Learn to conduct the Ilya Musin way

Learn to conduct the Ilya Musin way


norman lebrecht

January 21, 2022

Sit in on the class of the Russian conducting teacher, perhaps the most effective baton coach of them all.


  • Mark Mortimer says:

    This is very interesting to watch. Musin really thought about the art of conducting in a most profound way. Of course- you cannot teach conducting beyond the basic mechanics & beat patterns- Musin did this part very well i.e. illustrating for the most part that extraneous gestures are totally useless & actually often get in the way of the orchestra. But he admits himself (arguably as the greatest conducting pedagogue of the Twentieth Century) that conducting really has less to do with technique & more with a combination of innate musicality & personality. The appalling George Hurst who almost single-handedly wrecked a whole generation of English conductors (otherwise promising) whose teaching was based on the almost fanatical dictum ‘copy me or else’ so the conducting student becomes ‘a robot’ as Musin quite rightly alludes to- was a disaster.

    • Andrey says:

      Interesting. I would actually say Musin several times claimed that it IS about technique. And wisdoms that are shared from his teaching is about technique. So there’s the paradox

  • David K. Nelson says:

    One wishes that these interesting conducting demonstrations/lessons could have been filmed with an orchestra, even a student orchestra, not a pianist, good as this one is.

    I always was under the impression that Hans Sworowsky had the reputation of being THE conducting pedagogue of the 20th century.