56th Young Conductors Competition

Preliminaries – April and May 2019

Preliminaries take place in front of two jury members.
Each candidate has to conduct two pianists playing two pianos.
David Berdery, Thomas Palmer, pianists.

Dates and places

Germany, Berlin
Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler”
From 15th to 18th April 2019
Maximum 115 candidates

China, Beijing
Central Conservatory of Music
23rd and 24th April 2019
Maximum 35 candidates

Canada, Montréal
Faculté de musique de l’Université de Montréal
27th and 28th April 2019
Maximum 30 candidates

France, Besançon
Conservatoire à rayonnement régional du Grand Besançon
From 30th April to 4th May 2019 (except 1st May)
Maximum 90 candidates

Program

Serguei Rachmaninoff, Symphonic Dances, opus 45
Transcription for two pianos
Edition Boosey et Hawkes

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Symphony no. 35 « Haffner » K.385
Orchestra score. Piano 1 = harmony. Piano 2 = strings.
Edition Breitkopf & Härtel

Final rounds – September 2019

All of the rounds with orchestra will be open to the public. All works are imposed.
The candidates will either be asked to conduct entire pieces or excerpts, or to rehearse the artists under their musical direction, according to their interpretation or at the jury’s request.

Planning

Welcome meeting
Sunday 15th September, 4:30 pm

First round : Symphony
Monday 16th September, 2:30 and 8:00 pm
Orchestre Victor Hugo Franche-Comté
Maximum 20 candidates

Second round: Concerto and Symphony
Tuesday 17th September, 2:30 and 8:00 pm
Orchestre Victor Hugo Franche-Comté
Soloist TBC
Maximum 12 candidates

Semi-final: Oratorio
Wednesday 18th September, 2:30 pm
Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern
Choir of the Opéra de Dijon
Maximum 6 candidates

Semi-final: Oper
Wednesday 18th September, 8:00 pm
Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern
Soloists TBC
Maximum 6 candidates

Final: Symphony and World Premiere
Saturday 21st September, 4:00 pm
Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern
Maximum 3 candidates

The 2017 Competition in videos

Four minutes to discover the Besançon Competition


26 minutes TV Report by France 3 Bourgogne-Franche-Comté