Competition 2013

Taiwanese Yao-Yu Wu (24) wins the 53rd Competition

The 24-year-old Yao-Yu Wu of Taiwan won the International Young Conductors Competition in Besançon Franche-Comté on Wednesday night, Saturday 21 September, against German Kiril Stankow (30) and Hungarian Huba Hollokoi (32 years old) !
Yao-Yu Wu, after a week of varied events (symphony, opera, oratorio…), brilliantly led the National Orchestra of Lorraine in a demanding and complete program: the first movement of Johannes Brahms’s Concerto for Violin and Orchestra , With soloist Olivier Charlier, Suite No.2 of Igor Stravinsky’s Firebird and Musubi II, the world premiere of Misato Mochizuki, composer-in-residence at the Festival.
He also won the “Favorite of the public” and the “Coup de coeur of the Orchestra”.

The Grand Prix of Direction is endowed with 12 000 €, a watch of prestige Breitling and intentions of commitments with the orchestras and artistic agents partners of the Competition:
Argovia Philharmonic Orchestra (Germany), Philharmonic Orchestra (Japan), Malta Philharmonic Orchestra (Malta), Orchestra (France), Orchestra Dijon-Burgundy (France), Regional Orchestra of Cannes – Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur (France), Orchester Victor Hugo National Orchestra Katowice (France), National Orchestra of France (France), Orchester National de Ile de France (France), Orchester National de Lyon (France) Poland), Sinfonieorchester Münster (Germany), The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia (United States) and the Sartory Artists Agency.

2013 Preliminaries program

  • Beethoven, Symphony n°4 op. 60, (éd. Schirmer – G. Schirmer Inc)
  • Stravinsky, Petrouchka, (éd. Boosey & Hawkes, revided 1947 version)
    Transcriptions for piano 4 hands

2013 final rounds program

From September 15th to 21th, 2013 in Besançon.


Jury and selected candidates 2013


Gerd Albrecht – Jury chairman – Germany

Gerd Albrecht was born in Essen and, at the age of 22, won the Besançon conducting competition first prize. At 27, he became the youngest German conductor succeeding to Rudolph Kempe at the head of the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra. He has given a lot of time for contemporary music and has created several works of Ligeti, Henze, Rihm…
He has recorded more than 150 discs highly praised by critics. He has conducted operas and symphonic concert in Salzburg, Munich, Lucerne, Edimbourg festivals and in Vienna. He has been musical director of Hambourg Opera from 1988 to 1997.
His real commitment for musical education leads Gerd Albrecht to create, in 1989, the “Klingende Museum”, in order to allow children to discover music, by handling instruments. In 1991, Gerd Albrecht has been appointed musical director of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra (first foreign conductor at this position during the 100 years of the orchestra existence). He has been musical director of the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo from 1997 to 2007.
Gerd Albrecht is Officer in the “Ordre des Arts et des Lettres” of the French Republic and received the Hermann Voss prize for culture.

Jacques Mercier – Musical director and permanent conductor of the Orchestre national de Lorraine – France

First conductor prize of Paris national music Conservatory, Jacques Mercier has received also the First Prize of Besançon Conducting Competition in 1972. He has been assistant of Pierre Boulez at Opera de Paris, and at the Ensemble Intercontemporain; he also benefited of Herbert von Karajan advices. Jacques Mercier rapidly began an international career and conducts famous ensembles: Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre national de France, London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse-Romande… He performed in Salzbourg festival, in Séoul, Montréal, Kyoto, Helsinki… and Madrid where he is quoted by the critic like one of the best French and European conductor of his generation.
From 1985 to 2002, Jacques Mercier has been artistic director and conductor of the Orchestre national d’Île-de-France, and during seven years, permanent conductor of the Turku Philharmonic in Finland: it was an important experience in his approach of the north European composers works like Sibelius, whose he want to promote the repertoire in France. Jacques Mercier distinguishes himself in french repertoire of the 19th and 20th century, until contemporary music that he supports with passion. In particular, he has created works of Iannis Xenakis, Luis de Pablo, Philippe Manoury and Wolfgang Rihm.
He is awarded by Charles Cros Academy “Grand Prix” for Albert Roussel’s Bacchus et Ariane as well as the “Académie du disque lyrique” prize for Georges Bizet Djamileh. His Claude Debussy Martyre de Saint-Sébastien record (RCA) obtained the “Choc du Monde de la Musique” magazine. In 2007, his first disc with the Orchestre national de Lorraine (L’An Mil, Gabriel Pierné) and his 2008 record (Antoine et Cléopâtre, Florent Schmitt), obtained a “Diapason d’or”. In opera field, Jacques Mercier conduct in particular french works : Carmen, Faust, Béatrice et Benedict, Lakmé, Les Pêcheurs de perles…

Christian Merlin – Musical critic and musicologist – France

Musical critic for “Le Figaro” newspaper since 2000, Christian Merlin is journalist for “France Musique” radio and for the periodicals “Diapason” and “Avant-Scène Opéra”. German graduated and literature doctor, he is professor at the Lille University, where he teaches German and musicology. He has written several books, as : Au Cœur de l’orchestre (Fayard), Les Grands chefs d’orchestre du XXe siècle (Buchet-Chastel), Wagner mode d’emploi et Richard Strauss mode d’emploi (Premières Loges), Le Temps dans la dramaturgie wagnérienne (Peter Lang) et Opéra et mise en scène (L’Avant-Scène Opéra).

Misato Mochizuki – Composer – Japan

Born in Tokyo in 1969, Misato Mochizuki has obtained a Masters degree in composition at the National University of Fine Arts and Music in Tokyo in 1992. She then moved to Paris and obtained a First prize for composition at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris in 1995 in the class of Paul Méfano and Emmanuel Nunes. She then integrated the “Composition and Computer Music” program at IRCAM in 1996 and 1997 under the direction of Tristan Murail.
As an original mixture of Western tradition and Asian breath, the music of Misato Mochizuki develops seductive rhythms and astonishing sound colours with a bright freedom in form and style. Nearly 50 pieces are published today in her catalogue at Breitkopf & Härtel, including an opera, 3 film music, 14 symphonic works and 11 ensemble pieces. Played in many international festivals, Misato Mochizuki is currently one of the most active composers in Europe and Japan. She taught the composition in Summer courses in Caracas, Darmstadt, Takefu or Royaumont, as well as at Conservatory in Amsterdam. Since 2007 she is professor of art and culture at Meiji Gakuin University in Tokyo.
She is currently composer in residence at Besançon International Music Festival (2011-2013).

Jorma Panula – Conductor and Professor – Finland

Jorma Panula, born 1930 in Finland, worked as artistic director and principal conductor of the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra (1963-1965), the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra (1965-1972) and the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra (Denmark 1973- 1976).
He teached, from 1972 to 1993, as conducting Professor, at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, at The Royal College of Music in Stockholm (1982- 1988 and 1992- 2006), and the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen (1988- 1992).
Jorma Panula has given conducting courses all over the world, almost in every European countries, New York, Tanglewood, Aspen, Mexico, Australia and Asia.
Nowadays, Jorma Panula is still travelling a lot as a guest conductor, professor for master courses and as a jury member of many international conducting competitions.

Jean-François Verdier – Musical director of the “Orchestre Victor Hugo Franche-Comté” and soloist of the Orchestre de l’Opéra national de Paris – France

Jean-François Verdier leads a rich career with many facets: considered as one of the best European clarinettists, super-soliste of the Opéra national de Paris and prize-winner of several international competitions (Tokyo, Vienna, Anvers, Colmar, Lugano), he has been invited to perform with famous orchestras in the world, under the conductor’s baton of Leonard Bernstein, Seiji Ozawa, Riccardo Muti, Pierre Boulez, Zubin Mehta…He teaches at the Paris National Conservatory of Music since 2001. He has written several educational books (Billaudot editor) and gave lectures at Tokyo University, the Pekin Conservatory… In the same time, Jean-François Verdier has studied conducting with Armin Jordan and Peter Eötvös, at the Acanthes Center. He has been also Kent Nagano assistant.
He has been quickly known as a young conductor to be followed, and now he is invited by the best symphonic and lyric scenes: Opéra Bastille, Salle Pleyel, Opéra Garnier, Madrid (Pelléas et Mélisande at the Teatro real), Montréal, New York, Luxembourg, Munich, Tokyo… In France, he is regularly invited by the Opéra national de Paris, the Ensemble orchestral de Paris, the national orchestras of Île-de-France, Lyon, Toulouse, Bordeaux, Opéra national de Montpellier, at the “Folles journées” de Nantes… Resident conductor for the Orchestre national de Lyon (2008-2010), he is named as musical director of the “Orchestre Victor Hugo Franche-Comté” in 2010.

Louwrens Langevoort – Kölner Philharmonie Director – Dutch

Since the opening of the 2005/2006 season, Louwrens Langevoort is Intendant of the Kölner Philharmonie, with responsibility for all the interests of the KölnMusik GmbH. By virtue of his experience as former director of the Hamburg State Opera, long-term artistic and managing director of the Dutch National Reisopera and his numerous other activities in the music industry, this trained lawyer and seasoned music manager commands the necessary skills to head up a major concert hall: an appreciation of musical variety, conceptional imagination, international contacts, highly developed communication skills and the willingness to address the economic issues of concert life. A cosmopolitan outlook, vitality and a future-orientated approach characterise Louwrens Langevoort, who is particularly committed to attracting young audiences and compiling a diverse programme of music full of innovative features.

Selected Candidates

Mme Yuanyuan CUI (23 ans), Chine
Mme Kai-Hsi FAN (30 ans), Chine
M. Michael FLASCHBERGER (29 ans), Autriche
M. Nicolò Umberto FORON (15 ans), Allemagne
M. Huba HOLLOKOI (32 ans), Hongrie
M. Konstantin ILIEVSKY (34 ans), Bulgarie
Mme Mayana ISHIZAKI (27 ans), Japon
Mme Yujue JI (24 ans), Chine
M. Sohrab KASHEF (31 ans), Iran
M. Antonio LAJARA ANGEL (31 ans), Espagne

M. Min Hyung LEE (26 ans), Corée
M. Mikhail LEONTYEV (31 ans), Russie
M. Szymon MAKOWSKI (26 ans), Pologne
M. Alberto MANIACI (26 ans), Italie
M. Keun OH (34 ans), Corée
M. KiriL STANKOW (31 ans), Allemagne
Mme Hsien-Wen TSENG (32 ans), Taïwan
M. Scott VOYLES (33 ans), États-Unis
M. Yao-Yu WU (24 ans), Taïwan
M. Hyun-Jin YUN (31 ans), Corée

The five last candidates

KAI-HSI FAN NB Born in 1983 à Taiwan, Kai-Hsi Fan made her musical learning at the Tapei natioonal University for Arts, and finished his musical studies in 2005. She has learned conducting with Sung-Jen Hsu and obtained her master degree with congratulations in 2009. She continued her studies in the Conservatory with Per Borin, where she obtained her graduate in 2012. Kai-Hsi Fan has participated to masterclasses with Jorma Panula, Bernard Haitink, Günther Herbig, Michael Dittrich and André de Quadros. In 2012, she won the first prize of Michael Dittrich conducting Competition in Budapest. During her studies, she has conducted the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, the Württembergisches Heilbronn Chamber Orchestra and the Württembergische Reutlingen Philharmonic, the Stuttgart Philharmonic and the « Oltenia» Craiova Philharmonic Orchestra (Roumania).
Huba HOLLOKOI 2 Huba Hollóköi began his musical studies at 4 as violinist and obtained several national and international prizes in violin and chamber music. He obtained his conducting diploma in 2012 at the Sibelius Academy, supervised by professors Leif Segerstam and Jorma Panula. During his studies, Huba Hollókoi has conducted in Finland, Hungary, USA, Mexico and Germany, some ensembles as the symphonic orchestras of Lahti, Kuopio and Savaria, the Joensuu, Vaasa and Hämeenlinna orchestras, the Saint-Michel chamber orchestra… In 2009, he participated to the Kurt Masur conducting masterclasse at Verbier Festival, and in 2013 to the orchestra conducting national master of La Haye and Amsterdam.
Huba is invited as soloist in many festivals : Focus Festival (Londres), Automnal Days of Bad Urach and Nova Festival (Helsinki). During 2011/2012 season, he has been appointed first violin of Joensuu city orchestra. He is also substitute first violin for Vaasa city Orchestra.
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In 2011, Szymon Makowski has been graduated from Pozan Academy of Music in symphony and opera conducting and violin. During last years, he took part to several conducting competitions such as Dmitri Mitropoulos Competition in Athens and W. Lutoslawski Competition in Bialystok (Poland). He also participated to master classes with J. M. R. Tortajada (Murcia, Spain), Gabriel Chmura (Krakow, Poland), Alexander Polishchuck (Faro, Portugal) and three times in Siena, Italy – under the guidance of maestro Gianluigi Gelmetti – where he has been honoured to lead final concerts in 2011 and 2012. He worked as assistant conductor with Walter E, Tomasz Szreder, Marcin Sompolinski and Andrzej Knap. Szymon Makowski has conducted many prestigious orchestras such as Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, Sofia Festival Orchestra, Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra and Orquesta do Algarve. His experience as opera conductor includes increase when he worked with Wroclaw Opera House, Lublin Musical Theatre, Poznan Musical Theatre and Poznan Opera house.

KiriL StankowNB

Kiril Stankow was born in 1982 in Neubrandenburg (Germany). At the age of 16, he began his piano studies at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Rostock. In 2011, he had completed his Master of Music in conducting, studied with Nicolás Pasquet and Anthony Bramall at the Hochschule für Musik “Franz Liszt” Weimar. The same year, he debuted with the MDR-Symphony Orchestra of Leipzig and the IDRS-Symphony Orchestra in Phoenix. In the 2012/13 season, he was assistant conductor for the Orchestra of the Gewandhaus at Leipzig and the Münchner Symphoniker, and was also deputy head of musical studies at Leipzig Opera in 2013. Kiril Stankow is scholarship holder of the Richard-Wagner-Society and the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation.

Yao-Yu WU NB Born in 1989, Yao-Yu Wu obtained his bachelor with a specialization in orchestra conducting at the Tapei University for Arts, where he studied with Sung-Jen Hsu. Within the framework of his studies, he conducted regularly some student pieces of the composition class, some concertos for University festival, and some personal projects. In 2011 he conducted Tslila, piece of the israeli composer Amit Gilutz, for the League of the Asiatic Composers. In 2013 he performed the opera La Sonnambula (Bellini) and extracts of Rigoletto (Verdi) with the music department of Taipei National University for Arts. He has participated to masterclasses and obtained congratulations of Rodney Winther, Andreas Delfs, Lü Shao-Chia, Nicolas Pasquet and Dominique Rouits. In 2012, he is accepted in the 53rd Weimar masterclass leaded by professor Nicolas Pasquet. Todays, Yao-Yu study in 3rd year in master’s degree in the Taipei National University for Arts.