Stockholm Masterclasses, Competition and Orchestra
August 17-25, 2019

Welcome to the information site for the Aurora Music Festival – Stockholm Masterclasses, Competition and Orchestra.

The course will take place on the 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 provides participating students 7.5 ECTS credits.

The festival is a unique opportunity to receive advice for your further musical and career development, to perform with outstanding soloists and conductors in some of Sweden’s most important concert halls, as well as expanding and developing your international network.

The masterclasses take place as part of the Aurora Festival in Stockholm where you will have free entrance to concerts and events.

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

Over 4000 amazing young artists from 50 countries have participated in Aurora’s masterclasses and festivals.

In August we will welcome hundreds of young musicians, professors and famous artists to Stockholm. Although this can be a lot to take in, we take pride in what we offer our participants. Please take time to read all of the information before you apply and contact us if you have any questions.

Professors and Artists

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Aurora Symphony Orchestra

At the heart of Aurora Music’s Stockholm Masterclasses and Festival is the Aurora Symphony Orchestra. Carrying on in the tradition of working together with leading conductors and soloists, this year Aurora not only builds on its relationship with Jukka-Pekka Saraste and his LEAD! mentorship program but welcomes two outstanding soloists in Camilla Tilling and Leonidas Kavakos together with our long-standing partner Johannes Gustavsson.

The Aurora Symphony Orchestra provides a platform and opportunity for most of the students at our masterclass to learn from and perform with leading conductors and soloists. This year both symphony orchestra concerts will take place in the big hall of Stockholm’s famous Concert House. The orchestras will perform Mahler’s 1st Symphony, Beethoven’s 5th Symphony, Korngold’s Violin Concerto with Leonidas Kavakos, and Arias by Mozart and Gluck with Camilla Tilling.

LEAD! with Jukka-Pekka Saraste

Launched in 2018 in Stockholm, Aurora Music is proud to continue its collaboration with legendary conductor Jukka-Pekka Saraste and his 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 LEAD! team from 2018 returns this summer in a new format. Each mentor will have five students who study exclusively with them throughout the week, will benefit from extra personal attention and advice from the LEAD! team and will immerse themselves exclusively in LEAD! activities throughout the Aurora Festival.

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

LEAD! was designed by maestro Saraste and his team to be a training ground both for young instrumentalists and conductors and is therefore 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

4th Aurora Music Competition

Aurora Music Competition
1500 Euros in Prizes
Main Stage Performance Opportunities

  • Jury prize: 1 000 EUR + solo performance on the last day of the festival!
  • Audience prize: 500 EUR
  • Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass, Piano, Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, Bassoon, Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, Percussion, Voice

Last year in Stockholm the jury chose to split their prize between a wonderful clarinetist and an exciting percussionist both from Poland with the audience giving their prize overwhelmingly to the Marimba specialist! Who will it be this year?

The Aurora Music Competition in Stockholm is back, remodelled and redesigned for another exciting opportunity for our students at the festival. Students will have the opportunity to register for the competition for a symbolic fee and will  all have the opportunity to perform for an international panel who will make a selection for the semi-final and finally the public final which takes place during the festival! All students who sign up will have their opportunity to be heard in the early days of the festival and the winner(s) will perform on the final day of the festival.

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. Aurora does not supply a pianist but you may bring your own or ask one of the many participating pianists at the festival to support you!

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. 


NEW! Vocal Masterclasses with a special focus on lied with Camilla Tilling!

We are very proud to present our latest collaboration with the eminent Swedish Soprano Camilla Tilling who will join us in Stockholm for the first time in 2019!

This is a rare opportunity to work with one of todays most outstanding Sopranos! Not only will students have the opportunity to sing and learn in masterclasses and concert but they will have the incredible opportunity to see Camilla Tilling sing live throughout the festival as well!

The classes will have both a special focus on vocal training, technique and development as well as the lied repertoire which will be rehearsed and subsequently performed during the festival. Throughout the process students will benefit from workshops and discussions regarding repertoire choices, programming, rehearsals and performance.


Solo classes, chamber music, orchestra, competition and more! 

String players, not only do you have the chance to work with outstanding soloists Camilla Tilling and Leonidas Kavakos, with incredible conductors Jukka-Pekka Saraste and Johannes Gustavsson, but our world-class cast of string professors will be at your disposal for solo classes, open masterclasses, workshops, discussions and more!

An exclusive opportunity is available for string players particularly interested in Jukka-Pekka Saraste’s LEAD! program. Each mentor – Igor Gruppman, Alexander Zemtsov, and Franz Bartolomey will have their own small class of just 5 students each who will benefit from a more focused attention on the LEAD! topics and focus and have more time and spaced to work together on developing these specific skills. Leonidas Kavakos, who will join us later in the week as the soloist in Korngold’s Violin Concerto will also have a public session with Jukka-Pekka Saraste for all interested students.

Other students will benefit as always from the Aurora Masterclass program of individual lessons with the remaining faculty, open masterclasses, chamber music lessons and performances and the opportunity to participate in the Aurora Music Competition!


Gaby Pas-Van Riet, Jean-Louis Capezzali, Yehuda Gilad and Fredrik Ekdahl!

Wind players! Aurora is pleased to present a wonderful cast of professors for this summers course! Accepted applicants will be divided into Aurora’s Symphony Orchestras highlighted by Mahler’s 1st and Beethoven’s 5th Symphonies! All students will also have individual classes, study and perform chamber music and have the chance to listen to open classes and free concerts!


Building on a successful and exciting launch in 2018, Aurora is pleased to welcome back the Stockholm Chamber Brass to continue their work with Aurora’s brass students. 

The star-studded cast of Stockholm Chamber Brass offers a brass course specially tailored for the Aurora concept and experience. The course will include special warmup sessions with members of the Chamber Brass, individual lessons and masterclasses, sectional rehearsals, audition training and mock auditions, large symphonic brass ensemble including performances and workshops, and discussions with the Chamber Brass members. Brass players will also be divided up between the Symphonic programs including Mahler’s 1st and Beethoven’s 5th Symphonies. There is also the opportunity to participate in the newest edition of the Aurora Music Competition. All in all this promises to be an intense, exciting and fun 9 days of music in Stockholm.


Solo classes, chamber music, collaboration with voice, competition, free concerts and more! 

Peter Jablonski and Mats Widlund team up this year for our piano masterclasses! Students will have the opportunity to study with both of these wonderful pianists, to hear them live in concerts, to study and perform chamber music with other instrumentalists from all over the world, to take part in vocal masterclasses focusing on lied repertoire, and optionally to take part in the Aurora Music competition! A busy and exciting week for all pianists involved!


Chamber music, percussion workshops, symphony orchestra and more!

The dynamic duo of Joakim Anterot and Daniel Berg are back again this year. The two have put together another exciting program for percussionists to guide them through their individual lessons, chamber music repertoire, workshops, and the exciting repertoire with the Aurora Symphony Orchestra like Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 and Beethoven’s 5th!

Chamber Music

Meet, rehearse and perform with colleagues from all over the world!

Celine Flamen and Mats Zetterqvist both have incredible careers and histories performing with some of todays most influential and exciting musicians all over the globe. Aurora will divide all invited students into chamber music ensembles most of which will be under the guidance of these two wonderful musicians. They will be helped by their many colleagues on other instruments as well, but will also have open times in their schedules available for students who wish to form their own groups, who come with pre-existing ensembles, or want extra help with their chamber music.

Course period: August 17 – 25, 2019 (travel days August 16 and 26).  It is an absolute requirement that all participants are on location in Stockholm throughout the whole course period!

Application Deadline:  May 24, 2019

Audio or Video-recording (Sound cloud or YouTube advisable) is mandatory when submitting your application.

Accommodation: We do not provide accommodation but will send suggestions of the best hostels starting 250 SEK/night and recommend students look at other hotel or airbnb solutions.

Course fee: 0 SEK for EU Citizens

ECTS- Credits: 7,5

Course content:

All students will receive:

– open individual solo masterclasses (there will be no piano accompanists for the masterclasses except for the vocal classes concerning lied repertoire)

– chamber music classes and concerts

– rehearsals and concerts with the Aurora Symphony Orchestra (except pianists and singers)

– seminars and open workshops

– free tickets to all concerts that are not sold out

– optional participation in the Aurora Music Competition

– You absolutely must be in Stockholm from 17 August at 09:00 AM to 25 August at 21:00

Application Procedure:

You MUST have the following three items prepared BEFORE you start your application!

1. A copy of an official document from your academy which proves that you have completed at least 30 study credits or an equivalent thereof at a university level music school, academy or university.

2. A copy of your passport or identity card

3. An audio or video-recording. The only way to audition to Aurora is by adding an audio or video URL (web address) into the Aurora application form. The most common tools for this are Soundcloud, Youtube, Googledrive or Dropbox but of course you can use any other provider. The link must be open, meaning we will not accept applications requiring login details or password, please make sure in advance that your link works and is accessible to avoid any problems. The recording must be of a solo performance (with or without accompaniment). Repertoire is up to you. One piece is enough. Minimum time is 5 minutes.


  • 24 May DEADLINE to Apply online. Click APPLY HERE below. It takes about 10 min and you need to have the link to your audition and all documents ready.
  • 19 June. Aurora will send out an email to all selected students.
  • 23 June. Deadline to confirm your participation.
  • 15 July. Chamber Music and Orchestra repertoire will be sent by email.
  • 12 Aug. Detailed Schedule and Program will be sent by email.
  • 16 Aug. Arrival in Stockholm
  • 18 Aug. 930 AM Official registration at the course venue in Stockholm
  • 25 Aug. 10 PM Final concert and the course ends
  • 26 Aug.  departure

For visual application help and support with navigating your application at University Admission click here: Application step-by-step

Ola Larsson                                                         

General manager +46 (0)70 654 12 50

Willem Stam

Artistic Coordinator  +31 642 05 62 57