Maestro, 90, starts teaching on-line

Maestro, 90, starts teaching on-line


norman lebrecht

May 22, 2020

The venerable conducting teacher Jorma Panula, who turns 90 in August, has joined Zoom to teach masterclasses this summer.

The course is open to conductors, everywhere.

Not, perhaps, to the delicate egos. Panula is tough as nails. Watch the vid for details.


  • “Tough as nails?” Hardly.

    Having studied with him in Stockholm at the Academy, I found him to be a generous soul who gave space to his students to learn and experiment. He would gladly answer questions but would rarely impose his views on the student, rather he would encourage them to conduct and rehearse in a way that also respects the musicians that they direct. Like every great teacher, he understands that you can’t teach anyone anything. You can only give them the tools to teach themselves.

      • nomen nescio says:

        I do not. SJW´s, bite me.

        • Rebekah L says:

          For the record, this is not SJWs fighting you, this is women who are entirely capable of conducting fighting you. If you believe Panula’s words, then men should not be conducting Debussy and the like (“feminine music” as Panula ignorantly called it) and half of the repertoire treasured today would not get done. If you want to argue against me, you must accept that if men are capable of conducting anything, so are women. If you get distracted by females conducting, go back to school and learn how to function in today’s society.

  • Let me know if I can get in ?

  • SVM says:

    Interesting variety of editions on display. Hans Gál for Brahms, Del Mar for Beethoven, but I could not see which for Mozart (but it looked like a Dover reprint?)… Are we to understand these editions as Panula’s recommendations?