In this interview, a Music Director/Conductor discusses his typical day at work, the qualifications needed for the job, the best and worst parts of the job, and advice that can be used by students considering this line of work.
The idea of showing the tempo to help musicians play together is basic—but conducting is so much more than that.
We take a look at one of orchestral music's greatest mysteries; just what is it a conductor does? We speak to the three participants of a recent LSO conducting masterclass, who under the guidance of Principal Conductor Valery Gergiev share their views about what makes a great conductor.
They are the highest-paid and most influential musicians in the classical world, yet they never sing or play a note. So what is a conductor actually for?
The conductor demonstrates some of the basic hand motions involved in his craft.
Putting a piece of music on the stage is always about intention of the interpreter. It's never really an honest historical representation of what the composer intended.
'New York' Magazine classical music and architecture critic Justin Davidson sees what it's like being the conductor at The Juilliard School.