Master Class



The Musical Society of Nigeria has organized a conducting masterclass with MUSON’s Visiting Conductor
Walter-Michael Vollhardt.

Since the majority of instruments in a classical symphony orchestra are string instruments, this masterclass
will introduce the different kinds of techniques used in the classical repertoire.

Date: Monday, October 23, 2017.

Time: 9.30 am.

Venue: Agip Recital Hall, MUSON Centre.

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What will I Learn?

1. How to produce dynamics

2. How to produce Different Colours

3. How to produce a Variety of Articulations

4. How to Phrase

5. How to use Vibrato

6. Differentiations of Bow Speed for Musical Expression

7. How to Give Cues

8. How to make Musicians play in the Best Coordination within the group

9. Paying Attention to Intonation

10. Listening for Intonation and how to Correct them


Walter- Michael Vollhardt – MUSON’s Visiting Conductor

Michael Vollhardt started his conducting career by founding the Orchestra of the Hamburg Conservatory where he taught cello and chamber music in the early 80’s. Soon he was invited as guest conductor from various professional orchestras. After moving to Freiburg he founded the Sinfonietta of Southern Germany. With this orchestra
consisting of young musicians from all over the world he developed programs such as portraits of
Sibelius’, Mozart’s, or Reger’s symphonic work.

Walter-Michael Vollhardt started his musical career as a cello soloist. He conducted Yo Yo Ma, Antonio Meneses, Heinrich Schiff, Walter Despaj, Boris Pergamentschikov and David Geringas in the First Performance of “Meeting for Six” by the Israeli contemporary composer Noam Sheriff.

Michael Vollhardt was invited by the German Music Council to work with the National SymphonyOrchestra of Nicaragua and also conducted the Central American Symphony Orchestra at the Central American Music Festival in Managua.
In Italy he conducted at the Music Festivals of Positano and Orvieto.

He is a regular guest in Brasil where he conducts orchestras in Rio de Janeiro, Belem, Joao Pessoa, Recife and Fortaleza.

He made his Asian debut with the Bombay Chamber Orchestra in Mumbai and conducted “Carmen” as first opera performance at the OperAbuja Festival in Nigeria.

In October, 2014, he conducted the Youth Orchestra of Central America (OJCA) in Nicaragua and

He was appointed Visiting Conductor, MUSON Symphony Orchestra in 2015.