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Aurora Master Classes & Orchestra 2011

Midori– Violin
György Pauk– Violin
Tatjana Masurenko– Viola
Alexander Rudin– Cello
Sebastian Dubee– Double bass
Per Nyström – Chamber Music

Cecilie Løken – Flute
David Friedemann Strunck – Oboe
Yehuda Gilad – Clarinet
Ole Kristian Dahl – Bassoon
Markus Maskuniitty – Horn
Ozan Cakar – Horn

Bo Nilsson – Trumpet
Sven Erik Eriksson– Trombone
Lennart Gruvstedt – Percussion

Mats Widlund – Piano

Johannes Gustavsson– Conductor


Aurora Chamber Music together with the Royal College of Music in Stockholm and the Musikakademi Vänersborg welcomes a group of 150 exceptional artists from all over the world to apply for the Aurora Master Classes & Orchestra 10-21 August 2011

In recent years, over 1200 amazing artists from 50 countries have participated during the now world famous Aurora festivals and master classes.

Master classes – Chamber music – Orchestra – Seminars
Relish the chance to perform in public and exchange creative ideas.
Take risks, inspire audiences, meet people and have fun.
Become an integral part of a performing arts community of which many of the world’s most important performers are also members.

We take pride in what we offer our participants so take time to read all of the information included in this document before you apply, so that you know what the Aurora Festival & Master Classes is all about.

Ola Larsson/General Manager and Per Nyström/Artistic Director

Master classes

All participants will be offered at least 2 individual master classes. All instruments of a traditional symphony orchestra and piano can apply for this course. We also urge everyone to auscultate other participants’ master classes.
There will be no piano accompanists for the master classes .

Chamber Music and Orchestra

Groups and repertoire will be selected by the course management before arrival in Trollhättan so that participants have time to learn their parts both for the chamber music and orchestra.
All pianists taking part in chamber music together with the other instrument groups
You can also apply as ensemble; we very much welcome already established ensembles.
Everyone will participate in playing chamber music and orchestra.

Sectional rehearsals

The professors of the course and the conductor will lead sectional rehearsals in the opening days of the course.
The professors/conductor will lead sectional rehearsals in the opening days of the course.
The professors/conductor will then decide everyone’s position in the different orchestras before the tutti rehearsals begins. It is therefore crucial for everyone to carefully prepare their orchestral parts before the course starts.
Aurora will send out all the orchestral parts/scores by e-mail to everyone in mid-June

All students on strings, winds & brass will be divided into 3 different orchestras, each orchestra playing different repertoire, about 2-3 complete works/orchestra.
This means that approximately  8 different works will be performed such as Sibelius symph.2, Beethoven symph.7 and Tchaikovsky symph.4 etc

This construction is to make good space for the solo master classes & chamber music.

All participants will perform in front of the public, in master classes and concerts during the festival. Participants are asked to acknowledge that their master classes or concert performances may be filmed, recorded or photographed as and when required by the course management, and that they consent for such activities to take place on the understanding that they are not filmed, recorded or photographed for any commercial gain.

Compulsory tasks for this course

Under the guidance of distinguished international professors/conductors and lectures,
all participants must:
– prepare and self study predetermined repertoire, published in June
– the professors/conductor will lead sectional rehearsals in the opening days of the course and then decide everyone’s position in the different orchestras before the tutti rehearsals begin.
– perform with chamber music and Sinfonietta/Symphony orchestra during the festival, 14-21 August 2011
– participate in all days in Trollhättan and scheduled course parts – rehearsals, concerts, lessons, seminars 10-21 August 2011
– You shall yourself during the course, write one A4 size paper reflection on the given subject during the course. This reflection is to be handed over to the course administration before August 21th.


Those artists accepted into the Aurora Festival Master Classes & Orchestra 2011 may not arrive later then 9am the 10th August or leave earlier than 10pm the 21th August, and must not be absent for any reason during the period without expressed permission from the course management.
(meaning normally that you check in 9/8 and check out 22/8)

Costs and accommodation

There is no course fee however the participants pay for their own traveling, food and accommodation.
For housing 9-22 August we have 3 offers for you:
GREAT NEWS 2011! – If you book one of the three offers you get a local bus card for free from Aurora! If needed, after late festival concerts, we also will provide one bus shuttle.
Then you can freely travel on all local buses 9th – 22nd of August and easily get to and from the course/your accommodation and concert halls every day.
1) Youth Hostel or/and private host families with 2-8 beds / room. Located about 5-30 minutes by bus, central/outside central Trollhättan 9th – 22nd of August: we offer you a price of 2400 SEK no breakfest * (read more below)
2) Hotel room (central Trollhättan)- part in double room 9th – 22nd of August: we offer you a price of 4900 SEK in total incl breakfest.
3) Hotel room (central Trollhättan)- single room 9th – 22nd of August: we offer you a price of 6300 SEK in total incl breakfest
These 3 deals on accommodation only applies to bookings of all 13 nights 9th – 22nd of August. The reservation must be prepaid by June 15th and can not be refunded.

* Instructions for accommodation Youth Hostel or/and private host families 9th – 22nd of AugustIf you select this offer of accommodation then read about the conditions for this very carefully.
We are very pleased to be able to offer all participants private and cheap accommodation 9-22 August at so many nice host families in Trollhättan and different youth hostels.
1. This accommodation can be a bit outside Trollhättan. Aurora will provide you with a bus card, free of charge.
If needed, after late festival concerts, we also will provide one bus shuttle.
2. You must follow the host family’s/hostels rules and show respect for their daily routines. Keep your room and bathroom clean and tidy every day.
3. You must arrange your own breakfast. If the host family provides breakfast, be sure to offer payment for it.
4. You have to bring your own bed sheets or sleeping bag and towels

Regarding accommodation option for 2400 SEK; we have added up all the costs for youth hostels, private homes, transports, service/administration fee etc and then divided the total costs equally among all students. In this way, everyone get really good and cheap accommodation options and pay equally much, 2400SEK/person
– One for all, all for one-
Many of the host families are kindly doing this on a volunteer basis, and receive no payment but free tickets to the festival concerts as a compensation and gesture of gratitude from Aurora.
The accommodation options is just offers from Aurora, free of choice.

We will later publish an offer of good food deals during the course

Studying credits

The course is worth 7,5 studying credit points (ECTS) 6 weeks of fulltime studies in the form of self-study. We publisch the repertoire for the chamber music in June 6th. You have to participate in all lessons/rehearsals/concerts/seminars during the period of 10-21/8


Trollhättan is a town located 80km north east of Gothenburg, Sweden.
The easiest connection to Trollhättan is trough Gothenburg. From both airports in Gothenburg you find Airport busses going to the Central train station (around 30min). From Gothenburg central train station you take a regional train going every hour to Trollhättan and the tickets for that doesn’t have to be booked in advance, just buy them when you arrive to the station. The train takes around 60 min to Trollhättan and costs around 70 SEK.
It’s also possible to take trains from Copenhagen, Stockholm and Oslo directly to Trollhättan but that normally takes a bit longer time and have to be booked in advance. Information about all the trains in English
Read more about Trollhättan here, and see map here


Please read all the information in this description as well as in the application form before applying.

1. All applicants should have the basic qualifications needed for academy/college studies. You must have an exam from high school. You should document your advanced skills in your application.

2. ATTENTION!- Recordings for the selection are obligatory. Attach a non-edited Mp3-recording in your application form, with free of choice repertoire (max 5 minutes, not bigger then 8 MB). Please write clearly your name and contact details on your recording as well as a table of contents.
Technical support for MP3, click here

3. The selection will be based upon musical skills, education and experience. The number of places is limited. We will send all applicants the list of selected participants at the latest June 6th


All Academy participants receive an Aurora Festival badge. This allows free access to the Festival concerts


Each participant is responsible for bringing his/her own chamber scores to Trollhättan. Bring also a copy of each score for the use of the professor in the solo master classes/chamber music. Orchestra parts will be distributed to you by the course management well before arrival.

Practice rooms
We have many practice rooms and pianos that can be reserved at course venue.


Ola Larsson, General Manager – Aurora Chamber Music. Ph+46 (0) 70 654 12 50.
Per Nyström, Artistic director – Aurora Chamber Music. Ph +46 (0) 708 19 43 47