Besançon International Competition for young conductors Established in 1951 by the Besançon International Music Festival, the Besançon Competition soon became the most prestigious event of its kind. Open to all artists whatever their training or experience; no previous diploma is required.
The competition is open to all artists who wish to become professional conductor, regardless of their career, training or experience, no prior diploma is required.
After the preselection that take place around the world, only 20 candidates are admitted to the rounds with orchestra Besançon in September. Only one will win the Grand Prize !
The preselection rounds are without public or restricted to a limited public (schools, students…).
In 2015, they take place in April and May in front of two jury members, Dante Anzolini and Jorge Rotter, conductors.
Each candidate is called directing two pianists playing on two pianos symphonic works (transcribed for piano four hands). The candidate has a few minutes to convince the jury. The jury may request a non-stop running, or that the candidate work pianists.
- Beethoven : 2nd symphonie in D major (opus 36)
- Stravinsky : Le Sacre du Printemps
Transcriptions for piano 4 hands, 2 pianos played.
It is recommended to use the transcribed scores and not the original symphonic works.
Dates of the preselections
The Competition reserves the right to reduce the number of days of trial in case of insufficient applications and limit nominations to 270 people.
To ensure good hearing conditions for each candidate, the Competition set up quotas in each city.
- CHINA: Beijing (Central Conservatory of Music) : 18th and 19th April, 2015
Maximum of 35 candidates
- FRANCE: Besançon (Conservatoire à rayonnement régional du Grand Besançon) : 21st to 23rd April, 2015
Maximum of 90 candidates
- GERMANY: Berlin (Universität der Künste Berlin) : 25th to 29th April, 2015
Maximum of 115 candidates
- CANADA: Montréal (Faculté de musique de l’Université de Montréal) : 1st and 2nd May, 2015
Maximum of 30 candidates
We recommend that you register as soon as possible. Registration are open until 29th January, 2015 according to availability.
A count will be set up on the website and updated two times a week.
Rounds with orchestra
From 14th to 20thSeptember, 2015 in Besançon
All the rounds with orchestra is open to the public. The rounds are conducted in the same way as the Festival concerts (reservations, concerts or the Kursaal, Theatre Besançon).
All candidates run the same orchestras, in the presence of all members of the jury.
Apart from the final round, the sessions are working sessions with the orchestra ; Candidates will therefore be taken to stop the orchestra and soloists to make them work certain passages. The works of the final round will be played in full and without interruption, like a concert.
|Rounds||Dates||With||Numbers of conductors|
|Welcome meeting (compulsory)||Monday, Sept. 14th||
|1/8 final : Symphonic||Tuesday, Sept.15th||Orchestre Victor Hugo Franche-Comté||20 candidates max|
|1/4 final : Opera||Wednesday, Sept. 16th||Orchestre Victor Hugo Franche-Comté and soloist of the Atelier lyrique of the Opéra Bastille||12 candidates max|
|1/2 final : Concerto||Thursday, Sept 17th||Sinfonieorchester Basel et a soloist||6 candidates max|
|1/2 final : Oratorio||Thursday, Sept 17th||Sinfonieorchester Basel and theChoeur Sequenza 9.3|
|Final : Symphonic and creation||Sunday, Sept 20th||Sinfonieorchester Basel||3 candidates max|
The program of the final rounds will be available in January, 2015.
- Dennis Russel Davies (jury Chairman)
- Guillaume Connesson (composer)
- Jean-François Verdier (conductor)
- Steven Sloane (conductor)
- Jorge Rutter (conductor)
- Dante Anzolini (conductor)
- Catherine Simonpietri (conductor)
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