Trollhättan/Vänersborg Masterclasses and Orchestra
August 26 – September 1, 2019

Welcome to the information site for the Aurora Music Festival – Trollhättan/Vänersborg Masterclasses and Orchestra 2019.

The course will take place in Trollhättan and Vänersborg in collaboration with the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. The two towns, located just 12 km’s from each other are easily accessible from Gothenburg.

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 Trollhättan/Vänersborg 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 over 100 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 and LEAD! with Jukka-Pekka Saraste

At the heart of Aurora Music’s Trollhättan/Vänersborg 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 outstanding soloist Elisabeth Leonskaja and our longstanding 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. The orchestra will perform Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, Mendlessohn’s Symphony No. 3 and Beethoven’s Emperor concerto with Elisabeth Leonskaja as soloist.

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 to 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 aims 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.

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

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


Masterclasses, Workshops, Chamber Music, Orchestra, and more!

Aurora Music is proud to launch a new festival in the heart of Aurora country, where Aurora launched it’s festivals and masterclasses back in 2006!

A new, elite course specialising in orchestra playing, ensemble work and chamber music will make its debut this August in the twin cities of Trollhättan and Vänersborg, just 12 kilometres apart in beautiful western Sweden.

String players will be boosted by the Aurora Chamber Orchestra and learn from playing next to and listening to our own outstanding string orchestra. They will also have individual classes, chamber music coaching, and perform in concerts!

Wind players will benefit from the expert advise and coaching of Gaby Pas-Van Riet. A special course where only a few wind players will be admitted and receive intensive coaching on ensemble playing, chamber music and orchestral work.

Likewise, brass players will benefit from the experience and expertise of Tom Poulson from the legendary Stockholm Chamber Brass. Special sessions in chamber music, brass technique, warm-ups, audition training and career advise will all be paired with sectionals.

Percussionists will have the opportunity to play chamber music and study orchestral playing under the guidance of maestro Johannes Gustavsson.

The wonderful Russian pianist Vladimir Ovchinnikov joins us this year for the first time! A small number of pianists will have solo classes and chamber music coaching as well as play in concert with the specially selected students for this masterclass.

Very few places are available for this brand new festival and the wonderful experience is available to all European Citizens who have completed at least one year of university level studies for free, and on top of that will be worth 7.5 ECTS credits!

Course period: August 26 – September 1, 2019 (travel days August 25 and September 2).  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: Accommodation is available for free in Aurora’s successful host family system. Alternatively, inexpensive alternatives will be available in local hotels and hostels at Aurora’s recommendation.

Course fee: 0 SEK for EU Citizens

ECTS- Credits: 7,5

Course content:

All students will receive:

– chamber music classes and concerts

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

– seminars and open workshops

– free tickets to all concerts that are not sold out

– You absolutely must be in Trollhättan from 26 August at 15:00 to 1 September at 22:00

– String players and Pianists receive open individual masterclasses

– Wind players and brass players receive special workshops in instrumental technique, ensemble playing, orchestral playing and performance

– very limited number of places available.

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.
  • 26 Aug. Arrival in Trollhättan
  • 26 Aug. 1500 Official registration at the course venue in Trollhättan
  • 1 Sep. 2200 Final concert and the course ends
  • 2 Sep.  Departure

For visual instructions and help in completing the application procedure 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