narva, Parnu, Tartu, Riga (Latvia), and Helsinki (Finland).

Alion Baltic Percussion Program

    • During 4 intensive weeks in the exciting cultural environment of Estonian National Symphony Percussion section, students pursue hands-on study of all the major percussion instruments: two- and four-mallet keyboard, snare drum, timpani, and orchestral accessories. In addition, students are introduced to world hand drums, percussion chamber music, and both multi- and solo-percussion repertoire. The beauty of Tallinn surroundings and cultural experience is ideal for artistic growth.

      Program includes:
      - 2 individual lessons with Rein Roos (Estonia)
      - 2 chamber music coachings per week - subject to Professor approval
      - Participation in student concerts in Tallinn
      - Concert trips to other cities in Estonia, Latvia, and Finland
      - Alion Baltic Orchestra Program
      - Attendance of concerts by Outstanding Artists
      - Accommodation and breakfast
      - Sightseeing tours around Tallinn and beyond

    • Each student receives two private lessons + 1 master class per week with Rein Roos, Principal Percussionist of the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra.

    • Percussion students are preselected into chamber groups and assigned to partners and repertoire choices according to level, matched well in advance. Instrumentalists receive two fourty-five minute chamber coachings per week with Rein Roos and Members of Alion Baltic Ensemble.

    • Join Alion Baltic International Music Festival this summer in Tallinn for a masterclass with Rein Roos, one of the best timpanists of his generation.

      More info »

    • The orchestra rehearses for the duration of the festival, culminating in the final Gala Opera concert at Tallin's most prestigious hall: Eestikontserdisaal. Orchestra assignments will be given at the festival.
      Percussion program students will be placed in both festival orchestras.

    • Instrumentalists will have ample practice time each day.

    • With concerts almost every night, students are exposed to a high level both from artist faculty and their colleagues as they watch each concert. Students will have an opportunity to perform on the same stage with Outstanding Artists, including Sergei Stadler, Raffy Ramiro, and Ivry Gitlis. Concert trips are combined with sight-seeing to Narva, Parnu, Tartu, Riga (Latvia), and Helsinki (Finland).

Alion Baltic Chamber Music Program

    • The Alion Baltic Chamber Music Program is intensive coaching and performance opportunities that supplement the orchestral and instrumental programs.
      Pre-formed groups are strongly encouraged to audition together. It is designed with elements of the Russian school to boost students to the next level of playing. The beauty of Tallinn surroundings and cultural experience is ideal for artistic growth.

      Program includes:
      - 2 chamber music coachings per week
      - Participation in the Alion Baltic International Music Competition
      - Participation in student concerts in Tallinn
      - Concert trips to other cities in Estonia, Latvia, and Finland
      - Alion Baltic Orchestra Program
      - Attendance of concerts by Outstanding Artists
      - Accommodation and breakfast
      - Sightseeing tours around Tallinn and beyond

    • Each chamber music groups are coached twice a week by the members of Alion Baltic Ensemble, Giuseppe Devastato, Sergey Stadler, Michael Bulychev-Okser, and others.

    • All participants are preselected into chamber groups and assigned to partners and repertoire choices according to level, matched well in advance.
      Students participate in orchestra simultaneously.
      Apply individually through the Orchestra/Instrumental programs.

    • The orchestra rehearses for the duration of the festival, culminating in the final Gala Opera concert at Tallin's most prestigious hall: Eestikontserdisaal. Orchestra assignments will be given at the festival. Members of the Alion Baltic Chamber Music Program will receive a place at the Alion Baltic orchestras.

    • Students have the opportunity to sign up to perform either as a soloist or with their chamber group in the performance master classes nearly every day of the festival. Master classes are open to all participants of the festival. Many of these Master Classes focus on specific composers or repertoire. More info - List of Master Classes »

    • Instrumentalists will have ample practice time each day.

    • With concerts almost every night, students are exposed to a high level both from artist faculty and their colleagues as they watch each concert. Students will have an opportunity to perform on the same stage with Outstanding Artists, including Sergei Stadler, Ivry Gitlis, and others artists. Concert trips are combined with sight-seeing to Narva, Parnu, Tartu, Riga (Latvia), and Helsinki (Finland).