Stockholm Master classes and Orchestra – European
Stockholm 18-26/8 2018 and 2nd Aurora Competition

Welcome to the Aurora Music Festival – Stockholm Masterclasses and Orchestra.

The courses will take place in the fabulous and newly built premises of the Royal College of Music  in Stockholm.
The course is also part of the Royal College of Music’s additional training programs that provide students 7.5 ECTS credits

The festival is a unique opportunity to receive advice for your further musical education and career as well as meeting musicians from all over the world and growing your international network.

The masterclasses takes place during the ongoing Aurora Festival – Stockholm where you will have free entrance to world-class concerts

Take risks, inspire audiences, meet people and have fun.
Become an integral part of a performing arts community of which many of the world’s most important performers are also members.

In recent years, over 4000 amazing young artists from 50 countries have participated during the now world-famous Aurora Masterclasses & Festivals.

We take pride in what we offer our participants. Please take time to read all of the information before you apply.


Aurora Music and Jukka-Pekka Saraste present:

LEAD! with Jukka-Pekka Saraste

Starting in 2018 in Stockholm, Aurora Music launches its new collaboration with legendary conductor Jukka-Pekka Saraste and his new orchestral mentorship program “LEAD!”. The program has been specially designed with orchestral leaders from around the globe who will lead instrumental sections and help coach young musicians to develop the unique and necessary skills and understanding to become top orchestral players and leaders on their instruments.

LEAD! educates through the rehearsal and performance process focusing on helping musicians learn to communicate both as leaders and as section players, to understand and feel comfortable in a variety of styles and repertoire, to communicate with conductors and to ensure quality playing under any circumstances. Maestro Saraste and his mentors aim to give students the tools to develop their individual character and personality and the confidence and knowledge to use them in the orchestral environment and beyond. Although there will be a certain focus on section leaders, LEAD!’s philosophy applies to every individual in the orchestra, and the team seeks to strengthen the motivation and personality of each player.

The LEAD! team will also provide opportunities for both private and group discussions on a large range of topics central to artistic life. As well as Maestro Saraste, the LEAD! team includes Sarah Osa and Frances Maunder, two eminent figures in the arts world with backgrounds in the highest levels of arts managements, organization, and performance. Together they are prepared to provide young musicians with the opportunity to learn and discuss vital topics often ignored in music education including career development and maintenance, psychological and emotional life as an artist, personal and professional relationships, as well as more practical topics like handling contracts, negotiations, politics, programming and networking.

“Every conductor and soloist knows how essential a good mentor is, and it’s no different for orchestra members and leaders” – Jukka-Pekka Saraste

The core of our LEAD artistic team is made up of musicians and educators with exceptional backgrounds whose goal is to pass on their knowledge and experience to aspiring orchestral players and leaders to help them along the path to acquiring and developing these very specific skills and experiences.

Igor Gruppman – Concertmaster, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
Alexander Zemtsov – Former Principal Violist, London Philharmonic Orchestra
Franz Bartolomey – Former Principal Cellist, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

LEAD is designed by maestro Saraste and his team to be a training ground both for young instrumentalists and conductors and will therefore be integrated both into the long-standing tradition of Aurora’s Symphony Orchestra program as well as the Aurora Music Conducting Masterclasses.

To read more about LEAD! visit

Aurora Music and Stockholm Chamber Brass – the NEW Aurora Brass Course

Together with Stockholm Chamber Brass, Aurora Music is proud to launch a brand new brass experience as part of the Aurora Festival in Stockholm in August 2018.

The star-studded cast of Stockholm Chamber Brass offers a brass course specially tailored for the Aurora concept and experience. From warming up in the morning to individual lessons and masterclasses, orchestra training, mock auditions, symphonic brass ensemble coaching and performances to playing in the Aurora Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jukka-Pekka Saraste, or the chance to take part in the new Aurora Music Competition, this promises to be an intense, exciting and fun 9 days of music in Stockholm.

The course is also part of the Royal College of Music in Stockholm’s “Additional Training” programs which provides participating students with 7.5 ECTS credits.

And if all that wasn’t enough: this amazing course is free for EU citizens!

Course period: 18-26 August 2018 (travelling days 17 and 27 August).  It is an absolute requirement that all participants are in place in Stockholm throughout the whole course period!

Application Deadline:  5  June 2018

Audio or Video-recording (Sound cloud or YouTube advisable) is obligatory when applying to the Aurora master classes

Accommodation: Good offers starting from 250 SEK/night will be presented shortly

Course fee: 0 SEK

ECTS- Credits: 7,5

Course content:

All students will receive:

– open individual solo master classes (there will be no piano accompanists for the master classes)

– chamber music classes by participating, actively or passively.  – rehearsals and concerts with the Aurora Symphony Orchestra (except pianists)

– seminars and open workshops

– great fun and free concerts

– You have to be in Stockholm from 18 August at 09:00 AM to 26 August at 21:00

Make sure you have these 3 attachments ready before starting the online application:

1. A certified copy of an official document from your academy, which proves that you have completed at least 30 study credits, or equivalent = at least 1/2 year of completed studies at higher music education.

2. A certified copy of your passport or identity card

Certified = that another person (could be for example family member, friend or neighbor) must both sign AND text their name and provide their telephone number ON the copy. NOTE! IF Documents from your school already are stamped/signed by school’s officials – it MUST still be certified as above.

3. An audio or video-recording. The only way to audition to Aurora is by adding an audio or video URL (link address) into the Aurora application form. The most common tool for this is Sound cloud or You Tube, but of course you can use any other provider as long as it provides you/us with an URL-link without any log-in needs etc. This has to be a solo performance (with or without accompaniment), repertoire free of choice. One piece is enough, minimum 5 minutes.

Aurora Music Competition
1500 Euros in Prizes
Main Stage Performance Opportunities

  • Jury prize: 1 000 EUR + solo performance at the festival Grande Finale
  • Audience prize: 500 EUR
  • Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass, Piano, Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, Bassoon, Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, Percussion

    Expressing your inner love of music. Sharing timeless personal stories, emotions and experiences written by some of history’s greatest creative geniuses through your own personal voice and expression. The opportunity to change the lives of your listeners forever. The burning desire to move, charm, and dazzle your audience.

    If this applies to you, then apply now to the Aurora Music Competition. Embedded into the heart of the Aurora Festival experience which includes masterclasses from some of the worlds greatest pedagogues, chamber music coaching and performances and the opportunity to have fun with and listen to musicians from all over the world, is the Aurora Music Competition.

    The competition is open to all participants at the Aurora Festival Masterclasses. Each participant has the option to take part with a solo work for their instrument between 5 and 15 minutes in length. Each professor will nominate one student to take part, a jury will listen to the candidates and select 4 – 6 candidates for the public final. These students perform for a jury of international musicians and a local audience of enthusiastic Aurora fans.

    The jury will select the student that to them best represents the Aurora spirit, or might chose to divide the prize between multiple candidates, who receive or share 1000 euros. The winner(s) will then perform as part of the festival Grande Finale on the Aurora Festival main stage. The live audience will also cast their vote to choose a winner of the 500 euro audience prize.

  • For European students, upon acceptance into the Aurora Festival Masterclasses, an application fee of 50 euros applies to all students who also wish to participate in the Aurora Music Competition. For students from outside the EU, this fee is included in the course fee. 


(NOTE – VERY IMPORTANT at your account at the University admission they say  things that are wrong: Course dates: 23 July – 26 Aug and that’s WRONG it is 18-26 of August in Stockholm nothing ells and you might be asked to pay SEK 900. IGNORE THAT. You do not have to pay anything.)

  • 5 June. (at latest) – make the online application, follow APPLY HERE below. It takes about 10 min and you need to have the link to your audition ready
  • 29 June. Aurora will send out an email with the list of selected students.
  • 3 July. deadline to confirm
  • 27 July. chamber music and orchestra repertoire will be sent out by e-mail
  • 13 Aug. general detailed info about schedules and program will be sent out by e-mail
  • 17 Aug. check in Stockholm
  • 18 Aug. 9 AM the official registration at the course venue in Stockholm
  • 26 Aug. 10 PM the final concert and the course ends
  • 27 Aug.  check out

Ola Larsson                                                         

General manager +46 (0)70 654 12 50

Willem Stam

Artistic Coordinator  +31 642 05 62 57