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Evgeny Svetlanov International Conducting Competition

Interview: Marina Bower, President of the Evgeny Svetlanov International Conducting Competition
« Svetlanov’s legacy as a conductor (leaving aside the works he composed) only has a meaning if his values and musical understanding are passed down to a generation of younger conductors. The chosen vehicle for this is the competition, now into its fifth edition, whose finals will take place in Monaco in June. »
Process of the competition

Applications with submitted videos are excepted until 15th March 2022.

The final choice of 18 candidates for the First Qualifying Round will be announced on the competition’s website on 5th April 2022.

First Qualifying Round: 2-3 June 2022

Second Qualifying Round: 4th June 2022

Final Round: 5th June 2022 (open to public)

The results together with a Special Orchestra Prize and the Audience Prize are announced on 5th June 2022.

Jury of the 2022 competition

Neeme Järvi (President of Jury) - Principal Conductor and Artistic Director (for life) of the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Music Director Emeritus of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Conductor Laureate of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Chief Conductor Emeritus of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Guest Chief Conductor of the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra.

Anthony Fogg - Artistic Administrator of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Director of the Tanglewood Festival.

Tatjana Kandel - Head of Artistic Planning of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, the Danish National Vocal Ensemble, Concert Choir and Girls Choir.

Daishin Kashimoto - Leader of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.

Dmitri Liss - Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Ural Philharmonic Orchestra, Artistic Director of the EURASIA International Music Festival.

David Whelton - Artistic Director of the Klosters Music Festival, Director of IMS Prussia Cove, Former Managing Director of the Philharmonia Orchestra and a member of the Philharmonia Trust.

Kazuki Yamada - Music and Artistic Director of the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, Chief Conductor and Artistic Adviser of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Permanent Conductor (from 2023) of the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra (Principal Guest Conductor of the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra.

Fact file
Deadline15 Dec 2021 - 15 Mar 2022
Finals05 Jun 2022
WhereMonte-Carlo, Monaco
Age groupsCandidates born between 1982 and 2002 included

First Prize : € 20,000 with diploma
Second Prize : € 10,000 with diploma
Third Prize : € 5,000 with diploma

A special orchestra prize of a concert to the winner of their choice, concerts with partner orchestras, possible artist management and mentoring.

Travel & meals

The competition covers the accommodation and meals during the whole stay of the competitors.

Other laureates

Dmitry Filatov (Second Prize, 2018), Fuad Ibrahimov (Second Prize, 2018), Lio Kuokman (Second Prize, 2014), Andris Poga (First Prize, 2010), Benjamin Ellin (Second Prize, 2007), Roberto Fores Veses (3rd Prize 2007)

Candidates admitted in the First Qualifying Round of the 2022 competition

330 applications (39 women and 291 men) from 50 countries were received to take part in the 5th Evgeny Svetlanov International Conducting Competition 2022. The following candidates were selected for the First Qualifying Round:

Henri Christofer Aavik (Estonia)
Yeo Ryeong Ahn (South Korea)
Ron Davis Alvarez (Venezuela)
Elias Brown (USA)
Barbara Dragan (Poland)
Aivis Greters (Latvia)

François López-Ferrer (USA / Spain)
Sergey Neller (Germany)
Samy Rachid (France)
Ilya Ram (USA / Israel)
Kenshiro Sakairi (Japan)
Evgenii Sakmarov (Russia)

Harish Shankar (Germany)
Jesko Sirvend (Germany)
Euan Shields (USA)
Kakhi Solomnishvili (Georgia)
Tiran Nikohosyan (Israel / Ukraine)
Yao-Yu Wu (Taiwan) 

Looking back at the 2018 competition