IMZ Academy Session 2019: “The Art of Making Music Documentaries”

10-11 April 2019
In the course of the Master of Art Film Festival, Sofia/Bulgaria

In cooperation with the Master of Art Film Festival, this IMZ Academy Session presented the French director Bruno Monsaingeon and the British director John Bridcut, two of the most acclaimed music documentary film makers in the world. In a conversation with IMZ Academy Director Peter Maniura, himself a distinguished documentary director, they delved into the secrets of what makes a really good music documentary with examples drawn from their own work and discussed the challenges and rewards of working with great artists from Glenn Gould to Jonas Kaufmann.

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Creative Director at Crux Productions

John Bridcut specialises in making films about classical music, including artists portraits of composers like Edward Elgar, Ralph Vaughan Williams and Benjamin Britten, as well as performing artists like Herbert von Karajan, Colin Davis, Rudolf Nureyev and Jonas Kaufmann. He has also made films about Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles.


TV Director and Violinist at Idéale Audience

Bruno Monsaingeon is a Paris-based concert violinist, writer and film director who, while still active in the field of performance has devoted a large part of this time to making music films in the last four decades. His portraits about legendary performers of our time like Yehudi Menuhin, Glenn Gould, Sviatoslav Richter, David Oistrakh or Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau have gained worldwide acclaim and have won prestigious awards at International Festivals.


IMZ Academy Director, Project Director Classical Archive and Orchestras Digital Strategy at BBC Music

Currently working on a major project to open up the BBC’s archive of Classical Music, Peter Maniura has also launched two new online arts services for the BBC in the past few years. In 2014 he was the Launch Director of BBC Arts Online, the live and on demand service which aggregates the BBC's Arts coverage across all its services and works extensively with partner organisations in the British arts sector. In 2012 he was the Curator of the new BBC/Arts Council England digital online arts service "The Space" which promotes digital innovation and creativity across the art forms. Prior to this he was Head of Television Classical Music and Performance for the BBC from 1998-2012, and has pursued an extensive international career as a TV director and producer.




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