Filharmonia Hungary is happy to announce the Solti International Conducting Competition (SICC)

Filharmonia Hungary is happy to announce the Solti International Conducting Competition (SICC), which will be taking place in October and December 2017, in Budapest and Pécs, Hungary. The competition that will be followed by wide media coverage and will be broadcast on TV, provides an excellent opportunity for young conductors born not earlier than 1 January 1979 to prove their talent by performing before a prestigious international jury and live audience.

1st: 20,000 EUR
2nd: 10,000 EUR
3d: 5,000 EUR

Course of the competition and repertoire:

Pre-selection: Based on the videos submitted by the applicants, the Jury will select 45 applicants maximum to participate in the first round of the competition.

First round: preliminaries – Competitors will be expected to conduct one of the overtures below:
1. W. A. Mozart: The Magic Flute
2. L. v. Beethoven: Egmont
3. G. Rossini: The Barber of Seville
4. C. M. v. Weber: Der Freischütz (The Marksman)
5. G. Verdi: Nabucco
6. F. Erkel: Hunyadi László
7. R. Wagner: The Flying Dutchman
8. B. Smetana: The Bartered Bride

Second round: semi finals
Competitors will be expected to conduct one of the arias or one of the concertos, and one of the symphonies listed below:

1. G. Rossini: The Barber of Seville – Cavatina of Rosina
2. G. Verdi: A Masked Ball – Aria of Renato, 3th act
3. Ch. Gounod: Faust – Ballad and Jewel song – recitativo and one verse
4. G. Puccini: Manon Lescaut – Aria of Manon „Manon’s death” 4th act
5. R. Leoncavallo: Pagliacci – Prologue – from the return of introduction l

1. F. Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major; 1st and 3rd movements (3/4)
2. F. Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor; 2nd and 3rd movements
3. A. Dvořak: Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104; 1st and 2nd movements
4. B. Bartók: Violin Concerto No. 2; 1st and 2nd movements
5. D. Shostakovich: Concerto in C minor for Piano, Trumpet and String Orchestra, Op. 35; 2nd and 3rd movements

1. J. Haydn: Symphony No. 88 in G major
2. W. A. Mozart: Symphony No. 36 in C major; K. 425
3. F. Schubert: Symphony No. 5; D. 485

Third round: finals
Competitors will be expected to conduct one of the symphonic works listed below:
1. L. v. Beethoven: Symphony No. 5
2. R. Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks
3. C. Debussy: The Sea (La Mer)
4. B. Bartók: Dance Suite
5. Z. Kodály: Dances of Galánta
6. E. Dohnányi: Symphonic Minutes

Deadline for submission of applications: 1 May 2017

How to apply?

Only applicants born after 1 January 1979 will be accepted
Application forms completed by the applicants and other requested documents can be submitted by email to the following address:
Besides the completed application form, the following documents are required:
a copy of the receipt of the bank transfer of the application fee
a copy of the applicant’s identity card (only EU citizens) or passport (EU and non-EU citizens)
the applicant’s curriculum vitae focusing on the applicant’s professional and artistic development
a recent photograph (of at least 2-3 MB file size) of the applicant
an at least 15-minute-long HD quality video of an orchestral rehearsal or a concert conducted by the applicant, in which the applicant’s movements can be clearly seen

Application fee
Early bird application fee by 28 February 2017: 190 EUR
Application fee from 1 March to 1 May 2017: 350 EUR

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