Seminar #2

Classical Music Orchestral Course

13th to 18th of September 2022

Leaded by the Conductor Benjamin Shwartz. The orchestra will be performing the Beethoven Symphony no. 5 and Bartok Romanian Folk Dances The Closing Concert is organized on the 18th of September at the Macedonian Philharmonic Concert Hall.

Benjamin Schwartz / Conductor

Benjamin Shwartz is an American Israeli orchestral and opera conductor, and Music Director of the Wroclaw Philharmonic known for his interest in and commitment to new music. He recently completed a 3-season tenure as the Resident Conductor of the San Francisco symphony, where he assisted Michael Tilson Thomas, led numerous concerts, and was the Wattis Foundation Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra.


Anna Kondratenko / Violinist

Anna has worked as soloist and concertmaster of the Bonn Classic Philharmonic Orchestra, she went on tour (China, Ukraine, Hungary, Lebanon, Malaysia and Russia) with Justus France’s international symphonic orchestra and participated as a soloist in the international musical festival such as Mozarteum (Austria), Ohrid Summer Festival (Macedonia), Holzhauser Music Festival (Germany). Her students are already winners of international competitions such as: Ohrid Peals, San Remo – Junior and others. Since 2005, Anna is working as a soloist and concertmaster of Macedonian Philharmonic Orchestra and FAME’S Project.


Sanja Romic / Oboist

Sanja Romic is solo oboist of the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra since 2011 and associate professor for orchestral studies for woodwind instruments at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad since 2016.

As soloist, she was touring the USA, Europe and China under batons of renowned conductors and has been collaborating with Salzburg Chamber Soloists, Cremerata Baltica, Prague Chamber Orchestra, Holland National Youth Orchestra and Opera and Ballet Ljubljana, where she held solo oboe position between 2004-2008.

Very interested in movement and body mechanics, she advocates ease of playing focusing on body-mind synergy and health care for musicians and she established a music camp and her teaching concept “Playing & Living with Ease".


Film Music Orchestral Course

21st to 30th of September 2022

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.

Timothy Redmond / Conductor

Timothy Redmond conducts opera and concerts throughout Europe and in the US. He is Professor of Conducting at the ‘Guildhall School of Music and Drama’ a regular guest conductor with the London Symphony and Royal Philharmonic Orchestras co-founder of the international conducting master classes ‘And Other Duties’ and is conductor and co-creator of the Royal Albert Hall’s My Great Orchestral Adventure™ concert series.


Carte Blanche Orchestral Course

9th to 13th of October 2022

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 at the opening Concert of the Skopje Jazz Festival.

Rob Mazurek / trumpetist / composer / conductor

Rob Mazurek is an American electro-acoustic composer, cornetist, improviser and visual artist living in Chicago, Illinois. Mazurek currently leads a number of ensembles, including Exploding Star Orchestra, Pharaoh and the Underground (featuring Pharoah Sanders), Chicago Underground, Pulsar Quartet, Sao Paulo Underground, Skull Sessions, Sound Is Quintet, Starlicker, Mandarin Movie, and Throne of the House of Good and Evil, each of which possesses its own distinct musical personality.

As a composer, Mazurek has written over 300 original compositions over the past 30 years, and has released at least 55 recordings on various labels. Mazurek has also been awarded several commissions and awards.


Hybrid Music Orchestral Course

15th to 21st 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.

The Cuareim Quartet

The Cuareim quartet is an unusual string quartet, composed of Rodrigo Bauza and Federico Nathan (violins), Olivier Samouillan (viola) and Guillaume Latil (cello), four musicians with different backgrounds who are all composers as well as performers. They play original compositions together, confronting and mixing their experiences acquired in different genres in order to explore new territories. They are interested in the musical traditions of all continents - including the language of jazz - while cultivating an atypical sound for a string ensemble.


Recording Orchestral Course

11th to 14th of July 2022

The students will be introduced to the specific skills required on a recording stage. The sessions will be organized all through the presence of the students based on FAME’S sessions’ 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.


FAME’S Project is a music production company built in 2007 specialized in orchestral music recordings and has been produced over 4000 orchestral projects in the last 10 years for the international market and recognized today as part of the main actors in the worldwide orchestral music production sector. Over the last 10 years, FAME’S implemented a trans-regional and trans-European mobility in its activities employing more than 150 of the finest professional classical musicians from the Western Balkans and European countries.