Sherborne Summer School of Music
1st August to 15th August 2021
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Sherborne Summer School of Music 2020
Extra Curricular Activities
Weeks 1 & 2
Rodolfo Saglimbeni returned to live in his native Venezuela in 1987 to become one of its leading conductors. He studied at the RAM (where he won many prizes) with Colin Metters, George Hurst and John Carewe and in Rome with Franco Ferrara. He was first runner up at the Besançon International Competition for Conductors and also won fellowships from the British Council and the Philharmonia Chorus.
He was Associate Conductor of the Venezuela Symphony Orchestra and is the founder and Artistic Director of the Gran Mariscal de Ayacucho Symphony Orchestra. He is also currently the Artistic Director of the Caracas Municipal Symphony Orchestra in Venezuela, the Universidad Nacional de Cuvo Symphony Orchestra in Mendoza, Argentina and Principal Conductor of the National Orchestra of Chile. Rodolfo’s concerts are regularly broadcast on radio and television in Venezuela and the South American Network. He has conducted symphonic, operatic and ballet repertoire extensively in Italy, Spain, France, the USA and many South American countries including his recent debut at the legendary Colon Theatre in Buenos Aires. His recordings on CD, radio and television include Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and the works of many Latin American composers. He holds the position of professor of conducting at the University Institute for Musical Studies in Caracas and the Mozarteum School.
As a founder member of “El Sistema” in the provinces of Venezuela, he has been tutor and advisor in conducting for many young conductors including Gustavo Dudamel, who started his conducting studies in one of the workshops and seminars organised periodically by the National Youth Orchestra of Venezuela. Apart from his main conducting activities and his work at Sherborne Summer School of Music, Rodolfo organises seminars for conducting students of professional and youth orchestras, music schools and universities in Europe and South America.
Denise Ham is director of the London Conducting Academy and has an international reputation as a teacher of conducting giving classes throughout the UK, Europe, and Australia. From 1989 to 2009 she was tutor of undergraduate conducting at the Royal Academy of Music and from 2006 to 2016 established the orchestral conducting course at Blackheath Conservatoire, London. She has held principal conductorships with the Worcestershire Symphony Orchestra, Birmingham Conservatoire, Aberdeenshire Youth Orchestra and Cheltenham Chamber Orchestra. She is currently principal conductor of the Bournemouth Rehearsal Orchestra. Her instructional DVD, The Craft of Conducting, has sold throughout Europe, the United States, Australia and the Far East.