Iphigénie en Tauride (Iphigenie auf Tauris) - Premiere

Tragédie in vier Akten von Christoph Willibald Gluck (1714–1787)
Opernklasse der HfM Saar
Leitung: Thomas Max Meyer

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Conducting Academy

When and where

27 August – 1 September 2023, Hochschule für Musik Saar (University of Music Saarbrücken)

Artistic direction and lecturers


Prof. Georg Grün

Kammerchor Saarbrücken ... Georg Grün ranks among the most sought-after choral conductors and choral sound specialists in the world. In 1990, he founded the KammerChor Saarbrücken and remains its artistic director today. With the ensemble he has won major international and national choir competitions, has performed at many renowned music festivals and has regularly produced CDs for Carus-Verlag and Rondeau. Between 2000 and 2012 Georg Grün was professor of choral conducting at the Musikhochschule Mannheim, with whose newly-formed Chamber Choir he also won numerous international prizes. In 2012, Georg Grün was appointed professor at the HfM University of Music Saar, and in 2013 took on the role of conductor of the Ev. Chorgemeinschaft an der Saar. Georg Grün travels extensively both in Germany and abroad as a guest conductor, adjudicator and teacher of international master classes in choral conducting. Since 2010, he has been a mentor of the Conductors' Forum of the German Music Council and since 2015, chairman of the jury at the renowned International Chamber Choir Competition Marktoberdorf. In 2016 concerts, adjudicator work, master classes and guest conducting engagements will take him, among other places, to Italy, France, Ireland, Spain and Poland.

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Lecturer / Management

Mauro Barbierato

LandesJugendChor Saar ... Mauro Barbierato was born in Padova (Italy) in 1984. After his school education he studied organ and organ composition with Prof. L. Medici Turrini at the Conservatorio "C. Pollini", where he graduated with the diploma. His musical career then led him to the Conservatorio "G. Verdi" in Milan, where he studied choral conducting, musical paleography (with Prof. G. Acciai) and basso continuo (with Prof. C. Farina). At the Mannheim University of Music he completed his Bachelor's degree with both artistic and pedagogical specialization. After that he completed his studies with a master's degree and postgraduate studies in choir conducting at the University of Music in Saarbrücken with Prof. G.Grün. At the Opera School of the Mannheim University of Music he worked as musical assistant for Prof. Cosima Osthoff and as a répétiteur. In April 2012, he conducted the opera "Echt?" at the Schnawwl Theater Mannheim and in the season 2014-15 the opera "Sturm" at the National Theater Mannheim. He is currently conductor of the Children's Choir of the Saarländischer Staatstheater, of the youth choir LandesJugendChor Saar and of the cross-country choir Choeur Robert Schuman. At the University of Music in Saarbrücken he is Italian language coach for the singers since 2013 and lecturer for choral conducting since 2020. Since 2020 he is also lecturer for choral conducting at the HochsUniversity of Music in Mainz.

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Web-Coaching (Turkey)

Dr. Burak Onur Erdem

Turkish State Choir ... Dr. Burak Onur Erdem is the principal conductor of the Turkish State Choir. Erdem graduated from Boğaziçi University Political Science & International Relations department with the Rector’s Prize. He has a master’s degree in music theory and a PhD in conducting from ITU Centre for Advanced Studies in Music. Thereafter, he finished his postgraduate degree with Prof. Johannes Prinz on choral conducting in Kunstuniversität Graz. Erdem studied with Michael Ellison (form & music theory), Adam Roberts (advanced harmony), Paul Whitehead (renaissance & baroque style), Lynn Trepel Çağlar (singing) among other notable tutors. He worked with renowned conductors like Johannes Prinz, Maria Guinand, Anders Eby, Volker Hempfling, Denes Szabo, Michael Gohl and Georg Grün in international conducting masterclasses. Erdem started the Boğaziçi University Choral Festival (KoroFest) in 2009, founded the Choral Culture Association in 2012, has been elected to the board of European Choral Association in 2015 and has been appointed to the board of International Federation of Choral Music in 2018. He served as music commission members in Europa Cantat Tallinn and Ljubljana Festivals, and acted as chair of the music commission in Leading Voices Utrecht Festival. Erdem won prizes in guitar and singing in his highschool years in Jugend Musiziert competitions. Starting from his university years, he performed with his choirs in countries like Portugal, Italy, Netherlands, Germany, Estonia, Hungary, Greece, Bulgaria, as well as in Türkiye. He won prizes in prestigious competitions like Cork, Arezzo, Varna, and Marktoberdorf with Rezonans, which he founded. He has been invited as a jury member to Italian National Choral Conducting Competition, Arezzo International Choral Competition, German National Choral Competition, and Japan National Choral Competition. He founded Bahçeşehir University Choral School and taught in national and international choral conducting masterclasses. Erdem performed numerous concerts with Turkish State Choir in Türkiye and Europe since 2013, has been one of the founders of Walter Strauss Choral Conducting Masterclass, premiered renowned Turkish composers, initiated European composers to write Turkish choral works and recorded them, and has been accepted to TENSO (European Network for Professional Chamber Choirs) with the choir. Erdem continues to serve as vice-president of the European Choral Association and leads the organisation of World Symposium on Choral Music 2023 Istanbul.

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Web-Coaching (Greece)

Dimitris Ktistakis

Conductor ... 2021: Assistant Professor of the Department of Music Studies, Ionian University. 2014 - 2021: Assistant lecturer in Choral Conducting for Mixed Choir/Conductor of the University Choir and Conductor of the Vocal Ensemble, KE Mixed Choral Conducting at the Department of Music Studies. Teaching Kinesiology for the postgr aduated Master’s course in Choral conducting for Youth Choirs, Ionian University. 2013 - 2021: Municipal Conservatory of Larissa: Professor of Piano and Choir Conducting. 2013 - 2021: Conductor of the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Trikala 2016 - 2020: He has collaborated with the Greek Radio Choir in 45 productions including concerts with the Greek National Symphony Orchestra, the Greek Contemporary Music Orchestra, the Athens Municipality Symphony Orchestra, the Camerata Chamber Orchestra and the Athens State Orchestra https://music.ionio.gr/en/department/staff/454-ktistakis/

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Program and work schedule of the week

Program Conducting Academy

  • Arnold Schönberg, Friede auf Erden op.13
  • Georg Schumann, Drei geistliche Gesänge op. 31
  • Heinrich Kaminski,  O wirre Welt – Kyrie aus „Die Messe deutsch für 5-stimmigen gemischten Chor“
  • Johannes Brahms, Vier Quartette op. 92
  • Yiannis Konstantinidis, from 8 Songs from Asia Minor: Nr.1, 6, 8
  • Hasan Uçarsu, Kar Şarkısı (Snow Song)
  • J.S. Bach, Komm, Jesu, komm BWV 229

The conducting academy primarily deals with questions of interpretation, choral sound, intonation and their rehearsal and conducting implementation in a professional context. Particular attention is paid to the expression of the conduction through striking technique and the individual “conducting language” of the participants. This takes place through individual conducting lessons with Prof. Grün, through video coaching with international guests (Dimitris Ktistakis from Greece and Burak Onur Erdem from Turkey), through passive participation in the choir rehearsals and directing the KammerChor Saarbrücken .

  • daily three hours of conducting lessons by Prof. Georg Grün (only for active participants) and other lecturers (Mauro Barbierato)
  • daily up to three hours of active work with the KammerChor Saarbrücken, divided among 8 conductors (only for active participants)
  • final concert*
    *The active participants agree to conduct at the final concert if they are chosen by the musical director. There is no right to conduct.

Web masterclasses

Part of the lessons and rehearsals within this year’s Summer School will be offered for the first time via Internet video transmission to students from other German and foreign universities of music and interested parties. Seminars, lectures and rehearsals by external lecturers from abroad are also made available for the participants of the summer school.


One of the goals is the development of demanding choral music under professional conditions. The academy ensemble, which is available for the candidates, is composed of 16 singers of the KammerChor Saarbrücken and 8 professional singers from radio choirs, renowned vocal ensembles or the professional choir scene in each voice group. This year, among others, the complete cast of the renowned vocal soloist ensemble from Munich “die Singphoniker” will sing in the academy ensemble.


*Pictures: Die Singphoniker and the KammerChor Saarbrücken (Photo Alexandra Vosding / With permission by the World Cultural Heritage Site Völklinger Hütte)


Professional singers





Franziska Bobe

Anne Greiling

Daniel Schreiber

Marlo Honselmann

Helene Grabitzky

Johannes Euler

Henning Jensen

Florian Drexel


Répétiteur / Pianist

Berno Scharpf


Target group

The Conducting Academy is aimed at students in choral conducting as well as church musicians and young up-and-coming conductors who are interested in continuing education in choral conducting.


The active participants

will be communicated after the audition on 27th August 2023



Contact information

If you have any questions, please contact

Mauro Barbierato

Short summary

Application deadline
15 July 2023

Contact information
If you have any questions, please contact:

Mauro Barbierato