9th to 22nd of October
FAME'S European Orchestral Performing Institute opens an European Creative orchestral program for skilled young musicians in the field of Orchestral music. As part of Pan-European cultural entities (CREA-CULT-2021-PECE), the program focuses on giving an opportunity for young talented musicians to participate into various orchestral practices, exploring new repertoires and performance styles within the Fames Project – dedicated studio for orchestral music recordings. The program is offering a high professional level of training, practicing, mentoring, and performing, through new methodologies and technologies based on all involved partners experience.
Organised in one place in order to create a unique platform for exchange and creativity, the axes and main development objectives of the project are as follows:
1. Develop a training / professionalisation / center of excellence for young European instrumentalists in order 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 heritage;
3. Encourage intra-European mobility; encounters and defend the humanist values essential to Europe. Thus gender quality, diversity and social representativeness as well as the commitment to the fight against climate change will be essential pillars of the program.
Led by Maestro Benjamin Shwartz, together with Anna Kondratenko and Sanja Romic. The orchestra will be performing the Beethoven symphony nr. 5 and Bartok Romanian Folk Dances. The closing Concert will be on 18th of September at the Macedonian Philharmonic Concert Hall. - (13th to 18th of September)
Led by the Conductor Tim Redmond. The closing Concert is organized in Split, Croatia, on the 27th of September with our partner ECSA (European Composer and Songwriter Alliance) for the official Ceremony of Camille Awards - European Film Composer Awards. - (21st to 30th of September)
The students will be introduced to the specifics skills required on a recording stage. The sessions will be organized all along the presence of the students based on Fames sessions's schedule. The students will have the opportunity to join professional recording sessions under the direction of our in house conductors for international composers and productions. (During the whole Seminar)
With the worldwide known band Rob Mazurek's Exploding Star Orchestra. During the masterclass the musicians will work on compositions that use the gestures of experimental classical music and avant-garde jazz to move into fresh territory. The band and the Orchestra will perform on the opening Concert of the Skopje Jazz Festival. - ( 9th to 13th of October)
With outstanding musicians of Cuareim Quartet & Natascha Rogers. Their music emphasizes contemporary and jazz improvisation while eagerly embracing a wide variety of aesthetics and styles. The Quartet plays original compositions and arrangements, combining different backgrounds and experience in various genres. The closing concert will be on 22nd of October at Macedonian Philharmonic Concert Hall. - (15th to 21th of October)
Each seminar will consist therefore of 5 different topics & practices:
• Classical music, baroque, contemporary music
• Film / media / videogame music
• Hybrid orchestral jazz and modern music
• Carte blanche (special guest)
• Immersion professional recording sessions
The main ambition of the project is to offer young highly talented European classical musicians an intensive orchestral work program implemented by the participants with a physical participation to the training, mentoring, rehearsal and performing sessions along with masterclasses in the FAME’S studios and premises.
Each seminar and program will be organised around 2 axes:
• A first one, focused on a theoretical approach, will provide the participants with an initial contact with the program and organize training sessions & rehearsals under expert mentoring, along with master classes addressing surrounding topics of music practice: rehearsal methods and strategies, development of artistic and personal ways of expression, economic & carrier development approaches
• A second one, the implementation in the practice of participants for professional performances & results. Thus each program will be concluded by a practical output in the form of professional recordings, concerts, video recorded & streamed performances.
• Each seminar will last between 2 and 6 weeks and is organised around 5 topics and practice subjects (classical music, film & 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 program is free of charge and each selected musician will be welcomed and accommodated in Fames’ premises. The participants will only take in charge their travel costs.
• The program aims to reach around 160 participants from at least 20 European countries over the course of 3 years.
• The program, content and experts involvement, will be established for each seminar in coordination with Associated Partners.
Requirements for application
- being a young musician, with high level of instrument practice (all orchestra instruments are accepted)
- being citizen or permanent resident of one of the 27 Countries of the European Union or non-EU Participating Countries in the Creative Europe Programme (Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein, Albania, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, Ukraine, Georgia)
- being aged between 16 – 30 years old on January 2022
- being fluent in English Language
- submit an application before August 31st 2022.
In the first step of the application process you will be asked to fulfill your basic information about yourself. Please fill it out and submit it.
After submitting the application form, you should send your CV, motivation letter, audio and video file at auditions.famesinstitute@
- CV and Motivation letter
- Pre existing links to recordings (Audios files and/or Videos files)
- Audios and/or Videos files of a Movement/excerpt from a Concerto OR/ a Movement from a Suite or Sonata by J.S. Bach OR/ a Piece from your choice
- Each piece should be recorded as one take
- Excerpts do not need to be recorded with accompaniment
- Each selection or movement may be uploaded as a separate video
- Professional or studio recordings are not required, but the sound quality should be as good as possible
- One piece of the candidate choice (4mn max)
- The selection of the second piece will be proposed to the applicant 15 days before the audition
- Prima vista orchestral excerpt
If you are selected for the seminar, you will be required to make yourself available for the full duration of the program. We ask successful candidates to sign a formal commitment to this effect. For students who are pursuing an undergraduate or graduate university education, they will have to make arrangements with their institutions and their professors to obtain time off that will allow them to participate in the program during all weeks designated in the calendar.
FAME’S is a music production company built in 2007 specialized in orchestral music recordings. With over 3000 orchestral projects performed and recorded in the last 15 years the project is recognized today as an active participant in the worldwide orchestral music production sector. Over the last 10 years, the company has implemented a trans-regional and trans-European mobility in its activities employing more than 150 of the finest professional classical musicians from North-Macedonia & Western Balkans. Aside from the music production activities, studios & facilities welcome multiple regional projects, encouraging and supporting the local creation and music development.
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Creative Europe is the European programme 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 for 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 programme 2021-2027 will contribute to the recovery of the cultural sectors, reinforcing their efforts to become more inclusive, more digital and environmentally more 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 professional development of artists and performances’ accessibility.