Guide to Conductors

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LondonProm 45

Mahler: Symphony no. 2 in C minor 'Resurrection'
BBC Symphony Orchestra; Sakari Oramo; Elizabeth Watts; Elisabeth Kulman; The Bach Choir; BBC Symphony Chorus

AmsterdamStravinsky's Petrushka & Korngold's Violin Concerto

Wagner, Korngold, Stravinsky
Nationaal Jeugd Orkest; Mark Wigglesworth; Simone Lamsma
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.

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. 

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.
Mahler Conducting Competition of Bamberg Symphony
Entry deadline:
Not yet open
Next competition: September 2019
Bamberg, Germany
Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition
Entry deadline:
Not yet open
Next competition: November 2018
London, England
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Solti International Conducting Competition
First and second rounds:
1-10 October 2017
Third round and gala concert:
12-16 December 2017
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Prom 43: Dutoit and the RPO pull out all the stops

Just what the doctor ordered: a programme of Franco-Iberian musical delights to advance the cause of a Mediterranean lifestyle, with Charles Dutoit and the RPO in commanding form.
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An exotic banquet to savour from Les Siècles

It was truly magnifique to welcome French period instrument orchestra Les Siècles and François-Xavier Roth to the BBC Proms for a highly perfumed programme of exotic sweetmeats.
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Prom 40: Neatly dovetailed programme from the SCO

A refreshing Austro-German programme of works that neatly dovetailed into each other, presented with energy by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Robin Ticciati.
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Turnage's Hibiki receives European première

As a composer, what do you do when you are commissioned a full-length orchestral work to commemorate the anniversary of a renowned concert hall? Do you try to write something celebratory? Not in Mark-Anthony Turnage's case. 
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StockholmProkofiev Symphony No. 5 (May 2013)

Prokofiev: Symphony no. 5 in B flat major, Op.100
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra; Daniel Blendulf

StockholmBizet L’Arlésienne Suite No. 1 & 2

Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra; Nathalie Stutzmann

GothenburgRachmaninov with Mäkelä

Rachmaninov: Symphony no. 2 in E minor, Op.27
Gothenburg Symphony; Klaus Mäkelä

CologneMozart and Brahms

Mozart, Brahms
Gürzenich Orchestra; Leonidas Kavakos