Seminars 2018 - Arsis Seminar

Κοινωφελές Ίδρυμα Αγγελίνη-Χατζηνίκου

Non-Profit Foundation Angelinis-Hadjinikos

Horto Festival - Seminars 2018

Horto Summer Orchestral Academy (Arsis Conducting Seminar & Open Orchestra)


25 August - 1 September 2018

The Horto Summer Orchestral Academy is a combination of the Open Orchestra seminars and the Arsis Conducting Seminar.  The Academy is designed for student conductors plus all the symphony orchestra instrument players.  Within its framework young musicians will have the opportunity to actively participate in the preparation and presentation of two demanding symphony concerts: Prokofiev’s "Peter and the Wolf" and Tchaikovsky’s "The Nutcracker".

Apart from the technical and interpretational problems a lot of emphasis will be placed on matters of cooperation and group spirit. The general supervisor is Anastasios Strikos who will colaborate with experienced music teachers.   The latter will be supervising and preparing sections of the orchestra.   "The Nutcracker" will be conducted by the student conductors whereas "Peter and the Wolf" will be conducted by Anastasios Strikos.

Applications and Selection procedure

Interested musicians must fill in the application form (please find it here) by no later than 28 April 2018.

The orchestra players should be graduates, certificate holders or students of musical institutions provided they supply a letter of recommendation by their tutors.

The works will be Prokoviev’s "Peter and the Wolf" and Tchaikovsky’s "The Nutcracker" (a selection from the suites op. 71).


Eight actively participating conductors will be accepted.  The announcement of the selected applicants will be made within the first ten days of May.  The basic criteria for  the selection will be the level of studies and the date of application. In case of oversubscription some video of the applicant’s work will be requested.

Every participant will join a daily class with piano accompaniment and daily rehearsals with the orchestra. He/she will conduct a section of the concert in the final performance.

Orchestra instrument players

We invite the following numbers of orchestra instrument players.

The selection and announcement of the participants will take place in the first ten days of May.  The basic criteria will be the level of studies and the date of application.

Seminar Dates

August 25 – September 1

On Friday the 31 August - Dress Rehearsal, open to the public (children)

Saturday 1 September - Concert.

There will be a preliminary working weekend at the beginning of April (in Volos or Larissa) - 1, 2, 3 April.


The Programme in detail 

  • Saturday 25 August


18:00 - 20:00 Getting to know each other 

  • Sunday 26 August to Thursday 30 August

10:00 - 11:30 Conducting class with piano accompaniment.

Also group practice of instruments.

12:00 – 14:00   Orchestra rehearsal of Peter and the Wolf

18:00 – 21:00 Orchestra rehearsal of The Nutcracker 

  • Friday 31 August

Dress rehearsal for childrens audience

  • Saturday 1 September

Dress rehearsal for final fine tuning


  • Sunday 2 September



Travel arrangements / accommodation / food

The participants are expected to cover their own cost of travel, accommodation and food.

To get to Horto using public transport, first you get to Volos by bus or train and then catch a bus to Milina or Trikeri, they both make a stop in Horto.

There are several hotels and rooms and apartments to let in Horto which are situated within walking distance of the seminar building. You could share a room with another participant or participants if you wish.  Click here for more information.

There are two mini markets in Horto from which you can obtain some basic goods.  Many of the rooms and apartments have a kitchen that you can use.  There are some very nice tavernas on the sea front.


Orchestral material

The orchestral material can be found here:

The Nutcracker

Preparation of numbers: 1 Overture, 2 Marche, 9 Valse des Flocons de Neige, 10 Scene, 12 Divertissement, 13 Valse des Fleurs, 14 Pas de Deux, 15 Valse Finale et Apothéose

Peter and the Wolf


The precise allocation (for example who will play first, second, third flute) will take place during the seminar and it will be decided by the conductor.



There is no restriction to the number of observers.



Conductors - 250€

Instrumentalists - 150€

Observers only - 100€



Anastasios Strikos


Born in Athens in 1972. Graduate of the Attica Music School (Class of Dionysis Malouchos) with honours. Graduate of the Theatre School of the University of Athens.  Won a scholarship from the Academy of Athens to study Orchestral Conducting and Opera at the Musical Academy of Wurzburg with Dr. Hermann Dechant and Peter Falk. Graduated having obtained the Konzertdiplom.  

He has participated in international seminars of orchestra conducting and took private lessons with Carlo Maria Giulini.

He worked in the Wurzburg Opera Theatre as a musical trainer and orchestra conductor.  He has also worked for the well known children’s choir Wiener Sangerknaben as pianist and director.

He has a wide experience in conducting orchestras and choirs and has had numerous collaborators all over Europe.

He has also performed in many important theatres in China, Korea and Macau.  He has gone on tour with over seventy musical organizations including the most renowned youth orchestras of America.

In 2005 he founded the Ensemble Retro Wien.

He teaches and conducts in seven languages and he has translated theatrical plays and theoretical musical works into Greek.

He is currently preparing his doctoral thesis on the musical theatre of the avant-garde Greek composer Anestis Logothetis.