1. STRUCTURE OF THE COMPETITION

The competition is structured in the following phases:

1.1  18th October – 31th December 1st ROUND – Eliminatory phase: candidates are welcome to apply(*);

1.2  1st January 2022 – 25th January the jury will select the candidates for the 2nd round;

1.3  26th January – 10th February 2nd ROUND – Final phase: the candidates are welcome to send new videos (*);

1.4   11th – 26th February  the jury will decide the finalists and the winners;

1.5    27th February the winners will be announced.

(*) Please check Appendix A at the bottom of the page for details regarding the videos.

2. JUDGING CRITERIA

2.1 The jury will examine the videos with a focus on the abilities of the conductor, not on the quality of the orchestra.

2.2 The evaluation will only consider the skills and the musical talent of the conductor, without considering the nature or the quality of the orchestra (or ensemble) playing, in other words it will judge the attitude of the conductor to obtain the best result with the available ensemble.

3. REPERTOIRE

3.1 Free repertoire from any historical period with orchestra (allowed any possible set) but in the original version as released by the composer.

4. JURY

4.1 The jury will be composed by the following members:

John Axelrod, Conductor
Tilmann Boettcher, Leitender Dramaturg at Beethoven Orchester in Bonn
Oleg Caetani, Conductor
Mihai Constantinescu, Executive Director at George Enescu Festival
Ruben Jais, Conductor, General manager and Artistic Director at Fondazione Orchestra e Coro Sinfonico di Milano Giuseppe Verdi “LaVerdi”
György Lendvai, Managing Director at MÁV Symphony Orchestra Budapest
Piero Romano, Artistic Director of the Magna Grecia Orchestra
Michael Rosewell, Director of Opera at the Royal College of Music, London

5. PRIZES

FIRST PRIZE
Money prize of £ 2.000,00
A concert with LaVerdi Orchestra (IT) in 2022/2023
A concert at the Oregon Music Festival (USA) in 2024

SECOND PRIZE
Money prize of £ 1.500,00
A concert with the Magna Grecia Orchestra (IT) in 2023
A concert with MAV Symphony Orchestra (HU) in 2022/2023

THIRD PRIZE
Money prize of £ 1.000,00
A concert with Pazardjik Symphony Orchestra (BG) in 2022
A private workshop with M° Oleg Caetani

6. OPPORTUNITIES

The best conductors, independently from the results of the competition, will be also recommended to different organizations and considered also by Only Stage Management Company and Classics Management.

7. APPLICATION

7.1 To get registered the contestants must send the following documents exclusively by email:

– filled in and signed application form;

– candidate’s biography;

– link to the videos;

– 1 candidate’s picture;

– PayPal payment receipt of the application fee.

7.2 The documents must be sent by 11:00 pm GMT on December 31st, 2021 to the following email address: onlystageconductingcompetition@gmail.com

8. APPLICATION FEE

8.1 The application fee consists in £ 130,00 (plus Paypal fees) to be paid through Paypal or credit card (through Paypal);

N.B. Paypal commissions are extra on the applicant’s charge. 

 

9. COPYRIGHT AND FINAL PROVISIONS

9.1 The competition is a media event that will be recorded and broadcasted on the web and other media, submitting their application the competitors authorize the direction of the competition to the use of their image either through photographs and audio / video that can be broadcasted via radio, television and other media (internet, etc.);

9.2 Submitting their application the candidates also authorize the organization to use their name and image in printed publications related to the competition;

9.3 The organization expects that candidates are available for interviews, photo shoots, and any other activity designed to make the competition appealing to the media;

9.4 the application and participation fee will not be refunded for any reason, except in case of cancellation of the competition; for any legal dispute, the competent forum is London.

APPENDIX A: VIDEO DETAILS

A.1 the videos aim is to illustrate to the jury the candidate’s skills and technique;
A.2 for the eliminatory phase the candidates have to attach links to two different videos of a performance of two contrasting character pieces (for example one Allegro and one Adagio) from any historical period. The two videos should be about a recent conductor’s performance and in any case not older than 5 years. In addition to this the candidates have to attach a short presentation video (no longer than 60 seconds, giving information about themselves, their career, their expectations and why they would like to take part in the competition);
A.3 two contrasting movements of the same piece are allowed;
A.4 for the Final phase the selected candidates have to send another video; in the evaluation of this video the jury will consider also the videos examined in the eliminatory phase;Videos must have the following features:
A.5 each video has to be longer than 3 minutes and at least 25% of the total length of the video has to be filmed with frontal view;
A.6 videos must be played in streaming mode (videos don’t have to be downloaded);
A.7 videos can be private or public as long as they can be seen by the entire jury without any restrictions;
A.8 the candidates must send one link for each video;
A.9 No specific streaming platform is required, any of the most common are permitted (for example Youtube, Vimeo, Dailymotion, Youku etc.) however the video should be played by an ordinary computer running a Windows or a Mac system.

1. STRUCTURE OF THE COMPETITION

The competition is structured in the following phases:

1.1  18th October – 31th December 1st ROUND – Eliminatory phase: candidates are welcome to apply(*);

1.2  1st January 2022 – 25th January the jury will select the candidates for the 2nd round;

1.3  26th January – 10th February 2nd ROUND – Final phase: the candidates are welcome to send new videos (*);

1.4   11th – 26th February  the jury will decide the finalists and the winners;

1.5    27th February the winners will be announced.

(*) Please check Appendix A at the bottom of the page for details regarding the videos.

2. JUDGING CRITERIA

2.1 The jury will examine the videos with a focus on the abilities of the conductor, not on the quality of the orchestra.

2.2 The evaluation will only consider the skills and the musical talent of the conductor, without considering the nature or the quality of the orchestra (or ensemble) playing, in other words it will judge the attitude of the conductor to obtain the best result with the available ensemble.

3. REPERTOIRE

3.1 Free repertoire from any historical period with orchestra (allowed any possible set) but in the original version as released by the composer.

4. JURY

4.1 The jury will be composed by the following members:

John Axelrod, Conductor
Tilmann Boettcher, Leitender Dramaturg at Beethoven Orchester in Bonn
Oleg Caetani, Conductor
Mihai Constantinescu, Executive Director at George Enescu Festival
Ruben Jais, Conductor, General manager and Artistic Director at Fondazione Orchestra e Coro Sinfonico di Milano Giuseppe Verdi “LaVerdi”
György Lendvai, Managing Director at MÁV Symphony Orchestra Budapest
Piero Romano, Artistic Director of the Magna Grecia Orchestra
Michael Rosewell, Director of Opera at the Royal College of Music, London

5. PRIZES

FIRST PRIZE
Money prize of £ 2.000,00
A concert with LaVerdi Orchestra (IT) in 2022/2023
A concert at the Oregon Music Festival (USA) in 2024

SECOND PRIZE
Money prize of £ 1.500,00
A concert with the Magna Grecia Orchestra (IT) in 2023
A concert with MAV Symphony Orchestra (HU) in 2022/2023

THIRD PRIZE
Money prize of £ 1.000,00
A concert with Pazardjik Symphony Orchestra (BG) in 2022
A private workshop with M° Oleg Caetani

6. OPPORTUNITIES

The best conductors, independently from the results of the competition, will be also recommended to different organizations and considered also by Only Stage Management Company and Classics Management.

7. APPLICATION

7.1 To get registered the contestants must send the following documents exclusively by email:

– filled in and signed application form;

– candidate’s biography;

– link to the videos;

– 1 candidate’s picture;

– PayPal payment receipt of the application fee.

7.2 The documents must be sent by 11:00 pm GMT on December 31st, 2021 to the following email address: onlystageconductingcompetition@gmail.com

8. APPLICATION FEE

8.1 The application fee consists in £ 130,00 (plus Paypal fees) to be paid through Paypal or credit card (through Paypal);

N.B. Paypal commissions are extra on the applicant’s charge.

 

9. COPYRIGHT AND FINAL PROVISIONS

9.1 The competition is a media event that will be recorded and broadcasted on the web and other media, submitting their application the competitors authorize the direction of the competition to the use of their image either through photographs and audio / video that can be broadcasted via radio, television and other media (internet, etc.);

9.2 Submitting their application the candidates also authorize the organization to use their name and image in printed publications related to the competition;

9.3 The organization expects that candidates are available for interviews, photo shoots, and any other activity designed to make the competition appealing to the media;

9.4 the application and participation fee will not be refunded for any reason, except in case of cancellation of the competition; for any legal dispute, the competent forum is London.

APPENDIX A: VIDEO DETAILS

A.1 the videos aim is to illustrate to the jury the candidate’s skills and technique;
A.2 for the eliminatory phase the candidates have to attach links to two different videos of a performance of two contrasting character pieces (for example one Allegro and one Adagio) from any historical period. The two videos should be about a recent conductor’s performance and in any case not older than 5 years. In addition to this the candidates have to attach a short presentation video (no longer than 60 seconds, giving information about themselves, their career, their expectations and why they would like to take part in the competition);
A.3 two contrasting movements of the same piece are allowed;
A.4 for the Final phase the selected candidates have to send another video; in the evaluation of this video the jury will consider also the videos examined in the eliminatory phase;Videos must have the following features:
A.5 each video has to be longer than 3 minutes and at least 25% of the total length of the video has to be filmed with frontal view;
A.6 videos must be played in streaming mode (videos don’t have to be downloaded);
A.7 videos can be private or public as long as they can be seen by the entire jury without any restrictions;
A.8 the candidates must send one link for each video;
A.9 No specific streaming platform is required, any of the most common are permitted (for example Youtube, Vimeo, Dailymotion, Youku etc.) however the video should be played by an ordinary computer running a Windows or a Mac system.