Tenso Masterclass for Conductors

Tenso wants to encourage young conductors to take on choral music, working both on standard repertoire and on recent and contemporary pieces. In Tenso Masterclass for Conductors (TMC), promising conductors get to work with coaches in reading sessions and in rehearsals with a professional chamber choir.

2017 edition

In 2017 several masterclasses for conductors will be organized during Tenso Days, working with Daniel Reuss and other Tenso conductors. From a pool of young conductors (TMC Selection), two or three conductors will be selected to work with one of the Tenso choirs. The next sessions will take place in Mechelen (May 2017) and Zagreb (September 2017).


Conductors will be asked to work on at least one piece from the following list:

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) – Warum is das Licht gegeben (from Op.74) (1879)
Luciano Berio (1925-2003) – Cries of London (1974)
Frank Martin (1890-1974) – Songs of Ariel (1950)
Frank Martin (1890-1974) – Messe pour double choeur (1922/1926)
Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992) – O Sacrum Convivium (1937)
Györgi Ligeti (1923-2006) – Lux Aeterna (1966)
Arvo Pärt (1935) – Magnificat (1989)
Francis Poulenc (1899-1963) – Sept Chansons (1936)
Arnold Schönberg (1874-1951) – Friede auf Erden (1907)
Iannis Xenakis (1922-2001) – Nuits (1967/1868)

In addition, candidates can choose to work on a piece that is on the concert programme of the choir they will work with, or (after consulting the coaches) a piece of their own choosing which may be new to the choir.

Interested to join?

The call for the 2017 edition of the masterclass is now closed.

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Previous sessions

April 2017, Ljubljana

Benjamin Hartmann, Benjamin Kirk and Visa Yrjölä worked with Grete Pedersen, Tonci Bilic and Zbor Slovenske Filharmonije.

November 2016, Amsterdam

During Tenso Days Amsterdam, Mariana Delgadillo EspinozaTobias Walenciak and Yuval Weinberg worked with Cappella Amsterdam and Nederlands Kamerkoor, with coaches Grete Pedersen and Daniel Reuss.

August 2016, Helsinki

In August 2016, Arndt Henzelmann and Lodewijk van der Ree worked with James Wood and Tenso Europe Chamber choir, during  Tenso Days Helsinki. Pictures on smugmug.

May 2016, Mechelen

The first sessions in 2016 took take place during Tenso Days Mechelen from 13 to 15 May 2016. Conductors Grete Pedersen and Daniel Reuss and Det Norske Solistkor worked with Boldizsár Kiss and Angeliki Ploka. Have a look at a photo series of the sessions in Mechelen (Facebook), or take of photo tour of the Tenso Days Mechelen (smugmug).

2015 Edition

For partipants and coaches that participated in the 2015 edition, have a look here.

Photo : Grete Pedersen, Angeliki Ploka, Boldizsár Kiss, Daniel Reuss, Mechelen 2016