Following Wissam's conducting debut in Australia (see Conducting Debut page), Wissam resolved to develop this aspect of his musical journey.
In April 2016 Wissam participated in the Touquet International Music Masters (TIMM) masterclass under the perceptive and powerful guidance of Maestro George Pehlivanian, which took place in Le Touquet, France, in collaboration with the Orchestre du Conservatoire de Lille. This proved to be a very enriching and revealing week in which 12 conductors participated. The repertoire for the week was Anton Dvorak's Symphony No. 9 "New World Symphony" as well as Saint-Saëns's Cello Concerto with the sublime young soloist Ivan Karizna.
This video captures some moments from the masterclass/rehearsal, as well as the performance at the end of the week: