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Guide to the 2nd Hong Kong International Conducting Competition

About the competition

  • For conductors under the age of 35 to establish a network in Asia, where the local orchestral scenes are rapidly developing;
  • Features an international jury made up of conductors and people shaping the music business today;
  • 16 shortlisted Candidates will conduct Hong Kong Sinfonietta in the Competition in March 2023.


Round 1 (a maximum of 16 Candidates): 22 March 2023 (Wed)

  1. Stravinsky — Concerto in D for String Orchestra: 1st movement
  2. One of the following works, determined by a draw:
    • Beethoven — Leonore Overture No 3, Op 72b
    • Mozart — Symphony No 39 in E-flat, K543: 1st movement

Round 2 – Semi-Finals (a maximum of 8 Semi-Finalists): 23 & 24 March 2023 (Thu & Fri)

  1. Sibelius — Violin Concerto in D minor, Op 47: 1st movement (Soloist: FAN Hiu-sing)
  2. Johann Strauss Jr — Die Fledermaus Overture
  3. One of the following symphonies, determined by a draw:
    • Beethoven — Symphony No 3 in E-flat, Op 55, “Eroica”
    • Brahms — Symphony No 1 in C minor, Op 68
    • Tchaikovsky — Symphony No 6 in B minor, Op 74, “Pathétique”

Round 3 – Finals (a maximum of 3 Finalists): 26 March 2023 (Sun)

  1. New work by Charles KWONG (HKS Artist Associate 2020-2022)
  2. One of the following works, chosen by the candidate:
    • Beethoven — Symphony No 4 in B-flat, Op 60
    • Mendelssohn — Symphony No 4 in A, Op 90, “Italian”
    • Schumann — Symphony No 4 in D minor, Op 120
  3. The finalists will also be invited to make a short presentation to the audience
Fact file
Deadline25 Oct 2022
Finals26 Mar 2023
WhereHong Kong, China
Age groupsConductors of any nationality born in or after 1987

1st Prize:
 - HK$200,000;
 - Concert engagement with Hong Kong Sinfonietta during the 2023/24 season;
 - Mentorship with conductor(s) from the Jury

2nd Prize: HK$100,000

3rd Prize: HK$70,000

Orchestra Prize: HK$10,000

Audience Prizes (Live & Online)HK$10,000 each

Prizewinners of the 2023 competition
Rodolfo Barráez (Venezuela) - 1st Prize
Yao-Yu Wu (Taiwan) - 2nd Prize
Mikhail Mering (Israel) - 3rd Prize

Best Interpretation of the New Commissioned Work: Yao-Yu Wu (Taiwan); Orchestra Prize: Rodolfo Barráez (Venezuela); Audience Prize (Live): Yao-Yu Wu (Taiwan); Audience Prize (Online): Abner Padrino (Venezuela)

Candidates of the 2023 competition
Vicente Chavarría (USA/UK)
Linhan Cui (China)
Nathaniel Efthimiou (USA/Finland)
Roc Fargas (Spain)
© Dominique Wollniok
Kyrian Friedenberg (USA/Canada)
Taichi Fukumura (USA/Japan)
Mark Hui (Hong Kong)
Edmon Levon (Spain)
© Diego Lafuente
Brian Liao (Taiwan)
Abner Padrino (Venezuela)
Omer Shteinhart (Israel)
Yi Wei (China)
Satoshi Yoneda (Japan)
Jury of the 2023 competition
Yip Wing-sie (co-chair)
© Yvonne Chan
Philipp Ernst (rounds 1-3)
Christoph Poppen (co-chair)
© Takao Komaru
Xenia Groh-Hu (rounds 1-3)
Lü Shao-Chia (rounds 1-3)
James Cuddeford (preliminary round)
© Yvonne Chan
Thierry d’Argoubet (rounds 1-3)
Laurent Perrin (rounds 1-3)
© Yvonne Chan
Prizewinners of the 2018 competition
Gabor Kali (1st prize)
Gabor Kali (1st prize)
Antoine Glatard (2nd prize) © Lucie MBD
Antoine Glatard (2nd prize)
© Lucie MBD
Dawid Runtz (3rd prize) © Radoslaw Adamczyk
Dawid Runtz (3rd prize)
© Radoslaw Adamczyk