I'm a conductor and a composer. I have studied both extensively.
I love to watch other conductors. At any concert I attend, I observe them closely, studying their stick technique, gestures, styles, etc. I am always open to learn from what I see, even tho I've been conducting for over 26 years.
I had the opportunity to see the LA Phil at the ACDA convention in Feb. 05 with Esa-Pekka Salonen conducting Schoenberg's Gurrelieder.
What an amazing and fascinating conductor. He was in total command of an orchestra that numbered over 110 in size. He had total control of the music and his tecnique was amazing...ever gesture meant something and every movement he made generated an appropriate response from the orchestra. I would LOVE to get back to LA and see him conduct again.
Do you study conductors? Who is your favorite conductor?