Sound Connections


Advanced conducting technique

Led by Jonathan Brett, this workshop concentrates on the elements of gesture which facilitate a strong connection to sound. It studies in detail elements of movement - the physical mechanics, the content and pattern of movements and the amplitude and intensity with which they are made - and studies how control of these five elements can generate influence on key aspects of performance, including rhythmic flow, phrasing, articulation and colour of sound. It is suitable for conductors seeking to refine their understanding and practical skills.

The workshop takes place within one of our residencies in the beautiful Alkotóház (Creation House), an artists' retreat in Szigliget on the north shore of Lake Balaton in Hungary. This is a former summer palace of the Esterhazy family, located in the heart of a peaceful village and surrounded by wonderful countryside. Easily reached by train from Budapest, it is a perfect place for study and contemplation - as well as for exploring the wonderful surroundings.


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As a conductor, Jonathan Brett demonstrates the highest level of musicianship and technical understanding. He also has the great gift of being able both to explain and demonstrate the theory and practice of his art most effectively.
Maxim Vengerov