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Empowering Modern Conductors

We aim to shape the future leaders of the conducting world by offering an unparalleled educational experience rooted in real-world practice and comprehensive training. Through our unique partnerships with professional orchestras, our students gain regular, hands-on experience conducting live performances, bridging the gap between the classroom and the concert hall.

We bring a holistic approach to conducting education, covering all styles and settings, and working with a diverse array of ensemble types. By immersing our students in a dynamic learning environment with access to seasoned professionals, we empower them to develop their unique artistic voices, master the nuances of conducting, and excel across the diverse landscapes of orchestral, choral, and contemporary ensemble performance.

Faculty and Guest Artists

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Malcolm Yuen

Programme Director

Associate Conductor, part of the Dublin Philharmonic Orchestra, Music Director of the Irish Chamber Ensemble, and Juror, Wiener Musikseminar.


Conor O'Boyle

Assistant Director of Enrolment

Film composer and music educator hailing from Northern Ireland


Christo Pavlov

Conducting Faculty

Music Director of the Vratsa Symphony Orchestra, Music and Record Producer, Orchestrator and Score Supervisor at the European Academy of Fine Arts and ERO

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Niki Petrov

Conducting Faculty

Accomplished Bulgarian Studio and Classical Conductor, Orchestrator, Score Supervisor and Classical Percussionist.

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Derek Gleeson

Conducting Faculty

Music Director of the Dublin Philharmonic Orchestra

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Bernhard Kerres

Career Development and Promotion

Former Artistic Director and CEO of the Wiener Konzerthaus, founder of HELLO STAGE.


Volena Apostolova

Administrative Assistant

Bulgarian Singer, Songwriter and Actress

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Andy Berryman

Conducting Faculty

Musical Director UAE National Symphony Orchestra, Wingates Band, Conductor at Berrytones Big Band Grafschaft Bentheim e.V.

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Jörn Marcussen-Wulff

Conducting / Jazz Faculty

Faculty at Franz Liszt University of Music Weimar and the HMTM Hannover, Artistic Director of "Fette Hupe" Big Band and the Hamburg State Youth JO

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Vincent de Kort

Conducting Faculty

Dutch Conductor know for his conducting style, in high demand with the world's leading opera houses.

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Grigor Palikarov

Conducting Faculty

Conductor of the National Opera and Ballet, Sofia, the Symphony Orchestra-Pazardzhik, and the "Classic FM" Symphony Orchestra.

Walt Straiton

Walt Straiton

Conducting Faculty

American Conductor & Music Executive (Yamaha, Conn-Selmer); Performances with Chuck Mangione, Chris Botti, Bob James, Maynard Ferguson, Buddy Rich

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Bahman Saless

Conducting Faculty

Founder of the Boulder Chamber Orchestra and Co-Founder of the International Conducting Institute (ICI)

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Nayden Todorov

Conducting Faculty

Music Director of the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra the much-lauded Thracia Summer International Music Festival 


Debbie Smith

Recording, Mixing & Editing

Studio Engineer and Lecturer in Recording, Mixing & Editing. Works in the recording studios of Dublin, Sofia and Los Angeles with, among others,

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Vlad Boyadjiev

Recording, Mixing & Editing

Studio Engineer with over 600 international movie credits, including films by Disney, Universal, & Warner Bros.

Mihail Yossifov

Mihail Yossifov

Jazz Faculty

One of the most successful Bulgarian Jazz Trumpeters in the industry, leader of the Big Band

Explore Our Unique Training Experiences for Conductors

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Master of Fine Arts in Conducting


Master of Fine Arts in Classical, Studio, Contemporary Conducting & Related Recording Technologies. 54 credits.


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TCI Logo White TransparentConducting Summer Program


A 3-week fully immersive summer program for modern conductors in the foothills of the Balkan mountains. 8 hours of podium time. 6 credits.


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