Conducting Course
repertoire for ensemble from early 20th century to the present day

13° edition

9th – 16th September 2017

Teatro Comunale, Moncalvo (Asti – Italy)

Admitted conductors: Matteo Andri, Nestor Bayona, Carlos Civera, Friederike Kienle, Jonas Rannila, Leonardo Silva

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Teacher: Sandro Gorli
Tutor: Marco Di Bari
Instrumental ensemble: Divertimento Ensemble

Sandro Gorli
Sandro Gorli studied composition with Franco Donatoni, while also studying at the Faculty of Architecture in Milan and taking a diploma in pianoforte. He carried out research at the Phonology studio at the RAI studios in Milan, and he attended the orchestra conducting courses held by Hans Swarowsky in Vienna. In 1977 he founded – and still conducts – the Divertimento Ensemble, which runs an intense concert programme with the objective of increasing the diffusion of contemporary music. He was principal conductor of the Elision Ensemble, Melbourne, from 1990 to 1998. With the Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana, he led the first Italian performance of Philip Glass’ Low Symphony, and, conducting the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano G. Verdi, he has recorded two CDs entirely dedicated to Bruno Maderna. His compositions, regularly performed on occasion of the most important Italian and international events, include: Me-Ti, for orchestra, a request by Bruno Maderna for the RAI Orchestra, Milan (1975 SIMC prize), Chimera la luce, for vocal sextet, pianoforte, choir and orchestra, whose premier performance was held at the Royan Festival in 1976, conducted by Giuseppe Sinopoli, On a Delphic Reed, for oboe and 17 performers (1980 SIMC prize), Il bambino perduto, for orchestra, Quartetto, for strings, Le due Sorgenti, for chamber orchestra, Super flumina, for oboe, viola and orchestra, written for the 1987 Babilonia Festival (1989 City of Trieste prize), and Requiem, for unaccompanied mixed choir, written for La Chapelle Royale conducted by Philippe Herrewege (CD Harmonia Mundi). The organizations that have commissioned his scores include: RAI, Milan (1973), I Solisti Veneti (1975), the Gulbenkian Foundation (1976), the French Ministry of Culture (1979, 1983, 1984, 1989 and 1993), the Italian Foreign Ministry (1987), Radio France (1981 and 1988), the Orchestra Regionale Toscana (1990), the Ensemble Elision, Melbourne (1990 and 1994), the Geneva Festival (1991), the Atelier du Rhin (1993), the Japanese Theatre Winter festival (1997), Agon (1997), the Archdiocese of Milan (1999), and the Lisbon Symphonic Orchestra (2000), Milano Musica (2003), Ex Novo Ensemble (2009), Accademia Filarmonica Romana (2010). In 1985 he won the Europa prize for musical theatre with the opera Solo, and his second opera, Le mal de lune, was staged in March 1994 in Colmar and Strasbourg.

Musicians of any age and nationality can take part in the course, either as students or as auditors

The student application must be received by April 30, 2017 to the following e-mail address: idea@divertimentoensemble

The application must include
– apllication form: applicationconductingcourse2017
– a CV and
– the bank (or PayPal) receipt for the enrolment fee, €30. This fee will only be reimbursed in case the course will be cancelled.
Divertimento Ensemble’s bank account:Banca Prossima,
account in the name of Divertimento Ensemble
IBAN IT70P0335901600100000101448
Banca Prossima – 20121, P.zza P. Ferrari 10 Milano.
PayPal:  € 30

Selection for students admission to the course will be done on the basis of the applicant’s CV and of any video recordings attached. Results will be announced to all applicants by email by May 10th, 2017. A maximum of 10 students will be admitted.

Participation fees:
students: € 900 to be paid in a single installment by May 30, 2017
auditors: € 200 to be paid in a single installment by September 9, 2017

Scores: the scores will be sent free of charge to the selected conductors.

Concerts: The course will culminate with four concerts, all performed within Rondò concert season and conducted by different students.

Upon request, a certificate of participation will be issued to the participants at the end of the course.

Struttura del Corso


The course comprises eigth lesson days, from September 9th to 16th 2017, structured as follows:
Sept. 9 – six hours dedicated to an analysis of the scores in the programme
Sept. 10 / Sept. 13 – six rehearsal hours followed by two hours of work review
Sept. 14 – four rehearsal hours followed by the master class held by Marco Di Bari
Sept. 15 – six rehearsal hours followed by two hours of work review
Sept. 16 – dress rehersal and first concert at Moncalvo Theatre
Sept. 17 – concert at Tenuta Santa Caterina in Grazzano Badoglio
Sept. 18 – concert at Archivio di Stato in Asti
Sept. 20 – concert at Litta Theatre in Milan

From September 14 onwards the composer Marco Di Bari will attend, as tutor, the reharsals of his composition.
The concerts will be performed within the Rondò 2017 concert season and will be conducted by different students.

The Course will be realized in synergy with the master class for vocal chamber repertoire from the second half of the 1900s to the present day (teacher Alda Caiello, Call for Young Performers 2017 / Voice, Piedmont, September 4 to 16, 2017). The repertoire for voice and ensemble of the master class and the one of the conducting course are the same: the singers, selected among those who will partecipate in the masterclass, will work (and perform in the concerts) together with the musicians of Divertimento Ensemble and the conductors of the conducting course.

György Ligeti Aventures for voices and ensemble (1962)
Luciano Berio Folk Songs for soprano and ensemble (1964)
Marco Di Bari Sea’s widows, Nésas Séknus for soprano and ensemble
Brian Ferneyhough Flurries for ensemble (1997)

Lessons will take place at the Theatre in Moncalvo (Asti, Italy).

Information on accommodations:

Download the Course information: conductingcourse2017

Donatella Campoleoni
mob.: +39 338 2225014

Admitted students:
Matteo Andri,
Nestor Bayona,
Carlos Civera,
Friederike Kienle,
Jonas Rannila,
Leonardo Silva.


Coordinate bancarie: Divertimento Ensemble, Banca Prossima, IBANIT70P0335901600100000101448,
Causale: Participation Fee Conducting Course 2016, Name and Surname