FAME'S European Orchestral Performing Institute opened a European Creative orchestral program for skilled young musicians in the field of Orchestral music. The project is co-funded by Creative Europe and is part of Pan-European cultural entities, focused on allowing young talented musicians to participate in various orchestral practices, exploring new repertoires and performance styles within the FAME’S Project – a dedicated studio for orchestral music recordings. The program offers a highly professional level of training, practicing, mentoring, and performing, through new methodologies and technologies based on all involved partners experience.
Organised in one place to create a unique platform for exchange and
creativity, the axes and main development objectives of the project are as
1. Develop a training/ professionalisation / centre of excellence for young
European instrumentalists to increase the competitiveness and economic
potential of the music and creative sectors;
2. Build professional and original orchestral music content aimed at
reaching new audiences in the era of digital transformation while ensuring
the development and promotion of cultural diversity and European musical
3. Encourage intra-European mobility; encounter and defend the
humanist values essential to Europe. Thus gender quality, diversity, and
social representativeness as the commitment to the fight against climate
change will be essential pillars of the program.
Each seminar consists of 5 different masterclasses, practices:
- Classical music, baroque, and contemporary music
- Film/media/video game music
- Hybrid orchestral jazz and modern music
- Carte blanche (with special guest)
- Immersion professional recording sessions.
The main ambition of the project is to offer young talented European classical musicians an intensive orchestral work program implemented by the participants with physical participation in the training, mentoring, rehearsal, and performing sessions along with masterclasses in the FAME’S studios and premises.
Each seminar and program is organised around two axes:
- The first axis is focused on a theoretical approach and will provide the participants an initial contact with the whole program and training sessions.
Under expert mentoring, along with masterclasses addressing the topics of music practice, rehearsal methods and strategies, development of artistic and personal ways of expression, economic and carrier development approaches.
- The second axis has focused on the implementation in the practice of participants for professional performances and results. Therefore, each program concluded with a practical output in the form of professional recordings, live performances on concerts, recorded and streamed live.
Each seminar lasts 6 weeks and is organized around five
topics and practice subjects (classical music, film and media, hybrid orchestral, carte blanche, recording sessions)
- The participants can choose to attend the whole seminar or particular masterclasses according to their availability or interest
- It is NOT OBLIGATORY for the participants to attend the whole seminar
- Each seminar is planned to welcome between 20 to 30 musicians.
- The chosen applicants will receive fully funded scholarship for the masterclasses. They will be welcomed and accommodated on FAME’S premises. The participants will only take charge of their travel costs.
- The program aims to reach around 160 participants from at least 20 European countries over three years.
- The program, content, and experts, will be established for each seminar in coordination with the Associated Partners.
Who can apply?
We are seeking pre-professional young musicians who meet the following criteria:
- Academic Certifications: Individuals who are currently pursuing or have successfully completed their formal education in music.
- European Union or Creative Europe Program Participants: Candidates who are citizens of one of the 27 European Union countries or non-EU countries actively participating in the Creative Europe Program. These countries include Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein, Albania, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, Ukraine, and Georgia.
- Age Range: Musicians who fall within the age range of 16 to 30 years old.
- English Language Proficiency: Applicants who are fluent in the English language.
If you meet all of the above criteria, we invite you to apply and join our program.
Register through the application form.
If you can’t submit the required files (videos, CV) through our application form, please send them by e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phase I: Pre-selection
The applicant needs to send two videos with their application. The videos should be:- A movement or excerpt of a classical concert and/or
– A movement or excerpt of a suite or sonata (up to the beginning of the 20th century) and/or
– A solo piece from the repertoire of your instrument
Phase II: Final selection
Pre-selected applicants will be asked to provide a video recording of themselves playing three orchestral excerpts. The orchestral excerpts will be provided to the applicants at latest 10 days before submission deadline.
Video file requirements:
– The video file can be pre-recorded but it must not be older than 6 months
– Each piece must be recorded as one take, without any editing.
– Excerpts do not need to be recorded with accompaniment
– Each selection or movement can be uploaded or sent as a separate video- Professional or studio recordings are not required, but the video must have quality sound.
FAME'S Institute Tour
There are incredible musicians on these masterclasses and it was a pleasure to learn and play with them. Overall, this was an amazing experience for me, because I had no experience at all before coming to these seminars
I was astonished by the complete organisation. We had an amazing opportunity to work and share ideas with famous composers and conductors as well as being able to share the stage with them. And off course making new friends. We all come from different countries and I learned a lot about some different cultures.
I was astonished by the complete organisation. We had an amazing opportunity to work and share ideas with famous composers and conductors as well as being able to orchestrate (perform, share the stage) with them. And off course making new friends. We all come from different countries and I learned a lot about some different cultures.
I think this masterclass was the most professional thing that I’ve done so far in my life. Rob Mazurek was open to new ideas and everything was on point and inspiring in terms of the project. I learned how to improvise and I exchanged skills with the other musicians and students, they told me some tricks that I could never learn during my studies. These kind of seminars are useful and inspiring because it keeps your attention and focus on something better and bigger.
FAME’S is a music production company built in 2007 specialised in orchestral music recordings. With over 3000 orchestra projects performed and recorded in the last 15 years the project is recognised today as an active participant in the worldwide orchestral music production sector. Over the last 10 years, the company has implemented trans-regional and trans-European mobility in its activities employing more than 150 of the finest professional classical musicians from North Macedonia and Western Balkans. Aside from the music production activities, studio’s and facilities welcome multiple regional projects encouraging, and supporting local creation and music development.
Creative Europe is a European program supporting cultural and creative sectors. Creative Europe invests in actions that reinforce cultural diversity and respond to the needs and challenges of the cultural and creative sectors. With a budget of € 2.44 billion, the main objectives of the program are to:
• safeguard, develop and promote European cultural and linguistic diversity and heritage
• increase the competitiveness and economic potential of the cultural and creative sectors, in particular, the audiovisual sector
The Creative Europe program 2021-2027 will contribute to the recovery of the cultural sectors, reinforcing their efforts to become more inclusive, digital, and environmentally sustainable.
Pan-European cultural entities (CREA-CULT-2021-PECE)
This action will support projects proposed by cultural entities - in the case of this Call - orchestras with artists from at least 20 countries - whose aim is to offer training, professionalisation, and performance opportunities for young high potential artists. The goals of this action are to:
• enhance the visibility of European cultural diversity and cultural heritage
• foster the emergence of artistic excellence and the achievement of the highest possible standard of orchestral performance
• support the activities of organisations and artists who act as promoters and ambassadors of EU cultural values
• foster participation and access to high-level artistic creation for young and new audiences
• foster the sector’s capacity to be resilient and prepared to take advantage of the opportunities offered by digital technologies for both the professional development of artists and performance accessibility.