Technique should create itself from spirit not from mechanics.

Franz Liszt to Lina Raman

Sound in movement: A workshop for conductors and musicians


The topic of the five days workshop (on 8, 9, 16, 17, and 18 January) are the gestures of the performing artist, the quality, direction, and speed of the conductor’s hand movements, their representation in cinema, theatre and multimedia art, the performativity of a concert versus the musicality of performativity. 

Participants of the workshop get the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the frequently used gesture repertoire of the intersections of conducting, music, movement art, and acting, and also to analyse the connections between the sheet music and the gestures, as well as to study the relations of the audible and visible (movement) components of music performances in theory and practice.


Dieter Schnebel: Nostalgie – Dirigent solo
Mark Applebaum: Tlön – for 3 conductors and no players
Kósa Gábor: Musik für 5 Dirigenten und Schlaginstrumente
Georges Aperghis: LES GUETTEURS DE SONS – pour trois percussions


18 January 2018, Main building of the Academy, Room XIII


A performance consisting of separate parts will be created on the workshop. The performance will be premiered on the Transparent Sound New Music Festival, on 18 January 2018, in the Main building of the Academy, Room XXIII.

Download the materials for the workshop here.

See the time schedule of the workshop below. Admission is free, preliminary registration is required at atlatszohangfesztival[at]gmail. Please indicate your professional background and e-mail address in the message.


8 January 2018, Mon, 10:00-15:30, Workshop, Room XXVII

8 January 2018, Mon, 16:00-17:30, Gesture, sound, and perception – a lecture by Csaba Ajtony, Room XXVII

9 January 2018, Tue, 10:00-15:00, Workshop with Csaba Ajtony, Room XXVII

16 January 2018, Tue, 10:00-18:00, Rehearsal for the premiere of the performance (to be scheduled), Room XXIII

17 January 2018, Wed, 10:00-18:00, Rehearsal for the premiere of the performance (to be scheduled), Room XXIII

18 January 2018, Thu, 10:00-15:00, dress rehearsal, Room XXIII

18 January 2018, Thu, 18:00-20:00, Premiere, Room XXIII


The conductor of the workshop is Csaba Ajtony, composer, conductor and performer, Assistant Professor at the University of Victoria, Canada.
Ajtony Csaba, born in Cluj, Romania, began his studies on the cello and later piano and composition in Budapest at the Academy of Music. He began studying conducting in Vienna and Budapest simultaneously with Tamás Gál, András Ligeti, Uroš Lajovic, Peter Eötvös, Istvan Dénes and Zoltán Pesko. He was awarded many prizes as a conductor and composer, and was a semi-finalist in the first competition for opera in Cluj, Romania. He has had numerous concerts in Hungary and Austria with orchestras including, UMZE, Sinfonietta Baden, Webern Sinfonietta, Savaria Symphonic Orchestra, and Danube Symphonic Orchestra. In the 2003/04 season he was the assistant conductor and tutor of the Academy Orchestra Budapest and in 2005 was invited to be the assistant conductor of the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra with their contemporary program. He made his conducting debut in the Viennese Musikverein with the RSO (Radio-Symphonieorchester, Wien) in 2007. Since 2006 he has served as the chief conductor of the Central European Chamber Orchestra, and led the orchestra on a tour in China (performances including halls in Shenzhen, Lanzhou and in the Parliament in Beijing), with return engagements in 2007 and 2009. Ajtony Csaba has been the leader of the Vienna Jeunesse Chor since 2007. In 2008 he conducted at the Darmstadt Summer Courses for New Music and was assistant to Peter Eötvös at the Salzburg Festspiele. In 2008 he conducted the EuroMed Youth Orchestra in Damaskus, Syria. In 2010 he was appointed as Assistant Professor at the University of Victoria, British Columbia where he conducts the UVic Symphony and teaches conducting.