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The Mahler Competition

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Process of the competition

The application period for the Mahler Competition 2023, the international conducting competition that takes place every three years in Bamberg, Germany, with the Bamberg Symphony, runs from September 15th to November 30th 2022. Applications are submitted online via the competition website. At the end of January / beginning of February 2023, the jury will inform all applicants about the result of the selection of the final competition participants. These will be invited to Bamberg from July 6th – 15th 2023 to conduct the orchestra in several rounds. 

July 6th 2023 is for arrivals as well as the drawing of the preliminary rounds for July 7th and 8th. The main rounds will take place on July 10th and 11th, and the semifinals on July 12th and 13th. The finals will take place on the evening of July 13th. On July 15th 2023, the Bamberg Symphony will present the winner of the Mahler Competition 2023 in a final concert and hand over the prizes. The organisers invite all participants who have already been eliminated to stay in Bamberg until the final concert. The competition is also expressly intended as a forum for contact making and networking.

Fact file
Deadline15 Sep - 30 Nov 2022
Finals13 Jul 2023
WhereBamberg, Germany
Age groupsNo older than 35 years on 30 November 2022
1st prize: EUR 30,000
2nd prize: EUR 20,000
3rd prize: EUR 10,000

Jury of the 2023 competition
Marina Mahler
Jakub Hrůša
Thomas Hampson
Barbara Hannigan
Juanjo Mena

Miroslav Srnka
John Storgårds
Deborah Borda
Martin Campbell-White
John Carewe

Ara Guzelimian
Pamela Rosenberg
Mark Stringer
Marcus Rudolf Axt
Mayra Budagjan

Applicants must disclose in their application whether they have already had contact with jury members.

Accommodation and travel costs

Accommodation and travel costs will be covered up to an amount of EUR 1,000 for each selected participant.

Following the competition

All rounds except the preliminary round will take place in front of an audience and will be streamed live online.

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