Working with Orchestra

SoundTrack_Cologne 20:  Working with Orchestra

SoundTrack_Cologne 20: Working with Orchestra

Three events at SoundTrack_Cologne 20 focus on working with Orchestra:

Thursday 22 June

10:30 - 11:30   @ Fritz Thyssen Stiftung · Helmut Coing Saal
Taming the Beast: Working Successfully with Orchestra with Dimitrie Leivici
How to properly communicate with the performers about your wishes, staying on top of developments and be prepared for all sorts of eventualities that may or may not occur during the precious and expensive time with the orchestra in the recording studio?
Concert violinist and concertmaster Dimitrie Leivici will address this key question in his panel at STC "Taming the Beast: Working Successfully with Orchestra." Leivici will explore the necessary knowledge any composer or conductor facing an orchestra needs to have in order to complete the required project to the satisfaction of producers and directors.

Thursday 22 June
12:00 - 13:00   @ Fritz Thyssen Stiftung · Helmut Coing Saal
Orchestra Score: Recording and Production with Leonard Loock
Music producer for classical and film music Leonard Loock will give valuable insights and tips for music production: How do you approach a recording session, how to prepare, responsibilities for composers, different production techniques, possibilities in the edit, creation of soundscapes and more. "In today’s music landscape, an overwhelming majority, over 90 per cent, is consumed through recorded formats. The process of capturing performances or transcribing written compositions into recordings comes with inherent risks, but it also presents an array of exciting prospects and possibilities for artistic expression", says Loock regarding his talk within the strand on Working with Orchestra at STC 20.

Friday 23 June

10:30 - 11:30   @ Tanzschule Schulerecki
The Orchestration Workflow Workshop with Prof. Stefan Behrisch
Composer, arranger, conductor and music producer Prof. Stefan Behrisch will focus on the optimal workflow for working with an orchestrator: Strategies for orchestration, when to involve the orchestrator, what to prepare, how to brief the orchestrator, terms of the trade.

Dimitrie Leivici

Dimitrie Leivici

Born in Romania, Dimitrie Leivici studied at the University in Vienna as a solo violinist, then moved to the USA at the age of 21, where he completed his studies with renowned American concert artists.

During his youth, he performed extensively as a soloist as well as a chamber musician on both sides of the Atlantic and made his debut as a soloist with orchestras such as the London Symphony, London Philharmonic Orchestra (Barbican), and Romanian Philharmonic.

Leivici has taught full-time at California State University and was featured in masterclasses in Europe and US.

With his participation in over a thousand Hollywood motion pictures over 45 years, he has also established himself as one of the foremost experienced studio musicians in the world's entertainment capital.

He has recorded for film composers such as John Williams, James Horner, James Newton Howard, Danny Elfman, Alexandre Desplat, Elmer Bernstein, Maurice Jarre, Alan Silvestri, Michael Kamen, David Arnold and many others. He has been featured as a concertmaster for Hans Zimmer, Harry and Rupert Gregson-Williams, and Sylvester Levay, among others.

His recording collaborations have included sessions work for Madonna, U2, Whitney Houston, Elton John, Roy Orbison, among others.

Leonard Loock

Leonard Loock

Leonard Loock is a German music producer and sound engineer specialized in classical and film music. He began his musical journey as a cellist, garnering recognition through national and international awards. As a soloist, he has played in concert halls across the globe and followed an invitation by the Berlin Philharmonics to a public masterclass.

His performances have been recorded multiple times for radio broadcasts and CDs. While studying cello under professor Alexander Gebert in Detmold, Loock started his studies as a tonmeister.

Upon completing his studies he followed a job offer as a studio and production coordinator/engineer in London. During his time working for the prestigious Royal Academy of Music, he led numerous productions and gained prominence in music studios in and around London.

Returning to Germany, Loock continues his work as a freelancer, collaborating with esteemed radio stations such as WDR, DLF, and NDR, as well as renowned labels including Naxos, Deutsche Grammophon, Sony, and MSM-Studios.

Loock is mostly booked for ensembles and professional orchestras such as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, WSO, Dortmunder Philharmoniker, Duisburger Philharmoniker, WFO, Bielefelder Philharmoniker, and Ensemble Resonanz, among others.

Stefan Behrisch

Stefan Behrisch

Prof. Stefan Behrisch first studied mathematics, then guitar, piano, composition and arranging. He is active worldwide as a composer, arranger, conductor and music producer.

His work includes film scores with Howard Shore and Cliff Martinez, orchestral productions with Jacob Collier and Snarky Puppy, Sarah Connor and Max Mutzke, the new version of the "Ring des Nibelungen" for the Cologne Opera, jazz productions with Vince Mendoza and Michael Gibbs, world music with Bokanté, among others.

He has have numerous collaborations with the LA Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, HR Sinfonieorchester, Staatskapelle Dresden, WDR Big Band, Metropole Orkest, WDR Sinfonieorchester, Metropole Orkest and many more.

Many of the productions he has participated in have been nominated for Grammies and other awards.

Stefan Behrisch is professor of composition at the Dresden University of Music.



Thursday 22 June @ Fritz Thyssen Stiftung · Helmut Coing Saal

10:30 - 11:30
Taming the Beast: Working Successfully with Orchestra
Dimitrie Leivici

12:00 - 13:00
Ochestra Score: Recording and Production

Leonard Loock

Friday 23 June @ Tanzschule Schulerecki

10:30 - 11:30
Orchestration Workflow
Stefan Behrisch



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