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Guide to La Maestra Competition for Women Conductors

Laureates of the 2020 La Maestra competition
Why participate?
In brief

In 2019 the Philharmonie de Paris and the Paris Mozart Orchestra joined forces to create La Maestra International Competition for Women Conductors, which launched to unanimous acclaim in September 2020. The competition is uniquely complemented by an Academy, which provides selected candidates with professional support for a period of two years. Co-directed by artistic director of the Paris Mozart Orchestra Claire Gibault and Laurent Bayle, general manager of the Philharmonie de Paris, the next La Maestra Competition will take place from 3-6 March 2022.

Fact file
SectionsConductor
Deadline08 Mar - 03 Sep 2021
Finals03 - 06 Mar 2022
WhereParis, France
Age groupsNo upper age limit
Process of the 2022 competition

Online registration opens: 8 March 2021;

Closing date for registration: 3 September 2021 at midnight (Paris time);

Selection of nominees: between 4-23 September 2021;

Announcement of the 14 nominees: 24 September 2021;

Competition event: from 3 to 6 March 2022 at Philharmonie de Paris

3-4 March 2022: Quarter final (open to all 14 nominees) Rehearsal and performance of a work (25 minutes per nominee) Salle des Concerts, Cité de la Musique - Philharmonie de Paris. At the end of this round the Jury will select 6 semi-finalists;
5 March 2022: Semi-Final (open to the 6 semi-finalists)
. Rehearsal and performance of a work with soloist(s) (50 minutes per semi-finalist) Salle des Concerts, Cité de la Musique - Philharmonie de Paris
. At the end of this round the Jury will select 3 finalists;
6 March 2022: Final (open to the 3 finalists)
, 14h30 Rehearsal (60 minutes per finalist), 
19h30 Concert (30 minutes per finalist)
 Grande Salle Pierre Boulez, Philharmonie de Paris
. At the end of this event the Jury and the various committees will award their prizes.


La Maestra Academy

Complementary to the La Maestra International Competition for Women Conductors, the La Maestra Academy is an ongoing 2-year programme which opened in September 2020 following the inaugural La Maestra competition. The second La Maestra Academy for Women Conductors will run for a period of two years from March 2022.

The Academy is the result of a visionary collaboration between the Philharmonie de Paris and the Paris Mozart Orchestra, joint producers of the La Maestra competition. The La Maestra Academy offers a rolling programme of professional engagements and mentoring tailored to the results of each nominee during the competition.

The 3 finalists will be offered concerts or collaborations with national and international orchestras, conducting masterclasses, mentoring, help towards travel expenses in order to take part in other international competitions, financial assistance with a 1st recording, a session with a professional photographer and work with the social/education programme Démos.

The 3 semi-finalists may be offered concerts or collaborations with orchestras lesser-known on the international stage, conducting masterclasses, mentoring, help towards travel expenses in order to take part in other international competitions and work with the social/education programme Démos.

The 8 quarter-finalists will be offered online mentoring sessions.

Jury Prizes

The Jury will award 3 Prizes:

1st Prize: €20.000

2nd Prize: €10.000

3rd Prize: €5.000


Jury of the 2022 Competition

Deborah Borda (Jury Chair),
Marin Alsop,
Claire Gibault,
Kwamé Ryan,
Markus Stenz,
Jean-François Verdier,
Yip Wing-Sie


Committees Prizes

- The committee of the Paris Mozart Orchestra is formed from members of the orchestra. They vote on the 14 nominees of the Competition. Paris Mozart Orchestra Prize: € 2,500;

- The French concert-halls and orchestras committee is formed from approximatey 20 representatives of French concert-halls and orchestras. They vote on the 6 semi-finalists;

- The ECHO committee is formed from representatives of the European Concert Hall Organization (ECHO). They vote on the 6 semi-finalists;

- The ARTE committee is formed from representatives of the Franco-German TV channel ARTE. They vote on the 6 semi-finalists;

- The Audience Prize: a poll is organised during the final of the Competition and offers those members of the audience present in the hall the opportunity to vote for their favoured candidate. They vote on the 6 semi-finalists.

Looking back at the 2020 competition
Travel and accommodation

The Organisers will reimburse to each nominee a portion of her travel expenses, to a maximum of €200 for those residing in Europe and €500 for those residing outside Europe. 

Accommodation for the nominees during the Competition events taking place in Paris from 3 to 6 March 2022 will be arranged and paid for by the Organisers.