56th Young Conductors Competition

As all the 270 places have been taken, registrations for the preliminaries are closed since Tuesday, January 8.

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For any questions, please send an email to Elodie Farges: efarges [at] festival-besancon.com

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


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.


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

Richard Wagner : Siegfried Idyll, extraits
Jacques Ibert : Divertissement, extraits

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

Ludwig van Beethoven : Symphonie n°2 en ré majeur op.36
Sergueï Prokofiev : Concerto pour violon et orchestre n°2 en sol mineur op.63

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

Francis Poulenc : Stabat Mater, extraits

Semi-final: Oper
Wednesday 18th September, 8:00 pm
Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern
Six students of the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris Alfred Cortot
Maximum 6 candidates

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart : Cosi van tutte, extraits

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

Éric Tanguy : Constellations, world creation, order of the Festival
Richard Strauss : Mort et Transfiguration, poème symphonique op.24

The 2017 Competition in videos

Four minutes to discover the Besançon Competition

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