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After the announcement that the Competition will be held despite an uncertain health context, we are glad to announce the jury composition of the 57th International Competition for Young Conductors.
It is made up of eight musical personalities from the international scene and marked by an Anglo-Saxon tonality, with respect for parity between men and women.    

An international and parity jury

  • Paul Daniel (GB) – Jury Chairman – Conductor
    Musical Director of the Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine
    Principal Chief and Artistic Director of the Real Filarmonía de Galicia
  • Jacques Mercier (FR) – Conductor – will ensure the preliminary rounds
    Artistic Director of the Orchestre national de Lorraine (Metz) from 2002 to 2017
    First Prize at the Besançon Competition in 1972
  • Gillian Moore (GB) – Director of Musical Institution
    Director of Music and Performing Arts, Southbank Centre, London
  • Camille Pépin (FR) – Composer
    Composer of the year at the “Victoires de la musique classique 2020” awards
    In residence at the Besançon Music Festival in 2020/2021
  • Dima Slobodeniouk (FI / RU) – Conductor
    Musical Director of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia
    Principal Conductor of the Lahti Symphony Orchestra
  • Jean-François Verdier (FR) – Conductor
    Artistic and musical director of the Orchestre Victor Hugo Franche-Comté
    Super-soloist of the Paris Opera (clarinet)
  • Katy Woolley (GB) – Orchestral musician
    Principal Horn at the Concertgebow Amesterdam
  • Xian Zhang (CN / US) – Conductor
    Music Director of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra
    Principal Guest Conductor of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

Paul Daniel © Frances Andrijich

Jacques Mercier © Michele Crosera

Gillian Moore © Sarah Hickson

Camille Pépin © Natacha Colmez-Collard

Dima Slobodeniouk © Marco Borggreve

Jean-François Verdier © The Glint

Katy Woolley © DR

Xian Zhang © Benjamin Ealovega

Catherine Larsen-Maguire © DR

In addition to these eight members, conductor Catherine Larsen-Maguire (GB) will ensure the preliminary rounds alongside conductor Jacques Mercier.

Discover their career paths