Based in Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia, the European Capital of Culture in 2028, the FAMES INSTITUTE was launched in 2022 by implementing the first Pan-European Cultural Entities Program. This action, funded by the European Union (Creative Europe), supports cultural organizations and orchestras whose aim is to offer training, professionalization, and performance opportunities for European young talented classical musicians.

The program, the ’European Creative Orchestral Program for Skilled Youth’ is co-funded by FAME’S Project, the European Union (Creative Europe) and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of North Macedonia. The program is designed to enhance the artistic and individual skills of European young talented classical musicians, by opening new innovative perspectives in training, professionalisation, and performance opportunities, through an innovative orchestral music program. The program places a strong emphasis on a diverse musical repertoire, enabling students to explore a broad spectrum of genres.

This includes Classical, Film scores, Video games, Hybrid, Jazz, Modern, Contemporary and Traditional orchestral music. The students are exposed to various musical styles and develop a versatile understanding of music. This diversity broadens their musical horizons and exposes them to new technical skills and music styles. The program goes beyond traditional educational practices as it also emphasises the importance of adapting to the digital age and promotes values essential to European identity and culture.


Week 1: ‘The Hybrid Music Orchestral Course’ (1st – 7th of July) offers a unique opportunity to explore a fusion of genres led by the renowned conductor Conrad Van Alphen alongside the innovative Dutch Saxophone Quartet “Artvark”. The course will culminate with a concert on July 6th in collaboration with the Skopje Summer Festival 2024 Skopsko Leto Skopje.

Week 2: The ‘Classical Music Orchestral Course’ (9th – 16th of July) will be led by Maestro Vesko Eschkenazy, the esteemed Concertmaster of the Concertgebouw. He will perform on stage with our students, exploring a classical music repertoire throughout the second week. The course will conclude with a concert on July 15th in the Chamber Hall at the Philharmonic of the Republic of North Macedonia Filharmonija.

Week 3: The ‘Recording Orchestral Course’ (17th – 23rd of July) in our state-of-the-art studio features mentor and soloist Irina Muresanu and Conductor Scott Flavin, resident Conductor for The Henry Mancini Institute. Make your mark with professional recordings inspired by Broadway’s finest. 

The concert finale will take place on July 22nd in collaboration with the Skopje Summer Festival 2024 Skopsko Leto Skopje.

APPLY NOW on the following link https://fames-institute.com/apply-now/ or send your application to auditions.famesinstitute@gmail.com

The Program offers a FULLY FUNDED SCHOLARSHIP to selected participants! 

(Citizenship of the EU or Creative Europe Countries, aged 18-30 years old)

Co-funded by the #EuropeanUnion Creative Europe

The application deadline is June 13th.