Conductors of the festival workshops will be:

Martin Studer, Gerhart Drijvers, Ari Poutiainen, David Ramael, Martin Studer, Normunds Dregis .

Here is a short introduction to them all. For more information see newsletters of EOFed
We will introduce more workshop conductors later. 

Martin Studer

Martin Studer considers the continuous encouragement and promotion of young musicians as one of his central tasks. The main purpose of his activity is to pass the joy and pleasure and the experience of music to the orchestra and the audience. He completed his education as a conductor with Dr. h.c. Ewald Körner at the music conservatory in Berne. He is prize winner of several international conducting competitions and has been influenced in his musical career especially by the personalities of Yehudi Menuhin, Simon Rattle, Antal Dorati, Kurt Sanderling, Vadim Repin, Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Ilja Musin.

Martin Studer-Müller is presently Musical Director of the "Swiss Music Festival SMF" and he performs as a conductor with professional orchestras in Switzerland and abroad.


Gerhart Drijvers

Originally a horn player, Gerhart Drijvers discovered a love of conducting. He holds several conducting qualifications: HaFa (1999); orchestra conducting with VU University Amsterdam's Symphony Orchestra, graduating cum laude; and a Masters in orchestra conducting with Das Philharmonisches Orchester (Hagen, Germany).

Besides his positions as a conductor with several orchestra's Gerhart develops musical theatre for which he arranges the music (Punch and the Songfestival, Sinterklaas the true story) and he was the musical director of Productiehuis Alphen's Christmas production 'Scrooge and Marley'. Since 2013 he conducts the bi-annual concerts of the Mattheus Passion also in Alphen aan den Rijn. In september 2021 he will conduct the closing concert of the Choirfestival. 

For the orchestra in which he holds a position as a hornplayer Gerhart arranged the music for Imad (about a little boy refugee, for narrator, violin, oboe and guitar) and Romeo & Julia (for brass ensemble and 3 actors/singers)                                              foto: Doris van Meggelen

Ari Poutiainen (PhD)

is a contemporary Finnish jazz composer, violinist and researcher. He has performed across Europe and the USA, led various small groups and string ensembles. He appears onapproximately 50 albums as a soloist, composer, conductor and arranger. He works as an associate professor of music education at the University of Helsinki. As a pedagogue he has specialized in improvisation and ensemble playing. He has published extensively scholarly works on jazz, jazz violin, improvisation and music education.

As a pedagogue, he has specialized in bowed string instrument improvisation, currently teaching the subject at the Sibelius Academy as well. He is the author of "Stringprovisation – A Fingering Strategy for Jazz Violin Improvisation" (The Finnish Musicological Society, 2009). He has also published several scholarly articles and given conference presentations on jazz violin history and improvisation. His more recent compositions and arrangements can be heard on Farther-Out trio’s CD "Tuo" (Jumituotanto, 2009), Pastor &
Poutiainen duo’s CD "North South Dial" (SLAM, 2011), and Erik
Lindström Awardees CD "Eric's Tunes" (JAPA, 2011).

Further information in the Internet at

Picture: Timo Klaavo

David Ramael

David Ramael is a Belgian orchestra conductor at the forefront of a new generation of entrepreneurial conductors. He is founder and artistic director of Boho Strings, an innovative string orchestra based in Antwerp. With this ensemble David Ramael has already achieved a remarkable track record of creating pioneering programs, which focus on making classical music more relevant in today’s fragmented society. “Nostalgia” – the ensemble’s first CD – received amongst others glowing reviews in BBC Music Magazine, The Arts Desk and Gramophone.

David Ramael holds advanced degrees in conducting and musicology. He studied at the Royal Brussels Conservatory, the Free Brussels University, the University of Vienna and the University of Minnesota. Furthermore he was grant recipient of the prestigious Belgian American Education Foundation.

Known for his genuine heartfelt musicianship, David Ramael combines a clear artistic vision with a strong interest in social issues. As a result he is frequently invited as guest conductor in major concert halls and festivals in Belgium and abroad.




Normunds Dreģis is the artistic director and conductor of Jāzeps Medinš Riga 1st Music School chamber orchestra Armonico, Latvia. He is also a chief conductor and the artistic leader of the Latvian School Youth Song and Dance Celebration joint symphony orchestras (since 2015).

Normunds Dreģis is a conductor and leader of many workshops with international youth orchestras in Latvia, Estonia and France. 

He has given concerts in Estonia, Lithuania, Finland, Poland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Italy and England.

Normunds Dreģis is founder and president of Latvian Orchestras Association, board member of European Orchestra Federation (since 2019) and board member of the Riga Latvian Society (since 2021). 

Conductor has collaborated with the Latvian National Opera and Ballet, Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, Liepaja Symphony Orchestra (Latvia), the New Rhine Chamber Orchestra (Cologne, Germany), South-Westphalen Philharmonie Orchestra (Germany), Emils Darzinš Music High School Symphony Orchestra (Riga, Latvia) and early music ensemble Ludus (Riga, Latvia).

Normunds Dreģis creative work, as well as his artistic contribution to the Latvian School Youth Song and Dance Celeboration has been awarded with the paper of honour by the Latvian Minisrty of Culture (2015), Ministry of Science and Education (2021, 2015), Riga City Council (2015, 2007). 

Conductor's repertoire includes more than 20 operas, ballets and operettas, some of which are W.A.Mozart Don Giovanni, Cosi fan tutte, The Magic Flute, Bastien and Bastienne, G.Rossini Il barbiere of Seviglia, R.Wagner The Flying Dutchman, Das Rheingold, G.Bizet Carmen, P.Tchaikovsky Eugene Onegin, E.Kalman Silva / Csardasfurstin, Joh.Strauss ballet The Blue Danube, L.Delibes ballet Coppelia, B.Asafjev ballet Fountain of Bakhchisaray, O.Hodosko ballet  Cinderella, J.Lūsēns The Birds’ Opera, Z.Liepinš opera Of rose and blood, K.Ewald Lysistrata, J.Nīmanis The return of Lysistrata.