Established in 1951 by the Besançon International Music Festival, the Besançon International Competition for Young Conductors soon became the most prestigious event of its kind. It took place every year until 1992, and thereafter every 2 years.
With a repertoire which spans classical, Romantic, 20th century, and contemporary music, as well as oratorio, oper, the Besançon Conducting Competition is the most complete competition in the world. A real marathon, not only for the candidates but also for the public.
Alexander Gibson, Sergiu Comissiona, Gerd Albrecht, Seiji Ozawa, Michel Plasson, Zdenek Macal, Jiri Kout, Jesus Lopez Cobos, Hubert Soudant, Sylvain Cambreling and Yutaka Sado are among the most prestigious winners of this Conducting Competition.
The Grand Prix of the 54th Competition (2015) was awarded to the American, Jonathon Heyward.
Download the list of the laureate of the Competition since the first edition.
The Competition is open to all artists under 35 who wish to become professional conductors, whatever their training or their experience ; no previous diploma is required. After the preliminaries, which will be held in various locations around the world (Beijing, Montreal, Berlin and Besançon), only 20 candidates will be entered into the orchestra rounds to be held in Besançon in September. Only one person can win the Grand Prix !
Grand Prix : €12,000. The laureate may also be offered engagements with the Competition’s partner orchestras, as well a three-month period of artistic guidance (advice and coaching) by Aimée Paret.
The jury can award a Special Mention.
The Competition is made possible thanks to the collaboration of :