Bulgaria Hall, in cooperation with Artes National Orchestra,  Kodaly Philarmonic Orchestra and Pazardjik Symphony Orchestra, with the patronage of the General Consulate of Bulgaria in Milan, announces the first edition of “EUROPEAN UNION COMPETITION FOR ORCHESTRA CONDUCTORS”.
The competition is open to musicians of any nationality without age limits.
The competition will be held in Sofia and Pazardjik (Bulgaria) from 8 until 13 January 2018.
The prize concerts will be held in Italy, Hungary, Bulgaria, Czech Republic and Poland.

The competition is structured in two main phases, ELIMINATORY phase that starts May 1 st 2017 and ends on September the 30 st 2017. The eliminatory phase will be performed by the examination of videos and CVs; the FIRST ROUND and the following phases will take place from Janaury the 8 st until Janaury the 13 st in Sofia and Pazardjik. The Final will consist in a public concert to be held in Bulgaria Hall, Sofia (Bulgaria).

1. Eligibility
The competition is open to all the conductors, without nationality or age limitations.

2. Eliminatory phase
Starting date for sending applications: May the 1 st 2017 until September the 15st 2017;
The candidates will have to send links to two videos that will be judged by the jury.

The Videos can contain pieces from any historical period, with any kind of ensemble both vocal or instrumental.
The videos must be played in streaming mode (videos don’t have to be downloaded) and each must last at least 5 minutes; at least half of the video has to be filmed with frontal view.
Videos in which the candidate conducts a piano are admissible only if there are at least two players (4 hands piano or two pianos).

The admitted candidates will be informed by email within September the 30th 2017 and the admitted candidate’s names will also be published on the website;

The competition is structured as follows:

First Round: String Orchestra, January 8, 9 and 10
Second Round: Chamber Orchestra, January 11
Semifinal: Symphony Orchestra, January 12
Final: Symphony Orchestra, January 13

The First Round will be open to 75 competitors.
The Second Round will be open to 20 competitors.
The Semifinal will be open to 10 competitors.
The Final will be open to 3 competitors.

3. Repertoire.
First Round: String orchestra open to up to 75 competitors
E. Elgar: Serenade for Strings in E minor op. 20 – Movement II, Larghetto
M. Karłowicz: Serenade for Strings Op. 2 – Movements I, March and II, Romance
P.I. Tchaikovsky: Serenade for strings in C major op. 48 – Movements II, Valse and IV, Finale
Each competitor will have ca 15 minutes to rehearse

Second Round: Chamber Orchestra open to 20 competitors
L. van Beethoven: Symphony n° 5 I movement
B. Bartók: Romanian folk dances
G. Rossini: Sinfonia from “Cenerentola”
Each competitor will have ca 15 minutes to rehearse

Semifinal: Symphony Orchestra open to 10 competitors
G. Fauré: Prélude from Pelléas et Mélisande orchestral suite, Op.80
A. Dvorak: Praeludium: I, Pastorale (Allegro moderato) and V, Finale: Furiant (Presto)
M. De Falla: Danza ritual del fuego from “El Amor Brujo”
Each competitor will have ca 30 minutes to rehearse

Final: Symphony Orchestra open to 3 competitors

Group A
F. Schubert: Symphony No. 9 in C major, D. 944, II Mov. Andante con moto

Group B
J. Sibelius: Symphony No 2 in D major, Op 43, IV Mov. Finale: Allegro moderato

Group C
P. I. Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.5 in E Minor, Op.64, I Mov. Andante – Allegro con anima
The Final is open to n°3 competitors, a group will be assigned to each and each will have 50 minutes of rehearsal during which rehearse the pieces of the assigned group.
The same day there will be a public concert that is part of the competition, in this concert each competitor will conduct the assigned pieces.

Concert suit/dress is required.

The winner will be announced after the final concert, to the presence of the public.
The pieces will be drawn the evening before the day of the specific phase. The competitors are required to know all the pieces of the repertoire.

4. Prizes

First prize:

– Money prize€ 1.250,00
– 1 concert in one major theatre in Milan during the 2019 Italian tour of the Kodaly Philarmonic Orchestra in 2019*;
– 2 concerts in two major theatres in Italy during the 2019 Italian tour of the Kodaly Philarmonic Orchestra in 2019*;
– To conduct one opera performance in 2018/2019 season at the National Theatre in Opava (Czech Republic);
– 1 concert in Pazardjik Symphony Orchestra 2018/2019 Season in Pazardjik (Bulgaria);
– 1 limited series, tailor made ABL conducting baton with case
– Official Diploma.

* details about the tour will be published on the website as soon as possible

Second prize:

– Money prize € 900,00
– 1 concert in the 2018/2019 season of Kodaly Philarmonic Orchestra in Debrecen (Hungary);
– 1 concert in Witold Lutosławski Chamber Philharmonic 2018/2019 Season in Łomża (Poland);
– 1 limited series, tailor made ABL conducting baton with case
– Official Diploma.

Third prize:

– Money prize € 650,00
– 1 concert in Pazardjik Symphony Orchestra 2018/2019 Season in Pazardjik (Bulgaria);
– 1 limited series, tailor made ABL conducting baton with case
– Official Diploma.

To all the Semifinalists will be given an official certificate of Semifinalists.
Those who will successfully pass the eliminatory phase will receive a participation certificate.
The last stages of the competition will be open to the public and there will be representatives of International Artists Agencies present.

5. Jury
The International jury will be composed by the following members:

Eliminatory Phase:
Massimiano Caldi (Italy); M° Grigor Palikarov (Bulgaria); M° Jan Miłosz Zarzycki (Poland)

From the First Round:
M° Vittorio Parisi (Italy), President of the jury, conducting chairholder at G. Verdi Conservatorie in Milan;
M° Ludek Golat (Czek Republic), former Superintendent Moravian and Silesian National Theatre;
Grigor Palikarov (Bulgaria), Music Director of of Pazardjik Symphony Orchestra;
Daniel Somogyi-Tóth (Hungary), Music Director of Kodaly Philarmonic Orchestra;
Jan Miłosz Zarzycki (Poland), Artistic Director of the Witold Lutosławski Chamber Philharmonic;
NB all the members of the jury will be present from the first day until the end of the competition. In case of illness or force majeure the organization will replace the missing member with another internationally acknowledged Maestro

6. Registration
To get registered you must fill the application form on the website by 12:00 pm GMT September the 15st 2017.

For any information: eu.conducting.competition@gmail.com

7. Fees
The application fee for the eliminatory phase is € 95,00 (Paypal: plus %5 fee)
The candidates admitted to the first round will be required to pay the participation fee that consists in €200,00 that has to be paid through the same method as the registration fee within November the 30st 2017.
The payment has to be made by using the same method of the previews step.

8. Transfer and accommodation
The organization will take care of the transfer from Sofia airport to the competition’s venue.

9. Media rights
The candidates will by submitting their application hand over all rights of the TV and radio recordings to the Promoter, this includes all pictures taken on and off stage.
The candidates will also by submitting their application give their permission and approval to the Promoter to use the candidates’ names and pictures in press releases.

10. Final rules
The participation to the competition implies the full acceptance of the present rules. The organization reserves the right to change the rules of the competition in case of force majeure, in that case the organization will give prompt notification of any modification that may occur. For any legal action the English text of the announcement must be considered. The forum in charge is Prato’s (Italy).