240 EUR to apply to be considered? Is this legitimate? Why do competitions like this prey upon young musicians and thrive?

Conductors of all nationalities are welcome to participate in the international concert competition “Debut at the Laeiszhalle Hamburg”.

Age limit

Any conductor born after November 2nd, 1975 is allowed to apply.


  • One work of your choice for symphony orchestra, between 10 and 30 min.

A recorded video of your performance of chosen work (accompanied by an orchestra or a pianist, studio or live recording) must be submitted as YouTube- or Vimeo-link, DVD, USB-Stick etc. or another media available for download. The video must be submitted before September 30th, 2016 by e-mail or post. Separate applications from the same person performing different works are allowed (application fees apply separately).


The application deadline is September 30th, 2016. Apply online or send the completed application formalong with your CV, artistic photo, a copy of passport or ID, and application fee by e-mail or post it to the following address:

International Concert Competition
“Debut in der Laeiszhalle Hamburg 2016”
Blackmore Music Group
Warmbrunner Str. 52
14193 Berlin | GERMANY

Email: contact@debut-hamburg.com
The video-recording of your performance may be sent separately from your application, but no later than on September 30th, 2016.

Application fee

The application fee for the conducting category is 240 EUR if you apply before September 30th, 2016.
If you apply before September 10th, 2016 – the application fee is 180 EUR.
Application date is the date when the fee is arrived to our bank account.
Please transfer the application fee simultaneously with your application, to the bank account below. The bank fee must be paid by sender.

Bank account:
Blackmore Music Group
IBAN: DE 6910 0900 0022 3079 8004
Bank address:
Berliner Volksbank
Leipziger Platz 2
10117 Berlin | GERMANY
Blackmore Music Group
Warmbrunner Str. 52
14193 Berlin | GERMANY
Your application will only be processed after receiving the application fee.
The application fee is non-refundable in case of incomplete or cancelled application.


September 30th, 2016 – application deadline in all categories for the international concert competition „Debut at the Laeiszhalle Hamburg“.

All applicants will be assigned an application number and listed on the website.

After the deadline, the jury will select the winners in each of the categories: Violin, Cello, Piano and Conducting, basing on the video recordings submitted. The points awarded by the jury will be announced on the website.

In the composers category, only one work will be selected and admitted directly for The Debut at the Laeiszhalle Hamburg with KlassikPhilharmonie Hamburg.

The Debut Concert

The award ceremony and the debut of the first winners with KlassikPhilharmonie Hamburg will take place on November 2nd, 2016 in at the Laeiszhalle Hamburg.

The second winner in the category Conducting will perform in the second half of The Debut Concert. The rehearsals for the concert are on November 1st, 2016, and the final rehearsal is on November 2nd, 2016 at 4pm.

International press and music agents will be invited to the debut concert.
The concert will be recorded on audio and video.

Submitting an application, the participant accepts the rules and conditions of the competition.
The chosen piece is not subject to change. Modifications or changes are not allowed. The jury decisions are final and not to be discussed. There is no legal recourse. In case of doubt the German text applies.

The prizes may be shared between participants (except the 1st prize).
The jury has the right not to award prize.

Participants agree that The Debut Concert will be recorded audio-visually. The organizer is entitled to use these recordings at any time commercially and non-commercially and / or to allow further use by third parties. This includes all forms of use (audio-visual media, print and online media, broadcasting, streaming and download). Participants transfer all images- and sound-related rights the organizer free of charge. A fee claims for recordings and re-use are not accepted.

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