Guide to Conductors

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GlasgowMendelssohn's Piano Concerto no. 1

Schumann, Mendelssohn
Royal Scottish National Orchestra; Sir Roger Norrington; Roman Rabinovich

ValenciaOrquesta de Valencia

Salvador, Shostakovich, Brahms
Orquesta de Valencia; Miguel Harth-Bedoya; Guillermo Pastrana
Ever wondered what a conductor's life is like? We've interviewed some of the world's top conductors to give you an insight. Undoubtedly, between musical rediscoveries, creating new ensembles and their educational projects, conductors are leading figures who shape the classical music stage today.
INTERVIEWS WITH CONDUCTORS

A sense of theatre: Sir Antonio Pappano

Sir Antonio Pappano reflects on recent performances of Fidelio and Norma and how his Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia has evolved and the difficulties staging Verdi.

Paavo Järvi: Musical ambassador

Where is home for Paavi Järvi? The life of an international conductor consists of airports and hotel-hopping and Järvi’s passport is more well-travelled than most. 

Valery Gergiev: “I'm a relatively busy man”

Ahead of his appearance with the Munich Philharmonic at this year’s Prom 4, Valery Gergiev gave Bachtrack a wide-ranging interview, discussing the Mariinsky, Russian music, education and much more.

Sincerity itself: Semyon Bychkov on Tchaikovsky

Tchaikovsky has a special place in the heart of Russians. Semyon Bychkov caught the bug at an early age. In an interview, he reflects on what Tchaikovsky means to him, and the man behind the notes. 

Uniting through music: Q&A with Marin Alsop

Period instruments, Rusty Musicians and inspiring a new generation of female conductors: just a few topics touched upon in our interview. 

Witnessing history: Vladimir Ashkenazy

Before launching his series Voices of Revolution with the Philharmonia Orchestra to mark the centenary of the Russian Revolution, Vladimir Ashkenazy recalls his experiences as a young Soviet pianist, his memories of Shostakovich and his witnessing history in the making.

Rolling his sleeves up: Ed Gardner in Bergen

As commutes go, London to Bergen has its attractions. Nearly a year into the post of chief conductor at the Bergen Philharmonic, Ed Gardner has a bounce in his step and exudes genuine enthusiasm for the job.

A Peruvian in Oslo: Miguel Harth-Bedoya

Norwegian Radio Orchestra Chief Conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya talks to us about Brahms, Schumann, touring and playing Latin American music in Norway (and Grieg, of course).

From Brno to London: Jakub Hrůša

Last week, Czech conductor Jakub Hrůša was appointed as one of two new Principal Guest Conductors of the Philharmonia Orchestra from the 2017/18 season. Before the announcement, Jakub talked to us about his experience working with the orchestra thus far and about Smetana’s Má vlast which he conducts next season.
CONDUCTOR COMPETITIONS
Mahler Conducting Competition of Bamberg Symphony
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Conducting
Entry deadline:
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Next competition: September 2019
Bamberg, Germany
Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition
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Conducting
Entry deadline:
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Next competition: November 2018
London, England
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Solti International Conducting Competition
Categories:
Conducting
First and second rounds:
1-10 October 2017
Third round and gala concert:
12-16 December 2017
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Dmitriev brings a taste of St Petersburg to London

Alexander Dmitriev and the St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra paraded passionate and colourful Tchaikovsky, while the masterful Peter Donohoe gave a potent and intricate Rachmaninov.
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Veronika Eberle wows in Mendelssohn

This was the second of Bernard Haitink’s Barbican appearances with the London Symphony Orchestra mostly drawing on the Austro-German orchestral tradition in electric and efficient perfromances. 
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Mini-Mahler: a reduced but upscale Das Lied von der Erde at Kings Place

Das Lied von der Erde may have been down-sized but it lost none of its stature in the Aurora Orchestra’s performance of a chamber arrangement of Mahler’s great song-symphony.
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East meets West: Ligeti, Dvořák, and Schumann with Gimeno and the Boston Symphony

Gustavo Gimeno, making his Symphony Hall debut, impressed in a program opening with Ligeti's Concert Românesc.
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StockholmElgar - Cockaigne (November 2013)

Elgar: Cockaigne (In London Town) - overture for orchestra, Op.40
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra; Sakari Oramo

StockholmTchaikovsky Symphony no. 5

Tchaikovsky: Symphony no. 5 in E minor, Op.64
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra; Peter Oundjian

AmsterdamMendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream

Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream incidental music, Op.61
Orkest van het Oosten; Jasper de Waal

BergenAnton Bruckner Symphony No 6

Bruckner: Symphony no. 6 in A major, WAB 106
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra; Robin Ticciati